El Dedo de Dios - The finger of God is the landmark and the emblem of the town. It is a beautiful rock formation but it now lacks its finger. It is still nice visiting it, even if it lost half of the finger during Tropical Storm Delta in November 2005, the storm cut of the finger of this beautiful formation which was in the form of a finger pointing to God.
Before it lost its finger El Dedo de Dios used to be one of Gran Canarias natural monuments - but it is still worth a visit, you can see from my pictures what it looks like today.
El Puerto de Las Nieves and its surrounding are considered to be one of the oldest in Gran Canaria, ca 14 million years old.
A town well worth visiting.
Puerto de las Nieves is famous for its rockformation in the water called 'Dedo de Dios' (God's finger). Go to the beach and you can see it out in the water, close to the cliffs.
UPDATE - TROPICAL STORM DELTA
November 28 2005 the Canary Islands was hit by the tropical storm Delta. A lot of damage was done to the islands, and during the storm the popular 'Dedo de Dios/Gods finger' got broken. So if you go there now you will no longer see the rock forming the popular finger. But a group of geologists will get together and see if its possible to restore or reconstruct the famous landmark.
I'm not quite sure what this restaurant is called, but I think it is 'Dedo de Dios'. It's situated on the beach and you have a great view to the rock formation called 'Dedo de Dios', and to the sea.
The food here tastes excellent and it's incredibly cheap!
In the northwest corner of the island you find the small and charming city of Puerto de las Nieves. On the beach is a very nice restaurant where you can sit down, look at the sea and the rockformation. The food here is very good, quite cheap and the staff is nice and friendly.
Here you can find ferries that will take you to the other canarian islands. Right next to the ferry-place is a promenade where you can walk along the sea. It's a beautiful walk, but it can be very windy so bring a sweater or a jacket. The wind blows drops from the sea over the land. When the water vapores it leaves behind the salt, and makes it almost look like snow, that's why the city is called 'The snow harbour'.