Gran Canaria Views

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Stunning Gran Canaria viewsThis viewpoint is located on the western border of the Macizo de Amurga, and looks over the Barranco de Fataga, carved out of phonolitic rock lova flows which reach a thickness of 500m. These powerful lava flows correspond to the final phases of the first volcanic cycle in Gran Canaria, thrown up between 11 and 12 million years ago, and is a highly sought after material in the production of concrete and tarmac on roads, hence the presence of quarries around here.

Gran Canaria viewsThe surrounding vegetation is semi desert-like, featuring the sweet tabaiba (Euphorbia balsamifera)l which produces a sap used for chewing gum; and the cardon (Euphorbia canariensis), with its cactus-like appearance and strong rubbery taste. It plays an important ecological role for the native plants here, as its interior provides a refuge against scavenging herbivores. The bottom of the ravine features the Canary Palm Tree (Phoenix carariensis) whilst the surrounding cliff areas feature the Gran Canaria dragon tree (Dracaena tamaranae), a boticanical rarity not found anywhere else.

From an archaelogical point of view, the Necropolis of Arteara is the main attraction, with its funeral tombstones located over a pile of fallen rocks.

From 300m above sea level, this territory becomes part of the World Biosphere Reserve of Gran Canaria, so declared by UNESCO on 29th June 2005.

It is also a short taxi ride from Play del Ingles and one of the stops on some of the excursions available, ask your hotel for details.