Places to visit in Gran Canaria
If you are thinking about doing something more than sunbathing on the beach you should check out the next worth attractions in Gran Canaria. There are many places to visit in Gran Canaria but here you have what we consider the must-see! GET THE GUIDE OF GRAN CANARIA
Things to see in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and nearby
The northern part of Gran Canaria has one of the best beaches of the island called Las Canteras and it is located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Canteras is one of the most known places to learn surfing and it is actually pretty cheap! This beach is kinda far away (50min walking) from Veguetta, the main historical town of Gran Canaria. Veguetta has a typical architecture of Gran Canaria and some interesting museums as Colon’s House, the cathedral…
The north coast has villages as Arucas and Gáldar with a lot of history and still conserves a great architecture in the centre of the village. In Gáldar is possible to visit a really interesting museum, Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada that shows part of the history of the Canarian aborigines.
Furthermore, beautiful things to see in Gran Canaria east coast are the Botanical Garden, Caldera de Bandama, Barranco de Guadana and a small fisher coast called Túfia.
Best wild beaches in Gran Canaria
A bit more to the west you will find Agaete, a white-houses village with a beautiful beach and landscape of the west coast of Gran Canaria. From Agaete is possible to hike to Guayedra beach and to Tamadaba, both highly recommended hikes. Update 2019: Tamadaba has suffered a big fire and only Roque Faneque has escaped from it.
The west coast is the wild one, with lots of canyons that end quickly in the ocean making a gorgeous cliffy landscape with the best beaches to escape from the crowd. Wild beaches are spread out over the coast as Playa de Güi Güi, Playa de Tasartico, Playa del Risco, Playa de Guayedra… Discovering these beaches are one of the top things to do in Gran Canaria.
Maspalomas, Fataga and Sorrueda
The south is characterized by a desertic landscape. Narrow canyons climb up to the summit of the island as the Canyon of Fataga and Sorrueda. The south coast is the most touristic area of the island having the longest beaches and the dunes of Maspalomas, a special Natural Reserve unique in the island.
Hiking trails in Gran Canaria
The central area together with the west area are the best places for hikers and the landscape is characterized by steep valleys with “Roques” and Canarian pines containing as well the most beautiful small villages of the Island as Teror, Tejeda, Artenara and Acusa Seca. This area has as well really beautiful natural monuments as Roque Bentayga, Roque Nublo, the summit of the island called Pico de las Nieves and an incredible cliffy landscape of Tamadaba.
Update 2019: From Teror to Tamadaba was completely burned due to a fire. Acusa Seca Hike is the route that can have more areas not burned. The west coast, the area of Roque Nublo, Pico de Las Nieves and Inagua Natural Park were not affected.
More in your visit to Gran Canaria
Tasting food: In Gran Canaria you can taste typical Spanish food but also traditional and delicious food as Papas Arrugas con Mojo Picón (Cooked potatoes with a traditional sauce of Canarias), Pan de Papas (Sweet bread made of potatoes), Rancho Canario (Chickpeas, noodles, potatoes and meat) and aromatic wines and homemade beers.
Gran Canaria has different landscapes and every part of the island is different due to the microclimates that it has. Therefore we encourage you to explore the island through its paths!