This is an archipelago full of places and monuments that keep very interesting data and arouses the curiosity of many of its visitors.
The Canary Islands are not only about climate and tourism, they are also full of history and facts that surround many of the corners hidden in each of the islands that make up this beautiful region of the Atlantic.
So, if you intend to visit Gran Canaria or any of the other beauties of the archipelago, we recommend that you continue reading to discover ten of the many curiosities hidden in the Canary Islands.
The Canary Islands: a place of peculiarities
In this archipelago you can find places with a very interesting historical memory and monuments that represent a unique flavour in the world.
The best climate ever
One of the most interesting facts you can find and that most visitors know, is that in Gran Canaria has the places with the best climate in the world.
A place that dermatologists, doctors, climatologists and experts in health and wellbeing have considered the best for their treatments, specifically the municipalities of southern Gran Canaria like San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Mogán, where tourist places such as the Dunes of Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés and Playa de Mogán can be found.
The only coffee produced in Europe
In the Agaete valley you will find the factory and the land that gives the beans of the only coffee produced in Spain and Europe. Apart from being the only producers, it is also one of the best coffees in the world, being a product characterised by its excellent aroma and flavour, thanks to a coffee bean that is born in the excellent climatic conditions of a municipality to the north of Gran Canaria.
Agaete is a northern town, which encompasses a series of optimal characteristics for coffee production since the arid and humid climates coexist and are mixed by the ravines that unify the coast with the mountains. Perfect conditions for a product famous by the best communities of coffee lovers in the world.
Teide: the highest peak in Spain
The Teide is located on the island of Tenerife. A majestic dormant volcano that serves as a natural monument for all the Canary Islands. A place that hosts a Natural Park full of beauty such as Las Cañadas del Teide, where the richness of the volcanic soil has given rise to a unique native flora, giving rise to landscapes worthy of the best photographs.
At 3,718 metres, the Teide is the highest peak in Spain and this high-altitude area can be reached throughout some access points that attract thousands of tourists every year.
Roque de los Muchachos: from the Canary Islands to space
The island of La Palma hides a unique place to see the stars and where one of the most important space observatories in the world is located.
The Canary Islands and NASA joined forces to study the universe in a place 2,426 meters above sea level where the skies are ideal for investigating outer space.
At the same time it is a perfect place for photography lovers where you can see the most spectacular stars that covers the earth.
Europe’s oldest rum factory
The Arehucas rum factory was opened in 1892, as rum (made with sugar cane and served mainly with ice and coke) is the drink that unites all the people of Gran Canaria.
This building was a boost for the municipality of Arucas, as a large part of the population saw how the town prospered around the success of a brand that has established itself as a must in many of the archipelago’s festivals.
Currently, it is the oldest and still in operation rum factory in Europe. A fact that without a doubt is one of the curiosities of the Canary Islands.
The best carnival in the world
After those of Rio de Janeiro, you won't find such colorful and fun carnival in the world. The capitals of the archipelago, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, disguise themselves to give you moments full of fantasy, comedy and festivity.
During the month of February these islands offer a variety of essential events to have a great time in the archipelago. As if that weren't enough, Gran Canaria hosts one of the most international and extraordinary carnivals in the world: the Maspalomas Carnival in the south of the island is an event that fills the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana with multiculturalism and colour.
Bandama: the first golf club in Spain
The union between the Canary Islands and golf took its most important point in 1891 with the opening of the Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas in Bandama. This fact confirmed the strong interest in this sport on the island with the arrival of British traders and businessmen who came to Gran Canaria with investment and trade objectives.
Lanzarote: the world’s first underwater museum
This impressive museum combines the beauty of the underwater world with the precision and art of Jason DeCaires, making this small route one of the most impressive places in Spain for scuba diving.
An attraction for diving lovers, as we can see the union between the depths and sculptural works that recreate the deep-rooted coastal culture of an island capable of transmitting an ocean of sensations.
On the route to the Americas
Christopher Columbus stopped in Gran Canaria and La Gomera in 1492 on the route that led him to discover America. His mark did’nt go unnoticed on an island where all Canarians welcomed him and invited him to their homes. Some of them have become extraordinary museums about the colonial history of the Canary Islands.
The purest vodka is Canarian
Did you know that the municipality of Ingenio produces the purest vodka in the world? Its name is Blat and its purity is a mystery for those who love tasting this drink of Russian origin. In addition, visits to the factory are totally forbidden, which makes the legend of its production even greater.
We want you to discover all the curiosities of the Canary Islands, in particular those of Gran Canaria where you will be able to enjoy an impressive range of hotels so you can have an ideal holidays and accommodation on the island.
- Mirador Maspalomas is our first recommendation. A dynamic hotel full of a variety of services for you to choose how you want to spend your vacation. A very interesting value for money, with free transport to the beach of Maspalomas, one of the areas with the best climate in the world.
- Don Gregory is an ideal option if you are looking for rest and relax after a day of visits to the extraordinary places hidden in Gran Canaria. Its Nordic style and Wellness services will immerse you in an experience of calm and well-being worthy of a more than deserved vacation.
- Maspalomas Resort and Suites & Villas is the perfect place to stay with your family thanks to the comfortable bungalows that will make you feel the sensation of living in a beautiful village in the middle of a paradise surrounded by palm trees that lead to a extraordinary and relaxing swimming pools. In addition, the little ones will enjoy some very fun activities thanks to the Duni Club and the hotel mascot, Duni. They won’t stop having a great time while you enjoy a perfect holiday.
The curiosities of the Canary Islands confirm the historical and cultural richness of an archipelago that is much more than tourism and good weather. The ideal destination for a quality vacation where every day will be a fabulous new experience.