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Roque Nublo, or the Cloud Rock, is one of the world's largest free-standing rocks and Gran Canaria's most striking natural icon. Formed over 4.5 million years ago, this volcanic rock has been shaped by the elements over millennia into an 80-meter (262-foot) tall monolith at a height of 1,813 meters (5,948 feet) above sea level. Outdone by only the Pico de las Nieves, Roque Nublo is the island's second highest peak. Sweeping views of the surrounding countryside lay sprawled at its feet, like a patchwork quilt of pine forests and farmland arranged in deep, plunging folds. Often shrouded by a bank of clouds or icy mist, the enigmatic Roque Nublo is surprisingly accessible, and it is possible to walk right up to its base. Scaling its sheer face is another matter altogether, a feat braved only by experienced climbers with the right kind of equipment. Described by the Spanish writer, Miguel de Unamuno, as a storm turned to stone, Roque Nublo is a sight of striking beauty, rising from the ground like a defiant behemoth frozen in the guise of a jagged pinnacle.
Once the seat of the bishops of the Canary Islands, the town is dominated by the Neoclassical church of San Sebastián.
A marvellous ravine runs from the Agaete district to the interior of the island. Crossing San Pedro, Vecindad de Enfrente, Casas del Camino, Los Berrazales, El Sao y El Hornillo districts, you can appreciate the vegetation of this valley in all its splendour, a little jewel in Gran Canaria at the foot of Tamadaba. There's a mineral-medicinal spa, Los Berrazales, and the Princesa Guayarmina hotel here, a haven of peace surrounded by vegetation. For more information, contact City Hall at the above number.
The best of all plant life seems to come into full bloom in Huerto de las Flores in Agaete. A small garden located in the northern region of Gran Canaria, it is home to several rare plant species. A botanical garden by identity, Huerto de las Flores enjoys an abundance of flowers in all seasons. The mild sub-tropical climate prevalent in these parts of the island, makes a visit to the garden all the more pleasant. The annual Festival Canarias Jazz & Más Heineken that is celebrated in great fanfare throughout the island, had its first concert here in 1992. Famed poet Tomás Morales is rumored to have visited here often to write poems.