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On the northwestern tip of Africa, off the coast of the Iberian Peninsula lies Gran Canaria, one of the three largest islands in the Canaries. This Atlantic beach resort is a fantastic holiday choice whether you're searching for a summer beach break or a spot of winter sun, thanks to its toasty year-round temperatures. In recent years, the island has gained a reputation as one of the most popular gay-friendly destinations in Europe. With a wide variety of resorts on offer, holidays to Gran Canaria are also easy on the pocket. As night falls, the bars, clubs and discos along the southern coast of the island come to life. Gran Canaria is said to have a thriving nightlife, with larger-than-life coastal resorts including Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas offering bars and clubs that are open until the early hours.
Gran Canaria holidays have plenty to offer, especially when it comes to sightseeing. Enjoy your time rolling in the yellow, sandy beaches of Playa de las Canteras or brush up your knowledge of history at Casa-Museo de Colon, which documents Columbus’ voyage to the Americas and the history of the island as an important part of the Transatlantic trade. All in all, Gran Canaria will provide you with a holiday you will never forget.
While visiting Gran Canaria, it is simply impossible not to get hooked on the queso a la plancha, or Canarian grilled cheese. Unlike the ubiquitous sandwiches we associate with kids’ lunches in the USA, grilled cheese in the Canary Islands is comprised of a semi-soft goat’s milk cheese that is seared on both sizes and subsequently drizzled with spicy mojo sauce or honey.
Gran Canaria’s most famous dish is papas arrugadas con mojo, or wrinkled potatoes with a spicy mojo sauce. This popular plate is made of small Canarian potatoes, which are usually cooked in saltwater and sprinkled with a generous dose of sea salt. They are then served with a pungent sauce made of cumin, garlic, paprika, olive oil, vinegar and salt. The red mojo picón is made with dried red peppers, while the milder green mojo verde is typically made with parsley or cilantro.
Kitchen is cooking, eating and healthy diet. The Canarian cuisine or gastronomy consists of traditional dishes of the Canary Islands. Each country has its own traditional recipes what you find back home in the Canary population, but also in the local restaurants. Canarian cuisine is healthy with tasty recipes. I like to take you on a culinary journey to the Canary Islands.
Gran Canaria's biggest beach and one of its most popular, Maspalomas is so vast that it rarely feels crowded. Along with adjacent Playa del Inglés beach it is is over 6 kilometres long with calm water and huge golden dunes stretching back for kilometres. The famous nudist section is in the middle of the beach next to the biggest dunes.
A half-moon of white Caribbean sand with a fringe of bars, shops and restaurants; Amadores Beach looks like it was invented by the tourist industry. That's because it was.
Amadores was built from scratch about 15 years ago when Puerto Rico's beach got overwhelmed. It has warm, sheltered water, lifeguards and lots of loungers. Amadores is a great, safe beach for families with kids, but isn't the place for people who love their sand wild and unspoilt.
A day shopping Going shopping in the Canary Islands is full of advantages. One of them is the wide range of different shops found on the islands. They range from open air markets where you can buy local handicrafts, antiques or costume jewellery to large commercial centres with the most important international designer names as well as a varied selection of restaurants, cinemas and leisure areas.
The quality of Canary products is another of the advantages. Cheese, wine, honey and other local products or Canary brands of swimwear, along with prints by artists such as Cesar Manrique are usually to be found in visitors’ suitcases. But the best thing about shopping in the Canary Islands is, no doubt, the fact that the tax is the lowest in Europe, thus enabling you to buy almost any product cheaper. You can’t ask for more.
When it Comes to Water Sports in Gran Canaria, Nobody Stays Dry
A fab day is awaiting you. You have chosen a Water Sport Combination Package. With this package you can experience three crazy water sports activities at once for an unbeatable price. While staying at the beach in Playa del Ingles you've already witnessed the amount of fun you can have with a banana boat. Consequently the banana-boat is definitely part of your package. And you are absolutely looking forward to it. But that’s not all; you will also drive JetSki and go up in the air with Parasailing. You start off very close to Puerto Rico, from a beach with Caribbean flair, which is located in the distinguished ambience of the luxury hotel complex Anfi.
You have thrown over the lifejacket and off you go for your banana boat trip. The guide starts speeding up. You will hold on to the handle of your banana-boat with difficulty. The first wave you hit lifts your body about half a meter over the banana boat. Water splashes in your face and the joyous cheers of your passengers are contagious. And now follows the sharp turn that inevitably throws you off the Banana Boat. You and half of the other passengers are launched into the sea. The guide stops for a moment until everyone is back on the banana-boat to then continue with the crazy ride.
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