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Gran Canaria is the third largest of the Canary Islands and used to be considered an overcrowded tourist magnet. But the beaches… the ocean… the uniquely diversified landscape… Today, fans of nature and sports enjoy Gran Canary just as much as those who come to relax on the beach. Expect a wealth of beauty, peerless treasures, and endless calm beyond lively Playa del Inglés. If you prefer to enter the tourist fray, you will find your personal nightlife and shopping oasis in the south. Gran Canaria has something in store for every vacationer.
It is no secret – and no surprise – that Gran Canaria mostly attracts tourists looking for ocean fun. With more than 50 kilometers of beaches, the island offers myriad of opportunities to get that tan you have been pining for. The island also has many hidden coves that can be accessed after a walk through wild nature.
Good shoes are a must for your island vacation – fantastic views will be your compensation for the arduous march on magnificent hiking and trekking trails winding through balmy fields of wild herbs. Alternatively, rent a horse or a mountain bike. If sports are what you are looking for, you can choose between plenty of activities on and in the water. Dive into a true adventure and race across the water on a jet ski. Or try out something new: Stand-up paddling will boost both your mood and your muscle mass. Rent some diving equipment and discover the miraculous underwater world. Treat your kids to a banana boat ride. After a night of bar-hopping, grab a beach chair and take a nap.
Las Palmas, the island’s capital, is far more than just a shopper’s paradise. It offers numerous interesting sights, and architecture buffs will be fascinated by its distinct designs. While dominant Santa Ana cathedral was built in Gothic style in the 15th century, the church of San Juan Bautista shows the individualistic style of Mudejar Gothic dating back to the 16th century. Another popular landmark is the golden-yellow sand dunes on a stretch of six kilometers between Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas.
Plan a day trip to the northeastern part of the island. At almost 200 meters below ground, the crater of Caldera de Bandama is simply overwhelming. Surrounded by awe-inspiring nature reserves, the village with the curious name of Teror is an original site for pilgrimage. Virgen del Pino basilica and the Cistercian monastery built in 1882 are the main attractions in this part of the island. Gran Canaria has a lot to offer.