Gran Canaria Beauty Spots

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Gran Canaria Beauty SpotsMontanon Negro
Canarian pine stands out against the stark black landscape of Gran Canaria’s most recent, yet long extinct, volcano. Its last eruption some 3,000 years ago left a deep and arresting crater, the Caldera de los Pinos de Galdar.

Pilancones
Though not as lush or as dense as its northern counterpart, Tamadaba, Pilancones is still impressive. Almost 14,332 acres of Canarian pine forest, it’s an unrivalled place for bird-watching. Look out for the great spotted woodpecker.

Los Tilos de Moya
Outside of the Botanical Garden, this is Gran Canaria’s only area of laurisilva. Stroll through this lost world of vegetation, of a kind almost wiped out in Europe in the last Ice Age. Myrtle, willow and heather flourish alongside the many laurel species.

Barranco de los Cernicalos
This remarkable ravine boasts year-round running water, a rarity on Gran Canaria. Admire the changing vegetation as you reach the highest waterfall, an easy walk that takes you through willow trees and olive groves. You might also spot some rare plants unique to the island. Look out for the Canarian bellflower and Tenteniguada viper’s buglos. Access to the ravine is via Lomo Magullo.

Barranco de Guayadeque
Fascinating flora, important heritage and an unusual way of life coexist in the most spectacular of Gran Canaria’s ravines.

Jardin Botanico Canario
Enjoy the riches of Canarian flora in this perfectly laid-out garden, an easy day trip from the capital, Las Palmas. As well as native plants, there’s a variety of tropical and imported species that thrive in the island’s mild climate.

Presa de las Ninas
The island’s most attractive reservoir is also its most popular, and on weekends you will have to share its beauty with more than a handful of picnickers. In the week, you can enjoy a peaceful stroll in the small pine wood and imagine perhaps that you are in Canada rather than the Canaries. There is also a well-equipped picnic area and camp site here, though you will need a permit from the cabildo (council) to make use of the latter.

Pinar de Tamadaba
Enjoy the view from this peaceful spot, rich in Canarian pine and home to some incredibly rare endemic flowers, found only in this corner of the island. In the Guanche language, Tamadaba meant “hollow”, though much of the forest is in fact higher than the surrounding land.

Los Azulejos
As you reach Mogan from La Aldea de San Nicolas, the sparse cliffs suddenly light up with a rainbow of colours, ranging from blue to brown and passing through every shade of green and yellow. In winter, small waterfalls trickle down the cliffs, further enhancing their beauty.

Dunas de Maspalomas
There’s nowhere else quite like these magnificent golden dunes, nestled in the heart of the tourist resort. If you’re feeling energetic, take the tough trek through the shifting dunes to the point where the hotels eventually peter out and nothing but sand can be seen.