Fataga

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Fataga
Village
Fataga, with the canal de Fataga on the right
Fataga, with the canal de Fataga on the right
Fataga is located in Canary Islands
Fataga
Fataga
Location in Canary Islands
Coordinates: 27°53′15.3816″N 15°33′53.4528″W / 27.887606000°N 15.564848000°W / 27.887606000; -15.564848000Coordinates: 27°53′15.3816″N 15°33′53.4528″W / 27.887606000°N 15.564848000°W / 27.887606000; -15.564848000
Country  Spain
Autonomous Community  Canary Islands
Province Las Palmas
Island Gran Canaria
Municipality San Bartolomé de Tirajana
Elevation(AMSL) 600 m (2,000 ft)
Time zone CET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (GMT +1) (UTC+1)
Area code(s) +34 (Spain) + 928 (Las Palmas)
Website www.maspalomas.com

Fataga is a village in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana on the island of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain). Latitude 27°53'15"N, longitude 15°33'50"W. Altitude approx 1980 feet (600 metres) above mean sea level.

History[edit]

The village can trace its origins back for more than 2000 years, when the area was inhabited by the Guanche natives.

The village became known as Adfatagad in the 16th century, around the time when the struggle for control of the Canary Islands between the Guanches and the Spanish was taking place. Many of the battles in the final stages of this conflict took place in and around the Barranco de Fataga.

By the end of the 19th century, Fataga had some 650 inhabitants, dedicated to the farming of cereals, vegetables and fruits, as well as cattle. At that time it was a self-sufficient farming community, owing its prosperity to the water source known as "El Cercado de Fataga" (The Orchard of Fataga) or "Fuente Grande" (Great Spring).

Description[edit]

Fataga is a very popular day-trip destination for holidaymakers staying in the coastal regions of Gran Canaria. It is a characteristic village of the island, with its old narrow lanes paved with stones and famous historic Canarian houses. It is a candidate for a listing as World Heritage Site. The village is in Fataga ravine (barranco de Fataga), an environment of brown rocks strewn with green known as the "valley of the thousand palms".

The church, dedicated to St. José, was built in 1880. In the period up to the present day new farms and houses were built, often growing fruits such as oranges, lemons, apricots and grapes. However the population of the village has now dropped to around 400.

Fataga has a small school, two restaurants, tourist areas, a bakery and a mill. The art gallery, which can be found on the side of the village, is worth a visit both for the art and the views from this location. Lastly but not least, the Arteara necropolis is also found on the village ground.

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