Gran Canaria and Roque Nublo
See the natural wonders of Gran Canaria, the second most populous island of the Canary Islands, and enjoy a delicious lunch of authentic Canarian food while on this full-day small group tour.
Your journey begins with a comfortable, scenic drive to the mountains. This island is often called a "Miniature Continent" due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found, with long beaches and dunes of white sand, contrasting with green ravines and picturesque villages. Gran Canaria agriculture is unique among the Canaries islands in that it was traditionally dominated by plantations, with much of these being grains as well as sugarcane, rather than by animal stock. Make a quick stop at a local farmers market full of fruits, vegetables and local products.
Continue to Pico de las Nieves, or the highest peak of the island, and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Canary Islands and nearby Spain. Make your way down the 1,949-meter volcano to the famous landmark Roque Nublo, an 80-meter-high basalt rock monolith. Located in the central municipality of Tejeda, Roque Nublo is considered one of the biggest natural crags in the world. An ancient place of worship for the aborigines, it was declared a protected natural space in 1987 and a rural park seven years later.
While in the town of Tejeda you will be greeted by the large stone Cross of Tejeda marking the entrance to the state run hotel the Parador National. Take a few minutes to visit the vendors and sample local Canarian products such as cheese, honey and fruits. Finally, you will make your way to the village of Teror, a place of pilgrimage for all the residents of Gran Canaria as the municipality holds in its Basilica the statue of the Virgen del Pino, Patron of the Diocese of the Canary Islands. Therefore, a visit to Teror means a visit to the Basilica.
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