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Discover Gran Canaria!

By Jodi R, Germany, June 2011

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Gran Canaria is more than just the beautiful sandy beaches and charming villages, this small island offers a variety of activities and destinations. Find out for yourself what keeps people coming back to experience everything from camel riding to volcanic wine tasting, canoeing to botanical garden walks.

You can take a Jeep Safari or VIP Tour stopping at Los Azulejos in the Venegueras Natural Park, going through the Valley of San Nicolas with panoramic views, to the small village of Acusa and on to Fontanales for lunch. View the last macraronesic woods of Gran Canaria in the beautiful landscapes of Tilos de Moya and pass the banana plantations on the road to El Roque and Las Palmas, as you meet interesting and friendly people along the way.

The fit and active may enjoy cycling with a number of routes on the island allowing you to explore as you ride through these magnificent landscapes. Start with the 40km loop Ayaguares Pocket  from Maspalomas, which rises to a height of 550m in a respectable climb and scenic descent, or take the 69km Santa Lucia loop to view the gorgeous Gran Canyon and pass by Return of the Sun. The longer Serenity route takes you from Port of Mogan through Soria to the gorgeous sand dunes and sparkling blue sea at Maspalomas, and for experienced cyclists seeking a challenge in mountainous terrain, the ride to the peak of Pico de las Nieves will leave you exhilarated and ready for another holiday!

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