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Gastronomy

Good food for a great time

Imagine that you open the fridge and come face to face with a wealth of ripe fruits and vegetables ready and waiting to be diced into salads, desserts and stews. That’s what you get in Gran Canaria. The magnificent climate on the island means that there is a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, a whole hotpot of goodness imported from all parts of the world and cultivated here.

Salted wrinkled potatoes with spicy paprika sauce
Tropical fruit

The cuisine of Gran Canaria, then, is a compendium of flavours from all over the world, spiced with the cultures and traditions of other peoples who have set up residence here, and made with magnificent ingredients, the fruits of both the sea around the island and the volcanic land itself.





So take time out to get to know what we call good food for great moments, the local cuisine. First take the ‘tapas’ route here called los enyesques (starters) and then move on to a good first course, perhaps a fish broth or a watercress stew.

A couple smiling as they toast over lunch
A couple smiling as they drink wine

Then make room for a wonderful, salt-fish sweet-potato ‘sancocho’, the local speciality accompanied by the typical ‘papas arrugadas’ or small salted jacket potatoes. But don’t rule out meat as an option, and certainly don’t forget to ask for a local wine to wash it all down: look for Denomination of Origin, Gran Canaria.

Last, in this very brief list of suggestions (take a look for yourself, there’s much, much more) we recommend you have the sticky honey almond sauce or ‘bienmesabe’, made in the higher areas of the island where there are almond trees, with your dessert. Translated as ‘it tastes good to me’, it will certainly set you right for the rest of the day.

A dessert with sticky almond sauce, ‘bienmesabe’
Variety of cheeses and wines

In Gran Canaria, people come alive at night. Bright faces, lively conversation and general enjoyment are the tonic on all of the sea-front terraces, restaurants and bars. So step out and try something new in the way of good fresh food, cooked with loving care, in the great balmy outdoors with the best in company. Who could ask for anything more? Good food for great moments.

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Let’s start with the starters: Enyesques.
Let’s move on to the first course.
And now we’ll move on to some great main courses.
Always leave room for dessert

And don’t forget to wash it all down with the best in local wine!





There is an island full of flavours being cooked up in Gran Canaria.
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Agaete | Agüimes | Artenara | Arucas | Firgas | Gáldar | Ingenio | Las Palmas de Gran Canaria | Mogán | Moya | San Bartolomé de Tirajana | La Aldea de San Nicolás | Santa Brígida | Santa Lucía | Santa María de Guía | Vega de San Mateo | Tejeda | Telde | Teror | Valleseco | Valsequillo de Gran Canaria