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The quaint town of Agate is situated on Gran Canaria’s North-West coast, surrounded with magnificent unspoiled landscape and dramatic volcanic backdrops, close to the natural park of Tamadaba. The town centre offers historical buildings, botanical gardens and a few amenities, but the main tourist hub, can be found at Puerto de Las Nieves. Here, you will find a little fishing port beside the black sand beach and pretty little white washed buildings with local restaurants and cafes where you can sample the fresh fish and other regional specialities.The Marina is host to a regular ferry service operating from the port to Tenerife and the trip takes just one hour.
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A regional speciality of Agaete is its goat cheese, which has its own distinctive flavour and smoothness. Freshly caught fish and Canarian wrinkled potatoes are also local to the area.
The largest pine forest in Gran Canaria is here in Agaete. The protected area of Tamadaba Natural Park is situated at the highest altitude of Agaete.
Whilst in Agaete, visit 'el Huerto de las Flores' (The Flower Garden), a botanical garden which can be found in the town centre. Originally a meeting place for poets and meditators, it is now a beauty spot where more than 100 different specia of exotic plants can be found.
The cobbled streets of the old town are home to a few shops and amenities including the casino, cultural centre, town hall and library, Post Office and a pharmacy.
In the main town centre of Agaete, stands the church of Iglesia de la Concepción, just in front of the plaza.
The Sardine Buriallocal event
Celebrated on Gran Canaria with the "Entierro de la Sardina" (the sardines’ burial). This custom is mentioned in the chronicle of Agaete in the 1940ies for the first time. A huge paper-paste sardine is lead to its cremation in a funny funeral procession were at the end it is burnt by the ‘widows’. After that there is a huge display of fireworks and people party to the early morning.
Fiesta de La Ramalocal event
August 5th is the main fiesta in honour of the Virgin Mary, but it is the day before, August 4th, when the Fiesta de La Rama is held, when thousands of dancers go through the town waving palm branches in the air, to the rhythm of the two municipal bands, as far as the Las Nieves. A sea of people fills the steep lanes of Agaete town, dotted with huge papaguevo figures with papier mache heads. Everybody carries fresh green branches brought down from the mountains. By the end of the day the procession reaches the sea at Puerto de las Nieves. The crowds beat the sea with the branches to encourage the rain.
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