Top Things To See and Do In Gran Canaria
Discover all of the best things to see and do when visiting the island of Gran Canaria - from the top attractions to the islands best-kept secrets.
Offering year round sunshine, sweeping beaches and bustling resorts and villages, Gran Canaria is a fail-safe option for anyone looking to indulge in a last minute getaway. From beach-hoppers and hikers, to watersports enthusiasts and explorers, there's something here for every type of traveler. Ready to go? Here's all the best things to do in Gran Canaria - from the top attractions to the best-kept secrets. Looking for the ideal spot to start your next adventure? Soak up the year-round tropical climate from the Occidental Margaritas , located in the south of the island on the idyllic Playa del Inglés. Expect modern and luxurious apartments set between two swimming pools, a beauty salon, tennis court and an entertainment program that will keep you and your loved ones entertained from day to night. Be sure to take advantage of the latest addition - Margaritas CrossFit, a new outdoor crossfit area complete with a personal trainer to help achieve the ultimate high-performance workout.
Offering 17km of coastline that stretches across Anguilla, Las Burras, San Agustin and Playa del Ingles, it's no surprise that Maspalomas is the go-to spot for many visitors. However, or ne of the most unique features of Maspalomas beach are the sand dunes which originated here millions of years ago. Expect vast stretches of golden sands and sculpted sand dunes that look like they could have come straight from the Sahara Desert. This fascinating sand dune system has long been one of Gran Canaria's top attractions. Explore by came to run up and down the dunes or why not book to traditional camel ride to venture even further. Or, if you're after an experience that's totally different, then try your hand at sandboarding.
If it's romance you're looking for then you can not beat one of Gran Canaria's most beautiful promenades. Known as ' The Lighthouse of Maspalomas ' to the locals, the lighthouse started being built in 1861 and took 28 years to complete. Nowadays it's a distinctive landmark marking the point where the sands of Maspalomas end and Playa del Ingles begins. Head here after a busy day on the beach and take a seat at one of the many restaurants and bars here to watch the sun setting over the waves.
No visit to Gran Canaria would be complete without stopping at some of the magnificent beaches here and Playa Del Ingles is the go-to hot spot for tourists and locals alike. Set on the southernmost tip of the island, Playa Del Ingles offers kilometers of soft golden sands, a promenade packed with the best pubs, clubs and restaurants and an endless variety of watersports right on your doorstep including jet skiing, surfing and paddle boarding.
While there is plenty to see and do in the vibrant city of Las Palmas, most visitors rarely venture from the beaches to explore the real side to this beautiful island. Vegueta, which is the old town of Las Palmas, offers the chance to transport back in time and get a real taste of the island's history as much of the town has remained relatively unchanged since Colombus visited back in the late 1400s. Enjoy a stroll down the narrow cobbled streets and take in the historical architecture and sights including the popular Casa de Colon Mansion and Museo Canario.
In the small mountain village of Tejeda lies the largest natural area in Gran Canaria, the Nublo Rural Park. With 26,00 hectares of wilderness to explore, this protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve provides a great day out for those looking to escape the crowds and discover the island's natural beauty. Choose from the many hiking routes and walking experiences available here, making sure to climb to the base of the iconic Roque Nublo (Cloud Rock). And, if after all that hiking you've managed to work up to thirst, then be sure to stop by the scenic Bodegas Bentayga wine vineyard located in the center of the park.
Looking to explore urban Gran Canaria? A great way to start is by heading east to the city of Telde. Established by papal decree back in 1351, Telde is Gran Canaria's oldest city - still retaining much of its former charm. Make the most of the laid back atmosphere and lose yourself in the beautiful sights and architecture here, including the iconic Church of San Juan Bautiste which has long been the heart and soul of the city. Stop by during the month of June and experience a fiesta like no other as the town comes together to celebrate San Juan Bautiste - the patron saint of Telde, marking the official start of the summer.
Cool off from the hot Canarian sun with a trip to the popular Aqualand Maspalomas - rated one of the best water parks in the Canary Islands. If you just want to relax on a rubber ring, take it to the water or take the epic water slides, there's plenty to dive right into at Aqualand.