11 April 2018
Gran Canaria is one of Europe’s last-remaining island paradise destinations. Located in a sun-soaked region of the Atlantic Ocean, it has year-round warm temperatures and over 340 days of sunshine.
The island also serves up a tantalising taste adventure for foodies with its own flair and local produce combining with a fantastic ambience to ensure that eating is more than just a meal – it’s an experience.
Gran Canaria’s towns and villages offer fine cuisine which is based on a rich assortment of locally-sourced products. The island’s favourite dishes include papas arrugadas potatoes and an array of stews and broths which can be washed down with fine local wines.
Tasty treats can be found all over the island of Gran Canaria. From freshly-caught seafood and mouth-watering tapas to the Canary Banana - a golden banana with brown-spotted skin - there are plenty of dishes to delight the senses and satisfy your inner foodie.
Top Gran Canarian food picks include honey-like sauce Bienmesabe, Sancocho a dish containing salted fish, sweet potatoes and mojo sauce, and delicioushoney rum. Gran Canaria is also famous for its variety of cheeses including the renowned Queso de Flor de Guìa, as well as red tuna, an essential part of the local cuisine which is caught locally and prepared in a range of different ways.
It is also home to the Valley of Agaete which cultivates the only coffee to be produced in Europe, while wine is made within the island’s own Protected Denomination of Origin.
One of the best ways to discover Gran Canaria’s food scene is by visiting the local markets of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which bridges the gap between Canarian classics and modern gastronomy.
The Mercado del Puerto dates back to 1891 and is not only a place to stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables and cheese, it is also a popular spot for locals who want to wind down after work. Try the tapas and creative cocktails at these market stalls which have been repurposed as bars and restaurants. On the other side of town stands the Mercado de Vegueta, a Gran Canarian institution where locals have been getting their groceries for generations. Head here to try authentic churros dipped in hot chocolate, a traditional Spanish dessert.
The island has joined up with the Saborea España initiative to highlight the wonderful restaurants of Gran Canaria, the quality of the local chefs and the endless possibilities offered by the tasty, locally-grown ingredients.
Gran Canaria also made an appearance at 2018 Madrid Fusión, a world-class gastronomic event. Attendees enjoyed the quality of superb Gran Canarian products from both land and sea and the event attracted tourists looking for new, different and exciting culinary experiences.