Going Local in Gran Canaria
How to Turn a Holiday Destination
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I first encountered Firgas on a balmy July evening having been sent there to cover a lucha canaria fight night. Arriving on the back of the photogapher’s motorbike, its whitewashed buildings lit up by a new moon were a delight after the holding-on-for-grim-life journey. Yet my second visit in daylight hours, following a more sedate ride in the car, was an altogether flatter experience.

Famous for its production of sparking mineral water (200,000 bottles a day) which sells under the same name, surprisingly Firgas lacks fizz. Nevertheless it’s a nice enough place to break up a drive around the island. Check out the paseos de Canaria and de Gran Canaria, where a man-made waterfall shoots agua 30 metres down shallow steps, on your walk on the mild side.

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