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    "Super Cat Cruise"

    by kevin36 Updated Aug 12, 2009

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    Spend a pleasurable day on the Atlantic, aboard a catamaran. Relax and take in the sights along the Gran Canarian coastline. Indulge yourself and savour the luxury of a day cruise on one of Europe’s largest sailing catamarans.

    Bask in the sunshine on the top deck, or just rest in the shade and enjoy the plush lounge area and bar on the lower deck.
    It is located on the south-west coast of Gran Canaria island. There are two harbors in Puerto Rico - `Puerto Base’ harbor (on the left side) and `Puerto Scala (on the right side). Your catamaran is docked at the `Puerto Base’ harbor side.
    you set off on your luxurious catamaran “Super-cat” along the southwest coastline heading towards the bay of Gui-Gui. Enjoy the magnificent cliff formations, hidden coves and beaches that pass by, while you take a seat in our spacious lounges.

    The ‘Super-cat’ drops anchor in the Bay of Gui Gui where you can relax in the warm seawater-whirlpool (unique in Spain) or sunbath on the comfortable sun chairs.

    Drinks will be made available all day and a barbecue lunch will also be served on board.

    Later have a refreshing swim in the crystal clear water. A lazy day is guaranteed and luxury can be assured.

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    Dolphin & Whale Trips

    by kevin36 Written Aug 23, 2009

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    Dolphin and Whale trips, lasts 2 and half hours, guarantees you will see dolphins or you get another trip free.
    If you have never seen dolphins before this can be a wonderful experience taking in the views of the south of Gran Canaria there are dolphins in the waters of Gran Canaria all year round.
    Bottle nose dolphins or small groups of Rough-Toothed dolphins, Striped and Common dolphins. Sometimes the boat is surrounded by Atlantic Spotted dolphins. You may also spot Pilot whales and the rare Beaked whales. At certain times of the year, large whales such as Finback, Sei and Sperm whales pass through the area. Loggerhead turtles are also commonly found.
    The day we went we saw The Common Dolphins,we did see a water Spout from a whale but not the actual whale.
    To top it off we saw lots of Flying Fish,if you have never seen them,I found them really fascinating,almost like clockwork toys.

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    Arucas

    by Birsen Written Jun 2, 2005

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    It lies in the middle of an extremely fertile plain where the largest and most important banana- growing area is found. It is a clean village with beautiful gardens, such as the Municipal Park, a collection of exotic flowers and plants. It has an interesting parish church in pure Gothic. Close to the village lies the volcanic cone called La Montaña de Arucas, from the top of which there is a wide, panoramic view, including El Puerto de la Luz and the mountains of La Isleta. The beautiful Bañaderos coast lies at a distance of six kilometres. The whole coast of this township is full of beautiful scenery with cliffs, lovely coves and a breath-taking panorama.

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    Fataga

    by Birsen Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Situated in the Barranco de Fataga (Fataga Ravine) at about 450 metres above sea-level, the village of Fataga is a palm oasis in the midst of the stunningly beautiful Fataga Protected Landscape national park. Originally part of the Ayagaures y Pilancones Nature Reserve formed in 1987, the status of Protected Landscape was conferred in 1994 not only for the area's natural beauty, but also as it forms a nature reserve for birds and a number of species of endangered local plants.

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    Tejeda

    by Birsen Written Apr 26, 2005

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    The small village of Tejeda and the nearby Cruz de Tejeda (Cross of Tejeda), a sombre carved stone cross on a mountain pass at 1580 m (5184 ft) above sea level, which marks the notional centre of the island of Gran Canaria.

    At this popular sightseeing attraction you will find bustling restaurants and bars, shops selling souvenirs and other local specialities and a man offering donkey rides to children. From the Parador Nacional, a state run inn at the fringe of the crater, and some other viewpoints in the nearby surroundings you will enjoy magnificent views over the island’s mountains and valleys. If you prefer it more peaceful, then you should not come here at weekends, as this is also a favourite excursion place for the locals.

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    The Lighthouse of Maspalomas

    by tompt Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    The Lighthouse of Maspalomas is the tallest lighthouse in the Canary islands. Its 65 meters are towering above the dunes, and make a good orientation point while walking through the sandy dunes.
    Next to the lighthouse you will find some reataurants and bars for refreshments after the 7 km hike from Playa del Ingles.

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    Grand Canyon

    by tompt Written Feb 13, 2005

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    Along the GC60 between San Bartolomé and Maspalomas is an area they call the small Grand Canyon. Altough this sounds like a contradiction it is a nice area to have a look. It really makes one think of the Grand Canyon in the USA. A viewpoint along the GC60 provides a great picture point. But to see the area itself you have got to get of the road. Walk or cycle the area.

    Grand Canyon, Gran Canaria

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    PUERTO DE MOGAN - a beautiful and quiet village

    by Maria_75 Updated Dec 6, 2006

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    West of Puerto Rico is the beautiful Puerto de Mogan, also called the Venice of Gran Canaria, because of its canals. A quiet and small place with two story buildings, and cafes and restaurants along the harbour.

    It can be a bit expencive here, but if you just go a little bit away from the sea you will find small and very nice local restaurants. The atmosphere is much friendlier and the prices too. The thing to eat here is definetly fish, because of the many fishingboats that are here.

    This is a place you should visit at least once!

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    The harbour in Puerto Mogan
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    Agaete, Fish, Fish, Fish!!!

    by Birsen Updated Sep 16, 2005

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    Agaete is located in the north west part of the Island. It is a small fish town and It has a harbour, ferry goes to Tenerife from here . 20 minutes by car from the city Las Palmas. There is a small beach and a famous rock in the beach called "dedo de dios" ( god's finger).You can have very fresh fish in this town.( My favorite, Restaurante de Dedo de Dios is right by the beach , good service and cheap)

    Dedo de Dios Agaete
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    Fataga

    by tompt Written Feb 4, 2005

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    Along the GC 60 between San Bartolome de Tirajana and Maspalomas you will drive through the lovely village of Fataga.
    The atmosphere created by the traditional houses along cobblestone streets is great.
    You can stroll the streets or visit a bodega, what ever you want. But be prepared to see lots of fellow tourists here. This village is stop in almost every tour from the Maspalomas area.

    Fataga, Gran Canaria

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    PALMITOS PARQUE

    by Maria_75 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This park is a subtropical oasis, about 10 km from Maspalomas. You drive through dry and barren landscape and when you come to the park it's like beeing in a totally different place.

    You can find botanical gardens with over 1000 palmtrees and more than 15.000 plants. There are also more than 150 different birdspecies, plus aquariums and other animals like crocodilles, reptiles, monkeys etc.

    Everyday there are different shows in the park. In one you can see birds like eagles and falcons performing stunts in free flight. One of the most popular shows is the parrotshow, where the parrots perform plenty of different tricks and shows.

    The children love this place and you can easily spend a whole day here. Or you can combine it with something else, like a trip to one of the waterparks. Just remember to leave before they close, so you don't get locked inside, have to sneak out and set off the whole alarmsystem... ;)

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    Peacocks are wandering around in the park
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    Mogan, Little Venice of Gran Canaria

    by Birsen Updated Sep 16, 2005

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    Mogan is a small harbour , fish town also has very nice sandy beach. It is located in the south part of the Island so most of the year the weather is very warm here so you can even swim in February or March.( 1 hour drive by car from Las Palmas) There are very good fish restaurants here. Prices are higher than Agaete sure because there are more tourists live here. If you want to have fish here check the prices listed infront of the restaurants and choose one is more reasonable.You can combine the beach and the nice fish meal in the same day and walking around the harbour is very relaxing.

    Mogan houses Harbour Beach streets harbour
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    The Dunes of Maspalomas

    by tompt Written Jan 27, 2005

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    Gran Canaria is an island, but that doesn't mean you can go to beach everywhere. Some places have sheer cliffs, other places haves pebble beaches, but an absolute favorite are the dunes of Maspalomas. The sanddunes are about two miles wide and lay between Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas.
    It is a nature reserve, a nice place to have a walk along one of the routes marked by colored poles. But if you don't like the natural side of menkind, be aware it is a place where nudists are allowed.

    Sanddunes of Maspalomas

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    TEROR - a beautiful canarian village

    by Maria_75 Updated Dec 6, 2006

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    The city is also known as 'the city with the balconies'. The traditional canarian houses are white with beautifully carved wooden balconies, which you can see everywhere in Teror. In the middle of the city lies the church Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pino. The church was built in the 1700's.

    Teror lies about 20 km from Las Palmas and the road turns like a snake through the mountain with eucalyptusthrees on the side, and you pass through many small beautiful villages.

    If you only want to visit one place, it should be Teror. Every sunday there is a big market here, and locals from all over the island come here to shop. You can find everything from local clothes and crafts to traditional food, like chorizo from Teror.

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    Basilica Nuestra Se��ora del Pino
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    See the ocean deep down

    by tompt Written Feb 13, 2005

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    At Mirador del Balcon, a viewpoint along the westcoast between Puerto de Aldea and Aegete, the ocean lies 400 meters below you. The sheer cliffs are awesome. And, when you have better weather then we did, the view is great and you can see the island of Tenerife. We had a very foggy day and there was no sight of other islands.

    The parkinglot has a great view, but you can go down to a viewpoint. This viewpoint was used as a toilet, judging by the smell there. So stay on the parkinglot and enjoy.

    view from `the balcony��, Gran Canaria

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