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San Juan and San Roque, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Light lives in El Risco de San Juan

The luminosity of the colourful houses in El Risco de San Juan and other hillsides around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has an almost hypnotic effect.

Sometimes, the waves drag forgotten treasure to the coast to twinkle on the shore although this is not what is happening here. The colourful houses of El Risco de San Juan began to emerge in the 17th century, as on other hillsides around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, once the city had begun to spread its wings to the future, from its core in Vegueta and around the Cathedral of Santa Ana.

Paseo de Gran Canaria in Firgas

Firgas, the town of water, gofio, murals and music

Although Gran Canaria is surrounded by beaches and a splendid coastline, water is highly valued inland as well. Firgas is not on the coast, although it has its own water-related traditions.

In the north of Gran Canaria, Firgas is a town where water doubtlessly plays a huge part in everyday life. This is not only due to the huge artificial waterfall in the ‘Paseo de Gran Canaria’ as it stretches on from the ‘Paseo de Canarias’, but also its famous, long-standing mill driven using the power of water, and the number of wells, ponds, water conduits, springs, among other features that form part of our landscape.

Teror Visitors’ Centre. Photo: Turismo de Teror

Gran Canaria offers visitors to Teror a new benchmark history and information space

The town of Teror, in Gran Canaria, has a new Visitors’ Centre right in its old town centre, located in the newly refurbished building known as ‘Casa de Los Alvarado’, opposite the Basílica del Pino.

Under the brand of ‘Teror te deja huella’ (Teror makes its mark), this beautiful building has become a beacon for the thousands of visitors and tourists who come to explore Teror every day. These facilities will provide a Tourist Information Office, permanent and temporary exhibition rooms, plus meeting and presentation facilities.

Acusa, Artenara

The taste of Gran Canaria is within your grasp

Purchasing zero km products buys into a way of life, conserving the landscape, health and sustainability.

Roots of the future are sometimes buried in the past. This is common knowledge among those who rise each morning in the midlands and summits of Gran Canaria to till its crop lands. Also, those who take care of livestock so that their milk and cheese taste unmistakably local, capturing the flavour of the landscape all around us.

La Fortaleza, Santa Lucía

Gran Canaria, the silence of the Gran Canaria mother stone

The rock listened to a murmur of people. Their faces gave away a blur of hopes, fears, courage and uncertainty. It welcomed people into its rocky arms and protected them as best it could, for millennia, like a mother would. This was how the ancient population of Gran Canaria found shelter in amazing spots such as La Fortaleza and managed to develop a unique culture in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Maspalomas Lighthouse

The Ethnographic Centre at Maspalomas Lighthouse, how an island is made

The exhibition rooms propose a route around Gran Canaria’s traditional crafts featuring more than a thousand objects and reflecting the island’s social transformations.

Before light, there was stone. Oxen and camels were used to bring basalt blocks down to the coast from the Fataga ravine so that master craftsmen could turn them into the building blocks for the Maspalomas Lighthouse, demonstrating the type of technical perfection that still astounds us today. Their hands crafted the idea captured on paper by the engineer Juan de León y Castillo. On 1st February 1890, the lighthouse projected its first beam that would have been impossible without the knowledge and hard graft of workmen who knew how to transform those million-year-old rocks into pure progress.

Dunas de Maspalomas

The Timple puts the whole world in your hands

The instrument is part of the Canary Islands' identity and an example of the universality intrinsic to timple players such as Gran Canaria's German López.

Greatness is sometimes found in the smallest things. The musician Germán López made this discovery at an early age, when he was barely five years old. He wanted to play the guitar, but his fingers hardly reached the strings, so a teacher suggested that he started with the timple. Discovering the infinite possibilities of that seemingly humble instrument turned what was once a passing solution into a lifelong passion.

Sunset in Roque Nublo

Lights and whispers in the heights of Gran Canaria

I have lived on this peak for millions of years. I know because I have been keeping track of the suns and moons. I am the son of time and of an old volcano that is no longer here. The wind, the sun, the rain and the passing of the days have made me what I am: the prince and sentinel of a kingdom made of stone. But I am not alone. The pine woods and rocks that keep me company on these heights give shelter to beings that seem to be made of the same light that is now starting to draw its veil back. Hence, the lizards here are made of gold, emerald and sapphire.

Sculpture and Pérez Galdós Theatre

Gran Canaria, native island of the genius Galdós

Gran Canaria invites you on a journey to follow Galdós’s trail on the island from which the famous writer set sail.

Benito Pérez Galdós, one of the most important European writers in the late 19th and early 20th century, was born on 10 May 1843 in Calle Cano in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Back then it was a cobbled street lit with oil lamps, moonlight and from then on, the brilliance of his genius. What’s more, the centenary of his death is being commemorated in 2020, although his loss was merely like a parenthesis in any of his novels, echoing the true legacy of people claimed by immortality.

The Galdós’s footsteps have been etched on his native city today, providing an open book to reflect the author’s relationship with the capital city of Gran Canaria and successive demonstrations of appreciation and acknowledgement from the island’s society to the author who was born in the family home in Calle Cano, turned into a House-Museum and where you can even see the crib used to rock this baby whose dreams were destined to make their mark through his works.