Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, is a piece of heaven in the Atlantic Ocean. The island is surrounded by sandy beaches whilst its interior providers an alluringly rural tranquility.
Las Palmas and its surroundings
Las Palmas is the island’s capital and its most urban attraction. The district of Vagueta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, is the best area to get a feel of the island’s cultural and historic heritage. You will find yourself roaming on the charming narrow streets until your eyes will meet the spectacular and elegant St. Ana Cathedral. Some of the buildings date back from the 15th century, when the Castilians conquered the island. For a truly special lunch, try Deliciosa Marta – a small restaurant serving exceptional modern Canarian dishes. You will be back.
Not far from the center, there’s Las Canteras beach – the most visited beach on the island. In its proximity there are shops and restaurants that will keep you entertained once you’ve had enough sun. Las Canteras beach is not only designated for sunbathing and swimming but also offers an intense social experience and is a great place for gatherings of friends.
Treasures of Gran Canaria
On the complete opposite side of Las Palmas, at one hour drive along the coastline, you can find an enchanting fishing village called Puerto de Mogán. The sheltered beach, the picturesque view of the cottage next to a hill, and the overall tranquility of the place, will no doubt make you envy the inhabitants of Puerto de Mogán. Not to mention that the Canary Islands have what some scientists cite as “the best climate in the world”.
Nublo Rural Park is a must see when you visit Gran Canaria. The park has intense natural beauty, given by the hills and rocky relief, completely distinct from the ocean view. It’s hard to believe that you’re just an hour away from the buzz of Las Canteras. Nublo Rural Park has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, due to its unique flora.
The Maspalomas Dunes are another unique must-see location. Imagine over 400 hectares of sand dunes that eventually reach a deep blue, endless ocean. A place of high ecological interest, the Maspalomas Dunes offer a striking view that will stay with you for a long time. The sand can get hot, even during winter, so take a careful temperature test before deciding to walk barefoot.
In order to get a better view of the indigenous inhabitants of Gran Canaria, visit The Painted Cave, or as the locals call it, La Cueva Pintada. The Painted cave was discovered in 1873 and is painted with geometric motifs. To reach the spot, you’ll need to walk through the Painted Cave Archaeological Museum and Park, in fact the most important site in the Canary Islands. The park was built around an aboriginal village and will answer at least some of your questions about how people used to live here.
We hope all of the above will convince you to visit Gran Canaria for your next vacation. The best and fastest way to reach the main attractions of the island is by car – book with easyCar.com to get the best deals on car hire at Gran Canaria and beyond.