A Destination Guide To Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is the third largest of the Canary Islands and is often referred as the “miniature continent” because this diverse natural playground offers something to suit everyone.
This treasure island of Gran Canaria boasts stunning black lava and white sand beaches, towns brimming with history, culture, and beautiful architecture, and a bustling nightlife after sunset. Rugged coastlines and botanical gardens are perfect for nature lovers, while organized beaches and theme parks are ideal for family holidays.
Many visitors flock to Gran Canaria for different reasons but one good reason is for its mild year-round climate with temperatures rarely falling below 18 degrees Celsius throughout winter and a comfortable 24 degrees in summer. Whatever you are seeking to make that perfect holiday it is certain you will experience many memorable moments in Gran Canaria.
For those dreaming of bathing on golden sands, there are over 80 fantastic beaches around the island. You can choose from “Blue Flag” awarded beaches with excellent facilities or secluded coves with only the sound of the waves. Head to Maspalomas dunes and Playa del Inglés for long stretches of soft sand, great for sunbathing and swimming. Between Maspalomas and Arguineguin the small, Montaña de Arena beach is ideal for quiet private bathing, including nudism. For a taste of the Caribbean visit Anfi Del Mar and Amadores beaches, these man-made bays offer the perfect white sand, clear turquoise waters, and superb leisure facilities.
Food & Drink
Discovering the appetizing tastes of locally made food and drink is all part of your holiday experiences, often creating special and lasting memories, especially when trying new dishes or enjoying favourite meals in a relaxing beautiful location.
Canarian cuisine is based on fresh produce available throughout the year, mainly fish, meat, seasonal fruit, and vegetables. Like Spanish tapas, a variety of small dishes is a great way to enjoy different traditional specialties. Dip your bread into Almogrote, a pate made of cheese, olive oil, garlic, and peppers or try the spicy Mojo eaten with salty boiled potatoes. Seafood lovers will be in their element with a fine selection of fried squid, grilled sardines, or the fishermen’s catch of the day.
Whatever gastronomic delights you order it must be complemented with the famous Canarian wine produced in the La Geria region in one of 10 oldest vineyards throughout Spain. You cannot leave Gran Canaria without tasting and purchase a bottle of their most popular liqueur, Ron Miel, a smooth tasting honey rum enjoyed after a meal or with a rich aroma coffee.
There are many wonderful places to explore around Gran Canaria. Discover its outstanding beauty of coastlines, golden sand beaches, fascinating towns brimming with history and culture, and rural mountains in the interior of the island.
Las Palmas, the capital city has it all from a fantastic choice of shops, including duty-free shopping. Follow Christopher Columbus voyages at Casa de Colón museum, admire the spectacular architecture and the famous bronze dog statues guarding the Catedral de Santa Ana. The city offers a wide choice of fine dining, and enjoy people watching from the café bars. Spend lazy afternoons on the award-winning Playa de Las Canteras beach and enjoy the excellent leisure facilities.
Puerto Rico once a quiet fishing village now is a popular party town with a wide range of bars, clubs, and restaurants serving International cuisine. Not far from Puerto Rico the pretty port village of Puerto de Mogan offers picturesque whitewashed buildings adorned with brightly coloured flowers. The village’s network of canals and bridges have earned its nickname “Little Venice”. Wander cobbled streets and enjoy lunch in one of the charming restaurants lining the pretty harbour and marina.
Sink your toes into the rolling dunes soft sand at Maspalomas or stroll through lush green botanical gardens at Jardín Botánico Viera and Clavijo. Move away from the coast and head inland to experience rock climbing at the world recognised landmark, Roque Nublo. Discover nature at its best by hiking along marked trails across the Tamadaba National Park mountains surrounding the beautiful Agaete Valley.
Gran Canaria offers many fun packed adventures for the whole family to enjoy. From brilliantly crafted mini-golf courses to challenge your par score to jeep safari and helicopter tours of the island.
Enjoy the exhilarating and unforgettable rides at Aqualand Maspalomas. Feel the adrenaline rush as you spin, twist, slide at fast speeds on the many different water attraction rides, including the Racer Twin Turbolance, one of the largest slides in Europe. Kidzworld has two supervised parks for little ones to splash, climb, and slide through water chutes. Every family member will love meeting the sea lions, a photo with these incredible animals will capture that special moment. Discovery Beach offers hours of family fun, catch and splash in the man-made waves. After so much excitement it is time to relax, so grab your rubber ring and gently float down the scenic lazy river or rejuvenate in the giant jacuzzi.
History & Culture
Gran Canaria holds a rich, mixed culture from nearby Africa, Spain, and Europe. For centuries voyagers stopped at the ports and settled on the island, which over time engraved a piece of their own culture into the land.
To learn some of the history and culture the island has some fascinating museums to visit, mainly within Las Palmas. Visit the Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada, situated in Gáldar, northwest of the island. This unique museum is an archaeological cave and park, the interior displays intricate paintings and motifs from the ancient aborigines of Gran Canaria.
Noticing the beautiful architecture is another important recognition of the islands culture and history. The 18th-Century Basilica de la Virgen del Pino church is the patron of Gran Canaria, admire the lavish interior and discover the fascinating story behind the church’s name.
Throughout the year the local people show off their culture and history with numerous festivals held in the towns and villages. Ask if there is an event happening when you visit Gran Canaria, as it is something that cannot be missed.