Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed on Gran Canaria! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Gran Canaria’s most important sights.
1. MUSEO CANARIO
The most important museum in the Canary Island archipelago is to be found in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It sheds light on the life and culture of the island people in ancient times whose most famous artefact is the Idol of Tara.
2. DUNAS DE MASPALOMAS
A hint of the Sahara sweeps across this stupendous dune landscape between Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés. Some of the dunes are 10m (33ft) wide and up to 20m (66ft) high.
3. ROQUE NUBLO
A popular hiking trail leads up to these bizarre rock pinnacles from where the reward for the strenuous climb is a breathtaking view.
4. CENOBIO DE VALERÓN
This cave system, used by the island’s first inhabitants, comprises some 300 chambers carved out of tuff; it is regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites in the Canary Island archipelago.
5. CALDERA DE BANDAMA
The virtually round cauldron is the product of a massive eruption. Pico de Bandama nearby, offers a wonderful view of the volcanic scenery and the sea of houses that make up the island’s capital.
6. JARDÍN CANARIO
The botanic garden showcases the exceptional variety of plants on the Canary Islands, including several impressive dragon trees.
Many of the old houses in the historical district of this little country town – considered the most ‘typically Canarian’ of all towns on the island – boast artistically crafted balconies and idyllic patios.
8. PUERTO DE MOGÁN
Gran Canaria even has its own ‘Little Venice’ – part of this beautiful coastal resort around the marina is built out into the water.
9. PALMITOS PARQUE
More than 200 different species of birds, as well as other animals, live in this park that extends over more than 49 acres. Its stars are those that perform in special shows.
From here, the highest village on the island, and the Mirador de Unamuno, you have a spectacular view of the mountain scenery.
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