Six sensational things to see and do on Gran Canaria

There's lots to see and do on Gran Canaria. But for something out of the ordinary, take the word of a gone-local expat. Here, in no particular order, are six events which will ensure an unforgettable holiday.

Bélen de Arena

Bélen de Arena

Imagine the most perfect sandcastle. Now add Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and other characters from Bethlehem AD to what you're picturing. That's what you see at Bélen de Arena, the nativity scene fashioned from sand which takes pride of place on Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Playa de las Canteras from early December until Epiphany each winter.

For more information on the Bélen de Arena.  

Traída del Barro

XXIII Traida del Barro

The Traída del Barro sees the (mainly) young of Santa Brígida's La Atalaya getting proper Glastonbury-muddy. Held on the first Saturday in July each year, it was set up to celebrate the area's earthenware heritage. Traditional bands and freely-flowing alcohol accompany the messy proceedings.

For more information on the Traída del Barro

Fiestas del Pino

Fiesta del Pino

September sees Gran Canaria in general and Teror in particular celebrate the island's and municipality's patron saint. The Fiestas del Pino, held in Teror's municipal capital, take up the most of the month. There are special bus services to and from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for the bigger events.

For more information on the Fiestas del Pino.

BioAgaete Cultural Solidario

Delivery at BioAgaete

BioAgaete Cultural Solidario's a real community event. As well as showcasing local bands, it gives back by raising money for charities on the island. Visit Agaete in the last weekend of August to enjoy this musical festival which also features entertainment for kids and food from the around the world.

For more information on BioAgaete Cultural Solidario.  

Fiesta del Charco

Fiesta del Charco 2014

Although it might not look like it, there is a goal at La Aldea de San Nicolás' Fiesta del Charco, which takes place on the 11th of September each year. And that goal's to catch fish. A goal made more difficult by the fact you have to do so with your bare hands in a pond that's darker rather than clearer, wearing more clothes than you'd ordinarily wear for a dip.

For more information on Fiesta del Charco

Carnaval de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Carnaval tradicional

There's no mistaking Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's first big party of the year. The Carnaval de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria goes on for three weeks. So, best pace for yourself for 21 days of drag queens, floats, and satirical clowns.

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