Top Things to Do in Gran Canaria

Roque Nublo

The Roque Nublo is situated in the central town of Tejeda and is considered to be one of the hugest rocks in the world. This volcanic rock is 80 meters high from the ground and 1,813 meters above sea level. This place is the most attractive tourist’s spot in Gran Canaria. The aborigines used to treat this as their worship place, whereas recently, this place has been protected as a natural park. Coming to Gran Canaria, you shouldn’t miss out on trekking to the Roque Nublo. It is an alluring experience which will satisfy the first step of touring this island.

Vegueta Old Town:

Situated towards the south of Canaria’s capital city, is Las Palmas. What originated its existence was the 15th century old, the town of Vegueta. The streets and squares reflect the old times, which grabs the tourist’s attention. From the historical building of Casa de Colon mansion and Santa Ana cathedral, you have Gabinete Literario club and Museo Canario museum which were built later. You also get to see through Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno gallery and the Town Hall. The place around the market had been built in 1856, and it is covered with numerous shops you can purchase some tokens to take back. After doing your purchases, notice the cobbled streets and pretty corners just opposite the Perez Galdós theatre. These lead you to houses which have Gothic to renaissance architectural styles. Take breaks in-between your tour to have some local cuisine and to also let the atmosphere sink in.

Santa Ana Cathedral:

If you visit Santa Ana then you’d definitely see the most notable Cathedral here. It was made of Neo-Gothic style and had been fully completed in 1913. The cathedral has exquisite ornate mouldings towards the church front which is followed by interior pillars and high archways. The archways are coloured in slate and pink stripes which make it feel stiller and spacious. One intriguing part is a spooky figure of Santa Ana’s patron saint, Nuestra Señora de Santa Ana.

House of Columbus (Casa de Colón):

This architectural complex includes the former residence of the Island’s Governors’. It is over 500 years old and is now used as a museum. It shows the New World and the contribution of the Canary Islands for discovering America. There are paintings which have been preserved from the 15th-16th century and there are some artworks loaned from Prado Art Gallery, Madrid. There are areas which have been dedicated to scientific studies along with a library which records the history of America and Atlantic relations. People who’d love know more about Christopher Columbus and his journey, will surely love coming here!

Barranco de Guayadeque:

The ravine of Barranco de Guayadeque is located between Agüimes and Ingenio, situated on the east of the island. This place has been recorded to be a Natural Monument by Law of Natural Areas of the Canaries. This is due to be unique environmental value and heritage. The site is important for cultural interests and it’s always crowded with locals and tourists. This area has the greatest density of archaeological sites in the island, and it spreads along both the slopes of the ravine. You will find a Visitors Centre, just as you enter, which will help you go through the entire area within your estimated duration spared for the tour.

Caldera de Bandama:

As you get to the Bandama boiler you simply travel back millions of years and go into a time where there used to be huge explosions. It was a time when the ground waters used to burn open and they have left its imprints till today. Bandama is one of a unique spots you’d ever be to. It is situated 20 minutes from the capital city and coming here is pretty convenient. From the groves of native trees at the bottom to the enormous deposits of volcanic ash and steeps cliffs at the edges, you will be exposed to a very different kind of landscape than what you’ve witnessed till now. The Caldera is a most attractive part here. It is 575 meters tall and is the most recent volcanic cone of the island. There are small networks of trails to let you enter the boiler, just make sure you have your grip!

Wine-tasting Tour:

If you want to have the best wine-tasting tour at Gran Canaria, visit Santa Brígida. This is the island’s mountainous hinterland and is the best place for cuisine and wine enthusiasts. Apart from the seas and beaches, Gran Canaria is known to have an extensive wine production. They are diverse from young, fruity, aromatic, red, white, to almost anything you have ever heard of! Santa Brígida homes the wine museum of Gran Canaria. This recent establishment lets everyone sip through all types of wines. It has been consolidated as their wine depository, as this is the place where wines are tasted, combined and marketed.

Beach day and Water sports at Playa del Ingles beach and Puerto de Mogan:

  • Aquasport Watersports is the name of the company who will assist you to participate in your desired water sports when you get to either of the beaches of Playa del Ingles beach or Puerto de Mogan. From hotel pickups and drops off, to serving you with the best water sports services, they would provide all you’d need. Water sports you can opt for:
  • Jet Ski: you can Jet Ski in the warm waters of the ocean in a circuit of four buoys. The charges start from 27€. If you want to Jet Ski out of circuit which is let out from 10:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. and are gone through deserted beaches, towering cliffs and through landscapes. This would be provided for 2 days and the starting cost is 99€.
  • Parasailing: the thrilling sensation of flying with the help of a parachute while you get to enjoy the scenery and views is what you need to experience and cannot be explained with words! This activity will cost you around 36€ but will depend on the course of winds.
  • Fly-board: this activity lets you have adjustable boots where you simply maintain balance and then fly over the sea! The superman like feeling will cost you about 54€ and most people get through on the first attempt!

Palmitos Park:

This exotic park is perfect to take a day out for. This is located on the Maspalomas region towards the south of the island. It is not by the coast but is slightly inland between mountains and natural landscapes. This was initially a bird park, but it later evolved in its ecological diversity. It is inclusive of an amphitheatre, a dolphinarium, bird watching facilities for both exotic and native species along with a vast amount of exotic shrubs and flowers!

Botanical Garden (JardinBotanico Canario):

This place is often referred to the ‘Canarian Garden’ and was established for conserving endemic flora and fauna. This has been running since 1952, after the Swedish botanist, Eric Sventenius had founded it. With the decades the collection of plants has developed and there are contributions taken from all across the globe. There are regular researches which help their development and improve the reserve. If you visit this area, you will love to stroll through the garden and witness the different ecosystems which are exhibited.

Town of Terror and Basílica de la Virgen del Pino:

This small town of Terror is perfect day getaway from the beaches of Gran Canaria. It is slightly towards the interior and you can chalk out your day trip. You get to see the local’s lives which are occupied with animal husbandry, agriculture and tourism. The town of Terror is adorned by steep slopes and deep valleys. It is a popular pilgrim destination for the locals and lets the tourists enjoy laidback days. This is one of the finest places to get traditional dishes and is surely worthy of your visit!

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