Monday, July 2, 2012

Gran Canaria - Top Ten Reasons to Visit

Gran Canaria is probably the most interesting of the Canary Islands. Here are 10 excellent reasons to visit

1. Beautiful Scenery. Gran Canaria is often described as a mini continent because it has such an amazing diversity of scenery. The island is only 40km long but has tropical forests, volcanoes, a desert and golden beaches. It also has a wonderful range of plants with masses of bougainvillaea as well as banana, avocado, orange, date and coffee plantations.

2. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria and has a beautiful historic centre which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city dates back to 1478. As well as its historic centre it is a large city and great for shopping.

3. Maspalomas sand dunes. These look like something from a Lawrence of Arabia film and you can even go camel trekking.

4. Playa del Ingles. If its parties and nightclubs you are looking for this is the place to head for. One of the biggest resorts in Spain.

5. Puerto de Mogan. This is a beautiful little port town filled with colourful bougainvillaea and buildings with bright paintwork.

6. Cruz de Tejeda. Take a drive through the wonderful mountain scenery at the interior of Gran Canaria. Lots of amazing views to admire including the view of Mount Tiede on the neighbouring island of Tenerife.

7. Agaete. Vegetation on the north of the island is much lusher than the south and the vegetation and lovely rock coast can be admired from the pretty coastal town of Agaete.

8. Water sports. Gran Canaria is an excellent base for surfing, diving, fishing, sailing in Catamarans and admiring the fish from a glass-bottomed boat.

9. Jardin Canario. A beautiful exotic garden not far from the city of Las Palmas. Full of cacti and succulents and lots of palm trees. The plants of the Canary Islands can be seen here.

10. Sunshine. Of course one of the main reasons so many people come to the Canary Islands is the all year round sunshine.

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