Insider Tips - Gran Canaria

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Our top insider tips for Gran Canaria:


Bodega San Juan, El Monte

The oldest vineyard in Gran Canaria is hidden behind thick walls below the Monte Lentiscal district. The grapes are still harvested by hand and processed using ancient machines. The Bodega San Juan usually has tinto (red wine), blanco (white wine) and moscatel (dessert wine) to sell to its customers at prices ranging from 8–12 euros a bottle until the beginning of the following year. The winegrower does not have an official ‘organic product’ seal but his wines are made without the use of any insecticides. Open Mon–Sat 10am–6pm | Ctra. Monte Lentiscal–Bandama 68. 


Local arts and crafts

FEDAC: the finest Canarian arts and crafts from woven handbags and ceramics to silver jewellery, lace and embroidered tablecloths, in a side street off Triana. Exquisite, traditional, new – and even recycled – goods. Mon–Fri 9.30am–1.30pm and 4.30–8pm | Calle Domingo J. Navarro 7 | (Website in Spanish.)


A journey back in time

A stroll through the captivating San Francisco district in Telde is like a journey through time. Low, whitewashed houses and tiny squares lie hidden along the narrow cobblestone streets opposite Plaza San Juan. To reach them, turn right off Calle Juan Carlos through a narrow archway. The centre is sunny Plaza San Francisco with the church of the same name. 


For those with a sweet-tooth

Chocolates, delicate macaroons and calorie-rich cakes: the Dulcería del Nublo in Tejeda specialises in all things sweet made of almonds. The delivery vans of this renowned confectioner are known all over the island. Mantecados, piñones and mazapán, Tejeda’s marzipan cakes, will tempt those with a sweet tooth to visit the shop on the main street. Perfect souvenirs for loved-ones back home. Daily 9am–6pm | Calle Hernández Guerra 15. 


Donkey Safari and Children's Zoo

Youngsters will be especially attracted by the well cared-for donkeys and children’s zoo at the donkey finca Burro Safari Las Tirajanas. Grown ups will like the traditional food – as almost everything is home made. When you reach the village Taídia, keep your eyes open for the (virtually hidden) signpost to the donkey finca Burro Safari Las Tirajanas. You can sit on one of the rustic wooden benches in the shade of the vine-covered pergola and enjoy all of the good things the Martín family have to offer: fresh cheese from the milk of their pet goats, spicy, preserved olives that they harvest themselves, and ‘wrinkled potatoes’ with fiery mojo sauces. This all goes down well with a glass of dry table wine followed by a thimble of home-made mejunje fruit liqueur. Teetotallers will enjoy the orange juice, freshly pressed from sun-ripened fruit that grow in the garden.

There are more than 60 well looked-after donkeys – in colours ranging from light beige to black – waiting to be ridden. Children especially will enjoy the half-hour ride along bridle paths in the mountains. For the less adventurous, there is a petting zoo with spotlessly clean pigs and rabbits, goats, sheep and ostriches. Open daily 10am–4pm | From 10 euros per person | El Morisco s/n | Tel. 9 28 18 05 87 | (Website in Spanish.) 


A special treat

Diners look down from a dizzying height through the panorama windows of the Le Volant Restaurant to the harbour basin in Las Palmas below. What should you order? Fish, of course! This is the place to dine on creative Canarian cuisine in a minimalistic environment high above the city in Hotel AC Gran Canaria. Open daily | Calle Eduardo Benot 3 | Tel. 9 2827 37 45 | Expensive


The Charca de Maspalomas

A small lagoon of brackish and fresh water where you can watch herons, ducks, plovers, coots and many other birds stop over on their migratory flights (good information board on the promenade). Since being protected, many animals that were driven away during the construction boom have returned and are now breeding again in the reeds and rushes on the banks. Fish have also moved back and algae and grass show that the water is clean once again.


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