Gran Canaria

 

Artenara

Also known as the "Venice of the Canary Islands", this picturesque fishing port sits at the end of the Mogán valley, at the foot of a rocky formation overlooking the sea. Its old town is full of typical Mediterranean houses bathed in lime that huddle along the steep streets, adorned with coats of arms and geraniums. Its beautiful marina, full of yachts, and the canal that crosses the centre, dotted with small bridges that cross it, make it a quiet corner of great beauty. Then head to the pier to enjoy the restaurants and bars.

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Arucas

Located in the south of the capital of Gran Canaria, Vegueta became the founding nucleus of Las Palmas at the end of the 15th century. In its squares are historic buildings such as the Columbus House, the cathedral of Santa Ana, the Canarian Museum, the Literary Cabinet, the Town Hall and the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art. The wide commercial offer of the old part of the city extends next to the Market, built in 1856, and by the commercial street of Triana.

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Dunes of Maspalomas

The Dunes of Maspalomas is a unique natural space in the Canary Islands for its beauty and the variety of ecosystems it shelters. Protected by the Government of the Canary Islands as a special natural reserve, its 400 hectares include an excellent beach, a field of live dunes of organic sand, a forest of palm trees and a brackish lagoon. This mixture of desert and oasis is located on the southern coast of Gran Canaria and is surrounded by the famous hotels of the great tourist centre of Maspalomas.

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Roque Nublo

Located in the central municipality of Tejeda, on the island of Gran Canaria, Roque Nublo is considered one of the largest natural rocks in the world. Of special significance to the islanders, this volcanic rock rises eighty meters above its base and 1,813 meters above the sea. A former place of worship for the aborigines, its entire environment was declared a protected natural space in 1987 and a rural park seven years later. Its enormous presence is only surpassed in height by the peak of Las Nieves, with 1,949 meters, the highest place in Gran Canaria.

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Amadores Beach

n the southwest of the island of Gran Canaria there is a quiet beach created to rest under the sun. It is the beach of Amadores, with calm waters and no waves as it is protected by two dams. Its soft white and golden sands invite you to sunbathe all day lying in a hammock or float for hours on a shore of crystalline waters, as neither music nor ball games are allowed here. And with the arrival of the afternoon, there's nothing like watching from the hammock itself as the sun slowly sets behind the neighbouring island of Tenerife.

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