Despite its size, Gran Canaria has many places full of charm and beauty…
Gran Canaria is one of the seven Canary Islands and with its climate of eternal springtime and over 60km of beaches it is impossible not to understand the draw of this tiny island.
Las Palmas Cathedral
Visiting Vegueta Old Town could only be compared to stepping back in time with its architecture ranging from late-Gothic styles to Renaissance. A visit to the Santa Ana Cathedral and Square are a must as the views from the top of the cathedral are spectacular – the Atlantic Ocean on one side and panoramic views of Vegueta on the other! With a wide range of eateries and several museums of both history and art so there really is something for everyone.
Agüimes is a small but attractive town in the eastern part of Gran Canaria with medieval narrow streets and terracotta-coloured houses. If you’re driving up from the coast then the beauty starts before entering the town with the many sculptures along the roadside epitomising the history and character of the town. As well as an exhibition room at Plaza de San Anton there are also two Parroquia de San Sebastian towers which are historical cultural monuments and are beautifully designed both inside and out.
Areas and activities
Teror is situated in the north of the island and being founded in 1481 makes it one of the oldest towns in the Canary Islands. It is ultimately a place of pilgrimage for the residents of Gran Canaria. A visit to Teror is not complete without a visit to the Basilica which was dedicated to the patron saint of Gran Canaria which is decorated intricately inside and is not to be missed out on. The town also hosts a market every Sunday lunchtime where you can sample and buy local specialities and sweets made by the nuns of the Cistercian Order.
Firgas is a small, charming and pretty village in the north of Gran Canaria. The town is famous for its production of mineral water which is drawn from a spring 4km away from the town. It has always been associated with water and now there is an artificial waterfall that tumbles through the centre of the old town adding to the already pretty sights.
The beautiful Island at sunset
Nestled in beautiful mountains is Tejeda which is a perfect destination for a rural retreat. With blooming almond trees Tejeda is at its prettiest in February but can be to visit all year round. A vast amount of archaeological remains such as burial caves, rock carvings, paintings and houses can be found in this area which visitors can discover.