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1. Stroll along the promenade at Playa de Las Canteras
Within a few minutes of setting foot on desirable Gran Canaria you’ll discover what all the fuss is about. A short walk from Las Palmas harbour leads you straight to the beach of Playa de Las Canteras. An urban backdrop offers everything you might need for an impromptu sun bathe, while the spacious promenade affords you a leisurely stroll as you choose the perfect spot on which to unwind. Keep walking to discover the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, a masterpiece of modern architecture and home to the Las Palmas Philharmonic Orchestra. Take a guided tour of this impressive venue - or perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to pick up tickets and catch a rousing performance?
2. Find tranquility in the vast Maspalomas Natural Dune Reserve
An hour from Las Palmas, on the particularly sunny south coast, is a vast expanse of undulating sand dunes known as Maspalomas Natural Dune Reserve. An uninhabited desert up until 150 years ago, the area is now a haven for sun-seekers, surfers and the occasional nudist. Overlooking the western end is the nineteenth century Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse which still guides ships on the correct path.
3. Traverse the islands geological highlights
Make your way inland to experience the history and geological diversity of the island. Much of the terrain is a scenic reminder of its natural past, such as the perfectly formed Bandama Caldera and the iconic Roque Nublo monolith. Enjoy breathtakingly beautiful views from the highest points of these rural parks and monuments, or take a thrilling 4x4 adventure over rugged mountains and arid moonscapes. Look out for unique flora, hidden banana plantations and solidified lava streams.
4. Explore what the city has to offer
If the buzz of a city is what you seek, head to the lively capital of Las Palmas. Familiar shopping malls, varied restaurants and welcoming bars invite you into to the modern areas, while cobbled streets and leafy courtyards add appeal to the old quarter. Marvel at Vegueta’s Casas Consistoriales, relax by the fountain in Plaza del Espíritu Santo and admire the imposing Santa Ana Cathedral. Four centuries in the making, it fuses Renaissance, Gothic and Neoclassical styles and is guarded by eight bronze dog statues. For an insight into the region’s extensive heritage, visit the Museo Canario.