Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Bandama Crater & Canary Fortress
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Approximately 7 Hours
Start your day with a drive through vineyards and up a switchback road to the impressive landscape of the Bandama Crater -- 1,000 yards in diameter and 650 feet deep.
Continue to the northern part of Grand Canary Island, pausing at La Lechucilla to take in the panoramic views before driving to San Bartolome. High atop Los Pechos (6,400 feet in elevation; the highest point on the island) you'll feel inspired to take out your camera for some marvelous panoramic shots.
On the way down, you will stop at the Mirador El Castillo for lunch.
Santa Lucia is your afternoon destination, where you will visit the Hao Museum, also known as the Museo del Castillo de la Fortaleza. On display are archaeological finds from the region, Guanche artifacts, agricultural tools, leather goods and skeletons.
Another interesting place to visit is the Fortaleza de Ansite (fort) built in 1485, when only a handful of fortifications were left on Grand Canary and more were suddenly needed to protect the island from the Castilian conquerors. Fortaleza de Ansite is a steep rock with a cave. Under siege, the islanders were worn down by Pedro de Vera's troops and by hunger, and most of them surrendered; hence the prevalence of Spanish language, architecture and culture on the island today.
Please note: The route is winding and bumpy; guests who suffer from motion sickness should consider this before booking and/or take appropriate medication. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen.