The interior beauty of Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a wonderful island, not only due to its beaches, but also for the inside, full of places to discover. For first the interior of the island has a lot of nature, which can be seen by hiking excursions or by watching natural parks, such as the "Viera y Clavijo Botanical Park", also called "The Botanic Garden". This garden is the largest in Spain, and contains the flora of the Macaronesian islands, one of the most representative biodiversity hotspots worldwide.

Here we can find unique types of plants, such as “Drago”, a typical subtropical plant specie present in Macaronesia, particularly in the Canary Islands. It is the only plant in the world whose sap is red and not white, that is called "Dragon's Blood" and has been used for centuries and their use has been as varied. This tree has recently been discovered a new specie of dragon in the south of Gran Canaria, which has certain differences with the common dragon. This species are in the cliffs and slopes west of the island has been dubbed dragon tree of Gran Canaria.

A peculiarity is that on the island there is a flora with over 100 species that are unique in Gran Canaria. Some species of plants disappeared in the Mediterranean during the Ice Age, it has survived in the Canary Islands, making the Canaries a region of special botanical interest. Fortunately, as we have said before, there is much more than this, and Gran Canaria have diversity in terms of Habitat.

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Gastronomy and crafts, the demands of the typical products of the Canary Islands

Go shopping in the Canary Islands is full of advantages. Thanks to a different tax regime from the rest of the country, Thanks to a different country to the rest of the tax system, the archipelago has a consumption tax of 7%, a tax much lower than the rest of Europe that allows most competitive prices in most products. Hence the commercial offer as wide thanks to all of its traditional markets, shops and shopping centers.

Every year, millions of travelers from around the world visit the archipelago not only attracted by the quality of its beaches and exceptional temperatures that make the islands boast of being considered 'the best climate in the world', but also for its wide possibilities leisure and active tourism in coastal and interior green landscapes, natural pools and volcanic nature, complemented by its varied commercial offering, makes the Canary Islands the perfect destination for a restorative break.

Among its other virtues, the Islands are land with designation of origin, so in the visitors suitcases usually not miss excellent wines and delicious Canarian cheeses, in addition to exquisite honey, local jams and other culinary cravings that can be found in shops, warehouses or premises devoted to selling both traditional craft products like wine. Here we leave one of the best shops on the island.

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Puerto de Mogán

El Puerto de Mogan, with black sand beach is a seaside neighborhood that for its unique enclave and natural beauty, has given rise to one of the prettiest areas of the Canary Islands.

 

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The west side of Gran Canaria

Giants of Tamadaba and Andén Verde take the west side of Gran Canaria as an insurmountable Wall. The spectacular mountain range landscape reveals a dizzying falls on the deep blue Atlantic, witness of geological events that changed the face of this land. A spectacle of nature that has virginity, provided by its own strength of an unassailable castle. Capricious mountains rising to the sky for the gods that once upon a time shaped it. At the foot of Tamadaba, the main door of the giants Andén Verde, we can find Agaete, a village of inmmaculate whiteness, of incalculable charm, overlooking the sea in a sober harbor protected by its magnificient cliffs where the Dedo de Dios rises and points as an eternal lighthouse the destiny of their fishermen.

In the past, land of guanches and conquerors, Agaete preserves one of the most important guanche necropolis of Gran Canaria. In the midst of a volcanic wash, indigenous people worshiped their dead, as evidenced by the numerous burial mounds that remain in the malpais that simulates the pantheon of black lava.

Across the mountains, the village of La Aldea de San Nicolás de Tolentino, town of workers who have made the dry land its wealth. Delving into the streets supposed to reunite with a rich Canarian architecture of the sixteenth and seventeenth century and a wide cultural offer. The village retains the best aboriginal traditions. His Fiesta del Charco evokes the distant past of a people playing with the elements: earth, sea and sky.

 

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