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.
Widely considered one of the best beaches in the area, this four kilometer stretch of sand is protected from the Atlantic's fury by an attractive rock and sandstone breakwater. It is the ideal place to watch the sun set and one of the few public open spaces in the vicinity. It has been awarded the EU "Blue Flag" category in recognition of its excellent facilities and services, including daily cleaning, lifeguards, water sports zones, bars, restaurants and night clubs. Come at night as well as during the day for a truly magical atmosphere.
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.
Auditorio Alfredo Kraus is named after acclaimed tenor Alfredo Kraus, as a tribute to him for his contribution in the field of music and is designed by the famous Oscar Tusquets. Originally built with the purpose of serving as a lighthouse, the auditorium is one of the prominent structures in the city and is an architectural gem in its truest sense. Set against an isolated background, this event venue provides magnificent views of the beach and is partly built on a volcanic rock. It is nothing short of a cultural hub with its theatrical performances and also runs a program of concerts year round that features great classical and modern artists from around the world. It also has well-equipped and spacious halls that can host major events like congresses and seminars.
Roque Nublo, or the Cloud Rock, is one of the world's largest free-standing rocks and Gran Canaria's most striking natural icon. Formed over 4.5 million years ago, this volcanic rock has been shaped by the elements over millennia into an 80-meter (262-foot) tall monolith at a height of 1,813 meters (5,948 feet) above sea level. Outdone by only the Pico de las Nieves, Roque Nublo is the island's second highest peak. Sweeping views of the surrounding countryside lay sprawled at its feet, like a patchwork quilt of pine forests and farmland arranged in deep, plunging folds. Often shrouded by a bank of clouds or icy mist, the enigmatic Roque Nublo is surprisingly accessible, and it is possible to walk right up to its base. Scaling its sheer face is another matter altogether, a feat braved only by experienced climbers with the right kind of equipment. Described by the Spanish writer, Miguel de Unamuno, as a storm turned to stone, Roque Nublo is a sight of striking beauty, rising from the ground like a defiant behemoth frozen in the guise of a jagged pinnacle.
Inaugurated in 1989 after being revamped in keeping with its original 17th-century façade, this 3682 square meter (39632.72 feet) gallery aims to give Canary Islanders a liberal view of the rest of the world. It claims to be a platform spanning the cultures of three continents, Europe, Africa and Latin America. In the many rooms there are exhibitions of Canary Island and international modern paintings, papers on contemporary African and Latin American art, and exhibitions on the latest creative processes. Seminars are also held there, and there's a library service and reference section. Guided tours can be booked by phone. There's also a giftshop and a bookshop. Admission is free.
Enjoy a glimpse into the local culture and history of the quaint town of Valleseco with a visit to the Museo Etnográfico - Centro de interpretación de Valleseco. The museum features permanent installations of the weaver's loom, pottery and other local crafts and tools that have been in use since ages. Other exhibits that narrate the story of the area in the 19th Century are also showcased. It is open on all days of the week.
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.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is one of the two capital cities of the Canary Islands. The mild weather and pristine stretches of beaches makes it a popular place for tourists to visit. The city is also rich in historical heritage and dates back to the late 15th Century when it was founded by the Castilian navy captain Juan Rejón. As such, the city is full of museums and exhibition halls holding artifacts from these times. A number of festivals celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the city are also hosted throughout the year.