Northern Gran Canaria is all non-stop natural beauty. This tour delves into this often-overlooked part of the island's treasure chest. You'll visit Spain's largest botanic garden, a banana plantation and one of the best beaches in the Canaries. David, one of our local guides, says, ‘Bananas are our national fruit – they're a symbol of the Canaries. Explorers sailing to the Americas would take green ones that ripened en route. And we exported so many to Britain that Canary Wharf in London got its name from us.'
First up is a deep dive into this island's continent-like biodiversity. Planted on a hillside, Jardin Canario is the largest botanical garden in Spain. It boasts more than 2,000 species of plant life, 500 of which are endemic to the island. You'll take a tour of the tree-lined grounds and learn all about the initiative's conservation efforts and environmental education programme. Next on the agenda is a banana plantation, where you'll discover 13 varieties of plantain from all over the world. Taste organic fruit such as avocado, orange or mango which is plucked fresh from one of the 7,000 trees for you.
To end the day, soak up the sun at Las Canteras beach. Voted one of the world's best urban beaches, it's the go-to stretch of sand for residents of the island's capital, Las Palmas. Enjoy free time to take a stroll along the promenade, grab a bite to eat or check out the eye-catching Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, which has been described a cross between a mosque and a lighthouse.