San Bartolomé de Tirajana is a very large municipality in the south of Gran Canaria, covering over a quarter of the total area of the island and stretching from the south coast to the island's centre. The south of the island is usually a few degrees warmer than the north and benefits from the least amount of rainfall. This, coupled with the 17km of coastline blessed with some of the finest beaches to be found anywhere on the island, make San Bartolomé de Tirajana very popular with visitors to the islands.
The south of the municipality is where the majority of the population reside, in or around the main tourist resort towns of Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés, Meloneras, and San Agustín. Holiday makers flock to this area all year round to enjoy the almost permanent sunshine and golden sandy beaches. With visitors from all over Europe, and further afield, the south is a very lively and cosmopolitan place evident by the international cuisine, shops, and theme bars and club.
As you move north through the municipality the surroundings change drastically. Valleys covered with lush vegetation and forests, farmlands and plantations famous for peaches, plums, cherries and almonds, before finally settling into a mountainous landscape as you approach the centre of the island. Along the way, be sure to check out the historic little town that shares the same name as the municipality and also acts as the regions capital. Locals sometimes refer to this town by its old Guanche name of Tunte (San Bartolomé de Tirajana) and remnants of these original island inhabitants can be found nearby in the form of ancient tracks called 'Caminos Reales'.