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Risco Caído Interpretation Centre, Artenara

Gran Canaria opens a passageway to the past

The Interpretation Centre of Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria Cultural Landscape highlights the values of this World Heritage site.

There was a time when the aborigines of Gran Canaria were able to create a bond between Heaven and Earth. It happened on the island’s highlands. Those people created a unique world with their own hands, involving the starts in the process. The most spectacular example of this dialogue between humans, the Sun and the Moon, happened eight centuries ago, in a cavity located at 1200 m of altitude, excavated in volcanic rock. The sunlight and the silver halo of the full moon magically came through the rectangular skylight designed for the purpose, giving light, in turns, to each one of the figures engraved on the walls of Risco Caído cave number six. But there was nothing magical about it, only observation, technique and belief.


Faro de Maspalomas Summer Crafts Fair

Gran Canaria, an Ocean of Crafts

The Crafts Fairs held next to Faro de Maspalomas (Maspalomas Lighthouse) in Spring and Summer show the depth of the Island’s Traditions.

The waves, the breeze and the sea currents draw spirals and all kinds of whimsical meandering shapes next to the dike and breakwater at the foot of Faro de Maspalomas (Maspalomas Lighthouse). Gran Canaria’s Nature has been and still is a constant source of inspiration for the creation of beauty, like a guiding light. Like the Lighthouse has been doing for over a century. For this reason, and as naturally as the waves break on the shore, it is hard to imagine a most suitable space for two must-go dates for all looking for in-depth knowledge of the Island’s traditions. These dates are Faro de Maspalomas (Maspalomas Lighthouse) Summer Crafts Fair and Faro de Maspalomas (Maspalomas Lighthouse) Southern Spring Crafts Fair. In both cases, the Atlantic Ocean is the best background to the displayed crafts.


Casa Museo Tomás Morales, Moya

Casas-Museo of Cabildo Gran Canaria: the jewels are free

Entrance to the museums dedicated to Galdós, the poet Tomás Morales, the painter Antonio Padrón and the León y Castillo brothers is now free.

How much is a jewel worth? How much would you pay to dive in a bottomless sea of wonders, to discover the artistic and historical treasures of an island? What if it were for free? That is the case in the four Casas-Museo (Museum-Houses) of Cabildo de Gran Canaria, dedicated to the novelist Benito Pérez Galdós, the modernist poet Tomás Morales, the painter Antonio Padrón, and the brothers Fernando and Juan de León y Castillo, politician and engineer, both relevant to the island’s recent history.


The Market Puerto Rico

Gran Canaria’s hot shopping and food experience in the South

The grand opening of ‘The Market Puerto Rico’ offers the perfect combination of luxury shopping and quality healthy food.

The flavours that take us far away are always those closer to us. The true luxury is time, when hours and minutes cease to exist. And there is no better feeling than the sense that there is a surprise around the corner. This and other ingredients mix to create  ‘The Market Puerto Rico’, in the coast of the municipality of Mogán, a hot new shopping space in the Southern Gran Canaria, rooted in concepts such as sustainability, local produce and the permanent desire to create unique moments for every visitor.


Gran Canaria Blue

Gran Canaria Blue, the ocean in your hands

The new Gran Canaria Blue website enables visitors to learn about and make bookings on the fascinating range of nautical activities on the island.

There they go. Someone on board points to the spot where a mysterious shape slinks around under the water, moving ever nearer to the surface. The contained excitement lasts barely a few instants, in the a few short seconds the dolphins take to emerge and once again transform the waters of Gran Canaria into a blue canvass with their manoeuvres, jumps and somersaults. In this way, with the same precision with which the pod of dolphins moves forward, another dream has been fulfilled on an island in whose waters a third of all known cetaceans have been spotted.


TOTEM, Cirque du Soleil

The most human Cirque du Soleil comes to Gran Canaria

The TOTEM spectacle is inspired by the origins and evolution of mankind, and is to premiere in July 2019 in Gran Canaria.

This could be a test. Is it real or is it a dream? Our sight and the rest of our senses face the challenge of solving a dilemma which, at the end of the day, belongs to the realms of emotion. Here there are artists who contort themselves as they challenge the laws of physics while the set design and projections interact in real time with their movements. The audience contemplates the waves, splashes and reflections in the water of a primeval pond, flames, the source of a river, an ocean, a volcanic island, molecules, planets, a starlit sky and a rocket that sets off on course for infinity. We repeat the question once more… dream or reality? Both answers are valid when it is the Cirque du Soleil and their TOTEM show we are talking about, which will premiere on 5th July 2019 in Gran Canaria.


Maspalomas

The inner light of Maspalomas Lighthouse

The general public are now allowed into the Maspalomas Lighthouse, the most emblematic of its kind in Gran Canaria, following its refurbishment and reopening.

Maspalomas Lighthouse illuminates the past, present and future, following its refurbishment and reopening to the general public. From 10.30 to 17.00 anyone can now gain free entry into the heart of this emblematic maritime landmark, which opened for the first time back in 1890, a time when it guided sailors safely around the waters to the south of Gran Canaria.


María Sirotkina

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the nomad city

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has developed into a top European destination for digital nomads, as it brings together the vast majority of attractions they are looking for.

María Sirotkina was born on the banks of the river Sura, in the Russian city of Penza, where the temperature from November to March rarely creeps up over a chilly zero degrees. María has swapped this frozen beauty spot for the more warming climate of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.


Jinámar

The future is spinning round in Gran Canaria

The coast of Gran Canaria is the venue for Spain’s first marine wind turbine, equipped with all the latest modern day technology.

The new daughter of the wind resides along the east coast of Gran Canaria and is called Elisa, the name given to the ambitious project underway on the island in the form of the first ever marine wind turbine to be installed in Spain, and also the first in the south of Europe to be a permanent fixture. This prototype model is also a pioneer on a world scale as it uses cutting edge technology which has enabled its moving, building and installation in deep water without the need for large boats or marine cranes, thus reducing costs and opening up a whole new world of renewable energy possibilities.


Las Canteras

The Blue Walking Tour: 7 kilometres of wonders

The “Sendero Azul” of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a live tour around the geology and history of Las Canteras and El Confital.

Open your eyes wide. The ocean spreads out at your feet, hugging a promising coastline where sands, reefs, rocks and in the distance, the volcanoes, all converge. Breathe a deep breath and let the sea breeze overpower you. Just let yourself go and walk on. Don’t miss a single detail. The Blue Walking Tour along the Bay of El Confital and Las Canteras Beach, here in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, offers plenty of surprises along a seven kilometre stretch of wonders. The information boards will help you understand the geology, biology and the historical evolution of this outstanding landscape.


‘Gran Canaria en los ojos de Pepe Dámaso’ (‘Gran Canaria through the eyes of Pepe Dámaso)

Pepe Dámaso, light of Gran Canaria

Several paintings  by the painter Pepe Dámaso light up Triana Tourist Information Office, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

When he comes on stage, one gets the feeling that the air lights up and a warm breeze starts to blow, as when the rays of the morning sun creep into a room with views of the ocean. Pepe Dámaso, born in Agaete (Gran Canaria) in 1933 and one of the Canary Islands most universal artists, is the ambassador of light and colour of his island birthplace. Pepe says that one has to “emborregar” (a local word for rolling in the sand) tourism in flour and give tourists a taste of fried moray eel, “toasted and salty like the sea”. When the painter speaks, his Gran Canaria speaks through him.


Perojo Street

Calle Perojo, the street in Gran Canaria that runs on forever

Calle Perojo, with its Site of Cultural Interest award, features a range of colourful, architectural styles and a passion for detail in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Architecture, colour and a passion for detail are the attractions along Calle Perojo in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a street that has been awarded the title of Site of Cultural Interest (BIC in Spanish) in the category of Historical Location, in recognition of its great beauty and artistic value. A walk around this emblematic street in the island’s capital is to delve into an elegant environment in which past and present go hand in hand to provide a memorable urban experience.