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Discover Firgas.

It is worth taking a stroll through the historic centre of Firgas in order to see the cultural and religious sites of the municipality. Recommended visits include the Parish Church of San Roque, built in 1502 on the ruins of what was the first chapel of San Juan Ortega, next to a Dominican convent which is no longer in existence.

Of the first chapel there remain the main door and the panelling of the central nave, where the crucifix is, as well as an important work of religious statuary.

The square Plaza de San Roque, where the church is, contains a monument to one of the most venerated saints of Firgas, San Juan de Ortega, the most important patron saint of the town. From this square you can see one of the most beautiful views of the North of Gran Canaria, and on a clear day the islands of Tenerife and Fuerteventura can be seen.

The Casa de la Cultura is probably the most emblematic building of the municipality. It was formerly a hotel and inn providing accommodation for visitors to the baths of Azuaje. The building later housed the Town Hall, and these days it houses the Public Library, Exhibition Room and Events Hall.

The building of the Firgas Town Hall is a large house in the neo-Canarian style, built in the 1940s. The building materials include the blue stone from the famous quarries of the lower area of the municipality and Canary Islands pine wood in the construction of its magnificent balconies.

Near the Plaza de San Roque is the Memorial Fountain, built with quarry stone, which commemorates the 500 years since the Founding of Firgas. It has several water displays and lights, and also provides background music.

The Paseo de Gran Canaria and the Paseo de Canarias are located right in the town centre in what was formerly known as the calle Real del Centro. These are pedestrian areas with a natural slope which has been used to build a beautiful 30 metre waterfall using quarry stone, finished off by an impressive monument of a fountain representing the traditional richness of the water resources. On one side of the Paseo there are the 22 heraldic shields of all the municipalities of Gran Canaria, including the shield of the island. The Paseo de Canarias also has representations of the 7 Canary Islands carved into the ground, with their respective heraldic shields and a landscape typical of each island.

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Firgas is a town and a municipality in the northern part of the island of Gran Canaria in the Province of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Its population is 7,628 (2013), and the area is 15.77 kmĀ². The town was founded in 1488. The town Firgas is situated in the mountains, 13 km west of Las Palmas. The town, which is in a green and rural zone, is also known as the balcony of the Atlantic, for its good view of the northern coast of the island. Bottled water is produced in the town.
The central square, which has a church and town hall, is called San Roque. Important attractions are the different squares, and the Paseo the Gran Canaria, where a 30 meter high waterfall has been laid out, as well as relief models of the different islands.

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In the town of Firgas, west of Las Palmas.

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