Discover the Miniature Continent of Gran Canaria

Posted by on September 8, 2014

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Gran Canaria has been nicknamed as a Miniature Continent thanks to it landscapes’ variety. Beaches, scenery and culture are combined in this fascinating island. Discover all its charms and your vacation will be unforgettable!

Beaches with dunes in Maspalomas

Warm, golden, fine sand in the south of Gran Canaria, where the dunes and beaches of Maspalomas form a unique natural landscape. In this area, the main tourist area of ​​the island, you can find exclusive hotel resorts where you can unwind from the daily routine. At night, its centenary lighthouse guides ships while enlightening the dreams of visitors walking on the boardwalk. A perfect place to enjoy the sun and beach with a pleasant climate, it’s a destination that attracts tourists throughout the year.

The sand dunes of Maspalomas

The sand dunes of Maspalomas

The little Venice of Puerto Mogan

Channels perfumed with the scent of bougainvillea, brightly painted picturesque streets, a cozy marina… That’s the reason why the romantic Puerto Mogan is regarded as Little Venice. This town in the south of Gran Canaria is a perfect destination for a day with friends or family. Those staying in Maspalomas can take a bus and, in just over half an hour, they arrive to this quiet seaside village. From the top of its viewpoint, unrivaled majestic panoramic views rise over the ocean, creating a timeless moment where the clock hands seem to have stopped.

Puerto Mogan

Puerto Mogan

Mountain scenery in the inland

While being on Gran Canaria, it is worth going to the village of San Bartolome de Tirajana to start a tour of the interior. Once you have penetrated fully into the center of the island, starting from Tejeda is one of the most enigmatic places in Gran Canaria: the fascinating Roque Nublo. The spectacular landscape that extends around the summit make the perfect union between heaven and earth.

Roque Nublo

Roque Nublo

North Zone: following the footsteps of history

From Las Palmas to Agaete, the northern Gran Canaria has many attractions. A Gothic cathedral, the Church of San Juan Bautista, in Arucas, is a perfect place to start a tour of the north of the island. In addition to its architecture, this beautiful town is known for its rum distilleries, which variety with honey is exported to many places. After touring the center and Firgas Teror an indispensable stop should be the Painted Cave Museum and Archaeological Park, an extraordinary place to delve into history.

The Church of San Juan Bautista

The Church of San Juan Bautista

A trip to the past Vegueta

Founded in 1478, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the island’s capital, has many traces of its colonial past. The most representative historic buildings are in Vegueta, where the Cathedral or the House of Christopher Columbus is located. To clear the mind after all this historical journey, there is nothing like a dip in the beautiful beach of Las Canteras.

Playa de Canteras

Playa de Canteras

Gran Canaria photos by: Pedro Szekely, Anne Roberts, David Hernandez Gomez, Maiej Gaulik, Vin Crosble

For more check: The beauty of diving in Gran Canaria, The beautiful paradise of the Canary Islands

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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