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Ferries from Gran Canaria to Spain
There are 2 ferry routes operating between Gran Canaria and Spain offering you combined total of 5 sailings per week. Naviera Armas operates 2 routes, Las Palmas to Cadiz runs 2 times per week & Las Palmas to Huelva about 1 time weekly. Fred Olsen Express operates 1 route, Las Palmas to Huelva which runs 2 times weekly.
As the frequency and duration of crossings on some routes varies we would advise that you do a live search for crossings from Gran Canaria to Spain to get the most up to date information.
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Ferries from Gran Canaria to Spain
Las Palmas Cadiz Ferry
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Las Palmas Huelva Ferry
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About Gran Canaria:
Gran Canaria is part of the Spanish Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, situated off the northwest coast of Africa.
Due to the different climates and a variety of landscapes found on Gran Canaria, it’s commonly referred to as a ‘miniature continent’. Its diverse terrain comprises long beaches and dunes of white sand contrasting with green ravines and picturesque villages, whilst a third of the island has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Although it’s only the third largest island, Gran Canaria makes up almost half of the population of the Canaries, which means vibrant bars, exquisite restaurants and fascinating museums are readily available.
Due to its centrality in the Canaries, Gran Canaria is a great departure point for the other islands in the archipelago. You can also sail to a couple of ports on mainland Spain, so there’s no shortage of ferry options.
Spain is a beautiful and diverse country located in the south west of Europe. As a country well known for its beaches, the geographical and cultural diversity in Spain often comes across as a surprise to its visitors.
This exotic country really has it all, from lush meadows, green valleys and hills to snowy mountains and almost desert zones in the South. No wonder Spain ranks the third most visited European country.
In terms of getting to Spain by ferry, with the North, East and South sides of the country facing the Sea, there’s no shortage of options. From the UK, there are regular scheduled crossings available and though the crossings on offer are long, the ships are cruise like in standard which makes for an extremely pleasant trip. The same applies to the connection across the Mediterranean Sea from Italy.
From the North African coast, you can depart from Morocco, Melilla and Algeria. The services from Morocco in particular are very popular with many companies operating the connection across the strait of Gibraltar.
The Balearic and Canary Islands provide numerous connections to the mainland.
GranCanaria.News in English – El Periódico Inglés The Canary
Dec, 2022 |
Spain’s, so far, second largest consignment of the pink drug concoction has been intercepted at Gran Canaria airport. A 22-year-old passenger from Belgium was stopped, by Customs Surveillance and Guardia Civil, with an estimated ten kilos of the drug, writes A. Castilian in Spanish language daily, La Provincia
Dec, 2022 |
Semana de Flores, Flower week in Gáldar. Photo Ayuntamiento de Gáldar
It’s the weekend before most foreign residents (and visitors) celebrate their Yuletime dinners and get-togethers. Of course here in Spain, and on the Canary Islands, December 25th is a day of simple, quiet contemplation with the main gift giving days being 12th night, the epiphany, January 5th & 6th, in celebration of the Day of the Three Kings, so for Canary Islanders there is still plenty of time of Christmas shopping to be done. This year the 25th forms part of a ‘puente’, a bridge weekend as it falls on a Sunday, and so Monday (Boxing Day to all you Brits) is a Public Holiday in Spain.
The weather forecast is showing unstable weather predicted for Friday, but Saturday and Sunday looks good with some cloud cover across the island, just perfect to start the countdown for the last week before the seasonal festivities really get going. There are plenty of seasonal events all over Gran Canaria, so here are just some of our hand picked selection for you to visit this weekend before Christmas. You’ll find more on TheCanaryGuide.com<!–more–>
In Telde, there are the Gastronomic days and the Orange Fair taking place this weekend. Concerts, fair, market and many other activities in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana to be enjoyed. Santa Lucía is celebrating a Romeria, pilgrimage offering, for their Patron Saint this Sunday so a big day to get out and experience.
Upcoming bank holidays:Monday 26 December • Public Holiday in Spain – Christmas, Natividad del Señor
Upcoming events:20-23 December • Christmas Market in Parque de San Fernando, Maspalomas23 December • Il Divo concert in Parque Sur de Maspalomas27 December – 4 January • Planeta Gran Canaria 2022-232-5 January • 28th Feria de Artesanía de San Telmo5 January • Reyes Magos (3 Kings) parades4-5 February • The Almond Blossom Festival Tejeda
*** Check the regular markets and a range of other events on our main calendar at The Canary Guide website. If you are interested in what Christmas events are happening on Gran Canaria, just choose “Christmas” from the categories.***
Dec, 2022 |
The new Salto de Chira hydroelectric power station project broke ground this year, after nearly 2 decades of planning, with works now being prepared on the primary wall of the Soria dam (the largest in The Canary Islands) and its surroundings, where a spillway will be constructed to facilitate access via a service road to install elements such as water intake, the hydraulic circuit along with a secondary tunnel which will be installed.
Dec, 2022 |
The renovated natural pool of El Perchel beach in Arguineguín
There is no avoiding it. It’s the second weekend of December and the Yule time festivities are pretty much the theme for all the events happening on Gran Canaria over the days and weeks ahead. The municipalities of Santa Lucía and Agaete are celebrating their patron saints’ festivities as well as a few other neighbourhoods around the island. The municipalities of Mogán, Teror, Valsequillo and Arucas are just about to start their seasonal programs this weekend, with their respective Lights-on events.
Dec, 2022 |
As of January 1, public road transport services, urban and interurban, for anyone with a resident’s monthly bus pass, can travel free by bus and tram in the Canary Islands, the Government of the Canary Islands and the seven island councils have announced after a meeting held on Wednesday. This and other issues will be included in an action protocol that will be signed by all parties before the end of the year.
Teror – a city in Gran Canaria
Canary Islands, Spain
Teror (Spanish: Teror ) is a city and municipality in the north of the island of Gran Canaria, located 20.6 km from the capital. The city is located far from the coast, on a hill 543 meters above sea level. Teror is a charming resort town, you should definitely visit it to walk along the ancient streets and imagine what life was like in Gran Canaria 200-300 years ago. The city has perfectly preserved old buildings 17-19centuries. Their colorful facades, wooden and wrought iron balconies decorated with flowers look very cute and original.
Teror harmoniously combines monumentality, history and beauty of the surrounding nature. Also, this town is considered one of the main religious centers of the Canary Islands.
Excursion to Teror will leave only pleasant memories. We definitely recommend visiting the main temple of the city – the Cathedral of St. Our Lady of the Pine.
Teror is a place where you can feel calm, people come here to leisurely walk along the cobbled streets, go to shops with souvenirs and handicrafts and relax in street cafes, bars and taverns. nineOl000
The name of the city has ancient roots, there is evidence that the local natives called this place “Aterura” and it comes from the Berber “taurirt”, which means “hill”. nine0003
The history of the city is closely connected with one legend, it says that in 1481 several local shepherds saw the face of the Mother of God in the branches of a pine tree. Since then, Nuestra Señora del Pino has played an important role in the religious and cultural life of the city. In 1914, Pope Pius XII declared Our Lady of the Pine the patroness of Gran Canaria, and the city became the religious capital of the island.
Teror was founded in the 15th century and was originally located in the relict forest that covered the north of Gran Canaria. Already at the beginning of the 16th century, the city was ruled by a measure appointed by the governor. nine0003
The rapid development and growth of the city took place in the 17th century, it flourished economically and socially, many famous families of Gran Canaria lived in Teror.
The main holiday of the city of Teror is celebrated on September 8, on this day the Virgen del Pino, the patroness of the city and the island, is honored. Tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the Canary Islands come to the city for the holiday. Traditionally, on this day, a pedestrian procession takes place through the streets of the city and a colorful festival begins, where folklore groups perform. Various festive events take place throughout September. nine0003
On the Sunday after September 8, Teror hosts the Día de las Marías celebration, which begins with a solemn mass, continues with festivities and ends with fireworks.
On the last Sunday of July, the Teror Water Festival begins. The meaning of this holiday is gratitude for the rains that fall throughout the year. Earlier on this day, they thanked the saints who saved the locals from epidemics, famine and drought. The festival begins with a solemn mass and continues with a religious procession. nine0003
In June, on the day of the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, carpets of flowers and colored salt can be seen in the city center.
The main square of the city is called Plaza de Nuestra Señora del Pino , Calle Real de la Plaza leaves from it . They are built up on all sides with old houses in the colonial style. Most of them were built in the 16th century and have been perfectly preserved to this day. Multicolored facades with wooden carved balconies look charming. From 19For 79 years, the entire historical center of the city was declared a historical monument of national importance.
The city is also rich in sights.
Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pino
The most important historical, cultural and architectural attraction of Teror is the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pine. It was built on the site of an old church with the patronage of Bishop Rueda and donations from local residents. Its construction was completed in 1665. It is located in the central square of the city. The basilica was built in the Baroque style, has three naves, one of which is located in the center and has semicircular arches. On the right side of the façade is a yellow stone tower. Inside the temple there is a large baroque altar and a wooden sculpture of the Blessed Virgin. Around it are other religious statues, the work of the famous sculptor Luján Pérez. nine0003
Photographs of the Basilica
House Museum of the Patrons of the Virgin
Museum Casa Museo de los Patronos de la Virgen is located in an old mansion at Plaza de Nuestra Señora del Pino 009. It belongs to the family Manrique de Lara . The house is made in a traditional colonial style, has a white facade, large windows and wooden balconies. There is a beautiful marble fountain in the courtyard.
Previously, on the ground floor of the house there was a storehouse of the valuables of Basil of Our Lady of the Pine, now rich interiors of the 18th century have been recreated there. In the rooms you can see authentic furniture, tapestries, dishes, porcelain, photographs and paintings of that time. On the first floor on the left is the room where Nestor Alamo, chronicler of Teror, used to live. The museum also has an excellent private library. nine0003
Calle Real de la Plaza
The main street of the city, leading from the entrance to Teror to Plaza del Pino, where the Basilica is located. This is one of the first city streets, its current appearance was formed in the 18-19th century. The ancient mansions that it is built on have different architectural styles, creating an exquisite variety. The houses on Calla Real de la Plaza are united by the presence of wooden carved balconies. This street is a traditional place for tourists to walk; the oldest shops of the city are located on it. nine0003
The Yellow Tower is a bell tower, part of Nuestra Señora del Pino, built in 1708. This is one of the few architectural elements that have survived from the church that once stood on this site. The bell tower is octagonal, has 7 sections. The tower was built in the Portuguese Gothic style.
Old Episcopal Palace
Located at the back of the Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pino, it is another ancient building in the historic center of Teror. nine0007 Palacio Episcopal de Teror was built at the same time as the basilica and was restored in 1982. For its intended purpose, the building has not been used for a long time. It usually hosts parish religious events.
Sculptural composition in the Plaza del Pino, located next to the Indian laurel. It is an iron cross located on a column. It was installed on the site where the altar of the first church of Our Lady of the Pine used to be. This cross was installed in 19century instead of a wooden cross. The original cross, according to legend, was made of pine wood, in which they saw the face of the Virgin. Now the cross is kept inside the Basilica.
Place Teresa Bolivar
A small, quiet square named after the wife of Simon Bolivar, who was from Gran Canaria. On the square there is a monument to Simon Bolivar and an architectural composition consisting of a fountain and carved stone benches.
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Agria de Teror spring
Mineral water spring Fuente Agria de Teror located near the historic center. For many centuries, the source supplied the city with drinking water. The composition of water has been repeatedly studied since the end of the 18th century. It was proved that the water has an ideal ratio of mineral and bacteriological composition and belongs to the medicinal mineral waters. It is rightfully considered the main asset of the city.
Puente del Molino Teror Bridge
Old arch bridge Puente del Molino Teror built of stone. Located on the road from Las Palmas to Teror, about 2 km from the historic city center.
This is the oldest bridge in Gran Canaria, built between 1824 and 1828 to improve the way to the capital across the riverbed of the Barranco del Pino.
Modern concert hall, opened in 2006. It is located near the historical center of the city. Strict laconic lines in the appearance of the concert hall, combined with the use of stone in the decoration, made it possible to harmoniously fit the building into the ancient architecture of the city. nine0003
Terora Street Market
The Terora Street Market is the most crowded in Gran Canaria. On Sunday, the inhabitants of the island and tourists come to the city to visit it. About 140 stalls open every week at the market, where you can buy fresh food, vegetables, fruits, local crafts, textiles, toys and much more.
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Plaza de Sintes
Map of points of interest
Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pino
House-Museum of the Patrons of the Virgin
Kalier Real-de-La-Plaza Street
Yellow Tower of Basilica
Old episcopal palace
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The area of Teresa Bolivar
Mineral source of agria
Puente del Molino bridge
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