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Galdar Gran Canaria Canary Islands
Galdar in Gran Canaria
Galdar is quite a large town, extending from the foot of the Pico de Galdar volcano. You will find Galdar situated on the Northern coast of Gran Canaria. Santa Maria de Guia was formally part of the town of Galdar, but through out the years Galdar developed into its own charming, characteristic town!! The name comes from 'Algaldar' which translated means - Royal City - that once was the centre of the Guanche civilization, and is therefore rich in archaeological sites.
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The nightlife in Galdar is very Canarian / Spanish, like many other 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 - if you are wanting to party the night you will be able to find a few places to do that here!!! The many bars and restaurants that you will find Galdar are mostly Spanish, their are not many tourist places, although everyone is very friendly and welcoming!
Within Galdar you will find many lovely attractions and things to see, like the tows idyllic square, the Plaza de Santiago, that features the Vast Church with three naves - Iglesia de San Tiago de los Caballeros. Here you will see some works from Lujan Perez (1756 - 1815), the famous architect and sculptor who grew up in the nearby town of Santa Maria de Guia. They are the green font from the 15th century and the statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary. You will also find in the same square the Town Hall - Ayuntamiento, In the courtyard of the Hall you can see an enormous dragon tree, that was planted in 1719 and is said to be one of the oldest in the whole of the Canary Islands.
The biggest attraction in Galdar is the recent re-opened, Cueva Pintada (Painted Cave) located at the south-western end of the town. This is a small cave that has many colourful geometric Guanche paintings, it was only discovered in 1873 and is unique on the islands. It has been closed for a long time to prevent the paintings from being destroyed by the increasing humidity. Although it has now been opened again, integrated in a new archaeological park that features a museum too!
You will also find close to Galdar, the large volcanic crater - Caldera de Los Pinos de Galdar, this crater together with the Montanon Negro, was formed during the last volcanic eruption on the island - here you will have wonderful views of the island!
If you are planning an active holiday there are plenty of places for you to visit and things to do in the rest of 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 Galdar - 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
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 Galdar, 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 Galdar, although you will have more of a choice in its nearby resorts of 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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