Gran Canaria Holidays: Beaches, Canyons & Volcanoes
By Dan JN
Gran Canaria offers tourists diverse natural climates and landscapes, which will leave the chattiest of tourists speechless. Long golden beaches, non-active volcanoes, epic mountains and vast dunes all contribute to the canary island's nickname, the 'Miniature Contintent.' holidays to Gran Canaria offer holidaymakers many options, whether you're looking to tan on the beach or wish to discover its history.
Maspalomas beach is Gran Canaria's most famous sandy destination. If you love fun-filled days at the beach, then this scenic, sandy empire is your holiday haven. Its vast golden shores and dramatic dunes attract many a sun-seeker, so you're never stuck for accommodation options. The Vista Oasis Bungalows are only 3km from Maspalomas beach, offering a free beach bus service several times during the day. The area's accommodation certainly caters for all beach lovers.
43% of Gran Canaria consists of Natural Protected Spaces. The Parque Rural Del Nublo, spanning 6,307.4 hectares, is the island's largest protected nature area on the island and contains numerous natural habitats and many widespread species.
Barranco de Guayadeque is an evergreen canyon that provides visitors with jaw-dropping views. As the valley deepens, you'll notice that banana plantations are replaced with palm trees and cacti. In pre-historic times, this valley was the most populated on the island, subsequently becoming one of its most important pre-historic burial grounds. The dead were buried in inaccessible caves - the Cuevas Bermejas (Purple Caves), which are evidence that a Guanche population (the original inhabitants of the Canaries) inhabited Gran Canaria. The caves became their home, where they stored food and held fertility rituals. When local people in the 19th century started to steal artifacts from the graves, Barranco de Guayadeque was declared a nature reserve. Its epic scenery and historic significance makes this natural attraction a unique experience for the adventurous tourist.
Holidaymakers can enjoy a range of experiences when embarking on Gran Canaria holidays. Its diverse marine life makes scuba diving and snorkeling a popular holiday activity. There is an estimated 400 distinct marine species in the island's warm waters, made up of species from the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Atlantic oceans. Even in shallow waters, you can enjoy marine life that come in all shapes, colours and sizes.
You don't have to be a fan of nature to enjoy holidays to Gran Canaria. Simply stand backand let its natural diversity erupt in front of your very eyes.
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