Island Review: Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is one of the better known Canary Islands being a part of Spain. Very popular is Gran Canaria as a holiday destination, but the island has much more to offer than just beaches and perfect weather all year round. As Gran Canaria’s heart is a former volcano, the Canary Island has also much to offer when it comes to nature and vegetation. Read what we experienced in our island review of Gran Canaria!

As we just cannot sit still and fully relax for more than a day, the decision of making a road trip on Gran Canaria for a day was not far.

Roads Gran Canaria

Roads Gran Canaria

Whilst our drive from the airport to the hotel, we soon recognized the scenic beauty of Gran Canaria.

Terrific landscape of Gran Canaria

If you don’t choose to drive the highway, you will have the pleasure of exploring very small, serpentine-like roads.

But the best thing about that are definitely the views! Not to forget about the changing vegetation the higher you drive.

Landscape Gran Canaria (14)

From time to time, you will reach small villages like Teror, Alcatraz or Telde.

Villages on Gran Canaria

Especially interesting is seeing how the daily life of Gran Canaria’s inhabitants looks like. Small villages like the above mentioned are the ones we have driven through.

What was lovely is that I feel like all have a historic core. Just stopping by and going to a restaurant and eat typical local dishes, they are delicious and very priceworthy if you don’t go to touristic spots!

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Even though the nature and the small villages were definitely the part we liked the most about our drive on Gran Canaria, we thought that Las Palmas, the capital, shouldn’t be missed.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (9)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (4)

As we were just very curious about Santa Ana Cathedral in Las Palmas, we tried our best to get there as close as possible by car.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (3)

However, we really messed up with that as the street we took (very small!) just went up and up all the time. After a few heart attacks, I can surely say: really inform yourself before how to get there as it is kind of tricky if you choose a wrong alley.

Beaches Gran Canaria

When it comes to Gran Canaria, beaches may not be missing! Of course, there are plenty around as Gran Canaria is an island.

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There are big ones in Las Palmas, but also all around the island. What we found especially funny is the “sand art” how we called it. What about you? Have you seen anything remarkable on Gran Canaria?

 

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2 Comments on “Island Review: Gran Canaria

  1. I was only there for 3 days in 2010, but I’d love to go back and visit each of the Canary Islands. This brings back some fond memories. Glad you had a great trip there 🙂

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