Of imposing nature, with hamlets and small villages where life goes by quietly to the hustle and bustle of its modern big capital. This is Gran Canaria. An island that offers the greatest diversity of landscapes and activities imaginable.
With an enviable climate all year round and heavenly beaches that will leave you speechless. Inland you will discover a landscape of film-like mountains between volcanoes and deep ravines. Hiking and active tourism here is a great opportunity. It has a network of trails through which you can discover places that are a gift from nature. And you can reach small villages where you can get to know the welcoming people.
Gran Canaria conserves a quite singular orography, which makes it a very special island. It has a unique wealth of landscapes, with a great variety of flora and fauna. It also has a long list of endemic plants and animals. For this reason, 46% of its territory was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2005.
The island offers a wide range of activities. As well as hiking or adventure activities such as paragliding, bungee jumping and canyoning. In addition, you will find large zoos and a large number of theme parks. You are sure to be amazed by them. And if heights are your thing. You can take a helicopter if you like to fly over the south coast of Gran Canaria. The list of activities you can do here is very long. But what undoubtedly stands out on this island are its beaches. Those of golden sand, black volcanic sand or pebbles. Where you can do all kinds of water activities. From snorkelling, kayaking, diving, surfing to parasailing. And maybe take a boat trip to see whales and dolphins.
Culture and Gastronomy
The Canary Islanders have a culture rich in customs and traditions. They have been inherited by their visitors throughout history. However, they have also been able to preserve what they inherited from their ancient inhabitants.
Their gastronomy is simple but very tasty. Papas con mojo, sancocho and queso de flor are the hallmarks of this great town. They are prepared with great care and attention to detail and become great culinary delights.
What to see ?
Some representative places you shouldn’t miss on your next visit:
– Roque Nublo, the most emblematic natural monument of Gran Canaria. Located in the village of Tejeda. You can walk along one of the easy trails that starts at the Degollada de la Goleta car park. In just over an hour and a half you can reach the highest point, which reaches 1813 m. From there you can enjoy spectacular views.
– Arucas, in the north of the island, we find this precious village that preserves an impressive historical and architectural richness. Such as its magnificent gothic style parish church of San Juan Bautista. Its well-preserved buildings in the Calle León y Castillo from the 18th and 19th century with traditional architecture. To get lost in the immense Arucas Park. To finally visit the famous Arehucas rum factory.
– The dunes of Maspalomas, located in the south of the island. A natural reserve of unique beauty. It is made up of three ecosystems: a fabulous field of dunes, a palm oasis, a pond and an idyllic beach that is 6 kilometres long.
– Mirador del Balcón viewpoint, located at the western end of Gran Canaria. Undoubtedly one of the best viewpoints to be found in the whole area. With a magnificent view of the famous “Cola del Dragón” (Dragon’s Tail). A chain of cliffs whose shape resembles the tail of this mythological animal.