We took a cruise excursion to see Puerto de las Nieves and an Agaete wine tasting tour.
Arguably one of the best days we had.
From Las Palmas, the journey to the area is 30-40 minutes, quite manageable and very pretty, especially on the coastal road where there are great views and some impressive bridge work affording spectacular views.
We went to Agaete first, and although the village before the valley has narrow streets for the bus, it is pretty in itself, seemed a necessary intrusion to have buses going through to get the tourist income.
Once in the valley - wow! The views of the surrounding hills in lovely blue over green are breathtaking and the microclimate here made it +4 or 5C degrees higher than the village.
The farm is beautiful, and they grow all sorts of fruit, making their own coffee and wine, as well as scented moisturising cream. The visit was a tour, and the guide was great and informed. All the staff are friendly and the family business take pride in what they do. They are very proud of their wine awards and the near-secret visit by Stephen Hawking in 2014 (I think it was), clearly made more poignant this year after his recent passing.
They offer vehicles to allow the less mobile the means to skip the short but fairly steep walk through the orchard to the wine tasting area and when you get there, you are offered 'blood water'! At least that is what we called it! Meant to be very good for you but the iron rich spring water is hard to stomach and maybe should be avoided if you are sensitive.
Look out for the small church there and the toilets are also close by and clean.
The tasting of 3 wines (white, rose, red) together with a few food accompaniments was fun - and their award winning white was the best of the three imho, although I prefer red generally. They ended with a sample of their coffee which was good too.
Finally you can buy from their shop (of course) and we plumped for some moisturiser which was really pleasant to feel when offered around after the coffee.
The atmosphere was great, the staff wonderful and best was the smell you took in walking through the grounds - a very memorable visit.
Nearby Puerto de las Nieves is a pleasant extra good for it's beaches, eateries and shops, worthwhile to pass an hour or two.
Not many people choose the Agaete tour, which was maybe 5 hours return from Las Palmas, but I see it as a treasure that shouldn't be overlooked. Beautiful.
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