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Guia, Galder Y Agaete

Guia, Galdar and Agaete: two towns and a village that comprise the northwest of Gran Canaria. Santa Maria de Guia, a cultured and hard-working town which converted its old hermitage into a large church in the neoclassical and baroque styles was founded at the end of the XV Century by the conqueror of Gran Canaria from Madrid, Sancho de Vargas Machuca.

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Arucas, Firgas Y Moya

Arucas, formerly called Arehucas, is known as the Town of Flowers and the Banana Capital. There is easy access to its mountain and from the summit, on which there is a belvedere restaurant, one can admire a bird’s-eye view of the banana plantations which cover the entire region.

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The Very Noble and Loyal City of Real de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as its title has read since 1515,came into being in Spanish and world history 24 June 1478, the day that Castilian troops, under the sign of the cross, landed on the beaches of theislands and established their Royal Camp near a palm forest(from whichthe name derived) and a small stream called Guiniguada.

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A lot of archaelogical remains have been recovered in Maspalomas. It shows that there was an important native settlement. The good weather and water aplenty made this place good for livestock and possibly seafood.

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The Canary Islands’ climate is mild year-round. Prices double over Christmas and Easter. August and July are busy and can be sweltering. May, June and October are quieter and less hot; for most, these are the ideal months to visit. Rains drape over a cloak of green over the mountains in January and February.

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San Agustin

Southern Gran Canaria’s first shovelful of tourist concrete was laid in San Agustin. Curiously, the resort, a step away from popular Playa de lngles, has never been tarred with brush of mass tourism.

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Like all the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is volcanic in origin and first emerged from the ocean 15 million yeas ago. A second spurt of volcanic activity created the northeast of the island 11 million years later. Happily, the volcanoes have been extinct for 3,000 years.

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La Cumbre

La Cumbre ‘the Summit’ – is the mountainous heart of the island. Worlds away from the sun-and-sand image of the canaries, Gran Canaria’s highest peaks are often shrouded in mist, and snow is not unusual in winter.

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Melchior, Balthazar and Casper ride through the capital’s streets on camels, throwing sweets to kids, who later get presents form the kings. Shops even open until 2am for late-night gift-buying, and there are parties in the streets and makeshift bars of Triana.

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Nestled in the Guiniguada ravine, Spain’s largest botanical garden is 7km (4 miles) from Las Palmas. Its steep paths are cloaked in Macronesian flora, both endemic and imported. You by no means have to be a botanist to enjoy the garden as it’s a peaceful place for a stroll, a respite from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Although pretty in any season, the best time to visit is in January or February, after the winter rains have worked their magic.

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