San Bartolomé, the Guanches (the old canary people) have settled in the area at least 2.000 years ago, lies in the south of Gran Canaria, largest municipality by area and 4th largest by population on Gran Canaria
Population: 54.000 (2014) | 24.500 (1991) | 4.700 (1900)
Population Fataga: 370 (2011) | 650 (1900)
San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Tirajana refers to a tribe of the Guanches that settled here before the spanish invaded Gran Canaria. Besides the historical village Fataga, San Bartolomé is also known for the sand dunes, the beaches and the lighthouse of Maspalomas. It is one of the touristic centres of the island Gran Canaria.
Fataga (Photography by Victor Lavilla) is a small village with historic significance within the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. It lies in its mountainous region in the Barranco de Fataga, also known as the „Valley of a thousand palms“. Here some of the final battles between the Guanches and the Spanish took place. In the 16th century the village was known as Adfatagad. Today, with its preserved centre it is a role model for a characteristic village of Gran Canaria, attracts large numbers of tourists and has been declared an UNESCO world heritage site.
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