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Explore the Diversity of Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is anything but monotonous. In the blink of an eye, you can go from the beach to mountain forests, from the warmth of the coast to the cooler temperatures of the summits, sometimes even snowy. It’s a piece of Europe in Macaronesia, of course, along with all the Canary Islands. It is one of the eight islands in the Spanish archipelago, the second most populous, known for its golden beaches and perpetually warm climate.
An Atlantic Ocean corner that has everything for a dream vacation: you can practice any sport on sea and land, relax in the sun on the beaches of Playa del Inglés and the dunes of Maspalomas or in the coves of the north, as well as enjoy limitless fun in the numerous clubs of Las Palmas, the capital.
Exploring Nature and History
The visitor who enjoys long walks in the Cumbre forests, who doesn’t settle for sunbathing on the beaches but prefers to study all aspects of local geography through the central mountains that preserve the island’s history, should explore the Rural Park of Nublo, dotted with 30 villages and recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Here is the most important aboriginal cultural and artistic complex in the Canaries, rich in sites with rock paintings such as the Cueva Pintada de Gàldar, an artificial cave decorated with characteristic white, red, and ocher geometric designs also found in ceramics and reproduced in the most common mementos.
Discover the Ancient History of Gran Canaria
Another must-visit is Los Graneros, among which is the Cenobio de Valerón, a cave with a natural roof in which ancient Canarians excavated 300 rooms for use as warehouses. Another important settlement is the Barranco de Guayadeque, a series of sites and caves that testify to a massive presence of aboriginals, and the Fortaleza de Ansite, a kind of fortified village, distributed on several floors connected by underground passages.
We recommend a visit to the small museum of Fortaleza, which faithfully reconstructs scenes from their daily life, composed of agriculture, livestock, and fishing.
But to truly know a town, you can’t miss trying its traditional cuisine, and those who want to savor the typical Canarian dish can only ask for gofio, a mixture of roasted and ground cereals served on indigenous tables since time immemorial.