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10 Interesting Facts About Gran Canaria

March 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Travel Guide

We always get a sense of curiosity about the destinations we visit.  So, with the help of Corona Holidays, a leading UK supplier of Gran Canaria holidays,  we have put together our top 10 interesting facts for tourists visiting this fantastic island;.

1. Canarian wrestling – lucha canaria – is a competition between 2 teams of wrestlers who are dressed in short and T-shirts and fight in a sand-covered ring.  This one of many sports in Gran Canaria with traditional Guanche [or aboriginal] roots.

2. Pole vaulting was used to traverse the ravines in Gran Canaria and today Canarios still use this form of transport.  The poles are known as lanzas or garottes and are 3m in length and have a steel point at one end.  Shepherd use them at work, but today most are used in sport.

3. Playa del Ingles, during the winter months, is mostly visited by German and Scandinavian holidaymakers. However, during the summer months the British and Spaniards are the top visitors to this popular resort.

4. Whales and Dolphins are a common sight in the waters off Gran Canaria, and the best way to see them is on an organised boat trip.

5. Arucas is not only famous for its cock breeders that are used for cock-fighting, but was also known as la villa de las flores “the town of flowers” and has subtropical gardens in the Municipal Park.

6. Alcora was the word used for the sun by the early sun-worshipping Canarios who would kneel to face it at daybreak.

7. Santa Maria de Guia has a church [Church of Santa Maria] upon whose organ some of the works of French composer – Camille Saint-Saens were first performed as he lived and composed in this town.

8. Liquor is made in San Bartolome de Tirajan from the sour cherry and is called guindilla.  Try the one made in Santa Lucia called mejunje that is a lemon-flavoured tipple.

9. Ingenio is a large town in the south of Gran Canaria and its name means “sugar mill” and dating back to the 16th century was a base for sugar production.

10. Tamadaba is much loved by walkers as it is home to the largest forest of Canary pines in Gran Canaria.

These are only a few interesting facts for visitors on their holiday in Gran Canaria, but traditions and curiosities are abundant on this popular Canary Island.

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