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Caldera de Bandama is a small town situated at the foot of a mountain with beautiful views. Set within a beautiful botanical garden, located just a 20 minute drive from Las Palmas the capital of Gran Canaria. Rising nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, the Caldera Bandama is a crater 215 metres deep, 575 metres high and more than one thousand metres in diameter. This natural monument of great natural wealth was formed five billion years ago next to the old Pico de Bandama volcano.

Things to do in Bandama

Close to Caldera de Bandama is the most beautiful botanical garden in Gran Canaria, Viera y Clavijo, the largest in Spain and one of the world’s best. Filled with the rich and spectacular plants of the Canary Islands, it is a tranquil and fascinating experience. Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, is just a short drive away. A major cruise-ship port, the city is known for duty-free shopping and its sandy beaches. You can’t come to Gran Canaria and not experience the dramatic dunes and secret beaches of Maspalomas. These huge desert like sand hills go on for miles and truly are a fascinating beauty. You can easily tour the whole delightful island at your leisure from your Caldera de Bandama private villa. Overgrown with greenery, there are some lovely walks set amongst gorgeous natural scenery, along with stunning views that are just waiting to be experienced from this beautiful villa location.

Bandama crater, Gran Canaria
Bottles of wine on barrel, Gran Canaria

History and Culture in Bandama

The Caldera Bandama is around 2,000 years old, formed when a fissure emerged on the hill, spewing out ash and volcanic slag in the process. It owes its name to a 16th Century Flemish merchant Daniel van Damme who settled here. He planted vineyards in order to produce wine and the Bandama hamlet survives as one of the most important wine making areas on the island. There are numerous historic and cultural sights to explore in the architecturally rich capital of Las Palmas. The cobblestone streets lead to the Gothic neoclassical cathedral, Christopher Columbus House, one of the most photographed locations in Gran Canaria and the Canary Island Museum full of archaeological collections from pre Spanish inhabitants.

Family holidays in Bandama

Las Palmas is just a short drive away and is one of the few capital cities of Spain which has kilometres of sandy beach. This grand capital encapsulates everything you could want from a family villa holiday, from lush golden beaches to tropical gardens and classic architecture. Experience the hustle and bustle of the capital Las Palmas and its sophisticated shopping experiences, soak up the sun on endless sandy beaches or indulge in some of the many water sports on offer. The main beach, and the most popular, is la Playa de Las Canteras. With 3km of golden sand and pleasant walkway, there are all types of family friendly entertainment and activity available here.

Playa de las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Dolphin in the sea, Gran Canaria

Adventurous activities in Bandama

With a trekking routes of just under 3km, the route through Caldera de Bandama goes by the viewpoint at Cornical and continues along las Casas de Fondo, the cave of Bodegas, the pond of El Culatón and the cross of the Tres Piedras. It is a demanding trek but well worth the effort, along the way you will see all sorts of plants and trees including the wild olive tree as well as island birds like the kestrel and the blackcaps. For a different type of adventure perhaps head out on a big game fishing trip, or cruise around the coast on a glass bottom boat, where whale and dolphin watching are also popular.

Romance in Bandama

Couples can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a villa in Caldera de Bandama. Spend your days relaxing by the private pool or perhaps stroll out into the countryside. If you fancy a bit more adventure you can just head out to one of the nearby towns or into the capital, Las Palmas.

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