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Salinas de Tenefé

The white treasure that came in from the sea

The beauty of the salt fields of Gran Canaria is the product of the ocean, sun and human tenacity.

A golden white treasure is hidden away along the coastline around Gran Canaria at the hazy border between land and sea, although in this case its presence is not down to any invading pirates. Its origin is owed to the permanent interaction between the two elements that form part of the island’s pure essence: the ocean and the sun. Man’s efforts have gone into illuminating the glittering piles of sea salt at several salt fields along the island’s coast, some of them with several centuries of history behind them.


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La Garita beach

La Garita beach, moon-like and earth-like

The urban and the wild fuse together naturally at La Garita beach in Gran Canaria, and in its surrounding environment.

The stunning shorelines around Gran Canaria reveal themselves in different guises. Sometimes they can be decked out in a black suit, as is the case of the cosy little volcanic beach at Garita, on the Telde coastline, close to both Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and to the south of the island. A burning volcanic spirit, which led to the formation of this Atlantic territory, is clearly apparent around here. La Garita is another of the gifts of nature that this spectacular geological formation provided for the future.


"Patio de los Naranjos"

The Sacred Art Museum in Gran Canaria

The Sacred Art Museum, in Gran Canaria, exhibits large artistic treasures right in the heart of the historic district of Vegueta.

There exists a place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria where the sweet aroma of figs are mixed with the scent of citric fruits. Set between the walls of the Cathedral of Santa Ana and calle Espíritu Santo, facing south, is the aromatic Patio de los Naranjos, which dates from the 17th century and topped off by a splendid Canary balcony. The rooms surrounding the courtyard are former cathedral side buildings, and today house the Diocesan Sacred Art Museum, a celestial reflection in the heart of the historical neighbourhood of Vegueta.


Roque Nublo

The five enigmas of Roque Nublo

The Roque Nublo, one of Gran Canarias’most stunning natural symbols, sits upon the summit waiting for you to unveil its mysteries.

1. What are the stones made of? This first mystery echoes around from stone to stone and from rock to rock. What are the stones from the summit of Gran Canaria made of? Moreover, what is the Roque Nublo, the great emblem of the island, made of? The answer can be found in fire and in time. This spectacular monolith, measuring some eighty metres high, and at over eight hundred metres altitude, is the stony witness to the volcanic explosion that occurred several million years ago. The most patient rock sculptor that exists, namely time, has since shaped the ashes and the rest of the pyroclastic rocks into the figure of the Roque Nublo that stands before us today.


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.


Salinetas, Telde

The clock that ticks on las Salinetas Beach

The tides and waves are the only things to mark the hours and minutes on Las Salinetas Beach, in Gran Canaria.

The tamboril fish flits around the sandy depths near to Salinetas beach (Telde, Gran Canaria), like it’s in its own larder. If it feels it is under threat, it expands like a balloon to make it look larger than it actually is, at least physically. On the shore, on the other hand, summer holiday makers have nothing to fear, as their only worry is to decide which restaurant to go to for lunch, or whether they would prefer going for a splash in the crystal clear waters, go for a snooze, or flick through a couple of pages of their book. That’s about as tough it gets during the day in Salinetas.


The Tomás Morales House Museum in Moya

The home of the poet of the ocean in Gran Canaria

The Tomás Morales House Museum in Moya is a showcase of the profoundness of cultura in Gran Canaria.

There once was a poet who instead of dipping his feather in ink, he dipped it directly into the sea water. He was called Tomás Morales, and was born in Moya in 1884 and is considered one of the leading lights in modernism in Spain. His poems contain traces of foam and salt, because, as he said himself, they come from the infinite Atlantic.


Huerto de las Flores, Agaete

7 curious facts about Huerto de las Flores

Huerto de las Flores is a botanical garden in Agaete, in Gran Canaria, with over a hundred different plant species from around the world

1. Travelling plants that have spread their roots in Agaete.
A passion for travelling and botany were the seeds that led to Huerto de las Flores coming into being, a most beautiful and delicate botanical garden in Agaete (Gran Canaria). Its roots date back to the end of the 19th century, when its creators, members of the De Armas family, would bring tree seeds and cuttings back with them from their trips abroad. Many of these species came from America, as well as many other latitudes. These plants came to the island and adapted well to it, although be it said it is not hard to settle in a place like Agaete.


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.


Canary knives

Cutting edge tradition

Every knife that Francisco Torres makes is a wholly unique piece, and proof of Gran Canaria’s deep-rooted craftwork tradition.

Every Canary knife tells a story. Some of them can cut short our breath with their steel blades. Rafael Torres Osorio, a resident of Santa María de Guía, in Gran Canaria, forged well deserving fame as an artisan knife-maker, while his son, Francisco Torres Rodríguez, delicately holds up a knife that is able to slit through the patterns of time. “This is the last one my father designed in 1992”, he reveals with emotion and pride etched on his face. The handle, a replica made by himself, is pure silver and goldsmithing genius, a combination of animal horn, precious metals, know-how and patience.


Unamuno viewpoint. Artenara

Gran Canaria: Unamuno’s Summit

Sculptor Manolo González, the author of the statue of the Unamuno Balcony in Artenara, in Gran Canaria, talks about the work.

“The truth is, the landscape is the protagonist”, states sculptor Manolo González, the author of the statue of the Unamuno Balcony in Artenara, where Gran Canaria holds hands with the sky. The writer came to the island in the summer of 1910 having accepted an inivitation to preside a poetry contest, and had to opportunity to go up to the summit. The statue looks out over the place where the novelist actually stood, bewitched by another work of art, in this case carved out by nature.


View of Las Marañuelas beach, Arguineguín

Arguineguín: legendary seas

Arguineguín, in Gran Canaria, is ideal for anybody to star in an unforgettable story.

Legend has it among fishermen that near to Arguineguín, in the south of Gran Canaria, there is a tuna sanctuary. What is sure is that the migratory route map of these oceanic athletes includes a line through this sunny spot with its pleasant waters.


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