Gran Canaria Holidays
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Golden sands and blue seas are the essence of Gran Canaria for most visitors, but there are increasing numbers of people who come here to windsurf, sail, fish, play golf, mountain-bike, fly planes or paraglide. As for nightlife, there is a choice of clubs, cabarets, pubs, discos and casinos to satisfy any taste, mainstream or alternative, and at any decibel level. But whichever way you choose to enjoy the island, those seas and sands are never far away.
St. Ann's CathedralA mixture of Gothic and baroque styles, this stunning cathedral, completed in the 19th century, faces the palm-lined square of Santa Ana and the two groups of bronze dogs, which some speculate, gave the island its name - Latin canis means dog.
Columbus HouseOnce the governer's residence, this fine building now houses exhibits recalling the age of exploration. Built around two elegant stone courtyards, decorated with Canarian pine balconies, visitors can explore a fascinating display of artefacts.
Maspalomas DunesSpectacular sand dunes, part of a protected nature reserve, lie right in the middle of the busy tourist resort of Maspalomas. Together with a freshwater lagoon and palm groves, the dunes form an area of outstanding natural beauty.
IngenioAn expanding town with a name that means 'sugarmill', recalling its early 16th century role as a base for sugar production. The old town, spilling down narrow streets from the Church of our Lady of Candelaria has some of the area's finest houses.
TerorSurrounded by the hills, this is a beautiful showpiece town, as well as the spiritual heart of the island. With elegant and well preserved colonial architecture, grand cathedral and pretty main square, this town is an important place of pilgrimage to islanders.
Cenobio de ValeronThis cave network is one of the most important archaeological sites of the pre-Hispanic people of the island. It was once thought that the complex was the abode of Gaunche priestesses but scholars agree it was used as a grain depository.