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Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria's more than the sum of its famous beaches, where holidaymakers assume the horizontal position to lap up one of the world's most-celebrated climates. It's not hard to see why capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was named after the island's palms. They are here, there, and everywhere. If you think of active sports in GC, you'll probably think of diving and surfing. But head to the island's interior to climb. It's even possible to ascend Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria's iconic Cloud Rock. Little wonder GC's dubbed the miniature continent.
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Do and see
Whilst the temptation to work on that tan might prove an impossible one to resist, especially given Gran Canaria's all-year-round sunshine, here's why you should drag yourself off that sun lounger. There's just so much to see and do on the island. Here are 20 recommendations for you to add to your itinerary: 1.) Dunas de Maspalomas 2.) Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 3.) Protected natural spaces 4.) Taste Gran Canaria 5.) Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo 6.) Archaeological heritage 7.) Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's museums 8.) Carnivals 9.) Theme Parks 10.) Nautical activities 11.) Land activities 12.) Golf 13.) Spas 14.) Traditional sports 15.) Party like a Canarian 16.) Gran Canaria, the Rainbow Isle 17.) ARC 18.) Coffee 19.) Cave communities 20.) Rural accommodation
Aqualand Maspalomas
Gran Canaria's largest water park boasts over 40 slides and attractions. It's fun for all the family, from infants up to grandparents. There's so much to do and see at Aqualand Maspalomas, that it's a day out in its own right.
Palmitos Park
Bird species from every continent, exotic flora and spectacular shows awaits you at this Gran Canaria icon. To save money, you can buy a combined parks ticket which also allows you entry to Aqualand Maspalomas.
Roque Nublo
Roque Nublo is a landmark which is a must see in Gran Canaria. Thousands of rock climbers and tourists visit this each year. It is simply beautiful. Park your car at the La Goleta car park and follow a well-signposted path.
Jardín Botánico Viera and Clavijo
Also known as the Jardín Canario, this botanic garden is a great place for a stroll. Start from the bottom and work your way up or the other way around. Whichever way you choose to explore, you'll easily spend a couple of hours here.
Barranco de Guayadeque
If you love to get up close and personal with nature, then the Guayadeque ravine is paradise for you. Here you will find almost 2,000 different plant species and many historical remains.
Faro de Maspalomas
Travelling to Maspalomas lighthouse and walking on the beach and amongst the shops makes for a lovely evening. Try to catch the sunset and enjoy the view with a leisurely drink or bite to eat.
Cenobio de Valerón
Cenobio de Valerón is one of Gran Canaria´s most visited sights. The area of the caves inside the rocks is listed as an archaeological area. It is simply just a gorgeous place. And easily reached off the GC-2.
Dunas de Maspalomas
The south is where the resorts are. But it's forbidden by law to build on the Maspalomas dunes. Preserving their unique environment for generations to come. Lose yourself in their sheer immensity.
Around the size of Greater London, Gran Canaria's an easy enough island to navigate. Having said that, it's rather more mountainous than the likes of NW1. There are two bus services on the island, one serving the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the other, the rest of the island.
You'll find the Aeropuerto de Gran Canaria (LPA) roughly halfway between capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the island's southern resorts. It's 24km south of the capital city and 30km north of Playa del Inglés. There's a taxi rank at the airport plus Global bus stops.
Public Transport
You can get to more or less anywhere on the island by Global bus. The capital has two bus stations, in Parque San Telmo and Parque Santa Catalina. If you're travelling around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, look out for Guaguas Municipales' yellow buses to cut journey times.
Taxis are generally inexpensive with fixed rates for longer distances. There's a rank at the airport, as well as outside Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's two bus stations. Although you never have to wait long to see one on the capital's streets.
The main post office is in Avenida Primero de Mayo 62, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The post office is the place to buy stamps for the postcards you buy at souvenir shops. As well as to send larger packages home.
From the largest city to the smallest village, it's generally not a problem to find a chemists. However, it can be a trickier to locate one open out of hours. Nevertheless, each pharmacy displays the information on which particular chemist is open 24 hours on that particular date.
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