In the heartbeat of Gran Canaria
Know you the hinterland of Gran Canaria ? The boondocks of Gran Canaria are forests, valleys, ravines, dams and more. The beating heart of the interior is easy to explore on foot, by bike or mountain bike, car, taxi or public transport. One with nature far from the tourist crowds. Through a holiday auction you will definitely find cheap airline tickets to stays in the heartland. With this page I will introduce you to the lesser known pieces in the heart of Gran Canaria.
A tour and sightseeing of the beautiful homeland of the island can be done in different ways. Already from your arrival at your hotel, bungalow or apartment, will the hostess of your tour operator recommend a few trips through the island.
The tour has largely held with the Canary Bus. The advantage is that you are visit the main attractions for tourists. The downside is that you have many hidden gems of Gran Canaria will not be seeing. In addition is a stop at an place of interest limited in time.
The Homeland of Gran Canaria is not comparable to any of the other Canary Islands. Fuerteventura, Lanazarote, Tenerife or take now the Balearic Islands with Mallorca or Ibiza. All known Spanish holiday islands are totally different from each other. Especially during the fall and winter is the midland of Gran Canaria definitely worth exploring.
Trip by motor, car or a Jeep Safari
I can you definitely recommend a few other options for a tour. Some examples are a Jeep Safari with which you get closer to nature, closer to the heart of Gran Canaria. You must be armed against dust and shock, but you will come in beautiful places in the homeland. A tour and sightseeing with a vespa or motorcycle under the guidance of a guide is certainly do not to be forgotten. Are you sporty then you can consider reserving a organized mountain bike tour into the heart of the interland
From experience I know that explore the island with a rental car is still stands at the top. The rental cars on the island are reliable and certainly not expensive. Explore the island by car has the advantage that you can get absolutely everywhere.
There are several routes for the car available. And if you have GPS then you can already plan a route at home via your smartphone. The roads in the boondocks are in good condition. Respect the legal speed everywhere if you’re not drive normal in the mountains
A walk along the dam reservoirs
The interior of Gran Canaria welcomes you to its breathtaking dam reservoirs. The are all places where you can unwind. Do you know that this small island has 69 large reservoirs. Time to go and discover the natural wonders of Gran Canaria.
One of the major dam reservoirs is Presa de las Niñas. These recreational place at an altitude of 700 meters, weekly receives hundreds of tourists and residents of the island. Presa de las Niñas is located on the territory of Tejeda.
The hydropower dam itself is not special, but the view of the lake, surrounded by pine trees is once again spectacular. You can there swim, fish and organize a barbeque with friends and family.
In this environment, you can easily spend a few days surrounded by nature. The area is ideal for nature walks. Photographers and film lovers can show here once their best.
For daily needs, there is provided a shower and sanitary. The parking and camping was completely renovated in 2015. There is a parking lot for 140 cars and 28 caravans or mobile homes. To enjoy the beautiful nature there are 430 picnic areas and camping sites provide in peace. In total there are more than 700 seats for recreational visitors. Presa de las Niñas is probably one of the wonders of Gran Canaria.
At an altitude of 120 meters you will find the largest reservoir Presa de Soria. This beautiful lake is also situated in the Barranco de Arguineguin. Presa de Soria has a total water capacity of 15 million m3.
It is surrounded by a stunning countryside with magnificent palm trees. Near the dam, you can find the restaurant “Casa Fernando“, where you can taste the Canarian cuisine. The restaurant provided some climbing to reach on foot from the reservoir.
The reservoir of Chira or the dam Presa de Chira is located at an altitude of 875 meters in the municipality of San Bartolome. Presa de Chira has been since its construction in 1964, already overflowed several times in the Presa de Soria. The lake is connected to the Barranco de Chira, a tributary of the Barranco de Arguineguin. Presa de Chira is a unique dam for Gran Canaria, partly because of its constant water supply and the surface of the reservoir.
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Discover on foot the inland and the locals
Explore the homeland on foot, I can highly recommend it. Moreover, it is good for your health. The climate of Gran Canariais a healthy climate. With proper preparation you can find easily a resting place with panoramic views.
The hinterland is naturally mountainous, legs and feet will therefore have to work. Ideal if you’re on a diet and want to lose weight in kilos, but certainly in the first place for the beautiful nature, the flora and fauna.
In the numerous small and rustic villages you can very cheap eating, healthy and tasty food. Healthy snacks, the famous tapas to elaborate dishes at a local restaurant. And are you a little in social intercourse, do not hesitate to make a chat with the local mountain residents.
The people are incredibly friendly here and love a good conversation. You don’t know any Spanish word, then take a pocket dictionary with you on your journey through the interior. Locals usually only understand the Spanish language, but they make every effort to give you a warm welcome.
Overnight in the countryside of Gran Canaria
Just like in Belgium, the Netherlands or UK is rural tourism ( Turismo Rural ) on Gran Canaria in the elevator. People are increasingly looking for peace, and want to avoid the crowds of the hotels. You can also sometimes called staying at the farmer or a farm holiday, maybe it’s there. With proper arrangements you can milk some goats, or picking grapes in a vineyard, …
Singles or couples who want to be one with nature, making today the choice to stay a few days or a full holiday in one of the small hotels ( Parador ) or private homes ( Finca ) on the island. Young people can stay in a local youth hostel. Holiday houses gonna sure you find in the interior of Gran Canaria.
Bed and Breakfast here is less known, but there are _ if you are good looking someone. El Drago del Sao is a Bed & Breakfast of a short distance from Arguineguin. Casa Macquincy is situated not far from Maspalomas and yet far from mass tourism. All owners like to welcome you, even in dutch and english. More information about rural tourism and agricultural tourism you’re sure to find on the website of Gran Canaria Rural or Eco Turismo Canarias
Fataga, a typical Canarian village
Before you reach Fataga there’s Mundo Aborigen This small prehistoric park is a representation of how the Guanches previously lived on the island.
Fataga is a small village in the interland with about 400 inhabitants and is situated 5 km from the coast of Maspalomas. The small but beautiful romantic village is situated on a hill and is located in the “Valley of a Thousand Palms.”
Fataga is a typical Canarian mountain village with cobblestone streets, friendly people, a bakery and even a restaurant and bar. The highlight here is a picturesque church in the heart of the village. Nature lovers will certainly come into their own in the homeland. Cacti, succulents, palms and citrus plants such as lemons and oranges, in short, here you can relax easily a whole day
The village of Fataga is about 2000 years old. The name Fataga was created by a former source “El Cercado de Fataga“. Fataga is also nominated as world heritage. I can understand that you want to take a souvenir of this beautiful place in the homeland. That is certainly not a problem as there are some shops selling souvenirs, handmade products such as scarves, pottery and much more. A ride on camels as valve can be in the “Barranco de Fataga“. Don’t forget already your photo camera and video camera
Public transport – Bus No. 18 (Faro de Maspalomas – Tejeda) Be careful because this bus (guagua) ride a few times a day, but it is definitely recommended.
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