Gran Canaria is one of the biggest islands in the Canaries – a collection of islands that lie off the north west tip of Africa, but are under Spanish rule.
Long popular with retired Europeans as somewhere to spend the winter months, the Canaries attract visitors of all ages. They don’t all come for the beach; many come for the varied and beautiful interior landscape that the island has to offer.
The Dunes are actually an area of desert, which is a fascinating landscape to visit. The whole area is a reserve nature park and there is plenty of wildlife here. It’s a popular place for people to come and spend the day on the sand and in the sea. One end of the dunes is a popular cruising area for gay men, but there are plenty of families who come and spend time in the dunes too. The dunes are a great place to do a camel safari; but be prepared to see some nudists along the way!
Mundo Aborigen is a great place to find out some history about the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands. This is a reconstruction of an ancient village, not far from Playa del Inglés, on the road to Fataga. The exhibits include information on the social make-up of the village order and beliefs around religion and burial rites.
Visit Las Palmas
Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria and a beautiful place to wander around. Stop and have a coffee in one of the many little squares you’ll pass through and take some time to do some people watching. Find out about the history of the Canaries by visiting the Museum Canario.
The Spanish arrived in the Canaries in the 1500s and it took them a century to conquer the islands from the original inhabitants – the Canarii. Many Canarii artefacts are on display at the Museum Canario, including some mummified remains.
Whatever you end up doing while holidaying in Gran Canaria, it’s a great place to spend some time in the sun, with plenty of things on offer to keep you entertained while you’re there.