Culture

Art and culture with holiday homes Gran Canaria

While staying in one of our villas in Canary Islands, there’s so much art and culture to discover. The number of cultural events taking place on the island reflects Gran Canaria’s openness to the outside world. The main events include the opera festival, which is the oldest one in Spain, the international classical music festival, the best one in Spain according to experts, the music and dance festival and the theatre festival of five continents called “Cinco Continentes”. These festivals are accompanied by exhibitions, shows and cultural weeks. There are also so many different museums that are interesting to visit while self-catering Spain, e.g. the Canary Island Museum (Museo Canario), Nestor’s Museum, the Diocesan Museum, the House-Museum of Columbus (Casa de Colón), the House Museum Pérez Galdós, the Atlantic Centre of Contemporary Art (Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno).

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Museo Canario

The Canary Islands Museum is located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and it presents the prehistoric culture of the Canary Islands. It has a vast collection of archaeological and ethnographical materials, e.g. 2,000 prehistoric skulls. You can also explore the museum’s extensive library of specialized literature. The museum is open all year round and located close to our holiday homes Spain.

Casa de Colón

This house was the residence of the first governor of the island and it is claimed that Christopher Columbus stayed here in 1492 while one of his ships was being repaired. Casa de Colón is one of Las Palmas’ most attractive buildings with ornate doorways, beautiful balconies and carved wooden ceilings. Today, the house functions as a museum. It consists of 13 exhibition rooms, a library and a study centre. It is open all year round and worth visiting during a day trip while self-catering Spain. Besides, there is no entrance fee.

Catedral de Las Palmas

The cathedral in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is built in a neoclassical style and dates back to the 16th century. It consists of three naves with a cross. Contrary to the façade, the inside of the cathedral has traces of a gothic style. This is due to the fact that the construction was interrupted and put on hold for many years before it was continued. The cathedral’s palm tree-shaped columns are particularly interesting. You can also visit the diocesan museum located within the cathedral and finish off the evening in our Spain villas with pools.

Castillo de la Luz

The fortress La Luz dates back to the 15th century. It was initially situated on the coast but as a result of the withdrawal of the water it is now situated on the mainland. It was built as a bulwark against the English and the Dutch. Today, the fortress comprises of a marine museum and a cultural centre open for visitors.

Excursions and other activities

Wonderful routes (by car) are offered in the south, north and centre of the island. Depending on the route chosen, they can be completed within approximately 2-8 hours. Some of the routes have different topics, e.g. you can try a cultural route or a cuisine route. The latter guides you to recommended restaurants. In addition to the beautiful routes mentioned above, you can pay a visit to Park Palmitos and see parrot shows and subtropical surroundings. In the Rancho-Park visitors can try horse riding, play on the playground and use the grilling spot. The kids will love it. For older kids the following activities might be more appealing: the Eagle’s Ravine (“Sioux city” with Indian shows), Mini-Karts and Go-Karts.

Why not have a look at all things to do while your stay in our villas on Canary Islands?

Handcraft

The Spanish handcraft offers unique works of art, e.g. plaits made of banana tree fibres, silk fabrics and knives with carved bone or horn handles. The following items are all famous handcrafts from Gran Canaria: Timple (an instrument similar to a guitar, though smaller with only 4 or 5 strings), the Chácaras from Telde (also known in Latin America), pottery from Arucas and Atalaya, steel artworks from Guía, wickery from Teror and Ingenio, and embroidery from various towns.

Cuisine

The cuisine of the Gran Canaria is very diverse, which you will find out quickly while Spain self-catering on Canary Islands. Some specialties have Spanish origins, but others reflect the traditions of the island. Typical ingredients are gofio (roasted rice flour), fish, meat (especially rabbit and young goats) and vegetables. If you like fish, you should try the fresh Atlantic fish, grilled, cooked or fried, and served with the special mojo sauce and a crispy salad. Meat like beef, pork and lamb is also a delicacy on Gran Canaria. Children have the possibility to choose more traditional dishes such as chips, spaghetti and pizza.