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Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020
Gran Canaria is a popular holiday destination for tourists and travellers all over. The island, which belongs to the Canary Islands, has a beautiful landscape with valleys, mountains, caves and volcanic moonscapes. There are plenty of classic Spanish elements including an impressive basilica and numerous cosy tapas bars. There’s also the House of Columbus, a museum that tells the story of the great explorer who made a stop in the Gran Canaria on his trip to America.
The district of La Vegueta in the capital of Las Palmas has some of the most beautiful historic buildings you’re likely to see anywhere, such as the Santa Ana Cathedral and the Casa Colón (Columbus house). The latter of these now houses a museum entirely devoted to the discoveries made on the voyages of Christopher Columbus. Here you’ll find model ships, maps and paintings, as well as a replica cabin from La Niña, a ship belonging to Columbus' fleet.
Adventurers will not be bored in Gran Canaria; there’s plenty to hike and climb, with the highlight being the Pico Bandanna (594 meters). Head to Puerto Rico and book yourself onto a boat trip out for a spot of dolphin watching. If you fancy getting involved in the nightlife of Gran Canaria, make sure you have a night out in Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas. Here you will find pubs, discos, karaoke bars and beach bars galore.
Gran Canaria has several pretty villages that are well worth taking the time to explore, with Teror often called the most beautiful of them all. It’s here that you will find the impressive Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pino, historic houses with wooden balconies and a popular market every Sunday. Another village that is worth a look is Gáldar. This cosy place has a beautiful church and an archaeological museum - in addition to several delectable tapas bars.
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