History dating back to the conquest of the island
The Agüimes area in southeast Gran Canaria was one of the first areas colonised after the Spanish conquest of Gran Canaria in 1491. Founded as an church manor town by the Spanish Catholic Monarchs it now offers a wide range of rural and nature tourism and is a growing trade centre thanks to the port of Arinaga.
Varied visits from aboriginal settlements to San Sebastian church
As with many Canarian towns, Agüimes saw many of its early inhabitants migrate to the Americas. As the town grew better at managing its water resources prosperity arrived and the migration slowed. From the 16th Century sugar cane, tomato and cucumber plantations thrived. Amongst the cultural highlights are the San Sebastian church and surrounding cobbled streets, and the pre-Hispanic archaeological sites at Temisas and Guayadeque.