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When most people think of Gran Canaria, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, images of vast beach resorts come to mind. Although a mecca for sun worshipers and beachgoers, this geographically unique island offers far more. The mountainous inland is home to the Cross of Tejeda, surrounded by vast hiking trails that lead to sensational views of the coast. Hikers will be amazed by Caldera Bandama, a volcanic crater that is lined with trails and a surprisingly lush golf course on its outer slopes. Nearby, ancient homes are carved into the soft rock cliffs. Botanical gardens can be found across the island, the largest in the capital city of Las ...

When most people think of Gran Canaria, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, images of vast beach resorts come to mind. Although a mecca for sun worshipers and beachgoers, this geographically unique island offers far more. The mountainous inland is home to the Cross of Tejeda, surrounded by vast hiking trails that lead to sensational views of the coast. Hikers will be amazed by Caldera Bandama, a volcanic crater that is lined with trails and a surprisingly lush golf course on its outer slopes. Nearby, ancient homes are carved into the soft rock cliffs. Botanical gardens can be found across the island, the largest in the capital city of Las Palmas. Near here are the nationally preserved Maspalomas sand dunes that stretch for miles to the sea. This is where you will find some of the best known island resorts, covered in colorful umbrellas and lively beach bars. For those with a flair for adventure, the coastal town of Mogan offers some of the best diving and boating excursions on the island.

Lura Seavey
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Lura Seavey is the author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire and she has contributed to several Thomas Cook guidebooks, including Drive Around Catalonia, Travellers Mallorca, and Travellers Barcelona.

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  • Location: An island of the Canary Islands, an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean 210 km from the northwest coast of Africa. It is located southeast of Tenerife and west of Fuerteventura.
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring and autumn are ideal times for visiting the Canary Islands to avoid extremes of temperature.