Geographical Information. San Bartolomé's municipal term of Tirajana occupies a surface of 335 Km2. Of triangular form, its vertex is inside the island, to an altitude of 1900 m, and its broad base coincides with the south limit of Gran Canaria. It is the municipality with major surface of the island, covering more of its fifth part, exactly 21, 86 %. Due to its size, it takes part of big units of relief of Gran Canaria. The capital of the municipality, San Bartolomé, whose aboriginal name was Tunte, is placed where “The Boiler of The Tirajanas " was along the History. Most of the municipality is formed by the south side of a great volcano, of which only the south part and west remains and probably, in previous times, it occupied the whole island.
History. What today is know as San Bartolomé's municipality of Tirajana was, until almost half of last century, a wide county where farmers, fishermen and shepherds were living. During its aboriginal stage, Tirajana and Tunte's Village belonged to Telde's Kingdom, governed by the monarch Bentejuí, the guanarteme. Tirajana, together with Tirma, was one of the sacred refuges where temples existed for rites and ceremonies. In 1479, during the conquest, an important Castilian regiment suffered a great defeat in the battle of The Boiler. The battle took place On August 24, festivity of San Bartolomé, saint to whom the Castilians implored its protection. Here began the worship and devotion to this apostle, besides the copatronazgo of the Villa. In 1480, one year later, when the island of Gran Canaria practically was under the total authority of the Wreath, the former canaries, cornered, they decided to hide in Ansite's fortress, last bastion of the aboriginal resistance. Before the idea of being caught, tortured and enslaved, the canaries decided to take their life’s, jumping in Ansite's Ravine in 1484.
During the conquest, the island experienced an extraordinary metamorphosis, being constituted an administration, a solid economy, and a new society. Without problem, for three long centuries, the island of Great Canary succumbed to different threats and assaults of corsairs and pirates, headed by Sir Francis Drake y Pieter Van der Does. It was the year 1599. Past this time of storms and romantic battles, already in 1813, San Bartolomé of Tirajana remained constituted as town hall. Its economy was based on the agriculture of sugar cane, cultives of cereals, tobacco and fruit-bearing trees.
Today, Maspalomas Canary Coast captivates anyone who visits it for the first time. The dunes, with its part of beach, were a property of the State and, close to The Charca, Philip III was granted by its majesty to D. Mateo Perez de Villanueva, royal and familiar chaplain of the Holy Church, priest of Agüimes and Tirajana, in the year 1600. In 1960, as consequence of the organization of an international contest for the urbanization of the estate "Elvira", there is born the project to urbanize Maspalomas, Canary Coast. To the contest 141 projects registered, national and international. The first prize was to S.E.T.A.P. In October, 1962, coinciding with the tourist 'boom', they begin the works in San Agustín's zone.
Nowadays, Canary Maspalomas Costa is guarded by the slender look of the lighthouse that, from the high, it sees how the gold sand is born on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean. The fascination of its hot beaches, the tranquillity of its waters and the sensibility of the landscape, they stimulate the desire to return.
Holidays. This municipality has lot of population that has a different geographical distant one form another. It that why the holidays of each one of its villages rely on an idiosyncrasy and different particularities between them, with its respective local holidays (the following ones stand out: Holidays of Santiago Apostle, that it has turned into a must to all the islanders, who come to Tunte in these dates of July, good for tradition guided and faith devotion. They are of special relevancy those holidays that coincide with the Holy Jacobeo Year. The acts are religious and civic that coincides with July 25. But in the course of the holidays, there take place other acts of special importance for its ethnographic and traditional content, as The Pilgrimage of Santiago EL Chico, or Tenderetunte, a popular act with customs customs of the tirajanero and the identity of the Canary people, besides The Fair of Cattle.
Maspalomas's Employer holidays in Honor to San Fernando. There is characterized by the capacity of reunion that has, that agglutinates the local citizens, tourists and peoples of the whole island of Gran Canaria. Due to this abundance of people, San Fernando's holidays rely on the most extensive fairground of the island. For almost fifteen days, fairground attractions for adults and children, inns, bars and stalls, where it will find any amusement and entertainment, invade every available corner and it will be able to taste typical products, of Canarias, like of each of the Spanish regions.
San Bartolomé's Holidays. They are celebrated in San Bartolomé of Tirajana during the second part of August. It are a few simple holidays, full of content and typical flavor of the customs of the traditional villages of the island of Gran Canaria. Its principal activity is on the 24th, San Bartolomé's festivity, which is a holiday of local character in the municipality tirajanero.
Holiday of Albaricoque. They are celebrated in Fataga, the village of San Bartolomé's municipality that better has preserve the typical flavor of the identity of the Canary people, which is reflected in the parties, with its samples of crafts and writing of customs and novels of manners. They are celebrated in the last week of April and The First of May. The boss is San Jose, and also it is celebrated during March.
Besides these local holidays, the municipality receives the Regional Festival of Maspalomas's Folklore, is born in the year 1980, and nowadays is the most ancient of parties that are celebrated in the Canary Archipelago. The celebration of this festival is in the tradition of coinciding with the first Saturday of June of every year.