In our quest to prove that there's more to the Canary Islands than purpose-built beach resorts, we took the guagua into Gran Canaria's mountainous interior. An independent parish since 1514, the astonishingly pretty town of Teror is one of the oldest urban centres on the island and declared a world heritage site in 1989.
On 8th September 1481 the Virgin Mary appeared to some shepherds in the branches of a pine tree in the forest on the outskirts of the town. The Virgin of the Pine became the island's patron saint and pilgrims still travel from near and far to pay her homage. The Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pino, named in her honour, has been replaced twice, the current church built in 1767.
Fancy seeing Teror for yourself? The 229 leaves the San Telmo bus station in Las Palmas every thirty minutes. The journey costs €3 each way and takes 45 minutes.
Stay tuned for my final instalment.
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