I just love the Canary Islands. Thanks to the favourable weather they are perfect for beach holidays all year round.
The island of Gran Canaria in particular has a lot going for it: beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, charming cities. You can spend your time on the island as relaxing or as thrilling as you like. There are options aplenty, also when it comes to accommodation. There are so many hotels in Gran Canaria to choose from, you won’t find it hard to find the perfect place for your stay.
Let me share with you my top five things to do for your next Gran Canaria Holiday.
Explore the Dunes of Maspalomas
The dunes of Maspalomas can be found between the two popular tourist resorts in the south of the island, Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas. This stunning sand scenery is hard to miss, and you may be excused to think for a moment that you find yourself in the Sahara desert and not on a beach. Visit the dunes for a relaxing walk along the water or join a fun camel safari. Beware, this is also a nudist beach.
Take the Kids to Palmitos Park
Gran Canaria has plenty of things to offer for families, but one of our favourites is Palmitos Park. This amazing animal park under the Spanish sun is well worth the money. Visit the butterfly house, watch the exotic bird show, have your photos taken, and treat the kids to some pizza. Palmitos Park is everyone’s happy place on the island.
Visit the Roque Nublo
Roque Nublo is the highest point of the island and a must-do for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The walk will take you across boulder fields, lava flows, and pine forests with almost no other people around. It’s a very different side to the kind of Gran Canaria that most people get to see. The views from the top are spectacular: You can see El Teide on Tenerife sticking out of the clouds like a beacon or a lighthouse.
See the Tombs at Maipes de Agaete
Located in the north west of the island, Maipes de Agaete is a site of ancient burial tombs, around 700 in total. They are well preserved in the volcanic lava rock and offer some fascinating insights into life on the island some 1,300 years ago. An amazing site which has been well set up to allow visitors to learn more about this ancient part of Gran Canaria.
Be Romantic in Puerto de Mogan
They say that Puerto de Mogan is a bit like Venice, and there is certainly some truth to it. Take the bus there and avoid the stress of finding a spot to park, then walk around the lovely harbourside where houses are adorned with fragrant flowers. Or why not book a villa nearby, there are so many villas in Gran Canaria to choose from. Also, don’t miss the Friday market with its jolly atmosphere.
There are many more things to do on your Canarian holiday. The best way to take it all in is by making use of a suitable car hire in Gran Canaria. This way you can independently explore all the beautiful sights and attractions of the island.
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