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Nat Geo Day Tour: Gran Canaria's Southern Charms, a Photography Tour
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Gran Canaria's Southern Charms, a Photography Tour

Uncover the most photogenic corners of southern Gran Canaria on this National Geographic Day Tour. Your adventure begins in the village of Temisas, famed for its olive oil. Wander the narrow lanes lined with white houses with Arabic tiles, then discover the town square and capture traditional architecture. Next up is the hilltop village and authentic Canarian town of Tunte. Explore the charming streets, from the old washing places to the 19th-century fountain of El Rosal. Observe the details of a tile oven, original cobblestone paths, traditional houses, and the Casa Canaria de Tunte – a tribute to the ancient Canaries. As you will soon discover, Canarian villages are characterized by white-washed houses which can be dazzling in the bright sunshine. The photographer will give you valuable tips for making the most of the abundant light for great photos even in these conditions. Explore the villages at your own pace, taking snaps of the unique corners that appeal to you. There's plenty of potential subjects in these photogenic and typical Canarian villages. Climb to El Polvo viewpoint with its striking rock formation. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the village and capture versatile images that tell its captivating story. The final stop is the sleepy hamlet of Fataga. Traverse the winding streets before gazing upon the striking stone massifs that flank the village. Finally, enjoy a spectacular drive down the mountain looking out to Meloneras and Maspalomas. View the imposing humpbacked sand dunes in the distance as you make your way to a local restaurant. Here, you'll review the photos and recap the experience over a well-earned lunch, after which the winning photograph will be revealed.

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Nat Geo Day Tour: Guanches Mysteries Unearthed with an Archaeologist
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Guanches Mysteries Unearthed with an Archaeologist

Unveil the secrets of the Guanches, Gran Canaria's extinct aboriginal population, with an archaeologist on this National Geographic Day Tour. Begin your tour at La Fortaleza Museum, where you can learn about ancestral diets, uncovering the nourishment that fuelled generations past. You will also have access to the archive room, exclusive to National Geographic travellers. Inside, a pair of rare mummies will reveal stories about the lives and deaths of the island's original inhabitants. After, you'll enjoy some local delicacies such as olive oil, bread, Tenefé salt, and pastries made with gofio flour, almonds or figs. Next, explore La Fortaleza archeological site, the most complete in all Gran Canaria. Protected by law, it is important both in terms of its historical significance and location. See habitation caves adorned with paintings, granaries, stone houses, funerary monuments, engravings, and the island's oldest sanctuary. Learn why the Guanches' referred to it as the ‘Axis of the World', the place where heaven and earth converged. Witness the ancient way of life in La Fortaleza as you discover the tunnel that traverses the rock, offering panoramas of La Fortaleza de Abajo. This sprawling settlement of excavated houses is just a stone's throw away. Round off this experience with a scenic drive along winding roads to the foot of the caldera. You'll head to Mirador Santa Lucia, where you'll indulge in a typical Canarian lunch of regional cuisine with a side order of impressive views. As you relish the rich flavors, soak up the surrounding landscape and reflect on the history you've uncovered during this journey.

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Day Tour to Puerto de Mogan by Boat
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Day Tour to Puerto de Mogan by Boat

Puerto de Mogan is said by many to be the most beautiful town in Gran Canaria, and once you've set eyes on its toytown houses, it's hard to argue. This tour brings you by boat, docking right in the heart of the harbour after a scenic approach, so you avoid long walks from out-of-town parking lots. Maria, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Mogan market is a classic in Gran Canaria, known all over the island. And to arrive in the town by boat gives you that a spine-tingling sensation you get in anticipation of a special experience.'Sailing from Puerto Rico harbour, you'll glide along the rocky, volcanic coastline of the south before arriving at Puerto de Mogan. Cupped into cliffs at the mouth of a steep valley, it's known as ‘Little Venice' for its canal, blue-and-yellow-trimmed white cottages, wrought iron balconies and flower-festooned lanes. Traits that have made it very popular.Arriving by boat, you're in the middle of all the action straight away. Only we bring you to and from Puerto de Mogan by sea. Antonio, another of our local guides, say, ‘If you arrive by coach, not only is the journey less scenic but you have to walk a fair bit to get to the waterfront.' You'll have free time to poke around the stalls selling typical Canarian products or just relax at one of the many terraced cafés overlooking the yachts. Oh, and there's also an enticing sandy beach to stretch out on, too.

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Poema del Mar Aquarium Visit and Guayadeque Canyon Tour
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Poema del Mar Aquarium Visit and Guayadeque Canyon Tour

From the sea to the central mountains and even underground, you'll see the very best of Gran Canaria with this tour. You'll get up-close to more than 300 marine species in Poema del Mar aquarium, drive through the green valley of Guayadeque to eat lunch in a restaurant carved out of a cave and round off with free time in the colonial town of Agüimes. Miguel, one of our local guides, says, ‘There's so much packed into one day. But for me, the most interesting part is Guayadeque, which represents a very important part of our prehistory.'First up is one of the most popular attractions in Las Palmas. With panoramic curved windows and countless exhibitions, Poema del Mar is where you'll get lost in a hypnotic underwater world that's home to hundreds of sea creatures. There are electric eels, bull sharks and fish that look just like Nemo. ‘The kids are always happy in Poema del Mar,' says Miguel. You can also take advantage of their state-of-the-art cinema, showcasing hourly screenings of interesting and fun short films.Next, you'll journey through the island's greenest corner to Guayadeque canyon. It's famed for its cave homes, which the ancient aborigines built in lava bubbles, and winding hiking trails. Head inside a cliff-carved cave converted into a restaurant and enjoy tapas made from locally sourced ingredients. Then it's on to Agüimes for some with free time in this pretty, pastel-coloured parish that sits perched above the green ravine of Guayadeque. You can see the elegant church, stop for a coffee in a local café or take some selfies by the town's many statues.

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Gran Canaria Tour with Teror, Tejeda and Lunch in Fataga
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Gran Canaria Tour with Teror, Tejeda and Lunch in Fataga

Villages, viewpoints and volcanic rocks dot Gran Canaria's jagged spine. This tour weaves its way through some of the island's most dramatic landscapes, stopping along the way to visit gems such as Teror, Tejeda and Fataga. David, one of our local guides, says, ‘The legend of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Teror still intrigues me. It was in 1481, amid the Castilian conquest of Gran Canaria, and it helped change the island's destiny.'And Teror is where your adventure begins. Strolling past the balconied townhouses of Calle Real de la Plaza towards the mountain-framed basilica of Our Lady of the Pine is one of the defining Gran Canaria experiences. A scenic mountain drive away is Tejeda, which is a bit of a looker itself – red-roofed, whitewashed houses sprinkled on the slope of a valley. David adds, ‘Every time there's a list of Spain's prettiest villages, Tejeda is near the top. Its setting is unbeatable.' There's also a pit stop at Las Tirajanas viewpoint to admire a vast volcanic caldera, as we make our way to Fataga to eat. A lunch made from locally sourced ingredients will be served in a family-owned restaurant. After a little amble through the town, we'll visit a nearby aloe vera plantation to get the lowdown on its medicinal properties. Generations of islanders have used extracts from the plant for skin burns.

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Gran Canaria Food Tour with Distillery Visit and Lunch
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Gran Canaria Food Tour with Distillery Visit and Lunch

If the Canaries were a meal, Gran Canaria would be the main course – and the dessert. This exclusive tour will give you a flavour of the island and its cuisine while taking in its natural beauty. A rum factory tour, salt flats, a visit to Arucas town and a typical Canarian farm are all on the menu. Maria, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘This is my favourite tour – the driving is well spaced out and each stop is a looker. Plus, you get to sample some typical Canarian specialities in a fabulous setting.'First up is Salinas de Tenefé, where the salt flats are an important natural and cultural enclave where sea salt is produced as is has been for centuries. Next up is Arucas. Its colourful homes and flower-filled parks are overshadowed by the volcano-framed Church of St John the Baptist. You'll drop into the town's historic Arehucas distillery to sample some of its famed oak barrel-aged rum. Afterwards, we'll visit a family-owned restaurant for a traditional Canarian lunch made from locally sourced ingredients.But the best is yet to come. The highlight of the day is the award-winning Finca La Laja – a typical Canarian farm – located in a deep, vegetation-filled gorge near Agaete. In this wild and rugged setting, you'll get to taste local wines, cheese, Teror chorizo, Canarian ‘wrinkly' potatoes, cake and the farm's trademark coffee, which is grown here. You'll also learn how to prepare spicy ‘mojo' sauces.

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Gran Canaria Summit Sunset Tour
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Gran Canaria Summit Sunset Tour

As the sun tucks away behind the horizon, you'll toast to Gran Canaria's spectacular landscape on this exclusive sunset excursion. You'll travel inland through rustic villages and up its highest peak to see in the sunset with bubbly.

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Island Tour of Gran Canaria including Typical Lunch
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Island Tour of Gran Canaria including Typical Lunch

This grand tour of Gran Canaria takes in the best of the island's highlands in just one day. You'll tick off the villages of Tejeda and Teror, enjoy a typical Canarian lunch and visit an aloe vera plantation. There'll be plenty of photo stops along the way, too. Pepe, one of our local guides, says, ‘Originally a family residence, the Casa Los Yánez features both urban and rural architectural elements. The museum retains its original structure and offers a glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of a prominent Canarian family from that era'.It's a blockbuster from the go. Our first stop is at the Degollada de la Yegua viewpoint, which by day boasts views of a Wild West-like canyon and by night of the stars. Then it's on to Tunte, where you'll find the Casa Los Yánez Ethnographic Museum. Explore how Canarians once lived as you tour the museum, before you head to Tejeda, considered one of Spain's prettiest villages. All pretty whitewashed houses and palm trees nestled in the shadow of Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga, it's Insta-perfect.We'll then head to Valleseco for a three-course lunch in a family-owned restaurant. Savour traditional Canarian dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, washed down with local wine, while admiring the views of a gorge below. With a full belly, the afternoon is dedicated to the picture-postcard town of Teror. It's famed for its pastel-coloured colonial homes with carved overhanging balconies. The town's centrepiece is the mountain-framed Basilica of Our Lady of the Pine.

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Northern Gran Canaria Tour with Botanical Garden Visit
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Northern Gran Canaria Tour with Botanical Garden Visit

Northern Gran Canaria is all non-stop natural beauty. This tour delves into this often-overlooked part of the island's treasure chest. You'll visit Spain's largest botanic garden, and a banana plantation. David, one of our local guides, says, ‘Bananas are our national fruit – they're a symbol of the Canaries. Explorers sailing to the Americas would take green ones that ripened en route. And we exported so many to Britain that Canary Wharf in London got its name from us.'First up is a deep dive into this island's continent-like biodiversity. Planted on a hillside, Jardin Canario is the largest botanical garden in Spain. It boasts more than 2,000 species of plants, 500 of which are endemic to the island. Tour the tree-lined grounds and learn all about the initiative's conservation efforts and environmental education programme. Next up is a banana plantation, where you'll discover 13 varieties of plantain from all over the world.The final stop will include a guided tour of charming Firgas village, a cluster of narrow streets lined with traditional Canarian houses. Explore the photogenic streets with your guide, who will explain the presence of so many fountains in this little town. Afterwards, you'll have free time to discover more of the delights of Firgas at your own pace, perhaps stop for a leisurely coffee or look for souvenirs.

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Las Palmas Guided Tour including Vegueta and Shopping Time
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Las Palmas Guided Tour including Vegueta and Shopping Time

Tick off two top things to do in Gran Canaria's capital, Las Palmas, on this full day tour. With a hassle-free transfer into the heart of the capital, you'll have time for sightseeing in the old town, Vegueta, before hitting the shops at a modern mall. Maria, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Vegueta's streets are named after figures from the island's history, such as Christopher Columbus, who stopped here on his way to the Americas. The Casa de Colón – Columbus House – in Vegueta is a museum dedicated to Christopher Columbus. It's widely believed he stayed in that very house.'Las Palmas' historic quarter is peppered with traditional pastel-coloured buildings and ornate churches. It has the air of a Spanish colonial town in the Americas, and its streets are the oldest in the city. Vegueta is home to some of the best traditional Canarian cuisine, including dishes such as papas arrugadas – wrinkled potatoes – and mojo sauce. Maria says, ‘Papas Arrugadas with mojo is the essence of Gran Canaria. The spicy mojo sauce livens up any dish, but with Canarian potatoes it's a perfect match.'Your guide will give you an overview of the highlights to look out for during the transfer, so you'll have plenty of free time to explore. After Vegueta, we'll hit Alisios shopping centre. Browse high street favourites, local boutiques and souvenir stalls. And if you're peckish, treat yourself to a feast of international dishes from a range of restaurants, bars and fast-food favourites.

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Maspalomas Sand Dunes and Puerto de Mogan Tour
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Maspalomas Sand Dunes and Puerto de Mogan Tour

Gran Canaria's south coast is home to one of the island's most precious natural attractions. You'll discover the sand dunes of Maspalomas and the charming town of Puerto de Mogan. Juana, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘The dunes of Maspalomas are rumoured to be formed from sand blown over from the Sahara. But in fact, the combination of a receding sea in the last ice age and plenty of wind have created the huge sweep of dunes. The wind still shifts them around 3 metres per year.'Kick off with a visit to the Maspalomas sand dunes. There's time to take in the vast expanse of these natural sand hills from the viewpoint and snap some great pictures. Next, we'll pass by Puerto Rico and enjoy panoramic views from the route before arriving at pretty Puerto de Mogan, popularly known as the ‘Little Venice of Gran Canaria'. Juana explains, ‘The town got its nickname because of the canals, bridges and colourful houses that resemble the floating Italian city. It was built around a natural harbour that was once used as a fishing port.'In Puerto de Mogan, you'll have free time to explore streets flanked with cottages outlined in blue and yellow, spot wrought iron balconies and wander down flower-festooned lanes. It's the perfect introduction to the history, culture and laidback holiday vibe of this seaside village. Once you've had a look around, you could relax on the beach, stop for a drink at one of the harbourside bars overlooking the boats or browse the gift shops.

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Roque Nublo Walk with Tapas in Fataga Village
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Roque Nublo Walk with Tapas in Fataga Village

This tour offers a great opportunity to explore some of Gran Canaria's most fascinating natural treasures and landscapes. Your guide will accompany you to the Degollada de la Yegua viewpoint and then for a close-up visit to the towering Roque Nublo. Ana Isabel, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Roque Nublo is a volcanic rock formation standing at 1,813 metres above sea level. The name means “clouded rock” because it is often shrouded in mist and clouds. Its striking appearance and panoramic vistas are a big part of the appeal.'First, you'll head towards the centre of the island, taking in the mesmerising landscapes of the Degollada de la Yegua, where you'll stop for a photo opportunity. This mountain pass sits at around 1,000 metres overlooking a 15km-long canyon with smooth sides and sharp, almost vertical ridges. Next, we'll make our way to the star of the tour, Roque Nublo. This mighty monolith towers over 70 metres straight up, formed by the ancient volcanic activity that produced the island itself.At Roque Nublo, you'll have free time to enjoy an easy hike to get a closer look at the rock and appreciate the 360-degree views from one of the highest points on the island. After the walk, it's time to relax and refuel with some tasty Canarian specialties in Fataga, a whitewashed village with traditional houses and a church. You can stroll around and explore its bougainvillea-clad and plant-packed alleys before we head back.

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Introducing Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria boasts a backdrop of beautiful beaches, volcanic valleys and sleepy colonial villages. What with its tasty cuisine and crowd-pleasing line-up of attractions and activities, it’s fair to say that there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Gran Canaria. From water sports and hiking trails to the history-steeped capital, Las Palmas, you’ll find something for adventurers, nature lovers and families alike.

Top six things to do in Gran Canaria

1. Explore the Maspalomas Dunes

The vast sand dunes of Maspalomas are a must-see in Gran Canaria. Because they’ve got a very fragile ecosystem, the dunes are a protected nature reserve and need to be explored with care. Join a guided sunrise or sunset tour of the Maspalomas Dunes for an extra-special experience.

2. Get involved with some watersports

Gran Canaria’s mild climate makes it the perfect place for water sports. You can pick between sailing, windsurfing, body-boarding, surfing and scuba diving – so you’ll be spoiled for choice. And if you’d rather skip the adrenaline rush, there are lots of laid-back nautical activities to choose from, such as glass-bottom boat trips and sunset cruises.

3. Go wild whale and dolphin watching

Book a wild whale and dolphin-watching cruise in Gran Canaria for your chance to see an array of marine life. The island’s waters are home to whale species that are there all year round, and those that pass by as they migrate, so you’re almost guaranteed sightings no matter what time of year you visit. You’re in with the chance of seeing dolphins play, jump and splash around your boat. Several boat tours depart daily from Puerto Rico.

4. Get to know the capital, Las Palmas

The island’s capital is a great place to base yourself, or visit on a daytrip, thanks to its buzzing restaurant and nightlife scene, great beaches and history-steeped centre. Visit the colourful old town, Vegueta, and discover cobblestone alleys, monuments and palaces. If you visit Las Palmas in February, be prepared to see carnival celebrations tohat rival those in Rio and New Orleans.

5. Take in the views from Roque Nublo

If you’re looking for a prime hiking spot, look no further than Nublo Rural Park. Here, you’ll find Roque Nublo – an ancient volcanic rock – which is one of the largest crags in the world. The 360-degree views from the top will have you reaching for your camera. It takes about 10 minutes to reach Roque Nublo via a walking trail starting at La Goleta car park.

6. Taste traditional food and drink

Delve into Gran Canaria’s culinary scene and taste your way through the island’s most popular dishes with a food tour. Try local delicacies like papas arrugadas con mojo – these so-called ‘wrinkled’ potatoes are cooked in extra-salty water and smothered with a spicy sauce. You can also tuck in to Flor de Guía cheese – thistle flowers give it its unique flavour – and freshly caught fish. Wine-lovers can head to the local vineyards and bodegas in the northeast to learn about the winemakers’ age-old processes and taste some of their wines.