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A continent in miniature

Gran Canaria is a continent in miniature with a wide variety of very unusual landscapes in the middle of a vastly diverse archipelago. The island has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in order to provide first-hand support to the preservation of the natural treasures that make up this incredible puzzle of very different environments. Half of the area of Gran Canaria is part of this Reserve.


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Nature reserve in Gran Canaria

The island is home to a collection of the rare and magical flora of Macaronesia, a name that distinguishes a heritage of tree and flower species that are totally unique in the world. Established in 1952 by the Swede Eric Sventenius, who decided to collect the entire flora of the Canary Islands, this extraordinary treasure trove of plant species is jealously guarded in a botanic garden situated near the Guiniguada ravine.


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The Caldera de Tejeda

Another unusual feature of Gran Canaria is its special geomorphological configuration. An immense deep crater of volcanic origin, Caldera de Tejeda, dominates the centre of the island, providing a drainage network of rainwater that runs down the ravines towards the coastal areas.


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Large forests of Canarian pine, a tree with characteristics that make it unique in the world, can be found in the south-western area of Gran Canaria, whose natural environment has remained untouched for centuries. The inland areas are extremely interesting and the unique natural landscape can be enjoyed by walking along the “Caminos Reales”, the old farming routes. 


The biodiversity of Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is an island of marked contrasts. Arid environments dominate from the seashore to an altitude of 300 metres; the ravines and valleys are covered in palm trees, tamarisk and willow, and the coastline features underwater deltas, volcanic flows on the sea bed, enormous cliff faces and expanses of sand. All these environments contribute to the island’s rich biodiversity – it is the home to the loggerhead sea turtle, the bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins.


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The beaches in Gran Canaria

A quarter of the 236 km of coastline offers heavenly beaches, continuously warmed by the sun. Some of the best known and popular beaches, such as the strip of golden sand running from Playa del Inglès to the great lighthouse of Maspalomas, skirt a desert of dunes that extend along the south coast of the island. The southern part also offers an infinite number of small beaches that are ideal for families and enjoy an excellent climate almost all year round.


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The capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the north, is particularly proud of its Las Canteras beach, which extends into the heart of the city. This kilometre-long urban beach attracts flocks of people who swim in the water and surf the waves.


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Gran Canaria is one of the places with the best climate in Europe. The water temperature (between 18°C in winter and 22°C in the rest of the year) and the excellent sea and wind conditions mean that water sports can be practised all year round.


The water sports in Gran Canaria

There are areas that are perfect for windsurfing and kitesurfing, which make the island a second home for some of the world’s best windsurfers. The island also offers ideal winds for sailing, marine currents that bring large numbers of fish near the coast, and spectacular marine depths. 


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Las Palmas

The capital Las Palmas is filled with historical monuments, including the museum house of Christopher Columbus.


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Worth visiting are the Collegiate Church of Santa María la Mayor, one of the most important works of architecture of Aragonese Mudejar-style, and the Cathedral, which comprises three naves and a cross vault, and has a Gothic interior of palm-shaped columns and a Neoclassical exterior. 



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Gran Canaria is a welcoming island and offers different possibilities for accommodation.

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Monuments and Museum in Gran Canaria

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The popular borough of Vegueta is formed by the most emblematic buildings of the city, as well as the principal museums. The centre of Vegueta is presided by the Santa Ana Cathedral whose construction began in the XVI century and is flanked by the Plaza de Santa Ana with its important historical buildings: the Casas Consistoriales (the Old Town Hall) of Neo-classical style, the Episcopal Palace (identified by a beautiful balcony with lattice windows from the first third of the XVII century), the Casa Regental (one of the few examples of Renaissance buildings in the city) and the Historic Provincial Archives. Behind the Cathedral is the Plaza del Pilar Nuevo.

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In the borough of Triana the main attraction is the commercial Triana Street, where one can find a number of buildings of great historic and artistic value. One of the emblematic buildings of this borough is the Pérez Galdós Theatre, of italian inspiration. The Quegles Building, from 1900, is itself considered one of the most emblematic architectural elements of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and is situated in the well known Pérez Galdós Street. In the San Telmo Park you will discover the hermitage of San Telmo, a kiosk of modernist design. In the centre of the city we find Doramas Park where its gardens contain autochthonous flower examples. 


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In the district of La Isleta there is one of the most popular parks of the city: Santa Catalina. Here annual events such as the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival and International Music Festivals take place. In the park is located the Science Museum, in the Elder Building and the Miller Building, where cultural activities regularly take place. To enjoy the beautiful landscape of the municipality, the visitor might want to travel to the residential area of Tafira, where it is possible to admire examples of Canarian architecture.

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The Columbus House is an architectural complex, including what was originally the Island Governors’ House, now over five hundred years old. The rooms of the museum are mainly devoted to the New World and the role played by the Canary Islands in its Discovery of America. Paintings from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries hang on the walls, along with works on loan from the Prado Art Gallery in Madrid. Columbus House also puts on seminars, conferences and courses, while also awarding prizes for research.



The Cueva Pintada Museum and Archaeological Park aims to ensure the preservation, research and promotion of one of the most unique deposits on the island of Gran Canaria. The presentation exhibited a selection of the archaeological materials recovering from different excavations and also shows the history and evolution of the settlement, from the origin and destruction and from the beggining of the investigation works. At the end of the projection the public is invited to visit the pre-hispanic village of Agaldar.


The archeological collection is made up of material remains belonging to the prehistoric and historic population of Gran Canaria and includes some items from other islands of the Canarian Archipelago. The origin of this collection dates from 1879, when the Canarian Museum was founded, and it is still growing thanks to the items left to the Museum on deposit by private individuals and by the public institutions. The collection comprises an innumerable quantity of objects, which make it the largest archeological collection in the archipelago.


Excursions in Gran Canaria

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In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, one must highlight one of the greatest city beaches with atmosphere of all the Spanish capitals: Las Canteras, with three kilometres of golden sand bordered by an attractive beach walk from where bars, pubs, discotheques, terraces, ice-cream parlours, kiosks and so on, branch out. From 1989 the blue flag, a distinction conceded by the European Union, has been waving over the beach.

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To one side, the Confital Beach opens up at the foot of the mountains as a prolongation to the sea. On its shore surges the best right hand wave in Europe for the practise of surfing. At the other extreme of the beach, in La Ciccer, is located the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, stage of the island’s most important musical concerts, festivals of international prestige, as well as international congresses.

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Gran Canaria Travel Guide – Top Attractions & Places To See

The Canary Islands have proven to be a favorite family holiday destination with a sound track record when it comes to catering to the needs of holidaymakers from young to old whatever their tastes may be.

The island is home to an incredible selection of formidable beaches including a vast area of protected dunes at Maspalomas and a number of small quaint coves dotted along the Mogan coast as well as the lively beach at Las Canteras and the very smallest beaches tucked away in the north of the island.

To really get the most out of your holidays to Gran Canaria, you should set aside at least one day to exploring the stunning inland regions. A network of roads will lead you into a different world – one dotted with picturesque white villages and natural retreats.

The island is home to some extraordinary terrains, reminiscent of a martian surface or a luna landscape, trekking around these extraordinary parts of the island is fun, exciting and a perfect pastime if you wish to take time out away from the beaches and sea.

There are plenty of activities on offer to suit everyone including, water sports, trekking, jeep safaris, shopping, diving, fishing and water fun parks.

Golf holidays are a popular pastime as the island is home to half a dozen excellent golf courses including the Royal Club Las Palmas, El Cortijo Club de Campo,  Las Palmeras Golf, Meloneras Golf and the impressive course at Maspalomas.

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Don’t miss out on a trip to the town of Aguimes, on the eastern flank of the island: a wonderfully charming place where you can enjoy local gastronomic delights as well as venture beneath the sea of the island’s most popular scuba-diving area.

There is a good selection of officially recognised scuba diving schools around the island willing to help you explore the amazing crystal blue waters home to reefs, walls, and wrecks.

Surf, Windsurfing and Kitesurf are also popular pastimes all around the island with a number of kite and windsurf schools offering courses for every level.

The Island has the perfect beaches to practice these exciting and fun water sports, once tried you will undoubtedly crave for more.

Watch a perfect sunset over the Port of Mogon, the port area is a popular place to enjoy a quiet evening drink or evening meal. The restaurants are set amongst the colourful houses which line the streets around this pretty harbour.

Puerto de Mogan


Explore the deep blue sea on numerous boats that sail the port of Puerto Rico, Pasito Blanco, Puerto Mogan, Anfi del Mar and the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

There are numerous organised trips on yachts, catamarans and mini cruises from private charters to group trips. This offers visitors a chance to explore the coastline and local marine life including dolphin trips.


Amadores Beach – Gran Canaria



Palmitas Bird Park  –  Located in Maspalomas this bird park is fiull of exotic birds, tropical fauna and exciting shows:


Aqualand Maspalomas –  Located just outside Maspalomas, close to Salobre. This is the island’s top water park, with over 40 slides and other attractions to guarantee a fun family day out.


Roque Nublo –  This is one of the landmark references of Gran Canaria, visited by many thousands of rock climbers each year looking to explore this unique landscape.

Faro de Maspalomas –  The Maspalomas lighthouse is well worth a visit whilst enjoying a walk along the long promenade and perhaps watch a spectacular Canarian sunset.

Maspalomas Sand Dunes – The incredible area around the sand dunes on the south coast is a dedicated nature reserve ensuring the dunes will be preserved for generations to come.

Christopher Columbus House –  Located in the capital Las Palmas and is a fitting testament to the great explorer.


Cueva Pintado Archaeological Site – Offers and interesting insight into how the Canarian’s lived before the Spanish conquest of the 15th-century.


Cenobio de Valeron – This is a fascinating archaeological cave site and one of the most visited historic sites in Gran Canaria.



Gran Canaria Vacation – Gran Canaria Information Center

Gran Canaria Vacation:

Human beings are naturally very inquisitive. Perhaps that is why many people prefer to spend their free time traveling to different countries. Probably, everyone dreams of spending a vacation in some exotic country, getting to know its culture and traditions better, meeting new people.

Fortunately, nothing is impossible in today’s world. It is enough just to really want to spend an unforgettable vacation and decide on the country you would like to see. Many of our compatriots have already appreciated the rest in the Canary Islands and were very pleased with the service and friendly atmosphere of the locals. In addition, many tourists were pleasantly surprised by the prices in the archipelago.

For many Russians, the main problem is most often the price of a tour, and almost the majority of tourists still have the Soviet stereotype that a holiday in the Canary Islands is an expensive holiday. Today this is no longer the case. Perhaps it is the competent ratio of price and quality of service that is increasingly making the Canary Islands so popular among tourists from Europe. Compared to other resorts in the world, visiting Gran Canaria can be considered quite acceptable.

In addition to high-quality service and a friendly atmosphere, you will certainly enjoy the mild and sunny climate, as well as the spacious sandy beaches. You can be sure that the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean, as well as warm and soft sand, will help you immerse yourself in a real fairy tale and get a truly heavenly pleasure from your vacation.

Compared to other resorts in the world, Gran Canaria has not yet been visited by many Russian-speaking tourists, which is probably why we are still very welcome here and show interest and respect.

In addition, it should be noted that many tourists have an excellent opportunity to purchase many goods inexpensively, because Gran Canaria is located in a low tax zone. Cosmetics, watches and souvenirs are very popular among Russian tourists. Our compatriots and jewelry do not bypass their attention. Prices for many jewelry in Gran Canaria are much lower than in our country. Credit cards are accepted for payment in this country. But it is better not to bring dollars with you. Euros are in use here, and dollars are offered to be exchanged at a very unfavorable rate. It is better to immediately stock up on the amount you need in euro currency. Before leaving, it would be wise to calculate all purchases and decide on the amount you need. A rational approach to costs at the beginning of the trip will help to avoid a bad mood due to the emptiness in the wallet at the end of the vacation.

In addition, many tourists note that 3, 4, and 5-star hotels in Gran Canaria are in no way inferior to hotels in other popular resorts and correspond to their stars. Here you will not find a hotel on every corner, which is probably why the level of service here is slightly higher than in Turkey or Egypt, where hotels are located very tightly. If you like a measured and relaxing holiday, then the winter season will be the ideal time to visit Gran Canaria. In winter, as a rule, a solid audience gathers here, but the cost of the tour increases accordingly. It must be said that, according to statistics, for the year the island of Gran Canaria is visited by 1 million tourists less than Tenerife. For many years, the island of Gran Canaria has been less accessible for mass tourism, and now it’s the right time for Russian-speaking tourists to visit it too.

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