Gran Canaria
**La Aldea de San Nicolás**, also known simply as **La Aldea**, is the westernmost municipality on the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province of the Canary Islands. Its full name was, until 2005, **La Aldea de San Nicolás de Tolentino**. The area covers **123.58 square kilometers**, and its population is approximately **8,228** as of 2013. The town is situated at an elevation of about **33 meters** above sea level⁴⁵.
This picturesque area boasts a rugged coastline with **stone beaches**, **small coves**, and **large caves**. Notable beaches include **Playa de la Aldea** (the most visited due to its proximity to the town), **Tasarte**, and **Tasartico**. The pristine natural landscape remains virtually untouched, making it a hidden gem for visitors seeking tranquility and beauty. Additionally, La Aldea de San Nicolás is home to unique aeroponic crops—cultivation of tomatoes and aubergines in the air—which is a rarity in Europe³.
When exploring the town, you’ll encounter charming examples of **Canarian architecture** in the old quarter, including **stone and mud houses** from the 17th and 18th centuries. Notable buildings include the **Casa del Balcón** (the Balcony House), **Casas Blancas** (White Houses), and the **Casa del Corredor** (Corridor House). For a taste of Canarian culture and traditions, visit the **Live Museum**, where you can witness activities like crop threshing, bread-making in traditional ovens, goat milking, and cheese production. The archaeological complex of **Los Caserones** also preserves a rich collection of pre-Hispanic mud and stone symbol paintings and figures³.
Whether you’re drawn to its historical architecture, natural beauty, or unique crops, La Aldea de San Nicolás offers a delightful experience for visitors exploring Gran Canaria.

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