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Welcome to Santa Maria de Guia
Santa Maria de Guia was formally part of the town of Galdar, but through out the years Galdar developed and so did Santa Maria de Guia into their own little, charming characteristic towns!! You will find this loevly resort located on the Northern coast of Gran Canaria approximately 23 miles from the island capital, Las Palmas.
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Santa Maria de Guia is a pretty town with an old traditional feeling, cobbled streets and traditional Canarian houses, but the most dominating sttructure within the town is the triple-nave parochial church - Iglesia de la Santa María de Guía built in 1607, this building is beautiful inside houses many important works from the popular sculptor, Luján Pérez – giving more the impression of a museum dedicated to the sculptor than of a church. In the town of Santa Maria de Gui is where the most famous and most productive Canary architect and sculptor Luján Pérez (1756 – 1815) grew up.
Every year in May the Fiestas del Queso - Cheese Festival - is held to celebrate the Queso de flor - Flower Cheese, which is made of sheep and cows’ milk mixed with the juice of the thistle-like flowers of the artichoke, giving the cheese an unusual, distinctive flavour. It tastes surprisingly good and has already won many prizes.
The nightlife in Santa Maria de Guia is, like many other small villages and towns in the Canaries, very relaxed - ideal if you like to sit until the early hours in a restaurant with the family or outside a bar watching the world go by. Most bars and Restaurants are open till late - but if you are wanting to party the night away you will not be able to do that here!!!
If you are planning or looking for more of an active holiday there are plenty of places for you to visit and things to do in Gran Canaria! Including the Water parks, of which there are three all located in the south of the Island and close by to the resort, Aquasur, Ocean Park and Aqua Park. There is also theme and amusement parks, which include; Palmitos Park which is a subtropical oasis and Zoo, Holiday World which is a leisure and amusement park and Mundo Aborigen Located overlooking the Barranco de Fataga, which is the biggest and most dramatic gorge on the island, The Mundo Aborigen is a reconstruction of an ancient Canary village devoted entirely to the Guanche way of life. Cocodrilo Park - a Crocodile Park, this is a park that is devoted to adopting ill treated animals, buying them privately and from circuses, it started with just a few crocodile and now they have the largest collections in Europe! Among the animals are also, Monkeys and Tigers, it is family run and its proceeds from the entry fee go to the upkeep of the park! Cactualdea - a cactus park, Reptilandia Park - Reptile Park, Pueblo Canario - a Canary Village, where you can experience true Canarian Culture.
Reptilandia Park, is the closest to Santa Maria de Guia - Is a Reptile Park with more than a 150 species of reptiles in big outdoor terrariums plus three different indoor exhibition rooms. Animals include snakes, lizards, frogs, iguanas, tortoises, crocodiles, caimans and alligators. It also hosts tarantulas, scorpions as well as monkeys, lemurs and parrots plus many more...Reptilandia Park is all year round, daily from 11am till 5.30pm. It is located in Parque Rural de Amagro – between Gáldar and Agaete
About 3 miles east of Guía you will find the pre-Hispanic Cenobio de Valerón, which is a group of about 300 graves, that are hollowed out of the soft rock on different levels. These caves were used for grain storage, easy to defend because of their unique position, and religious rituals.
Other Tourist Attractions on the island of Gran Canaria include Museums, Monuments and Historical Architectural buildings that are extremely impressive , Churches, Botanical Gardens, more theme parks and lots lots more! There is also water sports and Whale and Dolphin excursions like many of the other Canary Islands! When visiting Gran Canaria it is a must to go exploring the island you will see many wonderful views and scenery, in the mountains, forests, coastal and spectacular beaches or sand dunes!
All of these fantastic days out and sightseeing tourist attractions are easily accessible from Santa Maria de Guia, whether you hire a car and explore in your own private group or perhaps take an excursion, which you can organise through a tour operator or you should be able to find a company that does these excursions in the centre of the resort.
There are a few of Apartments and villas that available to rent for your holiday, in Santa Maria de Guia, although you will have more of a choice in its nearby resorts of Galdar, Puerto de las Nieves and Agaete, between all of these resorts you should be able to find whatever you want - whether you are looking for a basic property somewhere just to lay your head a night or luxurious with an abundance of facilities! Properties range in size and shape, from studio's or one bedroom apartments, if there are just the two of you to three bedroom - normally sleeping up 8 if your taking the family or going in a big group, or one bedroom villas and bungalows up to 6 bedroom villas!
There are Companies that rent these properties out, but also there is private rentals, where people that have bought the property for holiday homes and when they are not there using it they will rent it out for your exclusive use! Some of these properties can be set in privately owned complexes, where locals live! Most come with communal swimming pools too, and these are normally quieter due to the fact it isn't full of holiday makers and is more residencial. A word of warning though these are quieter and normally better for families or older groups than the young tourists!!!
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