make mojo sauce, the traditional sauce of the island. Bring extra cash, because you are certainly going to want to buy some wine bottles to take home with you. After all this exploring, it’s time to treat yourself! Whether you are looking for food, shopping, or just a nice stroll, Calle Triana is a guaranteed good time. This street has all of the major brands that you’d look for on a typical shopping spree. I struggled real hard to not drop every dime I have on this street. All I could think was, “let’s get some shoes!” The options are just endless! There are also plenty of patios to sit on and enjoy the atmosphere along with a cocktail, meal, or dessert. Be sure to check out the side streets off of Calle Triana as well! Since it is so close to the old city, you can also plan to head to other nearby attractions. Some of these include the Casa de Colón museum, Mercado de Vegueta, which is the oldest market in the city, and Catedral de Santa Ana. Luckily there is no shortage of great places to eat on Gran Canaria! If anything, the hardest part about eating will be deciding where to ConnextionsMagazine.com
go. One of my favorite places we ate at was Casa Montesdeoca, located dangerously close to Calle Triana. Here you can get a perfectly prepared and beautifully presented multiple course lunch, which includes wine and dessert, for just €25. My personal favorite from this meal was the octopus prepared with apple and leek. Another experience one cannot miss while in Gran Canaria is tapas! There is nothing better than sitting out on a patio with tapas coming one after the other and a cerveza to wash it down. My recommendation is anything seafood. Let us not forget paella… beautiful, aromatic, and delicious paella. My recommendation is to avoid touristy locations, apparently if you end up in a tourist trap, you will get less meat, more rice, and lower quality ingredients. For a more authentic interpretation, go off the beaten track. Whether you are exploring the terrain, relaxing on the beach, or shopping, you will find your happy place. I encourage you to go on an excursion to this beautiful, wild, and serene island. The beaches, mountains, wineries, shops, and restaurants are there everyday. The only thing missing is you!
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