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Best things to do in Gran Canaria

Discover what to do and see in Gran Canaria

Stunning landscapes, history and culture and fantastic beaches: these are some of our recommendations during your stay in Gran Canaria.

Explore Gran Canaria and enjoy its amazing landscapes

1. Feel tiny in vast landscapes

Whether you hike, cycle or drive to the summit, the huge craters formed by volcanoes at Bandama, or Caldera Tejeda are well worth the climb, as is the breathtaking Barranco de Guayadeque canyon and Pico de las Nieves – the island’s highest mountain. In fact, Gran Canaria is full of miradores - viewing points – from which to take in the jaw-dropping scenery.

Feel tiny in vast landscapes

2. Explore picturesque villages

Centuries ago, hardy Canarians who worked the rugged landscapes built dozens of pretty old towns and villages that today are the perfect places to visit. There’s Artenara, clinging to the mountainside watched over by a huge Christ statue; Agüimes and its perfectly restored historic centre; Tejeda, where almond groves burst into bloom every February, and many more.

Explore picturesque villages

3. Delve into the past

If you want to discover Gran Canaria’s history, go underground. The Cueva Pintada Museum is an important pre-Hispanic archaeological site: a wheelchair-friendly cave adorned with geometric shapes, thought to relate to the lunar and solar calendars. Discovered in 1862, the cave is described as the Sistine Chapel of the indigenous Canarian people.

Delve into the past
Explore Gran Canaria and enjoy its amazing landscapes

4. Marvel at the wildlife

If you ever wake up wondering what to do in Maspalomas, just reach for your binoculars – bird watching is one of the most popular activities in Gran Canaria. You’re guaranteed to see herons and egrets, and maybe even an osprey or Barbary falcon. Maspalomas is one of the best places to take a boat trip to spot whales and dolphins too. Seeing some of the 30 species of sea mammals that visit the nearby waters is a sure thing.

Marvel at the wildlife

5. Walk among the cacti

At the Jardín Canario, the official botanical gardens of the Canary Islands, you can come face-to-face with all of the Canary Islands’ exuberant flora, set among waterfalls over 10 hectares on the banks of a canyon.

Walk among the cacti

6. Enjoy the ultimate beach holiday

Gran Canaria has some of best beaches in the Canary Islands. From rugged turquoise coves to our very own Maspalomas beach with its eight metre-high dunes, you can snorkel, kite-surf, wind-surf, or just lie back and enjoy the hospitality.

Surfing and other water sports are popular year-round activities in Gran Canaria

7. Play golf among the greatest

Home to Spain’s oldest golf course, the Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas, Gran Canaria has impeccable golf credentials. Play surrounded by volcanoes, sand dunes or the Atlantic on a variety of 18-hole PGA championship-level courses.

Our Gran Canaria golf hotel is close to several of the islands' top 18-hole courses
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