Fiestas de San Matías & Carnival 2024

The highest altitude mountain village on the island, Artenara is celebrating their Patronal Festivities in honour of San Matias, 23-25 February 2024.

Artenara is also celebrating Carnival day on Saturday, 24 February 2024.

The main day of the festivities is always the last Sunday in February. Saint Matias the Apóstol has been the Patron Saint of Artenara since the 17th century and was named the Patron of the Pinares de Gran Canaria in 1996. 

It is an amazing time to visit this mountain village, as Artenara celebrates the festivities of San Matias. There are several gorgeous sights to see, like the Mirador de Atalaya at the entrance to the village, as well as the majestic sculpture entitled the ‘Heart of Jesus’, the church of San Matías, the Santiago Aranda house museum, and much more. Artenara is not only the smallest (population) municipality on Gran Canaria but it also has the honour of being the highest and the one with the most caves in its territory.


Friday 23 February: 
at 18:00 Eucharist

Saturday 24 February:
at 17:45 Eucharist
at 20:00 Carnival “Entierro del Lagarto”, The Burial of the Lizard from the Plaza de San Matías to the La Atalya viewpoint, accompanied by Samba Isleña.
at 22:00 Carnival Festive Party enlivened by “DMusic”. Prices for the best costumes.

Sunday 25 February: 
at 11:30 the official reception of authorities in the town hall plenary hall.
at 12:00 Eucharist, followed by a religious procession with the image of San Matías
at 13:30 the reading of the Proclamation of the Pine Forests by D. José Nogales Hidalgo, forestry engineer and general manager of the company “TAGORO Medio Ambiente SL”,  in the cultural centre, followed by an homage ceremony in recognition of work carried out for the Environment
at 15:00 a toast at Alameda Alcalde Severiano Lugán Cabrera, enlivened by ‘Son Alegres’


“The municipal village of Artenara is located 1,270 metres above sea- level and has a most charming small community atmosphere. Here you can enjoy the epic mountain landscapes at the heart of Gran Canaria. Visit the viewpoint Unamuno and the interesting little Ethnographic Museum of “Cave Houses“”

In July 2019, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee added Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria Cultural Landscape to its List of World Heritage Sites in recognition of the ancient society of the Canary Islands, the roots of which stem from the populations of North Africa, which managed to develop their own culture in complete isolation for more than 1,500 years before the Spanish invasion.

The archaeological sites contained within the Risco Caído landscape reflect the culture of the ancient peoples of the island, a unique process of evolution undergone by the Amazigh people from North Africa who lived in isolation until they were conquered by the Crown of Castile in the 15th Century. The volcanic crater of Caldera de Tejeda overlooks this area, which exists within the municipalities of Artenara, Tejeda, Agaete and Galdar.



Feb 23 - 25 2024


All Day


Artenara, 35350 Artenara, Las Palmas, Spain

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