Places of interest in Gran Canaria – Starting Point at Seaside Palm Beach | Seaside Palm Beach
Places of interest in Gran Canaria – Starting Point at Seaside Palm Beach

    Points of Interest

    During your holiday in Gran Canaria you will experience the highly diverse beauty of the Canary Islands while you explore the green north of the island, the golden sandy beaches of the south, the famous dunes of Maspalomas and charming villages in the interior of the island. You will experience a rich diversity of impressions within a relatively compact area – it is no coincidence that the Canary Islands are often referred to as a "miniature continent".

    Maspalomas nature reserve

    The nature reserve begins opposite Seaside Palm Beach and covers the lagoon and the dunes, behind which the beach begins. This delta with its 404 hectares is rich in migratory birds, including majestic herons, ducks and lively sandpipers. The flora of the area is also home to the well-known Maspalomas giant lizard, a harmless species which can reach a length of 80 cm.

    The Charca de Maspalomas

    The Charca de Maspalomas is a small lagoon which provides an indication of what the earlier swamps of Maspalomas must have been like. The lagoon is an important ornithological centre for research into canaries.

    The dune landscape

    The dune landscape of the south is unique for Gran Canaria. The dunes, some of which move when blown by the wind, can reach a height of 8 m.

    The oasis of Maspalomas

    Both Seaside Hotels in the south of Gran Canaria are in an excellent location adjacent to the oasis of Maspalomas. You will be impressed by the thousand-year old palm trees and the rich birdlife to be discovered in the palm grove.

    The beach of Maspalomas

    The golden sandy beach of Maspalomas is about 6 km long and begins in the south by the oasis of Maspalomas - only two minutes on foot from the Seaside Palm Beach Hotel. On the beach you will see a blue flag fluttering – a sign of outstanding water quality and infrastructure. Equally impressive is the promenade, which enables you to stroll, hike or jog for long distances along the coast. After sunbathing you can enjoy a dip in the sea at water temperatures between 18 and 23° C. The beach also has a nudist area, together with sunbeds and kiosks.

    Villages on the island

    Gran Canaria makes it easy for you to find villages of outstanding beauty.

    Tejeda is situated in a valley surrounded by beautiful scenery. Here you will find an impressive natural formation, Roque Nublo, a 67-m high monolith which is one of the landmarks of the Canary Islands.

    Alternatively you can visit Arucas, a village well-known for its rum and built around the church of San Juan Bautista (1909), the altar of which features an image of Christ on the cross which was carved in the 16th century.

    Near Arucas the village of Firgas is well-known for its views of the coastal region and for its mountain spring water. The majority of people in Gran Canaria have this high-quality water delivered directly to their homes.

    Teror is home to the patron saint of the diocese of the Canary Islands "Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pino". In this place of pilgrimage a popular festival is held every year on 8 September. You can also visit the "Museo de los patronos" museum here and see the beautiful "Plaza de Tereza Bolivar" square. The sweets made by the nuns of the local Cistercian cloister are much appreciated by those in the know. If you get the chance you should also try the sweet blood sausage.

    You will find out that in addition to its beautiful coastline and mountain villages Gran Canaria has plenty more to offer. Why not take a map and go on a tour of personal exploration. We'll be happy to help and advise you!

    Las Palmas – the capital

    From our Seaside Hotels you can reach Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital, in under an hour by car. Here you will also realise that the Canary Islands have a lot more to offer than sunshine and beach holidays, wonderful though these are. In addition to attractive shopping outlets you will find a wealth of cultural and entertainment facilities here. There's no doubt that a visit to Vegueta, the historical quarter, will be one of the many highlights of your holiday. Here in the old city you can visit the cathedral (built between 1497 and 1781), Casa de Colón and the Vegueta market.

    Other sights worth seeing

    Cueva pintada

    In "Cueva pintada" a cave in Gáldar, you will experience the culture of the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands. The museum here is itself constructed on the remains of an ancient settlement and provides impressive views of wall paintings and historical objects of all kinds.

    Casa de Colón

    "Casa de Colón" was the residence of the former governors of the island and was probably visited by Columbus during his first voyage to the Americas. The museum of the same name provides detailed documentation and other exhibits relating to the conquest of the islands by the Castilians, the visit of Christopher Columbus and pre-Columbus America.

    Museo Canario

    Museo Canario displays the most extensive collection of the cultural heritage of the original native inhabitants of the Canary Islands. The museum is home to the complete archaeological collections of the entire Canaries archipelago, and with its unique selection of exhibits is a wonderful place to get to know the history of the islands.

    Pueblo Canario

    "Pueblo Canario" lies in the heart of the city of Las Palmas in the beautiful "Parque Doramas" gardens. It is a museum created by the artist Nestor de la Torre and, with its collection of typical Canaries houses with their beautiful wooden balconies, is dedicated to the architecture of the island. Folk dances and songs which are typical of traditional culture on the islands are also performed at Pueblo Canario.
    Here you can also visit the "Nestor de la Torre Museum".

    Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo

    With an area of about 10 hectares the "Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo" botanical gardens display the full flora of the seven Canary Islands, together with the plant life of Madera, the Azores and the Cape Verde Islands.

    Los Tilos de Moya

    You will find a very special nature reserve at "Los Tilos de Moya", a gorge near Moya which, on an area of 91 hectares, contains an abundance of laurel bushes and lime trees.

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