Natural areas: Gran Canaria
43% of the area that makes the island of Gran Canaria is protected. This natural area is one of the best examples of biodiversity on Earth, which is why it has been named ‘a tiny little continent’. Dozens of nature parks, reserves, landscapes and natural monuments turn Gran Canaria into a must-visit place for nature lovers.
Nature in Gran Canaria:
- Dunes in Maspalomas: A special natural reserve, the dunes in Maspalomas are the largest group of dunes in the Canaries, stretching over more than 400ha. The area attracts migratory birds like the flamingo or the grey heron, as well as the giant lizard, typical of Gran Canaria.
- Macizo del Suroeste Nature Park: Amazingly green and covered with endemic pines, this mountainous park reaches the coastal village of Mogán, passing through spectacular beauty spots like the Veneguera gorge and its colourful rocky wall known as ‘Los Azulejos’ (Tiles).
- Pilancones Nature Park: Located in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, it is close to Maspalomas and the protected area of Fataga, in the south of Gran Canaria. It hosts a wide variety of birds. From Maspalomas it can be reached by way of a nice trail.
- Güi-Güi sands: An exceptionally beautiful spot, this sandy area is in the village of San Nicolás. It has a large population of an endemic species, balsam spurge or tabaiba in Spanish, and one of the most interesting archaeological sites on the island.
- Inagua, Ojeda y Pajonales Nature Park: Covering more than 3,000ha, this nature park is part of the big El Nublo Park. The landscape is characterised by powerful gullies and a smooth green quilt shaped by huge Canary pine forests.