A cosmopolitan hub in the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is a diverse island destination considered a “miniature continent”, thanks to its variety of landscapes, international cuisine and unique villages. Along with heavenly beaches and vibrant marine life, you will discover archaeological history, modern art and rewarding hiking trails.
Things to do in Gran Canaria
One of the most popular beaches on Gran Canaria, Las Canteras Beach is a hub for surfing, snorkelling, water sports and beachfront dining and shopping. If you prefer a quieter atmosphere, head to the beaches around Ageate, a peaceful fishing village with fresh seafood restaurants and a laid-back harbour. With just under 60 kilometres of beaches, it’s easy to find the right coastal haven for you.
Are you visiting Gran Canaria with the kids in tow? Take them to see the dolphin shows and butterfly house at Palmitos Park, which also has manicured subtropical gardens and orchids. Learning and entertainment come naturally at the Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnología, where you can interact with hands-on exhibits, watch 3D movies and see a replica space station.
Those interested in the island’s ancient history should visit the Painted Cave in Galdar, where you can see centuries-old artefacts and a cave with Indigenous wall paintings. Afterwards, head to El Museo Canario, which houses ancient artefacts pertaining to the island’s Indigenous people, including mummified remains and tools.
Indulge in Gran Canaria’s rich and varied cuisine at fine dining restaurants and beach eateries, such as Restaurante Shintori Sushi Bar, Restaurante París de Oriente or La Bodega de La Marea. Pamper yourself with a treatment at one of the renowned day spas, such as Aloe Spa, which features a pool overlooking the island.
Getting around Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is reached by flying into Gran Canaria Airport or catching a ferry to one of two passenger terminals. A comprehensive bus network services the island, but it’s easier to rent a car and drive yourself.