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Sightseeing in Gran Canaria - what to see. Complete travel guide

Gran Canaria is the most popular of all islands of the Caribbean Archipelago and is located in its southern part. Prior to conquering by Spanish colonizers, this place was occupied by Guanches tribe. The island slowly turned into a colony and later became one of the most distant and wonderful provinces of Spain.
1. Travelers, who plan to spend a considerable amount of time on beach, should definitely not forget about sun protection. People, who enjoy making long leisure walks in picturesque … Open
The nature of the Canaria Island features widest selection of landscapes. It’s even surprising to see so many different surroundings on such a small territory. The nature is truly magnificent and contrast – desert zones close to rocky hills border with spacious sand beaches that are surrounded by valleys of banana plantations.
There are many places of interest in Gran Canaria. These are old Vegueta quarter on the south of the city that keeps interesting architectural and historical sights, St. Anna Square on which is located the Cathedral, the house of Christopher Columbus that is now open as the Museum of Century of Discoveries, and Canary Islands Museum that features artifacts from the ancient Canary civilization. The island’s capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is also one of the largest ports in the Atlantic Ocean. Almost a half of the island’s population lives here. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Extensive beaches with golden sand became the hallmark of Gran Canaria. Playa de Las Canteras enjoys great popularity among holidaymakers and locals huge popularity. Its length is more than … Open
Once you arrive to Gran Canaria Island, don't forget to visit Canteras Boulevard as multiple restaurants, cafes, shops and hotel are located there. There is also one more sight there - La Cueva pintada – a cave made of tuff with rock paintings that have been made over two thousand years ago.
Sunset There are many interesting natural monuments on the islands. One of the most unusual is Roque Nublo. The so called the rock, is located in the heart of the island. Its height is about 60 meters. With its outlines, the rock resembles a raised index finger. Locals have many interesting legends associated with it. For many tourists, the main attraction is climbing the cliff, from the top of which you can see a wonderful view of the city.
Gran Canaria is full of great resorts and exclusive thematic hotels, among which it would be possible to choose a suitable place to rest. One of the most recognizable hotels on the island is … Open
One of the most beautiful places on the island is the Dunes of Maspalomas. These sand dunes are located off the ocean coast and look incredibly beautiful. This unusual natural area was declared a nature reserve. Its area is more than 400 hectares. At first glance, this area may seem completely deserted. In actuality, here you can observe rare insects, and migratory birds that stop here in winter.
Vegueta by Night Nearby there is another interesting site – Maspalomas Lighthouse. This lighthouse was built as early as 1861. However, it was only 30 years later that it was used for its intended purpose. The historic lighthouse is still operational, and in recent years it has become a popular tourist destination. Near the lighthouse is equipped with several spacious observation platforms, excellent restaurants and cafes, as well as souvenir shops with a curious assortment of goods.
Las Arenas is the most famous shopping center of the island. As well as shops of popular Spanish brands, this center presents trade pavilions of world popular brands. Amateurs of Mango, … Open
One of the most mysterious sights of the island is the Cave of the Guanches. Hundreds of years ago they served as a home for one of the most mysterious people on earth. The main feature of this tribe consisted of a European appearance atypical for these places. In a few years the mysterious tribe was completely destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors. Today only a mysterious cave remains as a reminder of their unique culture. It is very large; only by approximate estimates up to twenty families could live in this cave.
Cathedral of Santa Ana There are several beautiful castles on the islands. One of the most interesting is the Castillo de la Luz. This fortress was built to protect the island during the early Middle Ages, and in 1599 it was completely destroyed by pirates. A few years ago, the fortress was restored and opened in its walls the Museum of Navigation. Part of the historic building is used for various exhibitions and cultural events.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Gran Canaria
♥   Castle 'Castle of San Cristóbal' Canary Islands, 23.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of San Francisco' Canary Islands, 24.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Fortress of Santa Catalina' Canary Islands, 25.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of la Luz' Canary Islands, 28.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of San Andrés' Canary Islands, 87 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Gran Canaria
♥   Natural Park 'Pilancones' , 7.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cave 'Cueva del Barranco Hondo' , 13.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Tamadaba' , 20.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cave 'Cueva del Lago' , 21.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cave 'Cueva Cerdaña' , 88.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sightseeing in Spain: things to see

Casa Mila, La Pedrera, which is located in Barcelona, might be the most famous architectural place of interest in the country. The name of the building can be literally translated as "the stone cave". The building was constructed according to the project of Gaudi and was controlled by the famous architect. It's worth mentioning that all works of Gaudi are distinguished by original and unusual design. According to initial project, Casa Mila La Pedrera was intended to be made solely from curvilinear elements and slanting partitions, but later the architect changed his original thoughts and built a unique house that has absolutely no load-bearing walls. This is the only building in the country, where even balconies have an important construction rather than decorative role. … Open
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