Places not to be

missed in Gran Canaria

Places not to be missed in Gran Canaria

 

Roque Nublo (Tejeda)

 

The majestic Roque Nublo, a basalt lava plug framed by stony giants in the form of a monk and a toad, is Gran Canaria's best-known landmark.

 

Sung about in many folk songs it is said that one has to see the Roque Nublo at least once in a lifetime. Hardly anyone can resist the magic of the “cloud rock”, which towers 1.813 metres above sea level.

 

The aborigines regarded this mountain at the heart of the island as a sacred place.

 

Puerto de Mogán (Mogán)

 

Its picturesque canals and tiny bridges are the reason Puerto de Mogan is nicknamed „Little Venice“.

 

The colourful houses with their lush bougainvillea give the fishing village a romantic ambience.

 

Another tourist draw is the fishing harbour with its yachts, restaurants and cafés. Every Monday and Friday there’s hustle and bustle during the Puerto de Mogán markets.

 

Other attractions are the ferries connecting Puerto de Mogan with Puerto Rico and boat tours specializing in big game fishing.

 

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

 

Gran Canarias’s vibrant capital boasts a fascinating historic centre, countless shopping options and a stunning city beach.

 

Highlights of Vegueta, the oldest part of the town, are the Cathedral of Santa Ana (built in 1479), the town hall from 1853 and Columbus' House (Casa de Colón).

 

Not to be missed is the Triana shopping district, with its beautiful colonial buildings and the countless shops and restaurants. Several cobblestone streets off the Calle Mayor de Triana, invite visitors to take a stroll through this historic district and discover boutique shops.

 

Puerto de las Nieves (Agaete)

 

Puerto de las Nieves, close to Agaete, is a scenic place in the north west of Gran Canaria. The small fishing village and its harbour-side restaurants are popular with the locals, especially at weekends. They eat seafood and enjoy the lovely view of the ocean and the steep coast-line of west Gran Canaria.

 

The town’s landmark, the „Dedo de Dios“ (finger of god) rock, lost the tip of its finger in 2005 during a tropical storm.

 

Several times a day a fast ferry connects Puerto de las Nieves with Santa Cruz de Tenerife, capital of Tenerife island.

 

Teror

 

Teror is one of the most beautiful and pristine places in Gran Canaria. Cobblestone streets, lush green patios and typical Canarian houses with traditional wooden balconies make it a stunning spot for photographers.

 

The reason that Teror is also one of Gran Canarias’ most significant places of pilgrimage, is due to an incident which is said to have taken place in 1492. According to legend, on 08.09.1492 the Virgin Mary appeared in a pine tree where the basilica of Teror now stands. Ever since, on the 8th of September the „Fiesta del Pino“, one of the most important holidays in the Canary Islands, is celebrated in honour of the island's patron saint, the Lady of the Pine.

 

Botanical Garden, Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo

 

The botanical garden is not only an oasis of tranquillity, but also considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in the northern hemisphere.

 

Opened in 1959, the 27 hectare Jardín Botánico grows many of the 600 plant species endemic to the Canary Islands as well as a vast collection of spectacular exotic plants and cactus.

 

Barranco de Guayadeque (Agüimes and Ingenio)

 

The Guayadeque gorge impresses with high mountain ridges, exuberant green vegetation and ancient cave houses.

 

Special tip: Between January and March when the almond trees are in bloom, the valley turns into a sea of white and pink blossoms.

 

For those wanting to learn more about the pre-Hispanic cave settlements in Guayadeque, the Museo de Guayadeque, located at the entrance to the gorge, is a must visit.

 

A very popular way to end a tour of the valley is to eat tapas at one of the cosy cave restaurants.

 

Bandama (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

 

The highlights of the Bandama volcanic caldera, situated 10 km south of Las Palmas, are the viewpoint on top of it's cinder cone, and the hike around the crater rim or down to its flat bottom.

 

Also well worth seeing are the ancient caves in the north wall of the crater.

 

Roque Nublo (Tejeda)

 

The majestic Roque Nublo, a basalt lava plug framed by stony giants in the form of a monk and a toad, is Gran Canaria's best-known landmark.

 

Sung about in many folk songs it is said that one has to see the Roque Nublo at least once in a lifetime. Hardly anyone can resist the magic of the “cloud rock”, which towers 1.813 metres above sea level.

 

The aborigines regarded this mountain at the heart of the island as a sacred place.

 

Puerto de Mogán (Mogán)

 

Its picturesque canals and tiny bridges are the reason Puerto de Mogan is nicknamed „Little Venice“.

 

The colourful houses with their lush bougainvillea give the fishing village a romantic ambience.

 

Another tourist draw is the fishing harbour with its yachts, restaurants and cafés. Every Monday and Friday there’s hustle and bustle during the Puerto de Mogán markets.

 

Other attractions are the ferries connecting Puerto de Mogan with Puerto Rico and boat tours specializing in big game fishing.

 

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

 

Gran Canarias’s vibrant capital boasts a fascinating historic centre, countless shopping options and a stunning city beach.

 

Highlights of Vegueta, the oldest part of the town, are the Cathedral of Santa Ana (built in 1479), the town hall from 1853 and Columbus' House (Casa de Colón).

 

Not to be missed is the Triana shopping district, with its beautiful colonial buildings and the countless shops and restaurants. Several cobblestone streets off the Calle Mayor de Triana, invite visitors to take a stroll through this historic district and discover boutique shops.

 

Puerto de las Nieves (Agaete)

 

Puerto de las Nieves, close to Agaete, is a scenic place in the north west of Gran Canaria. The small fishing village and its harbour-side restaurants are popular with the locals, especially at weekends. They eat seafood and enjoy the lovely view of the ocean and the steep coast-line of west Gran Canaria.

 

The town’s landmark, the „Dedo de Dios“ (finger of god) rock, lost the tip of its finger in 2005 during a tropical storm.

 

Several times a day a fast ferry connects Puerto de las Nieves with Santa Cruz de Tenerife, capital of Tenerife island.

 

Teror

 

Teror is one of the most beautiful and pristine places in Gran Canaria. Cobblestone streets, lush green patios and typical Canarian houses with traditional wooden balconies make it a stunning spot for photographers.

 

The reason that Teror is also one of Gran Canarias’ most significant places of pilgrimage, is due to an incident which is said to have taken place in 1492. According to legend, on 08.09.1492 the Virgin Mary appeared in a pine tree where the basilica of Teror now stands. Ever since, on the 8th of September the „Fiesta del Pino“, one of the most important holidays in the Canary Islands, is celebrated in honour of the island's patron saint, the Lady of the Pine.

 

Botanical Garden, Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo

 

The botanical garden is not only an oasis of tranquillity, but also considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in the northern hemisphere.

 

Opened in 1959, the 27 hectare Jardín Botánico grows many of the 600 plant species endemic to the Canary Islands as well as a vast collection of spectacular exotic plants and cactus.

 

Barranco de Guayadeque (Agüimes and Ingenio)

 

The Guayadeque gorge impresses with high mountain ridges, exuberant green vegetation and ancient cave houses.

 

Special tip: Between January and March when the almond trees are in bloom, the valley turns into a sea of white and pink blossoms.

 

For those wanting to learn more about the pre-Hispanic cave settlements in Guayadeque, the Museo de Guayadeque, located at the entrance to the gorge, is a must visit.

 

A very popular way to end a tour of the valley is to eat tapas at one of the cosy cave restaurants.

 

Bandama (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

 

The highlights of the Bandama volcanic caldera, situated 10 km south of Las Palmas, are the viewpoint on top of it's cinder cone, and the hike around the crater rim or down to its flat bottom.

 

Also well worth seeing are the ancient caves in the north wall of the crater.

 

Roque Nublo (Tejeda)

 

The majestic Roque Nublo, a basalt lava plug framed by stony giants in the form of a monk and a toad, is Gran Canaria's best-known landmark.

 

Sung about in many folk songs it is said that one has to see the Roque Nublo at least once in a lifetime. Hardly anyone can resist the magic of the “cloud rock”, which towers 1.813 metres above sea level.

 

The aborigines regarded this mountain at the heart of the island as a sacred place.

 

Puerto de Mogán (Mogán)

 

Its picturesque canals and tiny bridges are the reason Puerto de Mogan is nicknamed „Little Venice“.

 

The colourful houses with their lush bougainvillea give the fishing village a romantic ambience.

 

Another tourist draw is the fishing harbour with its yachts, restaurants and cafés. Every Monday and Friday there’s hustle and bustle during the Puerto de Mogán markets.

 

Other attractions are the ferries connecting Puerto de Mogan with Puerto Rico and boat tours specializing in big game fishing.

 

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

 

Gran Canarias’s vibrant capital boasts a fascinating historic centre, countless shopping options and a stunning city beach.

 

Highlights of Vegueta, the oldest part of the town, are the Cathedral of Santa Ana (built in 1479), the town hall from 1853 and Columbus' House (Casa de Colón).

 

Not to be missed is the Triana shopping district, with its beautiful colonial buildings and the countless shops and restaurants. Several cobblestone streets off the Calle Mayor de Triana, invite visitors to take a stroll through this historic district and discover boutique shops.

 

Puerto de las Nieves (Agaete)

 

Puerto de las Nieves, close to Agaete, is a scenic place in the north west of Gran Canaria. The small fishing village and its harbour-side restaurants are popular with the locals, especially at weekends. They eat seafood and enjoy the lovely view of the ocean and the steep coast-line of west Gran Canaria.

 

The town’s landmark, the „Dedo de Dios“ (finger of god) rock, lost the tip of its finger in 2005 during a tropical storm.

 

Several times a day a fast ferry connects Puerto de las Nieves with Santa Cruz de Tenerife, capital of Tenerife island.

 

Teror

 

Teror is one of the most beautiful and pristine places in Gran Canaria. Cobblestone streets, lush green patios and typical Canarian houses with traditional wooden balconies make it a stunning spot for photographers.

 

The reason that Teror is also one of Gran Canarias’ most significant places of pilgrimage, is due to an incident which is said to have taken place in 1492. According to legend, on 08.09.1492 the Virgin Mary appeared in a pine tree where the basilica of Teror now stands. Ever since, on the 8th of September the „Fiesta del Pino“, one of the most important holidays in the Canary Islands, is celebrated in honour of the island's patron saint, the Lady of the Pine.

 

Botanical Garden, Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo

 

The botanical garden is not only an oasis of tranquillity, but also considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in the northern hemisphere.

 

Opened in 1959, the 27 hectare Jardín Botánico grows many of the 600 plant species endemic to the Canary Islands as well as a vast collection of spectacular exotic plants and cactus.

 

Barranco de Guayadeque (Agüimes and Ingenio)

 

The Guayadeque gorge impresses with high mountain ridges, exuberant green vegetation and ancient cave houses.

 

Special tip: Between January and March when the almond trees are in bloom, the valley turns into a sea of white and pink blossoms.

 

For those wanting to learn more about the pre-Hispanic cave settlements in Guayadeque, the Museo de Guayadeque, located at the entrance to the gorge, is a must visit.

 

A very popular way to end a tour of the valley is to eat tapas at one of the cosy cave restaurants.

 

Bandama (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

 

The highlights of the Bandama volcanic caldera, situated 10 km south of Las Palmas, are the viewpoint on top of it's cinder cone, and the hike around the crater rim or down to its flat bottom.

 

Also well worth seeing are the ancient caves in the north wall of the crater.

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