Roque Nublo (Gran Canaria)

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Roque Nublo, which is translated as "Clouded Rock," is a rock formation rising more than 250 feet into the sky on Gran Canaria. The rocks are popular among tourists because they're easily traversed — a short hike (roughly an hour) from La Goleta car park will get you to the top. Also, the views from Roque Nublo are spectacular: On a clear day, you can see across the horizon to Tenerife's Mount Teide.

Recent visitors recommend getting to Roque Nublo early to ensure you get a parking spot: The area gets crowded, especially on nice days. 

The Roque Nublo monolith is open daily and is located at the center of the island, about 27 miles southwest of Las Palmas. You can park at La Goleta car park and hike up to the rock formation for free. The parking lot is located inside the park on GC-600 Road between Ayacata and Degollada de las Arenas. For more information, visit Gran Canaria's tourism website.

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Playa de Maspalomas is one of Gran Canaria's most popular beaches. It's especially known for its impressive sand dunes and its old lighthouse, which first shined in 1890. The beach is also backed by a host of hotels and restaurants, and many find the area a good place to base a Canary Island vacation.  

One TripAdvisor user, who called the Playa de Maspalomas "fabulous," also offered a word of warning: "If you don't like nudity, […] don't walk too far along the beach." There is indeed a clothing-free section of shoreline, between beach bars 3 and 4 from the lighthouse, as well as beach bars 5 and 6 from Playa del Inglés.

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