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Wildlife and Wild Nights in Gran Canaria

Maspalomas in Gran Canaria.

There are 32 protected conservation areas to enjoy wildlife on the island (which occupy almost 43 percent of the surface area of the Gran Canaria). Its geology, ecosystem, flora and fauna, and wild creatures found only here make the island’s natural heritage very unique.

Markets in Gran Canaria often have many Moroccan handicrafts for sale as North Africa is close by. Markets here often sell a wide variety of jewellery, souvenirs, Canarian pottery, and handmade tablecloths.

Another local item you may want to purchase to bring back home are the red and green mojo sauces (made from garlic, salt, oil, vinegar and spices) from any supermarket.

Maspalomas is the island’s main resort in the south, located about 30 minutes from the airport. A wonderful beach can be found near the Maspalomas Dunes. Maspalomas is famed for its lighthouse, lagoon and fantastic beach which is 6km (3.7 miles) long, and at some points, 1km wide. The beach is bordered with snack shacks, and has sunbeds and sun umbrellas for rent. There are paragliding and diving facilities in the area as well as a giant aqua park and whale watching, too.

Gran Canaria is great for picking up bargains both in the resort areas many shops as well as more traditional markets.

After having booked your flights to Gran Canaria, you’ll find that the island has so many accommodation options that you’re be spoilt for choice. There are luxury spa hotels, family orientated hotels, budget options, and lots of boutique hotels, too.

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