Gran Canaria is filled with tales that date back centuries. In addition to this, the land between the coast and the summit is a veritable mine of biological diversity, teeming with glittering gems at every turn. The Cultural Landscape of Risco Cado and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria have both been designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. These designations were made in recognition of the island's significant archaeological, ethnographic, and natural values. Almost half of the land on the island, as well as a large section of the shoreline, have been designated as Biosphere Reserves.
Gran Canaria is renowned for having striking contrasts between its landscapes, and is sometimes referred to as the 'miniature continent.' We can, in the span of a single day, visit magnificent beaches that are encircled by dunes and climb peaks that are covered in Canary Island pine forests, the greenery of which stands out starkly against the dark volcanic earth.
Along the way, we will come across breathtaking cliffs, valleys, imposing rocks, and volcanic calderas, as well as ravines that are very steep. Incredible places that we can see from the hiking trails, and we make frequent stops to take in the breathtaking panoramas along the way. Gran Canaria's extensive and well-maintained road network gives us the option to tour the island in a private vehicle or via the public transportation system.
It is blessed with an enviable climate, an eternal springtime that invites you to experience its rich natural and scenic diversity to the fullest, as well as its lovely fishing and inland villages, as well as its traditions, culture, and history. The people who live within the borders of this kingdom are the keepers of ancient knowledge, which they display every time they till the soil, tend to their animals, or shape clay with their hands. In addition, there are stone giants, beams of light dancing between cave etchings, and plants and animals that have never been seen before. Within the bounds of this book, which is written in the ink of time, anything at all is conceivable. Just like the other Canary Islands, it is a part of the Canary Islands. As well as the contemporary nature of the island's urban centres and popular tourist destinations, such as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The vibrant, modern city is home to one of the most priceless gems the island has to offer, which visitors often find surprising. The city is also known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere. Would you like to get your own hands-on experience of it?
Gran Canaria has a wide variety of cultural, recreational, and sporting activities, as well as a wide array of accommodation options, restaurants, shops, and wellness centres, all of which add to the island's already incredible offering.
Both nominations are a testament to Gran Canaria's singular character as an island that serves as a crossroads for multiple worlds. Both the World Heritage site and the Biosphere Reserve have their origins woven into the fabric of the territory; they also share a legacy that motivates efforts toward a more environmentally friendly future.