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7 hidden wonders in Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria is a very popular holiday destination. It's sunny all year, it has incredible beaches and it is packed with luxurious hotels and cosy apartments. But there is much more to Gran Canaria than just Maspalomas and Anfi del Mar.

The island holds many beautiful places, most of them unknown even to the locals. And, just in case you're planning on traveling to the Canary Islands any time soon, here's a list of hidden places that you can visit instead of the sand dunes. 

1. Pico de las Nieves 

I am always very surprised when people tell me that they want to travel to Tenerife to see El Teide (the highest mountain in Spain). What they don’t know is that the best way to see El Teide is to contemplate it from another island. El Pico de las Nieves, at the top of Gran Canaria, is the perfect overlook from which to spot the mountain in a clear day. From it, the natural monument of the Roque Nublo can also be spotted, standing among the pine trees of Tejeda.

2. Presa de las Niñas (The Girls' Dam)

In the middle of a pine forest in the southern slope of the island, this beautiful lake can be found. Although swimming in it is not advisable, it is the perfect place to go camping. Who wouldn’t want to wake up in the morning to this astonishing view? This place is also surrounded by mysterious legends, like that of the tree of Cassandra, a girl that supposedly was hanged in that very same tree and whose cries can still be heard at night. What about a round of horror stories before going to sleep?

3. Cola del Dragón (The Dragon's Tail)

On the western coast of the island, beside the road, there is a small overlook called the Balcony (el Balcón). What is special about it is that, from there, you can see the western coastline of the island, made up of rocky cliffs, which resembles a dragon’s tail. Hence the name of the place. It is a really beautiful enclave from where the only things that can be seen are the open ocean and this wonderful rock formation.

4. El Charco Azul (The Blue Pool)

Near the small village of El Risco, in Agaete, this beautiful natural enclave awaits. You’ll have to walk for 4 kilometres from the little village, but the effort is definitely worth it. But don’t worry, it is a very easy walk. Winter and spring are the best times of the year to visit this hidden paradise, for the rainwater creates a waterfall and a small stream that cannot be seen during the summer.

5. Barranco de los Cernícalos (Kestrels' Ravine)

Another hidden paradise, this time in the municipality of Valsequillo. This walk takes us along a stream surrounded by vegetation that ends in a series of waterfalls with water running all year long. Bring a swimsuit with you, for chances are you’ll be able to get into the last one, which is the biggest. Do not be discouraged by the 5 kilometre walk - it is very easy and definitely worth it!

6. Güigüi Beach

Beyond the end of the highway in the small town of Mogán, following the old road to La Aldea. Park your car in the little village of Tasartico and start walking. You’ll have to get to the top of a mountain before you get to see your destiny: the virgin beach of Güigüi, only accesible from where you are standing or by boat. Climb down the other slope of the mountain to get to this truly hidden paradise with crystalline waters and zero people. But, be careful. This walk is quite hard. Bring lots of water and food, and do not stay until dark. It’ll take you two and a half hours to get back to the car.

7. Tufia Beach

Five minutes away by car from the frenzy of the city of Las Palmas, in the neighbour municipality of Telde, you can find this small village made up of white houses and a tiny, beautiful beach with crystalline waters. Tufia is, unquestionably, one of the hidden treasures of the island, the perfect place to snorkel and enjoy a quiet beach day without the chaos of the most crowded beaches.

 

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