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Municipality of Arucas
Picture of Arucas
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Autonomous region: Canary Islands
Province: Las Palmas
Island: Gran Canaria
Area: 33.01 km²
some reads 33.39 km²
Population: 33,701 (2004)
Population density: 1,009.31/km²

Atlantic Ocean
240 m
southern part
Location: 28.11667/28°7' N lat.
15.51667/15°31' W long.
Municipal code: E-35006
Car designation: GC until 2001

Arucas is a Canary Islands municipality in the province of Las Palmas. It is situated in the north of Gran Canaria. Arucas is a suburb of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Arucas's area is 33.01 km² with a population of about 33,701 (ISTAC, 2003) and its density is 1,009.31/km² making the second most populated municipality in the island.

Arucas is situated in the mountains and the valleys, the farmlands cover parts of Arucas, the mountains cover the southern part and the valleys in the northern part. Farmlands are within the coastline, the Atlantic Ocean lies to the north. Arucas is located W of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and serves an interchange with the GC2, N of the GC30, E of Gáldar and NW of Telde. The main industry are agriculture, businesses and tourism.



  • Location:
    • Latitude: 29.11667 (29°7") N
    • Longitude: 15.51667 (15°31') W
  • Altitude:
  • Name of inhabitants: Aruquenses
  • Postal code: -

Historical population

Year Population Density
1991 26,974 -
1996 29,179 -
2001 32,466 983.81/km²
2002 32,917 -
2003 33,449 1,013.3/km²
2004 33,701 1,009.31/km²

Sites of interest

The Botanical Garden in Arucas.
Known as the "Jardín de la Marquesa de Arucas", the Botanical Garden features more than 500 plant species.[1]

The Church of San Juan Bautista the leading architectural and social monument in the municipality. It was built entirely in Arucas stone by local master masons, and it dates from 1909. Apart from the wealth of the carved stone columns and column heads, there are also some beautiful stained glass windows, the works of Canary Island painter Cristobal Hernandez de Quintana, and an extraordinary carving of the Reclining Christ, by Manuel Ramos.[2] To the north is the Montana de Arucas which is thought to be the area where courageous Doramas the Guanche leader was killed in 1481 by Pedro de Vera in the Battle of Arucas. Arucus is known for the production of rum.[3]

History and Information

Arucas was rebuilt in 1480 after being completely destroyed in 1478. Since the 15th century, the main crop of the Arucas area was sugar cane. Rum was produced here long before sugar plantations were cultivated in Cuba. One of the main features of modern-day Arucas is its rum factory.[4] Arucas boomed with the demand for cochinilla (a beatle feeding off cactus pear, crushed to produce red dye) in the second half of the 19th century.


Arucas has schools, lyceums, gymnasia, churches: the famous Arucas cathedral, a post office and squares (plazas). There is also a Botanical Garden, the Jardín de la Marquesa de Arucas.

See also


External links

Northwest: Moya North: Atlantic Ocean
West: Firgas Arucas East: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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