Traditional fiestas – Romerías in Gran Canaria

Traditional fiestas – Romerías in Gran Canaria

Fiestas Romerías in Gran Canaria

To know the local people of any place means to know their traditions. Spice up your stay in Gran Canaria and visit some of our tradinal fiestas called romerías. If you come from April till October, you will have plenty of them to choose.

A romería is a religious pilgrimage and originally the word was derivated from the word “Rome”. Nowadays we understand romería (pilgrimage) mostly as a short trip of peregrination that finishes at a church, hermitage or sanctuary followed by festive celebrations.

Locals singing and dancing in traditional costumes, and something delicious to eat and drink cannot be missing, of course. Find here our complete list of Romerías in Gran Canaria for 2017.

MAY

  • Saturday 6.5.2017
    • El Sequero (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
    • El Calero (Telde)
    • Gáldar
    • El Faro de Teror
  • Saturday 13.5.2017
    • Tablero de Maspalomas
    • Cardones (Arucas)
    • Artenara
  • Saturday 20.5.2017
    • Motor Grande (Puerto Rico)
    • San Fernando (Maspalomas)
    • Gavia (Telde)
  • Tuesday 30.5.2017 – The Day of the Canary Islands
    • Fiestas in many places over all the island

JUNE

  • Saturday 3.6.2017
    • Mogán
    • Telde
  • Saturday 10.6.2017
    • Casas Blancas (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
    • Moya
    • Valsequillo – Tenteniguada
    • Telde
  • Friday 16.6.2017 – Los Corralillos (Aguimes)
  • Saturday 17.6.2017
    • Los Arbejales (Teror)
    • Valle de Agaete
    • Arucas
    • La Atalaya de Guía
    • Tasarte
    • Tenteniguada
  • Saturday 24.6.2017
    • Cercados de Araña
    • El Juncal (Tejeda)
    • Bañaderos

JULY

  • Saturday 1.7.2017
    • San Isidro (Teror)
    • Fataga
  • Saturday 8.7.2017
    • La Milagrosa (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
    • Las Huesas (Telde)
    • Risco Blanco (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
    • Arguineguín
    • Marpequeña (Telde)
    • La Dehesa (Guía)
    • Teror
    • El Goro (Telde)
  • Friday 14.7.2017 – La Banda (Aguimes)
  • Saturday 15.7.2017
    • La Isleta (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
    • Gáldar
    • Tunte, San Bartolomé de Tirajana
  • Sunday 16.7.2017 – maritime pilgrimage from Arguineguin to Mogan and back
  • Saturday 22.7.2017
    • Las Bachilleras (Telde)
    • Hornos del Rey (Telde)
    • Punto Fielato (Telde)

AUGUST

  • Friday 4.8.2017
    • Agaete
    • Lomo Magullo (Telde)
  • Saturday 5.8.2017
    • Marzagán
    • San Lorenzo (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
    • La Solana (Tejeda)
    • El Palmar (Teror)
    • Lomo Juan (Ingenio)
    • Taidía (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
    • Agaete
  • Sunday 6.8.2017
    • Santa Brígida
    • Lomo Magullo (Telde)
    • Aldea Blanca (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
  • Saturday 12.8.2017
    • Firgas
    • Ayacata (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
  • Sunday 13.8.2017 – Carrizal (Ingenio)
  • Saturday 19.8.2017
    • Soria (Mogán)
    • Fontanales (Moya)
    • Tunte (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
    • Santa Brígida
  • Sunday 20.8.2017 – Artenara
  • Friday 25.8.2017 – Playa de Arinaga
  • Saturday 26.8.2017 – Siete Puertas (Tamaraceite)

SEPTEMBER

  • Thursday 7.9.2017 – Teror
  • Saturday 9.9.2017
    • Sardina del Norte
    • La Garita (Telde)
  • Sunday 10.9.2017 – Aldea de San Nicolás
  • Saturday 16.9.2017
    • Tejeda
    • Shamann (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
    • Valsequillo
    • Sardina (Gáldar)
    • Temisas
  • Sunday 17.9.2017 – Santa María de Guía
  • Wednesday 20.9.2017 – Vega de San Mateo
  • Saturday 23.9.2017 – La Goleta (Arucas)
  • Sunday 24.9.2017 – Vegueta (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • Saturday 30.9.2017 – Aguimes

OCTOBER

  • Saturday 7.10.2017
    • Aguimes
    • Telde
    • Valleseco
  • Sunday 8.10.2017 – Guanarteme (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • Saturday 14.10.2017
    • Lomo Galeón (Maspalomas)
    • La Isleta (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • Sunday 15.10.2017 – Teror
  • Saturday 28.10.2017 – Vecindario

NOVEMBER

  • Saturday 18.11.2017 – Arucas

DECEMBER

  • Saturday 2.12.2017 – Jinamar (Telde)
  • Sunday 17.12.2017 – Santa Lucía de Tirajana

 

Sand Dunes of Maspalomas

Sand Dunes of Maspalomas

Sand Dunes of Maspalomas

Sand Dunes of Maspalomas are undoubtedly the most captivating phenomenon that you can admire in the southern coast of Gran Canaria. The natural beach created where the dunes touch the shore is a MUST visit for most of the island´s visitors BUT can you imagine, that noone really knows how and when they were created?

According to the experts who effectuated a deep subterranean analysis the dunes were possibly created between 1720 and 1870. Sounds unbeliveable that we don´t have any written reference about the dunes until then.

In the 17 and 18th century several naturalists and cartographers explored the Canary Islands and noone mentioned the dunes in their documents. We could see an indirect proove at 1599 when the dutch pirate Peter Van der Does after unsuccesfull atacks of Las Palmas landed in Maspalomas to bury his dead men and to get water and wood. This would mean there was a beach to desembark on.

However the first weighty reference we can see in 1838 when the waste beach of sand was painted into the atlas of P. B. Webb and S. Berthelot. Also according to the anylysis the creation of the dunes was rather sudden which helps to support the theory that the dunes were formed in 1755 during the huge earthquake of Lisbon that managed to kill 100.000 people. Luckily the cataclysm was productive also in another way and possibly could have given the origin to the sand dunes of Maspalomas.

Until 60ties the dunes were a real paradise for those who managed to see them before the touristic plan in 1962 have been approved and first hotels built. Proyect that originally counted with “only” 15.000 tourist beds finally resulted in a construcion of a seaside resort with 100.000 people capacity (seems like 100.000 is a magic number in the history of the sand dunes) and became one of the leading tourist resorts in all Spain. The reason is simple: almost 6km long golden sand beach and sunny weather invite to enjoy almost any day of the year.

Eventhought some of the proyects counted with the construction on the dunes themselves, luckily they were not approved and to protect the dunes for the future generations they were declared a Nature Reserve in 1987. At the moment the dunes occupy the area of 4 square kilometers and represent an important ecosystem. Among other indigenous plants the surface is dominated by local tabaibas and suculent cardons.

The desert like impression is completed by the fact, that the sand dunes of Maspalomas also have a proper oasis with a lagoon surrounded by vast palm groove. The lagoon is an important asylum for the migratory birds on their long way from Europe and probably has  longer history than the dunes themselves, because we have earlier references about it and possibly already the aboriginal inhabitants used to fish in its waters.

It doesn´t matter whether you are young, old, handsome, ugly, nudist, gay or not, sand dunes of Maspalomas is a MUST SEE in Gran Canaria eventhought sometimes when rambling through its sands you can happen to see more than you really wanted! If you prefer to do it in a lazy way, for 12 euros you can also join a real camel caravan.

 

Museums of Gran Canaria

Museums of Gran Canaria

Museums of Gran Canaria

What is the best plan for a rainy day? Museum day! Well, we don´t have many really rainy days on Gran Canaria all over the year, but you should still find some time to find out more about our interesting history. Did you know that the largest collection of Cro-Magnon skulls in the world can be found  in the Canarian Museum in Las Palmas?

Today we will speak about 2 of our most known museums in Las Palmas and also about 1 small in the mountains that is quiet hidden and forgotten, but it will surprise you by its interesting testamony.

CANARIAN MUSEUM – located in the historial quarter of Vegueta in Las Palmas, it is easy to visit when you explore the medieval part of our capital. It was founded in 1879 and treats to explain to its visitors about the way of life of the pre-Hispanic inhabitants of Gran Canaria. On your walk through the museum you will admire ceramic vessels, idols, seals, models of the aboriginal settlements, instruments and tools that these people used to in their everyday life and clothing they used to wear.

However, the most captivating for you will probably be the part of the museum dedicated to the conservation of the corpse – fascinating “mummies” or “embalmed” corpses of the nobles together with another interesting anthropological remains that still represent a big mystery in the origin of the aboriginal people of the Canary islands – craneas of cro-magnoid features as well as other craneas of mediterranoid features.

Our secret tip: on Mondays and Wednesdays afternoons 17:00 – 20:00 the entrance is for free (otherwise 4 €)

HOUSE MUSEUM OF COLUMBUS – architectonic complex of medieval houses straight behind our Cathedral of Santa Ana. One of the houses used to be the residence of the governor and that is why it was possibly visited by Christopher Columbus during his first trip to America in 1492. The unique reconstruction of the complex made it one of the most emblematic and known buildings of our island. In contrast to the Canarian Museum, the house of Columbus museum displays the cartography and instruments for the navigation, and the evolution of Las Palmas after the conquest and its relationship with America. Apart of all that you will find here for example a reconstruction of a part of one of the columbus ships or archaeological collections of pre-Colombian ceramics.

Another reason to visit the House of Columbus is that you will be taken back in time as you will visit a beautiful traditional house whose history dates back to the end of the 15th centrury and your eyes will admire some of very appreciated paintings from 16th till the beginning of 20th centrury. A bit of funny touch will provide you 2 big cute exotic parrots in one of the patios of the house. Entrance fee to the museum is 4 €.

CAVE HOUSES MUSEUM IN ARTENARA – this museum is definitelly not one of the most visited and due to its location you would probably miss it but isn´t there something about searching for those small hidden secrets? People allways used to live in the caves in Gran Canaria. You may have heard or read that the aboriginal people and the first colonizers used to live in the caves and even nowadays people still enjoy their perfect isothermic qualities as a part of their modern houses. But have someone invited you in to really see it?

Here in the mountain village of Artenara, you will find a small hidden museum where you can visit several real old cave houses and see how the living in the caves is possible. Apart of this cave experience, you can make your wish in a cave church or have a lunch in a cave restaurant here, allways accompanied by amazing mountain views. Entrance to the cave museum is for free.

There are many more interesting museums and museum houses in Gran Canaria and some of them even with no entrance fee so we will probably return back to this topic in the future. Keep coming back for more!

Archaeological sites of Gran Canaria

Archaeological sites of Gran Canaria

Archaeological sites of Gran CanariaFollowing our favourite cliché of „continent in miniature“, today we will try to persuade you, that Gran Canaria have something to offer even for the archeology lovers. To be honest, now we can leave all the modesty apart, because Gran Canaria could be proudly considered a small archaeological paradise. In this article, we will introduce you some of our most known archaeological sites as well as some less known spots that definitely deserve your visit.

 

CUEVA PINTADA (Painted Cave in Spanish) – a recently discovered cave in the city of Gáldar with painted signs that have been interpreted as the aboriginal calendar, or maybe signs of fertility. The cave is now conserved, air-conditioned and opened for public as a part of a great interactive museum. You can find here also samples of the typical prehispanic houses, ceramics and other objects found during the excavations and you can see 3D videos of aboriginal history. It is probably the most important archaeological site of the island, entrance fee 6€/person. More info here.

CENOBIO DE VALERÓN – system of approximately 300 of caves. There are many theories and interpretations of their function, but most probably they were an aboriginal grainery. Entrance 2-3 euros. More info here.

ROQUE BENTAYGA – Rocky formation in the heart of the island that is believed to be the worshipping place to the Gods of the aboriginal islanders. In the altitude of more than 1400 meters you can observe spectacular views of the island. Free entrance, includes a small museum. More info here.

NECROPOLIS OF ARTEARA – the largest aboriginal necropolis of t he island with more than 800 tombs. It probably used to be also an astronomical observatory. Entrance 2-4 euros. More: http://www.grancanaria.com/patronato_turismo/52134.0.html

NECROPOLIS OF MAIPES – the antient cemetery where the aboriginal people used to burn their dead with more than 700 tombs discovered. Located in the beautiful area of the green valley of Agaete. After the colonization the area was covered by soil to enjoy the fertil area for farming. Includes open air interpretation center. More www.spain-holiday.com/Aga-ete/articles/necropolis-de-maipes-the-buried-treasure-of-agaetes-badlands

BARRANCO DE GUAYADEQUE – impressive valley have been proclaimed a natural protected area with a great density of archaeological sites spread along both slopes of the ravine among which troglodyte habitats abound and all this in a stunning natural scenery. There is an interpretation center with indications about the sites in the area. There is also a small village in the area where people still live in cave-houses, there is a cave-church and a cave-restaurant.

LA FORTALEZA (The Fortress in Spanish) – aboriginal cave city with a small museum. Fortaleza was probably the last place resisting to the hispanic conquerors. After defeating Fortaleza the colonization of Gran Canaria had been finished. More info here.

CAÑADA DE LOS GATOS – an example of a pre-hispanic coastal population more than 1300 years old. It is situated in the ravine of Mogán. With examples of aboriginal stone houses, burial pits, tombs and burial caves. Entrance fee: 2-4€. More info here.

CUATRO PUERTAS – a sacred site presided over by faycanes (highest priests) was called according to the four doors leading to the capacious chamber. There is a small settlement in the proximity. Free entrance, great views. Area of Telde. More info here.

CUEVAS DE CABALLERO – Group of seven caves with spectacular views over the Tejeda ravine. For the female pubis signs associated with the fertility rites the place is believed to be a ceremonial site of religious significance and probably also associated with the practice of witchcraft.

THE SETTLEMENT OF BERBIQUE: When you will be descending the slopes of the valley of Agaete, suddenly a complex of approximately 30 caves will appear in front of you. Some of them are accessible. One of them in the basement is called “The cave of bones” that served for funeral purposes and many carbonized bones and funeral objects have been found inside. The complex had its own grainery for the cereals produced in the flat areas below the caves. The settlement had a perfect location with good views for their protection, proximity of wooden resources and water and the good climate of the valley.

 

 

 

Historical Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Historical Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Historical Las Palmas de Gran CanariaTo speak about historical Las Palmas means to speak especially about its historical quarters of Vegueta and Triana. So lets us introduce you some of the monuments you definitely shouldn´t miss when visiting our cosmopolitan capital city.

The history of Las Palmas dates back to 1478 when a Spanish conqueror Juan Rejón landed on the island and established a military camp of “Real Las Palmas at the bottom of Guiniguada Valley. Afterwards Pedro de Vera managed to confirm the Spanish dominance over the island in 1483, Vegueta and Triana started to fulfil the administrative and commercial tasks of the archipielago and thanks to its strategic position its port became one of the principal ports in the Atlantic ocean.

Cathedral of Santa Ana – its construction started in the year 1497 and to finish it as we know it today lasted 350 years. It was built by several architects and presents several architectonic styles such as neoclassic fasade with neogothic interior. An interesting collection of liturgical objects can be found in the neighbouring Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art (entrance 3). An interesting experience is a visit to the tower of the Cathedral fromwhere you will observe great views of the historical city (entrance 1.5).

House of Christopher Columbus – a yellow building of typical Spanish architecture straight behind the Cathedral presents one of the most known monuments of the city. Being built at the end of the 15th century it used to be a residence of the governor of the island. Thanks to that, Christopher Columbus probably stayed overnight before he set up to discover Americas. That is why the museum house presents a fascinating documentation of his sails. Entrance 4.

Church of San Antonio Abad – being situated next door to the House of Columbus, it was probably here, in this small church from the end of the 15th century, where Christopher Columbus prayed before he departed to discover America.

Canarian Museum – the main museum of the island that introduces its visitors to the prehispanic Gran Canaria. It hosts and incredible collection of Cro-Magnon skulls, possibly the largest in the world. You will be fascinated by the mummies of the aboriginal people, as well as by the collections of their ceramics, seals, mills and other tools and objects that they used to use in their everyday life. Entrance 4.

There is much more to see in the medieval Vegueta and Triana. Here you will absorbe the history by all pores and afterwards you can go shopping to the famous street of Calle Mayor de Triana, or try our delicious gastronomy in some of the good local restaurants, especially if you come on Thursdays – the nights of tapas. Lets come and discover it yourself!

 

 

 

Picturesque Villages of Gran Canaria

Picturesque Villages of Gran Canaria

Picturesque Villages of Gran Canaria

Until now we have written in our blog mostly about the natural heritage of the island. But is there something more romantic than to breathe the old fashion atmosphere in the small and cozy villages? To know the real Canarian people you should visit their traditional villages. Today, we will introduce you 3 willages of Gran Canaria, that we consider the most emblematic and inspiring.

Teror – situated in northern midlands of the island you will find it green and fresh all over the year thanks to the numerous water springs  that are conducted to the local countryside. The historical center of the village itself had been declared a historical-artistic heritage to keep its beauty for the next generations. Due to the apparition of the Virgin on a pine tree more than 500 years ago, the basilica of Our Lady of the Pine became the goal of many pilgrims. After rambling the cozy streets of Teror, you should visit also the nearby Osorio Farm and have your picnic on fresh air. Afterwards you can defeat the highest peak of the area – the mountain of Osorio (968m) and enjoy the views. You can read more about Teror here.

Tejeda – mountain village in the heart of the island is officially considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of Spain. Its charm consist in the fascinating views that you will admire from any corner. After making the photographs of the typical houses with traditional Canarian balconies, you should definitely treat yourself in the almond sweets shop or have a coffee with breathtaking views of Roque Bentayga and Roque Nublo dominating the countryside. Tejeda is also a crossroad of several trekking tours, so don´t forget your walking shoes if you belong to its lovers. You would find more about Tejeda here.

Agaete – this village inspired many painters, poets and writers. Lets visit the small botanical garden in its center where the artists used to meet to find out if it would inspire yourself too! You should definitely visit Agaete´s small port of Puerto de las Nieves. Inviting fish tavernas with ocean veiw, small volcanic beach and natural pools are the goal of many locals to visit on their days off. Did you know that the Valley of Agaete is the only place in Europe, where coffee is produced in a traditional way? Read more about Agaete here.

There are many more lovely villages in Gran Canaria and each of them has its own beauty for those who visit them. If you happen to be on Gran Canaria on Tuesdays, maybe you would like to join our Gran Tour to visit Teror, Tejeda and Agaete and learn more about their stories and legends. See you soon!

Botanical Garden of Gran Canaria

Botanical Garden of Gran Canaria

Botanical Gardens of Gran Canaria

All the lovers of flowers, plants and trees will definitelly find their small paradise in Jardín Canario. The largest botanical garden of Spain covers an area of 10 hectares and surprisingly, the entrance is still for FREE. On the Canary islands you would find approximately 2000 kinds of plants, 500 of them are endemic. Jardín Canario displays to its visitors the samples of most of them.

A bit of historical facts: The garden was founded the year 1952 by a Sweedish botanist Eric Ragnor Sventenius who was in charge of its direction until the year 1973. The complete name of the garden is “Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo in honour of a local naturalist from the 18th century and a pioneer of nature sciences in the Canary islands.

The main purpose of the garden is the collection, cultivation, study and conservation of the unique Canarian flora. In one of its parts called the Garden of the Islands you would find endemic plants of all the Canary islands divided into sections according to its relevancy to represent all the 7 islands: Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. Apart of them, you can also appreciate plants from another Macaranesian islands such as Madeira, Azore Islands and Cape Verdes.

Possibly the most interesting part of the garden for you will be tha fascinating Cactus Garden. There is approximately 10 thousands of suculent plants in the world and in Jardín Canario, you would find a representation of 2000 of them. Most appreciated are for example those from Madagascar or a large selection of many different kinds of local Aloe Vera or agaves from Mexico and Caribian, that were imported to the Canarian islands in the 17th century and since then they complement the caracter of the local countryside.

Palms from all over the world can be admired in the Worlds Palm Grove that also host a very endangered kind brought from Hawaii, that was preserved from extinction for future generations only thanks to our botanical garden. More trees you would find in the Pine or Laurel forests.

Water Lily Square sometimes hosts different social events such as small concerts of classical music, folclore dances or special awards events. A romantic touch of your visit you will get by the water pond with birds and cascades.

Jardín Canario is situated approximately 7 kilometers far from the capital of Las Palmas and you would find it on the way to Santa Brígida. It is possible to visit it easily even without a car, by bus number 301 proceeding from Santa Catalina or San Telmo bus station. Opening hours are usually between 9:00-18:00 or 10:00-17:00.

 

 

Virgin places of Gran Canaria

Virgin places of Gran Canaria

Virgen places of Gran CanariaToday we have something for real nature lovers. It is incredible to see, that in the world, that is still getting more and more globalized and transformed by the human being, we can still find places that we can consider virgen. As we have already written 1001 times, Gran Canaria is often called a small continent, so there is no surprise you can find some virgin places here also. Of course these spots are not easy to access and you will have to sacrifice your comfort in order to explore them but that is why they are worth the visit, aren´t they?

A synonym for a virgin place in Gran Canaria is undoubtedly the area of Gui-Gui, that had been declared a special natural reserve in order to protect its virgin beauty. It is situated in the west of the island and to drive to its beginning from Las Palmas will take you approximately 2 hours. The road will be quiet curvy, but at the end you will find a small wooden sign showing you fromwhere you have to continue walking.

As you will be rising up, your views will be better and better and slowly as you will become more distant from the civilisation, you will understand, why is this place called virgin. Suddenly you will arrive to the top of the slope and an impressive world with the ocean on the horizon will open to you.

Comming to Gui-Gui means to learn about the island to its basics. You will definitely learn about its geology and unique flora even without books and if you are lucky you may also meet some representatives of local fauna. You will see the incredible game of mother nature in shape of amazing geological creations that have been formed here. Gran Canaria hosts infinite number of endemic plants and you will observe many of them such as almacigos, bejeques, cardónes, cerrajónes, canarian palms and pines, bitter and sweet tabaibas, canarian sage or tajinastes. Many birds find here their hideaways, as well as butterflies, lizards and giant Canarian lizards.

At the end of your wandering a compensation in the form of a beautiful virgin beach will reward your difficult access to the place. On your way you will find only few more independent travellers who will have the same adventurous caracter as you, but on the beach you may find a small group of visitors who will come to visit the beach by boat. As soon as you see them, you will know that they didn´t understand anything. The goal is not the beach. The goal is all Gui-Gui itself!!! Find more inspiration about Gui-Gui here.

 

Protected areas of Gran Canaria

Protected areas of Gran Canaria

Protected areas of Gran CanariaTo protect the beautiful countryside of our amazing island and to conserve it for the next generations, almost 43% of the island had been declared the protected natural areas, such as nature parks, rural parks, fully protected nature reserves, special nature reserves, natural monuments, protected landscapes and areas of scientific interest.

Today, we will speak about  3 amazing protected areas that you can visit on our exploring tours. We always like to add small trekking tours to all of our excursions, so that you get in direct touch with the Canarian countryside and to make your tours really memorable.

Roque Nublo – this natural monument in the heart of the island represents one of its most known symbols and the hike towards its spike became a must for all the visitors who like to explore the island and do not mind to sweat a little when defeating its top. The hike takes approximately 35 min (one way) and on its way you will observe how the flora changes according to your altitude. You will start the trek in stages with canarian pine trees and as you climb up, they will change for shrubs until the vegetation disappears completely in the final stage in the height of approximately 1800m, from where you will have unforgetable views. To visit the natural monument of Roque Nublo, you can join our Gran Tour on Tuesdays or if you are more fit, you can a book private long way Tejeda – Roque Nublo.

Valley of Azuaje  – is a special natural reserve in a valley full of lush vegetation. A trekking tour of 3-4 hours will take you along a small river with water cascades and you will observe many local endemic plants on your way. The path is approximately 8 kilometers long and you will have a lot of fun jumping over the stream, make your way through the jungle areas or climb the small rocks with the help of installed ropes. Set up for a small adventure and join our Thursdays Walking tour Valley of Azuaje.

Tilos de Moya – another special natural reserve that conserves what once used to be the huge “jungle of Doramas”. The 2 km long walk is suitable even for those who are not ready for a proper trekking tour. You will breathe the fresh air produced by the laurels and tils and you will find even more endemic plants and trees. The circular tour takes aproximately 40 minutes. You will listen to the lovely birds singing and if you are lucky, you may meet also some lizards, geckos or frogs. To visit Tilos de Moya, don´t forget to book our Lazy Sunday Morning Tour.

 

Natural pools in Gran Canaria

Natural pools in Gran Canaria

Natural swimming pools in Gran CanariaThere is nothing unusual on bathing on the beach. But have you ever swum in a natural pool? The huge waves are breaking over the rocks and you are observing this natural theatre of flying drops and dancing foam from the safety of your sunbed area.

The ocean can be pretty rough in the north of Gran Canaria. That is why it became a popular place for lovers of surfing. Those who cannot surf can enjoy the pools created partly by the nature and partly by the human being. The basaltic rocks polished by the never-ending power of the ocean have been transformed into amazing shapes and some of them were suitable for the creation of those natural spas.

Swimming is possible even if you are not a skilled swimmer, bacause the natural walls usually protect the pools from the rough waves. They are also equipped by stairs for more comfortable entrance. As the surroundings of the pools are obviously quiet rocky, it is recommendable to bring with you your own sunbeds or sunchairs or at least something soft to relax on.

If you are a lover of snorkeling, do not forget your equipment. The tranquil waters of the pools will permit you to observe the small fishes trapped inside. Do not worry about them, when the tide goes high, they will be able to escape back to the ocean again and the water in the pool will be changed for fresh one.

The most scenic pools you would find in Puerto de las Nieves on the north-west coast. It is a complex of 3 interconnected pools that you would find after a nice walk by the ocean side promenade. There is a small palm grove close to them a view point from where you can get fantastic photos of the pools and surrounding rocks. Then, after the swimming you can have a fresh fish in the local tavernas. You can even spend all your holidays here, accommodated in a comfortable Agaete Beach House with the ocean and pools wiew.

There are 8 natural pools in the north of the island and 4 pools in the south-east part.

Northern pools:

  • Las Salinas – Puerto de las Nieves (Agaete)
  • Los Dos Roques – Gáldar
  • El Agujero – Gáldar
  • La Furnia – Gáldar
  • Roque Prieto – Santa María de Guía
  • Charco de San Lorenzo – Moya
  • Los Charcones – Arucas
  • La Laja – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

South-east pools:

  • Castillo del Romeral – San Bartolomé de Tirajana
  • Charca los Pérez – Telde
  • Charca de Taliarte – Telde
  • Zoco del Negro – Arinaga

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