Gran Canaria, fairytale island
Gran Canaria is a little miniature continent, an island close to Europe, with a choice of beaches as diverse as the changing landscapes it hides away. Just under 60 kilometres of beaches along 236 kilometres of coastline, under a gentle sun which seems to have settled here for good.
There are the busiest and best known beaches, such as the large stretch of sands at Maspalomas, a long strip of golden sand that starts out at Playa del Inglés all the way along to the great lighthouse at Maspalomas, around a desert of dunes bathing the southern tip of the island.
Visitors will also find another set of beaches at the south, quieter family beaches, like at San Agustín, the beach at Amadores or the smaller one at Puerto de Mogán.
Alternatively you might prefer the more lively traditional tourist enclave of Puerto Rico, reknowned for having one of the best climates in the country.
GRAN CANARIA, ISLA DE CUENTO
Gran Canaria es un pequeño continente en miniatura. Una isla cercana a Europa, con un abanico de playas tan diversas como los paisajes cambiantes que esconde. Casi 60 kilómetros de playas en 236 kilómetros de costa, bajo un sol suave que parece querer quedarse a vivir aquí.
Hay playas muy populosas y conocidas, como la larga lengua de arena de Maspalomas. Una enorme línea de arena rubia que parte de Playa del Inglés hasta tocar el pie del gran faro de Maspalomas, tras bordear un desierto de dunas que baña la costa sur de la isla.
También en el sur encontrará otra larga serie de playas. Las hay familiares y tranquilas, como San Agustín, la playa de Amadores o la pequeña playa del Puerto de Mogán.
O quizás prefiera la animación del tradicional enclave turístico de Puerto Rico, uno de los lugares con mejor clima de todo el país.
In the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria you will find a wide variety of restaurants, shops, bars, night pubs and a good cultural offer. You can walk through the cobbled streets of the old town in Vegueta and visit the Casa de Colón, the Canarian Museum… or just tasting the Canarian cuisine.
The jewel in the crown is Playa de Las Canteras, the pearl the city doesn’t keep hidden away. It is a long strip of sand that stretches for miles along the bay.
Locals keep saying Las Canteras is one of the nation’s best urban beaches. And they have every reason to believe it. This is a beach blessed with fine weather practically all year round. A getaway within the capital city, a place where the hands of time seem to have stopped. A type of beach-style Central Park, where sports can be played any day of the week. Don’t forget your swimming clothes and your surf board!
The other capital beach is Las Alcaravaneras, where we have our base. It is a port beach and the sports one par excellence, as it allows the safe practice of canoeing, stand up paddle, life saving, swimming… due to its calm waters within the bay. This beach is surrounded by the pier “Muelle deportivo” and the Royal Sailing Club of Gran Canaria (Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria). From here you can also walk through the maritime avenue of the city that extends up to 10 km bordering until La Laja Beach. If you go paddling on the Alcaravaneras Beach, in just 10 minutes you will be able to enjoy the immensity of the Ocean in its pure state.
We recommend you visit the sites that we detail below, so you can see small villages with charms and vertigo places with great views of this wonderful island. In addition with the cultural visits you will meet our ancestors:
- El Roque Nublo (the top of the island)
- El parque natural de Tamadaba (natural park)
- El pueblo de Agaete (village)
- El Puerto de Mogán (port)
- La cueva pintada de Galdar (archaeological site)
- El museo de La Casa de Colón (museum)
Be sure to visit the page www.grancanaria.com, where you will find a lot of interesting information about the island:
We have prepared a map for you, where we indicate our favorite places to eat and visit.