Gran Canaria’s largest industry is tourism. It is mainly charter tourists visiting Gran Canaria. The island’s traditional attractions are sunshine and beaches. In recent years it has become increasingly established several golf courses and there are now seven 18-hole courses on the island. The best way to discover the unspoilt Gran Canaria is to rent a car and drive lost in the countryside. There are many villages and small places that are not yet occupied by tourists, and here you can meet the local culture up close.
Gran Canaria can be so much more, for the traveler with a taste for culture, food and adventure. The various parts of the island have their characteristics – in the south you have the most visited places and beaches with dunes at Maspalomas, party life in Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria and Venice, Puerto de Mogan. Heading north you will find true European metropolitan life in hectic and happy Las Palmas, and the more untouched villages. For those actually exist.
That it is a delight to discover Gran Canaria on your own, is no myth. The island has, like all the Canary Islands, a slightly different peak season than the countries around the Mediterranean. It is December to March it is like fullest on hotels, because the temperature remains as stable all year round. It is rarely too cold to swim. The more active travelers pulls up in the mountains of central areas of the island, a paradise for hiking when temperature is at its highest. In Gran Canaria is warm and the average temperature ranges from 20 ° C in winter to 26 ° C in summer.
If you are first in Gran Canaria and want to use the time for anything other than sunbathing and shopping at one of the markets so you need to test out one of the wonderful golf courses that take place in incredibly vibrant surroundings. Golf on Gran Canaria equally suitable for beginners as intermediates. And if you’ve never played golf before so can the various golf courses offer great coaches that help you swing. The destinations in Gran Canaria with most hustle and bustle is Playa del Inglés and Puerto Rico. Both are located on the south coast of the island. Here there are hundreds of bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
Facts and traveltips about Gran Canaria
Everything you need to know about facts, attractions, climate, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and more on Gran Canaria in Spain.
Attractions Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria has more than 80 beaches, from fantastic resorts with all the amenities to stunning hidden coves with golden sands. But the island has so much more to offer beyond the beautiful beaches. There are great museums, historic churches, gigantic castles, beautiful golf courses, guided tours, and not least a wide range of amusement parks for both young and old. What about a day trip to Las Palmas for shopping, restaurants and a wonderful nightlife ?. Gran Canaria has everything you need for an unforgettable holiday and there should be no shortage of activities or things to do for those who dare to explore the island. Read more about attractions Gran Canaria
Restaurants Gran Canaria
Going on holiday to Gran Canaria, and looking for a few good restaurants to visit during your stay? Then you are at the right place, we will here give you the best restaurants in Gran Canaria which has been included in the Michelin Guide. You’ve probably heard it many times, you have to eat where the locals eat. And instead of finding out where the locals eat in the south, go to eat out where the locals live. Gran Canaria’s gourmet scene is rich of wonderful restaurants for food lovers. Immigrants from around the world have influenced Canarian cuisine by blending local dishes with Moroccan, Spanish, or South American food. And this has created some amazing high-class restaurants that have been included in the Michelin Restaurant Guide Gran Canaria. Read more about restaurants Gran Canaria
Nightlife bars and nightclubs Gran Canaria
Nightlife in Gran Canaria is very diverse and international, here it is an urban feel, with traditional bars, pubs and clubs from around the globe. he nightlife in Gran Canaria wake up as the sun goes down, and here is something for everyone: Swinging salsa music, live bands, cover bands, jazz or disco. Gran Canaria’s capital Las Palmas has a bustling nightlife with bars, pubs and clubs which are dotted around the city. Locals in Las Palmas usually goes out on the town before midnight, but in return the party continues until dawn. Most bars are open until. 2:00 or 3:00 in Las Palmas, and the city’s discos and nightclubs closes not likely before kl. 6:00 or 07:00. Read more about Nightlife bars and nightclubs Gran Canaria
Activities for children Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is a year-round resort, so if you decide to travel in summer or winter, you’re sure to find plenty of things to do here. Some of the most popular activities are Aqualand, Holiday World, Angry Birds Park, karting, Palmitos Park, Sioux City and a lot more. Overview of activities and experiences for kids on Gran Canaria in Spain. Perfect when you need a break from the beach life. Read more about activities for children Gran Canaria
Nudist beaches Gran Canaria
Nudists love Gran Canaria because they find nudist beaches there for everyone. Here’s our list of the best places to get a tan all over the body in Gran Canaria. A useful guide to 10 top nude beaches in Gran Canaria. All the information you need to find and enjoy them. It is perfectly legal to be naked on a beach in Spain, and it’s nice to go naked on a quiet bit of the coast if there is no one else around. It is a basic rule, do not take your clothes off close to properties or restaurants, and take the signals from those around you. Read more about 10 top nudist beaches Gran Canaria
Climate Gran Canaria
Heading to Gran Canaria and wonder how hot it is on land and in the sea in the various months of the year? You’ll find everything you need in our climate and temperature guide. The climate on Gran Canaria is the best and most stable in the world. Gran Canaria is also a continent in miniature with four climate zones. Here, we look at everything you need to know about weather, climate, temperature, precipitation, sunshine hours and much else on Gran Canaria. Read more about climate Gran Canaria
Shopping Gran Canaria
Most people who go shopping in Gran Canaria, usually ends up in the shopping street Mesa y Lopez in the middle of town, the old town pedestrian Calle Triana, or at one of the many shopping centers and markets. There are also several hidden tresures outside the main tourist areas, where you can get some great shopping and experience, something completely different. Summary of good shopping streets, shopping centers and markets in Gran Canaria. All you need to know about shopping in Gran Canaria in Spain. Read more about shopping in Gran Canaria
Markets Gran Canaria
Most towns in Gran Canaria has its own market, and here you’ll find all the traditional ingredients, local handicrafts arts, clothes and knick-knacks. The most popular market is the Sunday market in Teror, where residents from all over Gran Canaria come. Markets in Gran Canaria ranges from the vast Friday markets it at Puerto Mogan, to small local markets where you can find fresh local produce. We believe everyone should visit a local market on Gran Canaria, which is a window into how Canarians live. Read more about markets Gran Canaria
Shopping Centers Gran Canaria
There are many large shopping centers in Gran Canaria, and many tourists use their vacation to shop when they need a break from the sun and beach life. Gran Canaria offer many shopping centers with a good selection of international exclusive shops and famous Spanish brands. The price level of goods is higher in the south than in the north of Gran Canaria. This is because there are many more tourists in the southern regions, especially in Arguineguin, Puerto Rico, Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles. Gran Canaria as the other Canary Islands maintained its status as free trade zone, and therefore lower taxes and charges on so-called “luxury goods” such as alcohol, tobacco, perfumes, cosmetics. This means that these goods are much cheaper to shop in Gran Canaria than elsewhere in Europe. Read mora about shopping centers Gran Canaria
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AGAETE Gran Canaria
Upstairs along the north coast of Gran Canaria, at the end of the Barranco de Agaete, where bananas, mangoes, papayas, oranges, lemons and other subtropical plants and trees grow on steep slopes, lies the small town of Agaete, with its narrow streets and white house, surrounded by lush vegetation. Many artists and art lovers settled here, which also explains why the city has so many art galleries. Despite that the town is old – it celebrated its 500 th birthday in 1981 – there are few historical sites here. The exceptions are the church Iglesia de la Concepción was built in the late 1800s, and is located on Plaza de la Constitución, and the botanical garden Huerto de las Flores, with many Canarian plant species and subtropical flora.
Puerto de las Nieves in Agaete, is one of the island sjarmeriske seats. A perfect stop on an excursion by car to the north of Gran Canaria. Along the promenade there are many bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the local Canarian gastronomy where fish is the most prominent. One can also make sure to take a bath at the tranquil beach down by the harbor. Read more about Agaete Gran Canaria
Agüimes Gran Canaria
Agüimes is a municipality on the island of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands with an area of 79.2 km². The population is around 25,000 inhabitants. The main industries are agriculture, light industry and tourism. The municipality has three major locations: Cruze de Arinaga, which is on the highway to Las Palmas, Playa de Arinaga, located by the sea and Agüimes, which is the municipal center and is a few kilometers up the mountains. Town Agüimes is separated from Ingenio by the ravine Barranco de Guayedeque. This small but very attractive town has a picturesque, well-preserved old center with narrow medieval streets and beautiful ocher and terracotta house, dominated by the two large towers of the Parroquia de San Sebastián located in the Plaza del Rosario. This naves Basilica, which was named a cultural monument, is one of the best examples of neoclassical architecture Canaries. With a large dome with an oriental touch, it houses some statues of saints, works by José Luján Pérez.
In September celebrated Festival del Sur town. With subtitle Encuentro Internacional Tres Continentes, this is an international theater festival with performances by theater companies from South America, Africa and Europe. This cultural event has established itself as an annual highlight for both locals and tourists. The main attraction in this area, however, throughout the year, is Agüimes’ Parque de los Cocodrilo, a small zoo that displays trained crocodiles and parrots. Along the coastline of Ingenio and Agüimes, you’ll find the beaches of Playa de Vargas, an ideal place for windsurfing, and Playa del Cabrón, one of the best diving spots on the island. Read more about Agüimes Gran Canaria
Artenara Gran Canaria
At the west coast of Gran Canaria is Artenara, a relatively unknown place for many of those who visit the resort island every year. This village is located in the mountains almost 1,300 meters above sea level and boasts a spectacular nature experience, completely different than what you can see on the south, where most are sand, stone and small vegetation. Many Canarian families traveling here on weekends, where the grills and enjoying themselves at one of the pre-made barbecue places that exist in the area at and around Artenara. Klam Rendering to the mountainside, this peculiar village arguably the most spectacular on the island, with many of the houses built inside the solid stone caves dating from prehistoric times. Although some of them, with their painted façades – resembling almost on ordinary houses, and most of them are equipped with all modern conveniences. You should not miss the cave church La Ermita de la Cuevita, which houses the statue of the Virgen de la Cuevita, which is celebrated from the 15 August with a big fiesta. If it were not for the clock above the entrance, you would have trouble recognizing it as a church. The more conventional church in the village is the Iglesia de San Matías.
Just outside of town is the National Park Pinar de Tamadaba, where the picture above was taken. Here you will find the largest pine forest in Gran Canaria, with great lakes. This area is great if you like short or long walks. On clear days you have a brilliant view to Tenerife and Teide, and other days hanging clouds just above your head, creating an almost magical atmosphere inside the forest. Read more about Artenara Gran Canaria
Arucas Gran Canaria
Arucas is the main city in the north of Gran Canaria, separated from the capital of the ravine Barranco de Tenoy. Arucas is a municipality on the island of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands with an area of 33.0 km². The population is around 34,000 inhabitants. The main industries are agriculture, light industry and tourism. Dominated by the huge neo-Gothic parish church of San Juan Bautista has Arucas some interesting historic buildings, mostly representing the architectural style of the 19th century. There are also several other interesting historical buildings in town, most are built in 1800 century style.
Arucas, also known as ROM town houses Destilerías Arehucas, the biggest romdestilleriet the Canaries. Founded in 1884, this factory (Fábrica) with an annual production of more than 3.5 million liters of room, also an interesting museum where you can learn all about the history of the factory and romproduksjonsprosessen and where you can also see barrels signed by celebrities like the famous tenors Alfredo Kraus and Plácido Domingo, in addition to members of the Spanish royal family. Are you ready for some exercise, you can head up to Montaña de Arucas, Town Mountain at 412 meters. The revolving restaurant serving local food and drinks, and has stunning panoramic views of the island. Read more about Arucas Gran Canaria
Firgas Gran Canaria
Firgas, a small town famous for its production of sparkling mineral water, which is tapped from a source in Barranco de las Madres, around 4 km away. With a production of over 200,000 bottles a day, this tasty water is very popular throughout the archipelago. This pleasant little town, which celebrated 500 years jubilee her in 1988, also contains Paseos de Canaria and de Gran Canaria, where a manmade waterfall runs 30 yards down shallow steps in the middle of crosswalks that were added in 1995. On the back of the benches at wall of the adjoining house look beautiful, painted landscapes and historic symbols of the seven Canary Islands. Follow this fun-filled promenade to reach Firgas’ Casa de la Cultura and an adjoining space that contains both the town hall and Iglesia San Roque where young and old meet at all times of the day. Read more about Firgas Gran Canaria
Gáldar Gran Canaria
Gáldar is a city and a municipality in the north of the island of Gran Canaria in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Its population is 24,227 and the area is 61.59 km². The city Gáldar located at the foot of the mountains, 2 km from the coast and 21 miles west of Las Palmas. The motorway GC-2 passes south of the town. The municipality comprises the settlements Puerto de Sardina, San Isidro, Los Quintana, Barrial and Marmolejo.
Gáldar is very proud of her heritage, which is witnessed by Guanchenavnene on many city streets. This northern city was also the island’s capital before Las Palmas. Today Gáldar half busy city that spreads out at the foot of the volcano Pico de Gáldar. It has an idyllic square, the Plaza de Santiago, with the neoclassical Iglesia de Santiago de los Caballeros is located in front of the former location of a royal court and a small Spanish fort. The construction of this huge church with three ships started in 1778 but was not completed until the mid 19th century. Notable details include a green baptismal font from the 16th century and the statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary, both works by José Luján Pérez. Read more about Gáldar Gran Canaria
Ingenio Gran Canaria
Situated between the ravine Barranco de Aguatona north Barranco de Guayedeque south, you’ll find one of the oldest towns on the island … Ingenio. Today mainly an agricultural area with tomatoes as the main crop, was this small town a wealthy sugar refinery center in the 16th century, witnessed by the remains of an old sugar cane squeeze on the east side, from which the city also gets its name (Ingenio means sugar mill). It this town is most famous for today is embroideries and Museo de Piedra y Artesanía (Stone and crafts museum) which houses pottery, basketry and agricultural equipment, in addition to a collection of rocks and minerals. There is also an embroidery school there, where visitors can see how the fine embroidery work is created.
Ingenio, located on the east side of Gran Canaria, is marketed as a center for Canarian embroideries. The city also has a lot to offer for those who are interested in architecture, art and industrial history. In the 1600s was the most famous for its sugar production. The town and surrounding area bounded by Draguillo Gorge in north and Guayadeque ravine to the south. To the east is the open landscape down towards the village Carrizal and sea. Ingenio is one of the oldest towns in Gran Canaria. Water that comes from sources Guayadeque ravine, formed in his time basis for an extensive agricultural activities on site, and led in the 1600s to a thriving sugar production was established. Sugar mills have long abandoned, while agriculture live on. Now it primarily tomatoes grown here. Read more about Ingenio Gran Canaria
Maspalomas Gran Canaria
Seeking peace and quiet but still a lively nightlife, Maspalomas perfect. Maspalomas is a green oasis right above the wonderful desert area midway between the sandy beaches of Playa de Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés. Maspalomas is a relatively newly built tourist resort with wide sidewalks and low hotel buildings. The five-kilometer long sandy beach is usually well attended, but it may blow a part down here. Between Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés is a part of the beach reserved nudists.
Maspalomas is a very popular destination for families. The pace is leisurely and there are many activities for kids. Here there are two water parks with slides, a funfair and the wonderful parrot park, Palmitos Park. On the beach you can ride a camel out to the cliffs. Within walking distance is also one of Gran Canaria popular golf courses with 18 holes. Southeastern part of Maspalomas consists of the well known dunes which are partially protected (nature reserve). Central and eastern parts consist of low holiday homes (bungalows), golf courses, parks and other areas that are more or less ready for development. The northwestern part comprises district Sonnenland, while the southern part is called Las Meloneras. Here are several luxury hotels, a casino and several large shopping centers. Attractions include amusement Holiday World and Aqualand Water Park. Meloneras also houses a cultural center and a kongressenteer. Read more about Maspalomas Gran Canaria
Mogán Gran Canaria
Mogán is an old fishing village that unlike many other places on the island, is built around tourism. Here you can still experience the genuine Canarian life. Early in the morning you will see, for example fishing boats to dock with the night’s catch, which you later in the day and evening can enjoy in one of the village’s restaurants. Many residents live in houses built right on the mountain side. A trip up the steep hillsides recognized
good feet, but well up on top you get the reward – a breathtaking view over the village, the beach, the mountains and the sea.
While several of Gran Canaria beaches have ash, volcanic sand, the golden sands of Puerto de Mogan transported from the Sahara. Anyway it’s the local pulse more than anything separates Puerto de Mogan from the other tourist spots farther east. It insists on not letting himself drown tourism. The fishermen go out with nets every night, and in boatbuilding yard hammered and stained it. About shopping or not Mogán market is immaterial. Market trail forms namely a great little sightseeing trip through the small town. From the promenade to the yacht harbor where dyplilla bougainvilla makes it extremely picturesque. So you must go through boatbuilding yard where you can take a break alongside the local boatbuilders in a makeshift cafe caravan. Finally culminates market edge of the pier where Lighthouse Cafe El Faro lures with ice cream for the kids, and maybe a well deserved cerveza for the adults. Sexier cafe location should look long for. Read more about Mogán Gran Canaria
Moya Gran Canaria
A narrow road that winds its way through volcanic valleys leads to the sleepy little town of Moya, worth a visit because of the impressive neoromanske its church, which was completed in 1957, and also because the city is the birthplace of one of Spain’s most prominent contemporary poets, Tomás Morales. Located on the edge of the ravine Barranco de Moya, this imposing parish church boasts two towers and inside are some interesting sculptures, including a cedar sculpture from the 1500s showing the Virgen de la Candelaria which this church is dedicated to.
Opposite the church square stands the house where Gran Canarias most popular poet, Tomás Morales (1884-1921), was born and grew up. In 1976 it was converted into a cozy House Museum, dedicated to the life and work of this poet – a trained doctor – museum displays photos, manuscripts, first editions, paintings, Remington typewriter his and much else. Today organizes this museum also exhibits of modern art. Moya is also known for one of the most popular cakes on the island, bizcocho lustrados (sweetened sponge). Read more about Moya Gran Canaria
Las Palmas has around 350,000 inhabitants, and is a real Canarian metropolis with a wonderful three mile long beach – Playa de las Canteras – right in town. Here you get a perfect mix of sun, bath and city break. In the old town of Las Palmas are many historic buildings and several museums. Museo Canario has Canaries biggest collection of artifacts related to Aboriginal history and culture dating back to before the city was founded. City Festival Fiestas de San Juan in late June each year commemorates the city’s founding. The carnival in February and the festival is also events that tend gather a lot of people.
Las Palmas has several well-visited beaches. The most famous of them is Playa de Las Canteras. Las Palmas has a lively nightlife and there are a large number of bars, nightclubs and discos. Las Palmas is along with Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the autonomous region Canary Islands and the capital of Gran Canaria. Read more about Las Palmas
San Bartolome de Tirajana Gran Canaria
San Bartolome de Tirajana is the largest and southernmost municipality on the island of Gran Canaria, in the county of Las Palmas, which is part of the Comunidad Autónoma de Canarias in Spain. The municipality area is 335 km² with a population of 53,000 (2008). The municipal center is located at 890 m. and the highest point is 1949 meters, at Pozo de Las Nieves, who is also the highest point in Gran Canaria. Municipal administration center called San Bartolome de Tirajana (locals called Tunte) is approximately 23 km from the coast.
San Bartolome de Tirajana is most famous for tourist resorts along the coast, Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas and San Agustin. The municipality dominate tourism in Gran Canaria, approximately 37% of the island’s hotel beds and 57% of the island’s accommodations outside the hotel is located in the municipality. This is due to the smooth and pleasant climate, with mild winters and summers without excessive heat. Many foreigners have chosen to settle in the municipality. In San Fernando believed that live around 4000 Danes. In San Agustín live around 8000 Swedes. Read more about San Bartolome de Tirajana Gran Canaria
San Nicolás de Tolentino
A twisting road that leads you through a lush valley criss-crossed with ravines, to the small town of San Nicolás de Tolentino makes a this an exciting ride! The first ravine you pass is the Barranco de Veneguera, a valley, which in 2003 – after years of protests by environmentalists who finally prevented the valley being developed into a tourist zone – was integrated in the nature reserve Parque Rural del Roque Nublo.
A little further you come across natural phenomenon La Fuente de los Azulejos – named after the blue tiles that adorn often Portuguese houses. This is where oxidation turned stones eaves, an amazing and unusual sight to see. We finally come to San Nicolás de Tolentino, officially known as La Aldea de San Nicolás de Tolentino. Representing the agricultural center of the region, here – apart from plantations of orange, papaya, banana, mango and avocado – tomato growing used to be the main income. Although tomato production has declined due to a strong competition led by Moroccan growers, annual exports still reach about 100,000 tonnes. Read more about San Nicolás de Tolentino Gran Canaria
Santa Brígida Gran Canaria
The story of Santa Brígida still reflected in their natural environment, which is a very attractive tour for all visitors to the city. Therefore one of the places that are the native past is Cueva de Los Frailes, situated next to the Causeway bridge, dug into the volcano. There is a reservoir formed by 37 natural caves and was discovered in 1933. If you go through the center of the village is easy to see the Church of Santa Brigida. In 1525 the first chapel where now stands the present church was founded. The temple, after a fire, has an exterior with Neo-Gothic features, and a typical interior of many churches on the island: plants with three ships of equal height, barrel vault, showing serious characteristics that correspond with the old structure. You can also visit Guiniguada Agricultural Park along Palm of Satautejo.
Santa Brigida in their surroundings, offering landscape of extraordinary beauty, among which include Drago de Barranco Alonso, situated in the area of the same name, this dragon is intended date back some 500 years, it is remarkable not only for its beauty and majesty but the situation the same as it hangs from a cliff. Read more about Santa BrigidaGran Canaria
Santa Lucía de Tirajana
The picturesque little village of Santa Lucía de Tirajana will charm you with its whitewashed houses and the abundance of palm trees. It is located on the upper level of the fertile palm valley of Santa Lucía de Tirajana. Through the 19th century the population of this village very small and scattered, so that within this municipality you will also find the village of Sardina and the coastal towns Doctoral and Vecindario. After tomato cultivation was introduced in the coastal areas of this municipality and also with influences from the growth in the tourism industry in the 60s, grew capita century fort. Many people who worked on the southern tourist resorts preferred to settle in this region, as property prices were much cheaper.
Wobbly on top of the hill stands the Iglesia de Santa Lucía was built in 1898 on the site of a former 1700s chapel. The imposing dome of the church resembles more of a mosque when you look at it from a distance. The village of Santa Lucía also has a small but notable museum, Museo del Castillo de la Fortaleza, exhibiting archaeological finds from the surroundings, as artifacts from the Guanches, machinery, leather products and skeletons. Read more about Santa Lucia de Tirajana Gran Canaria
Santa María de Guía
The municipality of Santa María de Guía offers several possibilities for leisure and tours for tourists who are interested in appreciating architectural and natural areas. A journey through the streets of Santa María de Guía to reveal its beautiful buildings, especially after the milling process and beautification of the town houses makes getting lost in a world full of color and joy, transport us to the splendor that once had the municipality.
The old town was declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1982. Among its constructions we can highlight the Parish Church, whose facade is neoclassical and is flanked by two side towers. Inside artworks of great importance, including altarpieces and images of sculptor José Luján Pérez, a native of this municipality is preserved. In the church you can also visit the chapel of the Virgin (open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00 hrs) resting place of our patron and where they are exposed to various items of jewelry among them the garbage of the canopy silver frame image of the Virgen de Guía . There are also some textile items like blankets Virgin, banners, canopies, Dalmatic chasubles, cloaks and suits used in the past by the clergy. La Casa de Los Quintana is another example of the architecture of the city, located in the Plaza Mayor de Guía, its construction dates from the seventeenth century. Raises the Moorish canary wooden balcony and blazon of Guanarteme and Quintana surnames. Read more about Santa María de Guía Gran Canaria
Tejeda Gran Canaria
Tejeda on Gran Canaria is the second smallest of the island. It is home to the nearby Cruz de Tejeda (Tejeda cross), a gloomy carved stone crosses in a mountain pass in 1580 m above sea level, which marks the geographical center of Gran Canaria. This popular tourist attraction you will find busy restaurants and bars, shops selling souvenirs and other local specialties, including super honey, and a man offering donkey rides for children. This is a nice place to sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. If you seek peace, then you should avoid this place on weekends, since there is also a favorite getaway spot for the locals.
The high peaks attracts naturally serious hikers and climbers but this area also offers relatively short and easy trails to tempt the less energetic for a pleasant stroll in this dazzling beautiful landscape. While some of these trails are new, most of them Caminos Reales (royal paths), ancient paths that were used by the Guanches – the first known inhabitants of the Canary Islands – to get around the center of the island. The village Tejeda is surrounded by cornfields in terraces, orchards and vegetable fields and is about 1000 m above sea level. It is located on the slopes of a crater and has many archaeological remains as graves, caves, rock carvings and paintings. When almond trees blossom in the first two weeks of February is Tejeda at its most beautiful – an occasion that will be celebrated at the popular mandeltreblomstringsfestivalen. Read more about Tejeda Gran Canaria
Telde Gran Canaria
Telde Gran Canaria is the second largest city on the island, located 13 km south of Las Palmas. It is an attractive old town and was one of the two pre-Hispanic Gáldar. The historic core is centered around the attractive Plaza de San Juan, shaded by big, old trees and surrounded by beautiful colonial house, painted in green and white, with detaljutskårne balconies. It dominates this square is the great Basilica de San Juan Bautista, where the highlights are a brilliant Flemish altar painting depicting six scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary and a statue of Christ made from corncobs by Mexican Indians – a figure that despite height 1.85 m only weighs 7.5 kg because of the unusual material it is made of.
Calle Inés Chemida connects Plaza de San Juan with another historic part of town, the picturesque district of San Francisco, clustered around the Iglesia de San Francisco. Here covers Oval basaltsmåsteiner the narrow streets and you can still see the old, dark glazed street signs. Calle San Fernando, named after Fernando and Juan Léon y Castillo – the famous brothers, who transformed the port of Las Palmas and who were born in Telde – houses the Casa-Museo Léon y Castillo dedicated their lives and activities as engineers and diplomats. Read more about Telde Gran Canaria
Teror Gran Canaria
Teror on Gran Canaria, a charming little town with some of the best examples of colonial architecture, life has always been dominated by the Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pino. The church was built in the 18th century and is devoted to Gran Canaria patron. The main features of triple vessel interior of the Basilica is the large baroque altar with lavish wooden sculptures of the Virgin, surrounded by gifts and symbols, many religious statues by José Luján Pérez and five of the most important rococo paintings on the island. Legend says that in 1481 showed the Virgin Mary for some shepherds in the top of a pine tree, and then played Nuestra Senora del Pino (Virgin Mary of pine) has an important role in the history and everyday life of the people of Gran Canaria. When Pope Pius XII proclaimed her to the island’s patron saint i1914 was the same town Teror, with its church, the religious capital of the island.
The 8.september annually celebrated Fiesta de la Virgen del Pino (Feast of the Virgin Mary by pines) and pilgrims from all over the island come to Teror to show respect to the patron saint. This feast is not only the biggest event in the region – it is also the most important religious festival on the island and celebrations taking place usually in a whole week. Near the Basilica you will find Plaza Teresa de Bolívar, which is named after the wife of Simón Bolívar – South America’s entirely in the liberation struggle – which had a grandfather who was born in Teror. To the right of the church is the Casa Museo de los Patrones de la Virgen, one sjarmernede building built around a courtyard and furnished in 1700 talllsstil, painting, weapons, old photographs and antique furniture that show the lifestyle of the nobility at the time. Read more about Teror Gran Canaria
Valleseco Gran Canaria
Valleseco is a Canarian municipality in the province of Las Palmas. It is located on the north side of the island of Gran Canaria above the town Teror. It consists of two main ravines, Barranco de la Virgen and Barranco de Madrelagua and drier central valley, which gets its name misleading. Valleseco is one of the wettest places on the island shows lush vegetation that highlights fayalbrezal and pine forests. Within its monuments are the church of San Vicente Ferrer. On the other hand we find recreational La Laguna one of its most valuable natural areas. The interesting name of this town, “Valleseco” – which literally means “dry valley” – is that this area has more rain per year than any other area on the island.
With the exception of Iglesia de San Vicente Ferrer who has an original chapel from the first half of the 17th century, and Laguna de Valleseco (Vallesecolagunen), which fills with fresh water during the winter months and recently underwent a major environmental restoration program, it seems not like this quiet village in the mountains has much more to offer. But it is a center of agricultural activity. In the winter months makes many migratory birds, including great egret, this area to its temporary home. Read more about Valleseco Gran Canaria
Valsequillo Gran Canaria
Valsequillo Gran Canaria is a Canarian municipality island of Gran Canaria. It is located in the central-eastern part of the island and is about 28 km from the island’s capital (Las Palmas). Valsequillo lies mainly in the area of mediocrities, between 300 and 1800 m. The town is 574 m. Another important town in the municipality is Tenteniguada. Feast of the almond blossom is one of the most important of Valsequillo, if natural heritage include the palm of San Roque Roque Saucillo. It is well worth taking the trip to the center of the island to visit the picturesque village of Valsequillo. The historic center and the surrounding neighborhood tells a lot about the region’s history, which you can learn more about from Iglesia de San Miguel Arcángel, the former Cuartel de Caballería de Colmenar (kavalerihovedkvarteret) district Tenteniguada at the foot of Roque del Saucillo and the caves of pre- Spanish ancestry.
From the Mirador del Helechal, you can enjoy an excellent vantage point with superb views over the steep cliffs and plains with strawberry plants and flowers. This area is also known for its gastronomy, especially for its traditional cheese specialties, wines, strawberries, almonds and other agricultural products, all can be best bought at the famous Sunday market. Read more about Valsequillo Gran Canaria
Vega de San Mateo Gran Canaria
La Vega de San Mateo (or simply San Mateo) is a Spanish municipality belonging to the island of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). La Vega de San Mateo is a broad and fertile agricultural delete Guiniguada medium-high cliff on the island of Gran Canaria, 22 kilometers southwest of the island’s capital, north-central part of Las Palmas. Famous for its large cattle and agricultural markets which are held every weekend, it has almost become a tradition for many residents of Las Palmas to do their weekly shopping of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as cheese and other local specialties at these markets.
Worth visiting in downtown San Mateo is the city’s main attraction, the Museo Etnológico Let Cantonera, where a 300 year old farmhouse has been transformed into an ethnographic museum documenting everyday life in the Canarian life in the past. The collection includes all sorts of historic agricultural stuff, ceramics, furniture and farm equipment. Since it also is a good restaurant in this location, it can get quite busy here at weekends. Here there is a church with a 1700’s statue of San Mateo – saint Matthew – the city’s patron saint. Read more about Vega de San MateoGran Canaria
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Gran Canaria Airport – Las Palmas Airport
Gran Canaria’s Airport Las Palmas Airport is the fifth busiest in Spain, and is 18 kilometers from the island’s capital. A taxi to the city costs around 30 euros, and about the same for a trip to Playa Del Ingles. Puerto Rico gets you for around 50 euros. The bus takes you to Las Palmas for scarce 3 Euro. Telephone Support Gran Canaria Airport – Las Palmas Airport 902 404 704 / (+34) 91 321 10 00 Website: www.aena.es