The Santa Ana Square in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Discover Gran Canarias' capital, and feel the eclectic beat of a city that blends African, Indian and Chinese influences. You can sense the Mediterranean vibes as you walk by this international city's port, shopping districts and restaurants. Its most emblematic building? Las Palmas cathedral, which took over 400 years to complete.
Coastal sand dunes in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Head to the southern part of Gran Canaria to experience a desert-like atmosphere. In Maspalomas, you'll encounter dunes believed to have formed after a tsunami hit this part of the island. While you're there, take a break from the arid landscape and escape to the nearby botanical garden or beach.
You have to see Gran Canaria's coastline to believe it. It shifts from rugged and monumental to pristine and sandy. Cruise to Gran Canaria and hop on a car, a bike or a safari-style tour and get to know this tropical destination that's unlike any other.
A combination of African, Spanish and Latin-American dishes appear in Gran Canarias' gastronomy, with original creations like Polvitos Uruguayos (a light cheesecake with dulce de leche), chipirones con mojo verde (grilled squid in a herby sauce) and the popular bienmesabe (a dense pastry made of almonds). And don't miss the ultra-fresh tropical fruits during your Canary Island cruise.
Las Palmas is the shopping capital of the Canary Islands. The main shopping street is Calle Mayor de Triana, a pedestrians-only boulevard that features a variety of stores offering local souvenirs like Canarian straw hats, pottery based on ancient designs, local rum and cigars. Another great shopping destination is Maspalomas, where El Faro Boulevard and El Tablero offer fashion and souvenirs made by locals.
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