With an interesting history dating back over 100 years and some very tasty rum, Arehucas Rum Distillery in Gran Canaria is well worth a visit.
How To Get To Arehucas Rum Distillery
The island of Gran Canaria is only about 30 miles across, so most places are quite accessible.
The distillery is located on the outskirts of the town of Arehucas in the north west of the island.
Your best option to get to the Arehucas Rum Distillery and other attractions in Gran Canaria is to hire a car.
There are car hire companies at the airport and in the capital – Las Palmas.
It’s about a 17 minute drive from the capital Las Palmas to Arehucas.
There is free parking next to the distillery when you arrive.
A cheap and easy way to get around the island is by bus. There are three different coloured public transport buses in Gran Canaria:
Teal – travel between towns.
Yellow – travel around Las Palmas.
Red – open top tourist buses that travel around Las Palmas
Blue (Global) – go from various towns of the island to Las Palmas. Some also go from one small town to another.
There are regular buses to the town of Arehucas, including Global bus number 206.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
You could always book a Customizable Private Tour to the distillery and then take in some of the other attractions in Gran Canaria.
Arehucas Rum Distillery Entrance Fee
Entry is €6.
For this you get a tour of the distillery that takes about 45-60 minutes.
Booking is not required.
Arehucas Rum Distillery Opening Times
Monday – Thursday: 9.30am – 2.00pm
Fridays: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Best Time To Visit Arehucas Rum Distillery
This is a popular destination for tourists so can get pretty busy during peak season. If you want to avoid the crowds I recommend getting there early.
If you visit out of peak season, the queue for the tours are non existent, or not very long, and the guides take their time showing you around.
Don’t forget to have a designated driver if you take part in the tasting.
Arehucas is a pretty little town, with a beautiful cathedral to look around if you fancy a walk after your rum tour.
Alternatively, we can recommend Maipes Archaeological Park as a fascinating attraction. Just a 30 minute drive from here.
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History Of Arehucas Rum Distillery
In 1884, the Fabrica, the San Pedro factory opened in Arucas. Although sugar was the main product, sugar cane distillates and rum were also produced at this forerunner of the modern-day Arehucas Distilleries.
By 1892, just eight years after the Fabrica opened, the rum produced in the Arucas distillery had already gained a good reputation across the islands.
Under the management of Alfredo Martín Reyes in the 1940s, the distillery flourished with the creation of the denomination of Ron Arehucas rum.
Subsequently, in 1965, the Fabrica changed its name to Arehucas Distilleries, and a period of expansion followed.
More recently, in 2006, the distillery also acquired the Fábrica de Licores Artemi, giving the distillery the largest group of liqueurs and spirits in the Canary Islands.
Thanks to the long history and quality of its spirits, Arehucas Distillery has become an established and very successful brand in the Canary Islands.
What To Expect At Arehucas Rum Distillery In Gran Canaria
You know you have arrived at the distillery when you see the tall chimney with Arehucas in large white letters running from top to bottom.
The area around the distillery is nicely landscaped with old barrels, palm trees and tropical plants. As well as a statue of Alfredo Martin Reyes, the founder of the Arehucas brand, standing proudly in the entrance.
Once in the distillery you will be taken on a tour around the different areas by a knowledgeable and friendly guide, who is happy to answer questions and helpfully speaks a few different languages.
Spread over five different stages, the tour covers:
- Origin of Arehucas.
- Visit to the rum ageing cellar.
- Discovering the rum production process and visit to the mill, and fermentation and distillation rooms.
- Bottling plant.
- Tasting of a selection of a wide range of rums and liqueurs.
Although I don’t drink alcohol, I still found this tour really interesting and I’m told the variety of rums and liqueurs you get to taste at the end are very good. Especially the honey rum!
So it’s a great addition when looking for things to do in Gran Canaria.
During the tour you also visit one of the oldest rum cellars in Europe, made up of an impressive 4308 American oak barrels!
Lasting under an hour, the Arehucas Rum Distillery tour, has to be one of the best things to do in Gran Canaria. Whether you are a rum lover or not!
For an inexpensive way to visit a rum distillery as well as many other main attractions Gran Canaria Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus is recommended.
Where To Stay In Gran Canaria
This property is 10 minutes far from the beach. Featuring an on-site fitness centre and a spa, Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Mogan, Gran Canaria is located in Puerto de Mogan.
This resort offers 2 swimming pools with a hot tub, as well as 1 pool for children.
All spacious, air-conditioned rooms and suites at Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria Mogan have modern décor and large balconies or terraces.
There is a seating area with satellite TV and Apple TV, free WiFi and a bathroom with a bathrobe and slippers.
The spa features an indoor pool with water jets, a hot tub, sauna and a Turkish bath. Massages and a range of beauty treatments are also available.
A sustainable apartment in Taurito, Apartamentos Cordial Magec Taurito offers sun terrace, private parking and sports facilities.
Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a lift, along with free WiFi throughout the property.
The apartment provides an outdoor swimming pool with a pool bar, as well as a fitness centre and a concierge service.
The apartment complex will provide guests with air-conditioned units with a wardrobe, a coffee machine, a microwave, a toaster, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. At the apartment complex, every unit includes bed linen and towels.
Sercotel Playa Canteras offers ocean views from its setting overlooking Las Canteras Beach, in the centre of Las Palmas. It features a spa and rooms with free internet access.
The hotel offers simple, bright décor and each of its air-conditioned rooms has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Many rooms feature views of the bay.
The Canary Islands Congress Centre and Alfredo Kraus Auditorium are within 5 minutes’ walk of the Sercotel Playa Canteras. Free parking is available nearby.
For more places to stay in Gran Canaria, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.