A romantic getaway to Gran Canaria
The island of Gran Canaria is its own tiny continent thanks to the striking contrasting landscapes making up the northern and southern ends of the island. The unspoilt natural beauty of the island and the year-round sunny weather sets the stage for some incredible memory-making.
Why not organise a day at a swoon-worthy beach, complete with pristine waters and fine, golden sand? Or maybe you are looking for something a little more adventurous? And, what about topping an already perfect day with a candle-lit dinner? Read on to discover the best romantic plans in Gran Canaria to live the ultimate honeymoon-worthy holiday.
Secluded beaches and romantic hideaways in Gran Canaria
When people mention Gran Canaria, the first thing that comes to mind is its marvellous stretches of sandy beaches. However, when looking to spend some quality time with your significant other, nobody really wants others to be joining in. What you want is your own secluded corner of paradise, far from the crowds, where you can unwind and spend some real quality time with your love. The following beaches have all the ingredients for that much desired experience:
Playa del Confital
This golden-sanded beach is located in the south eastern part of the island, in one of the most verdant areas, and can be reached on foot. It sits at the end of the gorgeous beach of Las Canteras and is popular among nudists. The beach is named after the tiny, red algae called confite (confetti) that used to found in the water. When it died, it would wash up on the shore, turn white and take on a rock-like appearance.
The protected landscape of the beach of Guayedra is one of the most stunning of Gran Canaria. Beaches located along the northern edge of the island are particularly unique for the black volcanic rocks and sand. To reach this beach, drive to the village of Agaete and then head towards the ravine of Guayedra. There is car park where you can leave your car before undertaking the last stretch on foot. The walk is worth every step for the stunning scenery and picturesque beach.
Unspoilt beaches may be hard to come by in the southern part of the island but there are still a handful of enclaves that have been saved from human meddling, and the tiny cove of Tiritaña is one of them. Located in the municipality of Mogán, you’ll be able to enjoy some true quiet time in a unique setting. In the mood for a mud bath? Use the mud from the walls of the caves around the cove to treat yourself to a spa day. This hidden treasure can only be reached by taking a 10-minute walk along a ravine.
If you are looking for the finest of sandy beaches without a single pebble, then this is your beach. Located at the southernmost edge of the island, between Pasito Blanco and Arguineguín, this tucked-away nudist beach is the best to disconnect from the world. To reach is little piece of paradise, park near Playa de Carpinteras and walk along the coast for 10 minutes. Between October and May you are almost guaranteed to be alone. This is also a great spot to snorkel.
Romantic plans in Gran Canaria
The city of Las Palmas also boasts great little places to spend time with that special someone. The lush urban Doramas Park is located in the district of Ciudad Jardin (‘Garden City’) and offers an urban oasis of flowers, trees, fountains, waterfalls and even a lake. The park was named after an indigenous warrior of the Canary Islands who fought against the conquistadores. Take a romantic stroll under the verdant canopy and if you happen to be in the area at dusk, head to the historic district of Vegueta. Once the sun sets, the colonial manors provide the perfect backdrop for you to continue a languid stroll, arm-in-arm.
The quaint, inland village of Teror is also makes the perfect couples getaway. Time seems to have stopped here in this fairytale village where the traditional cottages and their wooden balconies will provide the best backdrop for your pictures. The Sunday Market in the old quarters is a fun activity for two – be sure to try a yummy, freshly-prepared chorizo sandwich.
Hiking lovers can also enjoy some couple time while enjoying one of their favourite pastimes. Hike to Roque Nublo Natural Monument, the monolithic volcanic rock, sitting at 1,813 m above sea level. This is one of the most stunning emblematic landmarks of Gran Canaria. Once you reach the top, you’ll be treated to incredible panoramic views of the valley below and even mighty Mount Teide in the distance.
The most beautiful sunsets can be enjoyed from the incredible beaches located in the natural park of the Maspalomas Dunes. Imagine the warm sand between your toes as you take a romantic stroll through this desert landscape on the shores of the Atlantic, watching as the sun gently sinks below the wispy, golden dunes with the lush mountains of San Bartolomé de Tirajana in the background. There are few moments that bring so much blissful serenity and a sense of astonishing wellbeing.
Before sitting down for a romantic dinner-for-two in the picturesque, seafaring port of Mogán, watch one of the most epic sunsets of the island from the beach. Then, grab a table at a terrace and savour some delicious Canarian wine as you enjoy each other’s company. What better way to end an already perfect day?
More romantic options in Gran Canaria: private spas, diving and dining
Are you a couple who loves adventure and sports? Then, make sure you book a diving excursion for a truly memorable experience. Gran Canaria offers a plethora of diving spots with some of the most striking seascapes thanks to the volcanic origins of the rock formations and the abundant marine life. Did we mention the pristine water is also the perfect temperature year round? If you have to pick one dive spot, head out to La Catedral (‘The Cathedral’). This spectacular natural monument is an impressive testament to Mother Nature’s majesty.
As the saying goes, ‘the way to somebody’s heart is through their stomach’, and Gran Canaria makes it easy to organise a special dinner for two with its wonderful culinary offerings. Located in the historic neighbourhood of Triana, Deliciosa Marta is one of the top restaurants in Las Palmas and an excellent choice for unique dining experience. The carefully curated menu combines traditional and contemporary dishes to perfection, while the warm décor sets the mood. Best to book in advance as it fills up quickly. This is just one example of the many where you can enjoy delicious food on the island. In Maspalomas, you can also enjoy a lovely seaside meal along Paseo de las Meloneras.
You can bring your already relaxing holiday to the next level by spending a day at the spa with your sweetheart. There are a multitude of excellent spas specialised in thalassotherapy in Gran Canaria. These centres offer private rooms and couple’s treatments so you can have the most relaxing experience and leave refreshed. Santa Catalina, a Barceló Royal Hideaway Hotel is a luxury hotel that opened almost over a century ago. Located near the beautiful Doramas Park in Las Palmas, this iconic landmark is equipped with a unique wellness centre, offering the most exclusive services to balance the body, mind and soul.