Geographical Information. Arucas's Municipality is placed on the north coast of the island of Great Canary and occupies an approximate surface of 33,15 square kilometres, spreading from the coast up to the mediocrities, over 600 meters on sea level. It is a question of an area very marked by its agricultural tradition, where we can find plots of cultures, reservoirs, irrigation ditches and bench-covers, which define the great landscape. Arucas's city is 12 kilometres from the capital of the Island and settles itself in the southern hillside of the mountain of the same name. The appearance of the volcano provoked the closing of the former ravines and generated, south side, a basin that later has conformed in what nowadays is named Arucas's Vega.
History. The first historical references of the former Arehuc or Arehucas, named this way by the Canary aborigines, go back to some years before the conquest and incorporation of Gran Canaria to the Wreath of Castile, at the end of the XVth century. The former population was destroyed in the first incursion that Juan Rejón did in 1479. Two years later, the famous aboriginal commander Doramas was killed in Arucas's Battle, by Pedro de Vera, successor of Juan Rejón. In 1503, Arucas's foundation was the first urban development nucleus of the villa around the former Hermitage of San Juan. In this second half of the XIXth century the cultives take place in different stages of economic summit: Wood-louse, cane of sugar, tobacco, and finally the banana, which will reach its major expansion during the XIXth century. At the same time, it constructs channels, irrigation ditches, loafers and dams. At the end of the XIXth century takes place the majority of the architectural and urban development transformations of the current Historical Hull. In the year 1894, to Arucas's Villa the degree of "City" is granted to it.
Holidays. The principal holiday of Arucas' is of its employer, San Juan Baptizer, who is celebrated every year on June 24. The day before the traditional bonfires of San Juan are celebrated, one organizes a fair of cattle and a pilgrimage where men and women dressed of typical dance to the compass of the folklore Canary music.