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5 places you have to know about Gran Canaria

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Of the eight Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is the so-called round island. Round by its geography, round to gather long golden sand beaches, subtropical forests, an interior polished by extinct volcanoes and some unique dunes in Europe, Maspalomas.

For those of us who come from the peninsula as the Canaries say, Gran Canaria is sometimes not among our thoughts when we plan to visit these islands. Lanzarote or Tenerife normally takes the bulk of tourism, but islands such as La Palma, Hierro, Gomera or Gran Canaria do not they only offer a different nuance, if not that each one is a small continent in itself.

Gran Canaria, diversity above all

Imagine a trip like this

To answer you, imagine a 4-day trip to Gran Canaria. From the Canary Islands you expect the good weather, those 25º average that they usually have. It usually does not fail. You look for different beaches, almost movie, and suddenly you appear in Maspalomas, a complex of dunes by the sea worthy of a film by Laurence of Arabia. You leave there and in less than half an hour you are on a road with infinite curves where the landscape becomes volcanic next to peaks that touch 2,000m. Remains of volcanoes, a flora that changes every meter you ascend and trails and trails for hiking lovers.


Puerto Mogan

The next day you return to the center of the island to see villages like Weaves, he most beautiful of the Canary Islands. From there, along those roads with impossible curves, a subtropical forest from Laurisilva, worthy of the Jurassic Park movie. The humidity may not be your thing and you decide another day to leave for the city, since you feel like asphalt. The capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, offers you a beautiful historic helmet With interesting stories of conquerors, Englishmen who want to seize the island and even pirates look for treasures. Here the imagination can play an interesting morning.


Weaves

If nature, gastronomy or history seems little to you, the next day you can go to relax at a spa or to practice some water sport on the south coast like theparasailing, where the views from the parachute make it clear that you have not made a wrong destination. This was our trip and we tell you what places you can not miss.

5 places you can't miss

If we have to decide what things we liked most about our trip we could list five:

  • Maspalomas
  • Weaves
  • Laurel forests
  • The historical center of the capital
  • South coast

1 The dunes of Maspalomas

We start from Seaside Palm Beach Hotel, next to The pond, a small lagoon where birds early in the morning allow you to do postcard photographs. The best thing about Maspalomas is to walk through those huge dunes, which we did, or run on the beach with the sea breeze. Too bad I forgot my shoes in Madrid!


Maspalomas at dawn
Maspalomas at dawn

Maspalomas is immense. The beach has nothing less than 2km, enough distance to be more than just one. If it weren't for the sea, this would be the closest thing we have in Spain to the Sahara desert.


Maspalomas in Gran Canaria

2 The picturesque Tejeda

At the time we talked about the picturesque town of Tejeda, recently named one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Tejeda is an inland town, on the side of an extinct volcano and with views that you cannot take from your head. When we arrived, after some meandering curves the dizziness disappeared suddenly, since this small town is not only beautiful, it is located in a perfect place.


Weaves
In Tejeda, from time to time we go out in some photo 🙂

3 The laurel forests

One of the days we were on the island, the only one that rained us, we visited a laurel forest. We leave for a nature classroom, a place where they care about their conservation and where you can perform multi adventure sports or hiking trails. We did the last one, the one that always marks our mountain DNA. With the drizzle on our shoulders we enter a small subtropical forest, unique in Spain.


Laurel forest
Laurel forest

4 The historic center of Las Palmas

Gran Canaria not only offers beaches and nature, but also culture and history. The capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has a very quiet old town and ideal for walking. We walk through places like:

  • The frogs square
  • Santa Ana Cathedral
  • The squares of Santo Domingo, Pilar Nuevo and San Agustín
  • The passage of Pedro de Algaba
  • The popular street of Montes de Oca

The Gran Canarian palms
The Gran Canarian palms

There are three things that marked me on the tour. A musician with his flute in the Pilar Square New where the acoustics sounded almost like the "Lyceum", the street of Montes de Oca, where are the 3 palms where the city was founded, and the original Bethlehem we saw at that time, Christmas, of beach sand.


Sand nativity scene in Las Palmas
Sand nativity scene in Las Palmas

5 The south coast and Puerto Mogan

For the good and for the bad, the south coast of Gran Canaria is where almost all tourism is concentrated of the island. It is where most of the hotels and apartments on the island are, but it is also where you can do the greatest number of activities and where they are concentrated the best beaches.


Parasailing
Parasailing

There we could do things like him parasailing, where a speedboat elevates you to tens of meters with a parachute. An amazing experience, since it has part of adrenaline and is very fun if you do it in a group. It also allows you to have unique views of the coast.


Puerto Mogan
Puerto Mogan

We also visitPuerto Rico, where we take a Gin Tonic at the Amadores Beach Club and where you can rent a hammock from € 15. Not far from there it is Puerto Mogan, a beautiful port with a Caribbean air with restaurants next to the moored boats.


Puerto Mogan
Jesus de Vero4Travel and Irene de Tragaviajes at Amadores Beach Club

To finish the trip we tried one of the numerous island spas, that of Gloria Palace Amadores hotel, fromthalassotherapy, hot tubs and swimming pools with different temperatures. What we lacked, try their massages. We will have to go back, right ?.

Practical data

How to get there and tour the island?

The best way to tour the island is inrental car (up to 15% discount), since public transport would not allow you to make a trip as is. Time is pressing, and renting a car is always the best and most when it leaves from € 20 per day.

If you come from outside of Gran Canaria the best way to get there is by plane, where the following search engine offers very competitive prices.

Search engine for flights to the Canary Islands

Where to sleep?

We leave you a series of accommodations that we recommend on the island of Gran Canaria.

  • Seaside Palm Beach in Maspalomas, one of the most beautiful areas of the island
  • Rural Hotel El Mondalón. Surrounded by mountains with a beautiful pool
  • Farm the water mill. Rural accommodation with pool and huge rooms

Car rental in the Canary Islands

We leave you a discount of up to 15% to rent a car through the Rentalcars comparator.


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