Ingenio, 35260, Las Palmas, Spain
One of the largest ravines on the archipelago, it is notable for its archaeological remains and for its valuable endemic species of flora and fauna – the latter including one of the largest lizard species. It is also notable for the large quantity of cave houses, including a hermitage and various restaurants dug into the rock.
Hiking and biking
Gran Canaria is not only the home of surfers and divers. It is also home to a sea of mountains, which are perfect for practicing sport. Hiking, climbing, mountain biking and cycling routes. Everything travels together on this miniaturised continent. On an island that allows you to change sport as easily as you change your shirt. In less than one hour by car you can swap the sea for dizzying mountains, in places where no sound is heard. You can leap in one moment from our ocean of beaches to our extensive network of hiking trails, where you can spend a whole day strolling among pine forests, or following winding roads on bikes, passing through villages so small that they are gone in the blink of an eye. There are different options for different people.
Avenida Marítima, El Burrero, Spain
Playa del Burrero
El Burrero Beach, in Gran Canaria, has a clearly defined personality and a history etched in salt letters.
The town of El Burrero spends its days with one foot on land and the other in the Atlantic. This coastal spot is an extension of the sea that laps up to the vibrant shores of the municipality of Ingenio, in Gran Canaria. They are like two worlds that blend in together and are constantly overlapping eachother. Hence there are houses whose entrances bear the sculptures of dolphins, while others have giant snails decorating their inside walls, and even huge waves with slim palm trees painted onto walls.
Llanos De La Pez, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Spain
Roque Nublo, the geological wonder and emblem of Gran Canaria, invites you to join it in reaching up to the sky.
Your climb up had provided you with your first glimpses in your mind. But now you are actually here, and you are breathing in the pure mountain air carrying the aroma of pine trees, and local flora including alhelíes, tajinastes,chestnut trees and broom. You look up and there it is. You feel compelled to walk on as far as its base and touch the sky alongside it. It’s the Roque Nublo, the proud son of the volcano and one of the most awe-inspiring stone monoliths in the world. And today you are visiting it in its lair at over 1,800 metres altitude.
35118 Arinaga, Las Palmas, Spain
Arinaga light house
Faro de Arinaga (Arinaga Lighthouse), in Gran Canaria, crowns and watches over a coastal and inland space conforming a landscape of high natural value.
Getting to the foot of a lighthouse somehow feels like and adventure. This feeling is linked to the stories associated with these buildings, linked to the sea fare over the centuries, to captains and crews looking for the saving light in stormy nights, to lonely lighthouse keepers and beautiful, remote places. This halo, where imagination and reality become one, surrounds Arinaga lighthouse, in the coast of Agüimes, Gran Canaria, the lighthouse guiding these words today.
The Canary Islands are known internationally for the extraordinary conditions for looking at stars. The quality of the sky is such that it is protected by the IAC Observatory Quality Act and there are three Starlight Reserves, the mark indicating that the zone has very little light pollution.