Going Local in Gran Canaria
How to Turn a Holiday Destination
into a Home

Making Yourself at Home Plans: Culture Vultures

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Boasting the most pedestrian-friendly centre in the whole of Gran Canaria, the beautifully-preserved heart of Arucas is the perfect place for a paseo – the stroll beloved of Canarians and arguably the finest Spanish import. Take in the Gaudiesque church, Iglesia de San Juan Bautista – an excellent example of its classic architecture. Work up an appetite by continuing your saunter up to the town of
Arucas’ mountain where you’ll be greeted by the Michelin-listed Meson de la Montaña (Montaña de Arucas S/N; 928 60 08 44; www.mesonarucas.es). Dress to impress for a cultural night out at Las Palmas’ Auditorio Alfredo Kraus (Playa de Las Canteras S/N; 928 49 11 70; www.auditorio-alfredokraus.com) – taking in an opera, classical musical concert, or jazz gig. Constructed in 1997 by Catalan architect Oscar Tusquets, even Prince Charles, modern architecture’s biggest critic, would
succumb to its charms. Resembling a giant lighthouse, it acts as a beacon – lighting up the rest of the Las Canteras shoreline. Head to the centre of the island and to Teror which is another town which favours the walk rather than the drive through. The 18th-century Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pino, dedicated to Gran Canaria’s patron saint, is as impressive inside as outside. The beautifully-restored
Plaza Teresa de Bolivar doubles as a marketplace on Sunday.

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