Canary cheeses are known all over the world. Anyone who has had the opportunity to taste them will definitely confirm that they are very good. This is evidenced by the very fact that Canarian cheeses regularly win the highest awards at various international competitions.
Most quality cheeses in the Canary Islands are made according to old original recipes, which have been proven for years, and a traditional method of production in which human labor plays a major role.
In today’s article, I decided to introduce you to one of such traditional goat cheese production at the Quesería La Gloria goat farm. It is located above the turist center of San Agustín and a trip to it can be a nice liveliness for your holiday in Gran Canaria.
We are going on trip
If you are on holiday in southern resorts such as Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Meloneras, you have a unique chance to spend a nice morning. If you spend a holiday in San Agustín, it is even easier for you.
We start at roundabout near Centro Comercial San Augustín, which can be easily reached by bus lines 1, 25, 30 or 36. If you decide to travel by car, you can park it comfortably next to this shopping center.
The road continues from the roundabout towards the mountains to the Gloria Palace Hotel. At the crossroads below Gloria Palace, turn left and keep going up. When you cross by tunnel the highway, do not be discouraged by the sign that it is private land.
You will continue along a short way in the Barranco La Yegua ravine, finally you will climb a slope with small caves to the rocks above the ravine. During the walk, you will find yourself that it was really wiser to leave the car down in the parking. The road is not paved and is more suitable for off-road cars and you can not see from the car beautiful views to country.
If you don’t be tempted by a small detour, the path will take you directly to the cheese factory.
The estate, which also includes a cheese factory, is the property of the county family Vega Grande. The land has been leased by the family of the current owner since 1951, when his parents started making goat cheese.
From the beginning, the family has been producing exclusively goat cheese. Almost all production consists of semi-cured and cured cheeses. These are enriched with, for example, red pepper or gofio.
The cheese factory makes cheeses from fresh goat’s milk. 2,100 goats of the Cabra Majorera, knows as fuerteventura goat too, breed graze on the ground around the cheese factory. The cheese factory produces 87,000 kg of goat cheese a year from milked milk, with approx. 65,000 kg are semi-cured cheeses and 22,000 kg are cured cheeses.
During the visit, you will not only have the opportunity to taste and buy the cheeses, but, if time and conditions allow, you will also have the opportunity to see the cheese production itself and walk through the pastures among the goats.
The trip itself, including a visit to the cheese factory, will take you about 2.5 hours. So you can take it after breakfast and you will also can go to swim in the ocean.
The elevation gain on the route is approx. 200 meters, so every average person can handle the road without any problems.
Don’t be deterred by a sign at the end of the tunnel under the highway or a no-entry ramp. If the ramp is raised, you are welcome.
But be sure not to take your dog with you on the trip. There are shepherd dogs around the farm, even one snug domesticated wolf, moving freely, so you would only have problems with it.
I wish you a nice trip.
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