Skip to main content

Blog Oficial de Turismo de Gran Canaria

Tejeda

The Gran Canaria Wine Route, in search of something extraordinary

Gran Canaria has been able to bottle its essence. Each of its wines is a reflection of its varied landscape, its extensive varietal heritage, its history and the strong commitment to produce high quality wines that allow us to taste the flavours of the island sip by sip. The Spanish Association of Wine Cities (Acevin), in recognition of the island’s unique winegrowing characteristics, has awarded the first, and so far only, wine route certification in the Canary Islands and outside mainland Spain to the Gran Canaria Wine Route.


(copy 2)

Muelle Viejo, Arinaga

Arinaga´s old jetty

The municipality of Agüimes has recently opened a new bathing site to the public in the old jetty located in Arinaga, popularly known as Muelle Viejo. This jetty was built at the end of the 19th century and is considered of great historical and ethnographic value.

The Muelle Viejo is half hidden at the foot of the mountain where the current lighthouse stands, in Punta de Arinaga. To the north, we find the El Cabrón beach, where divers plunge into the sea every day to explore the crystalline ocean, full of fish, starfish, seahorses, and large conch shells once used by the inhabitants of Gran Canaria.


Arucas

Arucas, the Gateway to the North of Gran Canaria

Arucas has launched its new tourism site with a campaign that emphasizes its role as the Gateway to the North of Gran Canaria.

A long time has passed since the city of Arucas was founded at the beginning of the 16th century. And many things have changed, but the essentials remain the same. The skilled hands of the workers and the blue-toned stone from the local quarry made it possible to build the Church of San Juan Bautista, an architectural emblem of the municipality and a symbol of the community’s commitment to the place they live in.


Camino de Santiago

Discover the famous pilgrims’ way known as El Camino de Santiago in Gran Canaria through www.jacobeogaldar.es

The Camino de Santiago in Gran Canaria stretches along 66 kilometers and takes about 23 hours to complete. A large part of this trail was used by the ancient inhabitants of the island as a communication route from the south to the north and, later, it came to be used by herders who practised transhumance, -that is, the seasonal migration of livestock in search of better pastures-, and by pilgrims.


Las Canteras

Some of the best places in Gran Canaria to watch the sun go down

There is a special moment, at the end of a long, lazy day, when the light dances over the landscape soaking it in a warm glow, that makes everything we see through the lens of our camera seem magical. This is the golden hour. Then it's suddenly the blue hour, when the yellow and orange tones give way to pink hues, going on to fade to an intense blue.

The island of Gran Canaria has a lot of places where you can take in this symphony of colors.


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.


Las Nieves windmill, Agaete

The windmills of Gran Canaria

Dotted across the Island are a great many windmills that were used for a variety of different things from milling grain for flour or “gofio”, pumping water for irrigation or even seawater to be used in the salt pans. Nowadays we’ve got wind turbines too, to help us power the Island. But the idea that somehow ecology is a modern concept is totally misguided. Centuries ago, our ancestors were already using water and wind to power those mills.


Faro de Maspalomas

Lighthouses that shine on Gran Canaria

Construction of the Maspalomas Lighthouse was a real feat of engineering, so much so that they even had to build a small dock to bring in all the building materials. It is undoubtedly the most photographed lighthouse on Gran Canaria and its surroundings make it even more striking.

You can find it in the south, in the Island´s popular tourist area, and next to the Dunes of Maspalomas Special Nature Reserve, a unique collection of ecosystems protected by law since 1987. The dunes have also been the backdrop to some well-known TV shows and films like Netflix's “The Witcher” or “Clash of the Titans”.


Roque Bentyaga - Roque Nublo

7 symbols of life and resilience in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria holds many natural and cultural gems seeped in strong symbolism right now.

1. Seeds of hope
Few things embody and symbolise life and the future so profoundly as a seed. Gran Canaria can boast seeds that have been capable of stepping through time to remain in the same spot. Genetic studies have demonstrated that the type of barley still grown on the island today is the same as the ancient prehispanic society planted here more than one thousand years ago. This small miracle of resilience remains wrapped up in the seeds prized by the people living inland in the mid-lands and on the peaks. Their simple gesture keeps the harvest of hope going.


Roque Nublo

5 landmarks that make Gran Canaria a heritage gem

Gran Canaria is one of those extraordinary places brimming with archaeological, ethnographic, artistic and natural treasures of worldwide importance.

Some places stand out for their nature. In others, their historical or artistic legacy shines particularly brightly. There are also sites recognised the world over for their traditions. And finally, there are lands that seem to practically have it all. Gran Canaria forms part of this select list of places that really stand out for a full array of wonders.


tags

Instagram

Last comments

@Leopoldo: Gracias por vuestra publicacion me he enterado de las piscinas naturales en gran canaria FELICIDADES AMIGOS[+]
@jorge: Parece que lo hemos vivido todo, pero llegará el día que partamos sin llegar a ver y contemplar todos los rincones maravillosos de la isla...[+]

Amigos de Gran Canaria