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Getaway from Toulouse. Against the greyness of winter, head to Gran Canaria!

The Roque Nublo, emblematic basalt monolith of Gran Canaria. (©News Toulouse/Dorisse Pradal)

Gran Canaria (3 hour flight from Toulouse) is the third largest island in the Canary archipelago after Tenerife and Fuerteventura. “It resembles a scallop shell in its shape and relief,” explains Paul Roger, a great lover of the island. A surveyor by trade, he landed here more than 20 years ago. He never left, he became a tourist guide.

The different faces of Las Palmas

Las Canteras is one of the most beautiful urban beaches in Europe, 3 kilometers long. The waves are very popular with surfers.

We love the historic heart of the island’s capital, the Vegueta districtit is through these small alleys that the settlers arrived in 1478.

Christopher Columbus’ house

It is the cultural district, that of the museums, enter the Sainte-Anne cathedral (open during services) discover the Maison Christophe Colomb, the navigator stayed there before going to travel the world, there is a caravel and navigation instruments.

End your walk with the covered market and stock up on mojo verde and rojo sauces before crossing the square of the frogs, admiring the island library and reaching Triana and its magnificent neoclassical and Art Nouveau style buildings, this is the shopping break of the trip.

The beautiful experiences to live on site

Book a family hike with Paul Roger, a fan of active tourism, to discover secret corners in the company of locals: 0034 696 86 92 79 or marchegrancanaria@gmail.com
Treat yourself to a bath in the natural pools of El Puertillo next to Las Palmas, an almost secret spot.
Visit the Tenefé salt pans, the only ones on the island, and taste the mango and avocado with fleur de sel, prepared by Manuel and his brothers. www.salinastenefe.com.
The oldest rum in Europe
Visit the oldest rum distillery in Europe in Arucas, founded in 1884. www.arehucas.es
Go into ecstasy and climb the dunes of Maspolamas in the south of the island, a natural curiosity very popular with tourists and stroll through the picturesque port of Mogan.
Visit the Viera y Clavijo botanical garden, the largest in Spain with 500 species endemic to the Canary Islands. www.jardincanario.org

Roque Nublo, iconic basalt monolith

More than 50% of the territory is classified as a nature reserve, we head towards the north of the island and its banana plantations. The platanos make the wealth of the island, Europe subsidizes the Canary Islands every year to prevent the United States from having a monopoly on banana cultivation. The road is winding, the mist dissipates and reveals Roque Nublo, the emblematic basalt monolith of Gran Canaria, at 1813 meters, it is one of the tallest in the world. Allow 40 minutes to climb and touch the sky. Remember to take a sweater…

To discover: the trees of happiness!

Along the way, make sure to stop in the village of Terorfor its typical Sunday morning market, sugar cane growers prepare the best mojito on the island, people also come here for its magnificent Basilica of Our Lady of Pine, the patron saint of Gran Canaria.

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Another village to discover, Arucas, it owes its superb to a Frenchman, Francis Gourié. Visit its San Juan Bautista church, sculpted in 1909 with local stones and marvel at these phantasmagorical dragon trees, emblematic of the Canary Islands. They are called the trees of happiness or knowledge!

Dorisse Pradal

What you need to know before you go

Where to sleep and eat?
Magnificent boutique hotel in the heart of the Triana district in Las Palmas: www.becordial.com
Superb oasis in Las Palmas, Santa Catalina de Barcelo: www.barcelo.com/fr-fr/santa-catalina-a-royal-hideaway-hotel/
Fincas and rural houses surrounded by nature: www.grancanarianaturalandactive.com/
Dine at Triciclo, exceptional cuisine and services and have a drink at Rooftop La Azotea de Benito, magnificent! www.triciclobar.com
Between sea and mountains, lunch at Valle de Mogan (our photo) for its Canarian cuisine. www.valledemogan.com

Prepare your trip
www.salutilescanaries.com. Note, from February 11 to March 6, 2022, explosion of colors at the Las Palmas carnival. The historic Canarian company Binter has arrived in Blagnac, it offers direct flights all year round, twice a week to Gran Canaria. For the same price: connections are provided to the other islands. Flights from 85 euros one way. Top services and comfort aboard Embraer or ATR to reach the islands!

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