Geographical Information. Artenara's municipality places in the middle west of the of Gran Canaria and its surface is 66,69 square kilometres. It is a small villa that is located in the summit zone of the Island and its altitude is 1.771 meters on sea level. Though the municipality is in the interior, part of its territory comes up to the coast. Its orography is very steep and stands out in its big extensions of forests, the mountains of The Moriscos, The Mora, Roque García, The Brezo, Altavista (1.376 m) and Tamadaba with Pico Bandera (1.444 m). The forests of Tamadaba and Tirma have turned into two natural redoubts best preserved of Gran Canaria due to its practical inaccessibility. Artenara relies on the major basin of the Island, Tejeda's Boiler. Likewise, in this municipality are the most ancient geological materials of Gran Canaria, in fact, it is one of the villas with major number of caves, which were housings of the aborigines.
History. Artenara's region was an important aboriginal accession. This pre-Hispanic population is located especially in the places of Acusa, Artenara and Tirma. After the conquest of Gran Canaria, and owed fundamentally to the inaccessibility to the summits, in Artenara pervive the aboriginal population one more century is mixed with the families of Castilians and Portuguese who settle themselves in the place. The occupation of the region will be a slow process, due to the fact that most of the manpower of the island is centred on the sugar production. At the end of the XVIth century, this situation changes, producing a strong demographic growth. During the XXth century, the municipality suffers the rural exodus, due to the socioeconomic conditions and its own characteristics.
Holidays. The Holidays in honor to the Virgin of The Cuevita are the most popular in Artenara's municipality, which they have turned in peregrination for parishioners and rosemaries of all the municipalities. The holiday begins on August 15 with the Descent of the Image from the Sanctuary to the Parochial Church.