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10 Highlights not to be missed

10 Highlights not to be missed

We’ve managed to keep these ten magic places secret up until now but it’s difficult when so many people are desperate to spill the beans. So, we’re letting you in on the secret now because it’s impossible to keep their lips sealed forever.

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Roque Nublo (Tejeda)ROQUE NUBLO

Tejeda

So there it is. It’s officially out. So now you’ll know that Tejeda, up on the high reaches of Gran Canaria, is out of this world, so much so that it appears and disappears, as if by art of magic, in a sea of clouds. A ‘little big’ place you simply have to see, to view the imposing rock formation of Roque Nublo, the lunar landscape that surrounds it and the cascade of pine trees that tumbles down the mountains towards the distant ocean.

The Museum and Archaeological Reserve of Cueva PintadaTHE MUSEUM AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE OF CUEVA PINTADA

Gáldar

There’s a time machine in the North of Gran Canaria that takes you back to the days before the Spaniards conquered the island. Be transported back with us in time to when the original islanders roamed the land and see how things were hundreds of years back on this idyllic island, in the Museum known as ‘The Painted Cave’. Ask for the Museo de la Cueva Pintada. In Gáldar.

Puerto de Mogán (Mogán)PUERTO DE MOGÁN

Mogán

Tucked away in the South of Gran Canaria, in Mogán you may sight an enormous shoal of scuba divers who spend their time underwater. They are more easily sighted at night when they can be seen lolling around in the bars of the fishing village of Puerto de Mogán. Just wait for the spectacular sunset but be careful, because you may fall under the spell of Mogán and want to stay forever, to live the good life.

Playa de Las Canteras (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)PLAYA DE LAS CANTERAS

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Want to see a giant aquarium without walls right in the heart of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital of the island. Not only that but to wind down on the golden sands of the beach at Las Canteras, just a step away from your favourite shops and the busy hustle and bustle of the city life. An immense city beach full of happy surfers is awaiting you at Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Dunas de Maspalomas (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)DUNAS DE MASPALOMAS

San Bartolomé de Tirajana

The rolling sand dunes of Maspalomas afford you the unique opportunity of being in a desert by the sea, on a beach which runs for miles along the South coast of the island, offering fun and relaxation for all ages and all interests.

Puerto de Las Nieves (Agaete)PUERTO DE LAS NIEVES

Agaete

Want to wind down, cut off and blow your cares away soaking up the sunshine, with only the screech of seagulls wheeling out to sea to accompany you, as you while away the hours on a beach-front café? Or enjoy a spectacular sunset over the craggy cliffs on the horizon? Then, Agaete and Puerto de las Nieves harbour is where you want to be, too good to be kept a secret for too long.

Teror (Teror)TEROR

Teror

Teror is right at the centre of the island and is reached via steep winding roads. The town of Teror, with its typical buildings, balconies and rural island life is a place of great symbolic value for all the islanders since it is there that the patron saint of the island, la Virgen del Pino is said to have appeared and is housed in the Basilica to which annual pilgrimage is made.

Vegueta (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)VEGUETA

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Walk the narrow, cobbled streets that were once visited by Columbus, 500 years’ back, in the old city centre of Vegueta. Travel back in time to a world peopled by seafarers and builders of lofty cathedrals in the old part of the city, where the New World began - all of a must.

Guayadeque Ravine (Agüimes and Ingenio)GUAYADEQUE RAVINE

Agüimes and Ingenio

The Guayadeque Ravine is the small natural jewel shared by the municipalities of Ingenio and Agüimes, a stone’s throw away from Gran Canaria’s southern beaches. Under the ravine’s palm groves, you may find large traces of prints bringing us back to the island’s inhabitants from olden times.

The Caldera de Bandama (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)BANDAMA

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

There’s no hiding this any longer either. Up in the vineyard country, around Tafira, is the amazing Caldera de Bandama, a blowout crater that the more adventurous and fit can descend on foot into, to search out one of the oldest and most difficult wine-presses to find on the island.