Canaria is a most enchanting vacation spot with a pleasant climate all
year long. It is the third largest of the 8 Canary Islands after Tenerife
and Fuerteventura and gave the archipela its name. The Canary Islands are
an autonomous region of Spain with its own parliament and president.
Located in the Atlantic 210 km west of south Morocco, Gran Canaria
represents the most southern area of the European Union. The capital, Las
Palmas, is a cosmopolitan city, has an international airport and its seaport.
Puerto de la Luz is one of the most important and biggest in the
circular, rocky island of volcanic origin has a diameter of just 50 km,
but due to its different climates and its great variety of landscapes,
it has an amazing range of interesting cultural and natural sites, which
gave it the epithet “continent en miniature”
With a height of 1949 m. the Pico de las Nieves towers majestically
above the Cumbres, the central mountainous region of the island and offers
spectacular views of the surroundings as far as Tenerife! The landmark
of Gran Canaria is, however, the nearby mystic Roque Nublo (1813m) which
carries an 80 m.tall monolith made from basalt in the shape of a finger. Around
the rock a beautiful flora can be found.
The bizarre shaped rock and mountain ranges
in the centre, up to nearly 2000 m. in
height, divide the island into the dry sunny south where
dreamlike beaches, amazing dunes, barren landscapes and naked rocks can
be found, and the wet, fertile north with wooded mountains as well as
valleys and plains with luxurious subtropical vegetation and rich fauna
and flora. This is why one third of the island is under protection
as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Most of the beach hotels are in the sunny south where the most beautiful
beaches and the famous dunes of Maspalomas can be found. It’s true
the area is very dry, but thanks to large-scale irrigation systems, one
can enjoy rich, exotic subtropical vegetation at all tourist
spots. Beyond that a pleasantly freshen wind gives the climate a springlike
nature. With 10 golf courses the island is the perfect golfing destination
all year long. We stayed at the IFA
Beach hotel at San Agustin - a lovely beach hotel with a rich and exotic
vegetation around the house and nice open air seats for the meals.
drive across the island in south-north direction is an interesting and
exciting experience and a "must". The roads wind through the mountains
in oodles of serpentines with breathtaking acute bends, ascents and descents
that make the tour adventurous. Along the way there are great vantage
points and lovely small old villages and towns, like the former place of
pilgrimage, Teror. The tour may finish in the north at Arucas,
the city with the dark church built from lava rocks and the highest steeple
of the Canaries (60m). 12 km away from the city the vantage point
“Montana de Arucas” (412m) offers great views of the coastline and the
A tour to the charming Puerto
de Mogan on the south-western
coast is highly recommended. The lovely, small city has a fine golden
beach and is decorated with an abundance of flowers. Arches with
luxurious flowering bougainvillea span the small alleys and offer enchanting
views against the background of the small, white houses and the blue sky.
Countless beautiful yachts lie at anchor in the harbour.
When we took the ferry from Puerto Mogan to Puerto
Rico we were lucky enough to watch dolphins! We were very surprised
and fascinated by their behaviour. They really put on a show for
us – came up and dived into the water in varying formations! We thought
they may not like our noisy ship, but possibly they get food from the crew
every now and then ...
Visiting the capital, Las Palmas, is also a "must"
(very good bus connection!). Very to recommend is the Hop On - Hop Off
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Tour.
In general there are very good bus connections all over the island for
all places of interest.
sightseeing hop-on / off
San Agustin Flora
San Agustin beach
Puerto de Mogan
dolphins near Puerto Rico