Imagine that you can enjoy a unique natural scenario combining paradisiacal beaches with subtropical forests, volcanoes, and warm weather all year round without leaving Europe… It sounds like a dream, but it can come true in Gran Canaria. This true natural wonder is within your reach in the spanish Canary Islands. The island of Gran Canaria is a destination that suits every kind of traveler, not only because of its excellent landscapes, but also for the variety of attractions that the island offers. When you visit the island and rent an apartment in you can stay next to wonderful beaches such as Playa de Mogán and Playa del Inglés, amusing camel rides through the Maspalomas Dunes and perfect windsurfing beaches in Agaete, where the wind blows strongly creating perfect . Keep reading about the the charms you might discover in Gran Canaria.

“Las Palmas” and other towns of Gran Canaria

Las Palmas is the capital of the island and also the main destination to visit in Gran Canaria due to the large number of tourist attractions it has. The colonial quarter of Vegueta, the amazing Las Canteras beach, museums, monuments, good gastronomy, shopping, nightlife… Whatever you want to do during your holiday, you can do it in Las Palmas.

The neighborhood of Vegueta is the historic center of Las Palmas where the city was founded in 1478. Strolling through its streets with its pretty houses and typical balconies you will find authentic architectural gems from the colonial era. Do not miss the Cathedral, the Town Halls, the Plazas of Santo Domingo and Santa, the Church of Santa Rita, the Casa Museo Colón, or the Canarian Museum among others.

Besides Las Palmas, there are also other towns worth visiting in the island. Arucas is a beautiful town that sits on the slopes of the volcano -“the mountain of Arucas”. Its main tourist attraction is the Church of San Juan Bautista of neo-Gothic style commonly known as the Cathedral of Arucas. Also in this town you can visit the Arehucas rum distillery. Another interesting place to visit in Gran Canaria is Puerto de Mogán. It is a small fishing port that is known as the Venice of Gran Canarias because of its canals.

The beaches of Gran Canaria

The beaches of Gran Canaria are well known for their quality and wide variety, but they all share are clean and crystal clear waters. It is clear that if you travel to this beautiful island, the beaches should be among the things you have to visit in Gran Canaria. Maspalomas Beach is located in the town that gives it its name and is surrounded by the popular dunes of Maspalomas; a privileged environment of great beauty. Playa del Inglés, located in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, is another of its most notable beaches and it stands out for the many hotels, restaurants and bars that it has around it. Without a doubt, it is one of the most lively and crowded. Meloneras Beach is also very popular and one of the most select. The iconic lighthouse of Maspalomas separates it from Maspalomas Beach. The Playa de las Salinas is made of stone, it is located in Agaete and in the area there are several natural pools. This region is perfect if you want to test your surfing skills. Playa de las Canteras, with its calm waters and golden sand, is one of the most popular in Gran Canaria. So much the same happens, with the beaches of Telde, Playa Melenara and Playa de Aguadulce.

Nature of Gran Canaria

Maspalomas is the most important tourist destination on the island. Its beaches of crystal clear water and fine golden sand are perfect for a family vacation, in fact, the Playa de Maspalomas is the largest in Gran Canaria. This destination offers many leisure alternatives, from windsurfing and diving schools to shopping centers, passing by its well-known golf course, as well as several theme parks such as Aqualand Aquasur or Palmitos Park. In addition, Playa del Inglés is famous for its intense nightlife.

This natural reserve is located south of Gran Canaria in the town of Maspalomas and comprises three places that are of great tourist interest for its beauty: the Dunes, the Palm Grove and the Charca de Maspalomas. The Dunes of Maspalomas is a breathtaking landscape covered with golden sand that is visited by many tourists throughout the year. Its dunes can reach ten meters in height, although all of them are in continuous movement due to the influence of the wind.

Besides Maspalomas, there are other nature wonders in Gran Canaria that you can visit, such as the Rural Parks of Tamadaba, Doramas or El Nublo, or the painted caves of Galdar.


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