Are you planning to travel to Gran Canaria, Spain soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Gran Canaria with suggested tours!
Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. Las Palmas or popularly known as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the capital city. It’s popular for its black lava and white sand beaches. But what other places can we explore in Gran Canaria? What other adventures can we do? In this article, we’ll let you know all the things that you could possibly do while enjoying your stay on this wonderful island.
15 Things that you should do and visit in Gran Canaria, Spain
1. Cueva Pintada Museum and Archaeological Park
If you love seeing artifacts and unique architecture from the past, then you shouldn’t miss this one. Cueva Pintada Museum and Archaeological Park were discovered by a local farmer in the late 19th century. It’s a cave with geometric shapes. The main highlight is the cave itself, which would be fully explained during the tour. Enjoy!
2. Cathedral de Santa Ana & Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro
This cathedral was begun in the early 15th century but took 350 years to complete. It is located in the large colonial palace and has a lot of paintings, small statues and other artifacts related to the Spanish Catholic Religion. If you’re interested to know the past of the Catholic Church, then you should visit this one.
3. Climb the Pico de Las Nieves
A paradise for Hikers! It is the highest peak of the Gran Canaria Canary Islands, Spain. It stands 1,949 meters above sea level. But don’t underestimate this one, it is the toughest and worldwide known test for which many specialists say is the hardest pass in Europe. If you like the challenge and adventure, then Pico de Las Nieves is the best place for you.
Suggested Tour: Gran Canaria VIP Round Island Coastal Tour
4. Roque Nublo
Roque Nublo is a volcanic rock on top of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. If you love seeing unique and gorgeous views while climbing a mountain, Roque Nublo is the best one to go to. Not only you will see the beautiful Gran Canaria, but you would also see giants stones on top, which makes this hike unique and fantastic. Challenging walk but it’s surely worth it.
Suggested Tour: Cave Town, Teror, Roque Nublo, and Fataga Tour
5. Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas
A breathtaking view of sand dunes will welcome you when you visit Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas. It is located on the south coast of the island of Gran Canaria. It is advisable to visit the dunes at night since the heat of the sun and the sand might burn your skin. If you wish to see the sunset, it is not impossible, because, at the top of the highest dunes, you’ll be able to see the sun disappears behind the mountains.
You can enjoy several days in Maspalomas by renting one of the villas in Gran Canaria from a specialised portal.
Suggested Tour: Maspalomas: 1-Day City Bike Rental and Self-Guided Tour
6. Playa de Las Canteras
If you’re not into mountains, then worry no more, Gran Canaria got your back. Playa de Las Canteras is a beach popular for snorkeling. It has clear water that’s perfect for swimming. It also has restaurants around the beach in which you can totally relax while having a blast in this beautiful place.
7. Playa de Mogan
It is a small beach with lots of restaurants and bars around it. If you want to go shopping while taking your time at the beach, this is recommended for you, as Playa de Mogan also has shops in the area. If you don’t like shopping, then you can try water activities too, like, scuba diving and any other water sports. Perfect for your beach getaway!
8. El Bufadero de La Garita
A lot of Canarians say that this is the island’s breathing. It’s a marvelous rock formation that has been formed by the power of the ocean. It looks really stunning when the water comes filling up through and out of the hole. Here, you can see the impressive power of the ocean. But be careful and remember to not come too close as it can be very dangerous.
9. Cocodrilo Park Gran Canaria
It is the only animal rescue center in the Canaries. Crocodile Park is home to many animals brought by people. It is called ‘Crocodile Park’ but you will not only see crocodiles, but they also have other animals like tigers, monkeys, birds, horses, pigs and many more! You would also enjoy the shows that they have here. A must place to visit!
Suggested Tour: Agüimes Cocodrilo Park Admission Ticket
10. Palmitos Park
Palmitos Park is a botanical zoo-themed park located 10 km from the Faro de Maspalomas. It is a beautiful park that is perfect for your quick getaway. The park itself is very well covered with trees and plant life and waterfall runs down through the park adding a refreshing cool breeze. You could also enjoy watching animal shows inside like the dolphin show. Definitely worth your visit!
Suggested Tour: Admission Tickets for Palmitos Park
11. Roque Bentayga
It is one of the most unique geological formations of the island of Gran Canaria. It is located within the volcanic caldera of Tejeda. You can go there by hiring a car to go up the hill. And while you’re there, you’d definitely enjoy the view!
Suggested Tour: 5-Hour Roque Nublo & Peaks Guided Walk
12. Barranco de Guayadeque
Barranco de Guayadeque or “Guayadeque Ravine” in English is one of the largest ravines on the archipelago. See magnificent views and visit stunning cave houses in this place. Not only that, there are also restaurants or bars in some of the caves, and you can also go to a museum.
13. Jardin Botanico Viera & Clavijo
The Botanical Garden Viera y Clavijo is located in the northeast of Gran Canaria. This beautiful garden is approximately 27 hectares with at least 500 plant species. The gorgeous views and colorful flowers make this garden more beautiful. Have a relaxing day, go and visit Botanical Garden Viera y Clavijo!
Suggested Tour: Bandama Caldera, Botanic Garden and Old Town from Las Palmas
14. Mirador de Puerto de Mogan
By visiting Mirador de Puerto de Mogan, you will have to experience a lot of steps to climb to reach the top, but definitely worth it. As you reach the top, a stunning view awaits you. Recommended to try in the morning for an early morning exercise.
15. Playa de Amadores
A white-sand beach in Gran Canaria with plenty of restaurants nearby that is popular for swimming and sunbathing. If you’re the type who prefers the beach more than the mountains, you should never miss this one out.
These are the possible things you can do in Gran Canaria, Spain. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Gran Canaria.
How to go to Gran Canaria, Spain from the UK
Via Ryanair: (one way)
*From London Stansted to Gran Canaria Airport
Ticket Price: £37.53
Via Easyjet: (one way)
*From London Gatwick to Gran Canaria Airport
Ticket Price: £138.27
* Prices are subject to change. You can visit Skyscanner for more details about the ticket prices.
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Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.