False ME253 In need of a quick vacation that not only offers sand and sun, but has a rich history to expand your cultural horizons? Head to the international sensation of Gran Canaria.
False ME254 feel of a large cubist painting and the stark contrast of the piercing blue sea comes as an aesthetic shock as you round the roof. From here you can meander through the streets of the historical district Vegueta. This area is much more medieval than Triana and has the classic winding streets on which to lose yourself. Should you find yourself outside of the Casa Museo de Colón, a beautiful palace where the famed voyager, Christopher Columbus once stayed, pop in and take a look at the museum’s exhibits on Atlantic voyages. Day 3 In the morning head down to the quaint fishing port of Mogán located on the southwest coast of the island. Spend the morning strolling through the village before the sun gets too high. This area is also known as “ Little Venice” because of the canals that navigate the small streets. You can enjoy lunch at the small marina where the colorful boats create a bright, bobbing mural along the dock. In the afternoon, after your stomach has settled, Mogán is the perfect jumping point to hit the water, in more ways than one. You can go on a submarine tour to check out life under the sea, head out on a catamaran or take a sailing trip off the isle’s shore. By the time you reach shore again you’ll be set for dinner at Acaymo. Housed in a rustic building that was once a country house, here you can pick up some local fare such as ropa vieja, also known as shredded pork. Head back to Puerto Rico after the sun goes down to check out the nightlife. Day 4 Ok it’s your last day and in between soaking up the sun at the beach that one last time, you need to head to the dunes at Maspalomas. Embrace your inner sheik and go for a camel ride through these spectacular natural creations. If these imported rides aren’t really your style, you can also go by horseback, jeep, ATV or by foot. The dunes create a markedly different landscape than that of the beach. Gran Canaria is a great place for those who love the outdoors, and those who just want a peek. Let’s say you’ve seen your share of sand, instead head over to Gran Canaria’s personal Bandama Crater. It’s less likely that you’ve already seen a 200 meter deep and 1000 meter wide volcanic crater. On a clear day, which is practically a guarantee in Gran Canaria, you can see far into the mountains on the horizon to the northeast from the crater’s edge. The diverse terrain of Gran Canaria will really leave you in awe of nature’s beauty and power. If you haven’t already made friends with your local bartender in Puerto Rico, you need to head out to Playa del Ingles for dinner. Before you leave remember to try the local rum, Arehucas; if it proves too strong alone, mix it with Cola and get ready to dance the night away before you catch that red- eye the following morning. Day 1 Once landing on the island you’ll want to head to your hotel. The island has an other- worldly makeup. Whether you rent, take a bus, or cab, you’re sure to enjoy the diverse scenery. The center of the island is a mix of jungle and moonlike rock formations. Out of these crops spring beach areas transformed from the rocks. With so many to choose from, spend your first trip in Puerto Rico. Many of the hotels are white and the balconies stick out in a honeycombed pattern, like a giant beehive. Unless you’re looking to live in the lap of luxury, spend your week here in an apartment like at the Aparthotel Puerto Plata. The view of the beach down below is amazing and the 7 minute walk will do wonders for your calves. After you’re checked in, no question: head to the nearby Amadores beach. As you wind through the streets stop off at a local market to pick up some fruit for a beach picnic. After a day on the plane, you need to just post up under your umbrella and relax. Day 2 Now that you’ve seen the sun, today’s the day to head to the capital, Las Palmas. The city is as diverse as the island chain. If you come into town on the bus you’ll be in the quaint and attractive Santa Catalina Park. The district Triana is perfect for shopping and its main street, Calle Mayor is worth a stroll, even if it’s just in window shopping. The area reflects the many European influences that have settled the island, including the Danish and Andalusian merchant families. If you head down the road you can see the island’s main cathedral, Catedral de Santa Ana. A view from the top gives you an amazing view of the city. From above, the multi- colored buildings seem to carpet the landscape, gracefully carpeting the hilly terrain of the city. The colors give the neighborhoods the