The Island of Gran Canaria is a great Winter sun destination. We were there for one week in February 2011 and it was around 22 degrees Celsius every day. You may be happy enough to stay around your hotel or resort town, but if you want to do some day trips here are my four suggestions.
The Maspalomas sand dunes are a nature reserve. You can reach them from either Playa del Ingles or Maspalomas beaches. It can be quite tiring walking up and down dunes, especially in the heat, but you can always have a dip in the Atlantic Ocean to cool down. You may come across some nudists sunbathing in the dunes.
You can take a ferry between Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogan for some dramatic coastline views. There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants in both towns. Puerto de Mogan is a pretty town with a harbour, canals and a sheltered beach. There’s free parking along the pier.
The city of Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria. You can spend a pleasant day in the city, dividing your time between the “Old Town”, where you can visit the Museum of the Canaries and the cathedral, and the beaches.
After the Old Town you can hit one of the city’s three beaches. The largest beach, Playa de las Canteras, is on the western side. It’s quite sheltered so good for swimming, but if you prefer you can walk along the prom where there’s a choice of restaurants and cafes.
It’s really beautiful in the mountains of Gran Canaria. The views and rock formations are amazing. There are several viewing points where you can take some great photos. However, it is a bit of a nerve wracking drive up and down the hairpin bends, especially when you meet a lorry or bus.
The village of Santa Lucia is charming, has a park with a lovely fountain and a variety of flowers and plants and gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains.
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Posted : Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at 12:00
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.