Feel the wind in your hair as you ride the waves in the blue sea at Pro Surfing Gran Canaria. Enjoy surfing and kite-surfing in the breath-taking waters. Allow the staff to pick you up from your hotel and escort you to the beach. Tourists can enjoy the various water sports that are offered along with tuition from experienced professionals.
Perched on the slopes of the Guiniguada Ravine, the Viera y Clavijo Botanical Garden is a microcosm of the Canary Islands' diverse flora. The Swedish-Spanish botanist, Eric Ragnor Sventenius, is the founding father of these botanical gardens commonly known as Jardín Canario. For years, he roamed the islands, exploring distant corners, scaling precipitous slopes and venturing down undiscovered paths in a quest to compose an exhaustive collection of the archipelago's endemic species. There are leafy laurel trees, parched xerofila, palms, aeonium, and giant cacti among many others, beautifully arranged in awe-inspiring, thematic gardens that encompass the vast breadth of the islands' exotic botanical reserves. A popular tourist attraction, the Jardin Canario is also internationally renown for its preservation programs. In 1983, a seed bank for the Canaries' endemic trees was established here, and there's also a library, a herbarium, and laboratories. Spread over 27 hectares (67 acres), this vast, verdant enclave is a journey across Macaronesia and its bountiful, natural landscapes, replete with plants that are entirely unique to the Canaries.
Formed thousands of years ago, the Bandama Caldera is a giant bowl of wonder and a reminder of the volcanic origins of the Canary Islands. The volcanic crater shelters a diverse collection of native flora and fauna, several of which are unique to the Canary Islands. 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) wide and over 200-meters (656-feet) deep, the caldera is a natural wonder that is easily accessible from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Bandama Caldera lies at the heart of one of the Gran Canaria's oldest wine regions, its bodegas and wineries havens of epicurean delights, while challenging hiking trails lead past scenes of natural splendor. Along the way are caves once inhabited by the island's natives, abandoned farmhouses and a secret bunker in the guise of a visitor's center. Hikers will find that there are several avenues to explore, the most popular beginning at the Pico de Bandama Viewpoint, leading down into the depths of the caldera. Other interesting sites include the pond of El Culatón and the cross of the Tres Piedras.
One of the oldest parts of the city, Vegueta dates back to the 15th Century. It was a settlement with lanes and buildings that can be toured even today. Walk around the area and take in the many historic shops, as well as the attractions such as Santa Ana Cathedral, Gabinete Literario Club and Museo Canario. The stone streets and Renaissance buildings are reminiscent of the past eras and carry tales of the city.
Cueva Pintada or the Painted Cave in Gran Canaria is a key to the lost history of the Guanche, the original inhabitants of the island before the Spanish. Discovered in 1873, the caves contain a series of geometric color paintings by natives. When the museum was established, the entire archaeological complex was opened again to the public after several years. A thick glass wall separates visitors from the caves, through which they can glimpse the painted caves. The museum exhibits pottery and artifacts that were discovered during excavations. Remains of a historic country house that were excavated near the caves have been reproduced to depict native village life. History buffs would appreciate the scientific methods used to preserve this important piece of heritage.
This museum, founded by Doctor Chil y Naranjo in the 19th Century, offers a splendid survey of the history of the pre-Hispanic Canaries. Apart from the very complete library, which is no doubt the best in the archipelago, the visitor can admire ancient mummies of pre-Hispanic Islanders, little clay figures, models and representations of what life on the island was like before the arrival of the Spaniards and pieces of great archaeological value, such as fish hooks, needles, remains of skins and other objects. It also houses one of the most complete specimens of a Cromagnon. Visitors can ask for guided tours and there is a gift shop for souvenirs.
Located inside a former tobacco factory, the Centro de Arte La Regenta is a contemporary art gallery in Las Palmas that showcases the works of local artists. It is a must-visit in order to learn more about the art scene of the city. The gallery showcases some of the best paintings and photos of popular artists of the city. Entry is free here.
Museo Naval de Canarias is the naval museum of the Canary Islands. It offers a walk down the annals of naval history with exhibits showcasing the historic flags, diving gear, manuals, documents, weapons, uniforms and other memorabilia of the Navy. Here one can also find models of old ships that have been preserved with care. The entry to the museum is free for everyone.
This company specialises in day and evening boat trips. By day, you can have an hour's ride in a catamaran with a glass bottom and you can also see Las Palmas from the sea. There are departures from Monday to Thursday at 11am and 3:30p and on Fridays and Saturdays at 3:30p. The evening trip lasts two hours and you can have a drink, dance and enjoy a good selection of music. The company also organises parties for all sorts of occasions. The boat is open from midnight but sets sail at 1a from the Muelle Deportivo (sports marina).
Showcasing the best in African art, Casa África is a great place to immerse yourself in the world of African artists. From Guinea to Ethiopia and Tunisia to Madagascar, the center organizes exhibitions by artists from all over the continent. Whether it is the stories of African women, the continent’s poverty, its long history or the beautiful culture, the exhibitions cover every aspect of African life and its past in gorgeous detail. If you want to experience the best mix of art, history and culture, head to Casa África and get ready to be amazed by the amazing artworks and exhibitions.
The Galería de Arte Saro León is a popular art gallery that enjoys a loyal patronage. It was established in 1988. Artists of the region used to gather here and collaborate with each other. The space is a cultural hub with conventions, meetings, projects and other events that take place continuously. The gallery also hosts exhibitions of contemporary artwork.
Enjoy a cycling tour of the Gran Canarias after renting a cycle from the popular Free Motion. It offers a range of cycles and biking gear that enable one to embark upon a private tour of the area. Guided tours are also offered under expert supervision where o0ne can join a group of enthusiastic cyclists traversing the rugged outdoors.