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Gran Canaria is the third largest island in the Canary Islands and offers a large variety of terrain such as rocky mountains, pine forests, Sand dunes and many beaches to explore. It’s a popular destination for holiday seekers in search of an affordable getaway. If you’re looking for a place with great weather and low prices do check out flights to Gran Canaria and affordable resort packages.
Here I’ve put together 5 things you should check out whilst in Gran Canaria:
1.Playa de Las Canteras
The best beach to relax in Gran Canaria, walk along the promenade bare foot, take in the fresh air and be sure to stop off for a coffee along the way. Stunning coastal views and lots of places to choose for something to eat, go with the flow, kick back and take it all in.
A small 30 minutes walk will take you to the top of Roque Nublo, a must for any outdoors fan. From here you can gather a great viewpoint over the whole island. Be sure to check the weather before you go to ensure it won’t be foggy and blocking the view. You can plan this around a sunrise to make it extra special in the morning. From the top you can see as far as Tiede, another mountain top, truly is stunning view.
3.Surfing lessons in Gran Canaria
If you have never tried surfing before, Gran Canaria can be a fantastic place to get started with many Surf schools offering beginner lessons. Don’t worry, surf equipment and instructor lessons are included with most packages. Walk along Playa de Las Cantera and negotiate a good price with the surf schoolss along the promenade. The sea water in Gran Canaria won’t be that cold, which makes it perfect conditions for surfing. Best of Luck learning how to surf!
This traditional old medieval town will take you back in time to the days when it was used as a trading point and even a resting point for Columbus. Here you can find the stunning 15th century cathedral, which has free entry on Sundays. You can explore the markets to purchase some local traditional meats, cheese as well as going back in time and exploring the streets of this old town. Be sure to enjoy the boutique bars and cafes as well.
The Dune area stretches for 400 hectares around Maspalomas. Areas of the dune are unspoilt and have been turned into a restricted-access nature reserve. Still, there are many parts you can explore, just follow the signposts. The landscape changes here from day to day, as sea winds re-shape the area during the night time and re-sculpt the dunes by morning.