Something a Little Different in Arafo

For a nice surprise, head along the TF1 towards Santa Cruz and take the Arafo exit, number 20. Just 1km from the junction, and located on the corner of the TF281, in the middle of nowhere, you will find the lovely Finca Granja El Carretón.

The Finca is an ecological fruit farm producing figs, mangos and avocados amongst other fruit and the seasonal crops are sold each Wednesday in a market from 11:00 to 16:00.

In addition to being an organic farm, El Carreton also has numerous animals native to the Canary Islands including rabbits, chickens, cows, donkeys, goats, pigs, sheep, as well as various types of sheep dogs and hunting hounds. They also have small ponies like Shetland ponies that children can ride. For me, this was the best part, and I could see kiddies loving, it.

You are given a map to find your way around, and each area is labeled.

It was purely by chance I stumbled upon it as someone was asking for advice on doing ‘something different’. It turns out that for the past 20 years the Finca has offered educational visits, summer camps, and demonstrations of organic farming techniques, often to schools but also to the public and providing you phone ahead you will be welcome.

It is open Tuesday to Friday 9:00 to 14:00 and weekends 10:00 to 15:00. There is a restaurant for the all-essential cuppa and in my opinion, whether you are old or young you will enjoy a visit

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