As one of the larger Canary Islands, there are plenty of things to do in Gran Canaria. Here we look at a small selection of those.
Gran Canaria’s vast landscape offers something for everyone, regardless of interests. Hiking, cycling, partying, sunbathing, exploring, learning – it’s all there… all of it! If lazing by the pool for a week is your thing, fine… there’s nothing wrong with that. But you’re missing out on all sorts of goodies.
Maspalomas Gay Pride
You can’t talk about Gran Canaria without mentioning Maspalomas Gay Pride. One of the biggest events of the Maspalomas calendar, people come from all over the world to party.
This year (2017), Maspalomas Gay Pride runs from May 4 to 14.
If you want to enjoy amazing colour, music, dancing and a stonking great time during the parades and parties… then this is a “do not miss” event. Expect to share the fun with around 100,000 partygoers.
For more information, visit the official website HERE
Playa de Maspalomas
Gran Canaria’s sand dunes must be seen to be believed.
These sprawling sands have been the backdrop of a number of music videos and it’s easy to see why. You would also be forgiven for forgetting that you are in Europe, because the dunes are reminiscient of the Sahara.
Walk east from the lighthouse and enjoy the dunes, or the waters of the Atlantic. You can easily while away a few hours just strolling or chilling out under the bright sun.
Please remember that this is a protected area, so take all your litter home with you.
One of Alan’s favourite towns during his charity walk in 2012 was Agüimes. Such a pretty town, it is perfect for exploring the quiet streets or grabbing a bite to eat.
Enjoy the various sculptures in the town’s pretty streets, such as the camel pictured here.
One of the high points of the town (for people such as us who enjoy architecture) is the church of San Sebastián. Inside are works by local artists, including Luján Pérez del Moro.
Lovingly restored, this town almost takes you out of time and offers a contrast to the bustling coastal resorts.
If looking at spectacular views from a high vantage point is your thing – then give Roque Nublo a go.
It’s not for the fainthearted because the trek takes about half an hour from the car park and is steep in places. Oh, and be sure to only park in designated areas too – we were told that the police will slap a ticket on your car if you don’t.
Be sure to wear sensible walking shoes and once up there… take some photos! Obviously, attempting this walk is better on clear days and avoid it if it’s windy too – basically use your common sense.
There are a number of guides available who can escort you up for a fee.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Go native and head to the capital for at least a day and a night.
Obviously this is a working city, but because of that you will easily find some low cost eateries that offer good quality cuisine.
You can easily lose yourself in this city, so be sure to enjoy every moment.
Whilst there, head to one of the shopping centres and blow the credit card – there are bargains galore to be had.
Further reading about Gran Canaria
Many of our regular readers will know that Mr Gran Canaria Local (Matthew Hirtes) writes regularly for Spain Buddy.
His website is well worth a visit. Not only does it go into more detail about the popular places to go and visit, but he also shares his tips for visiting the lesser known delights of this great island.
Matthew also offers tips for people looking to make Gran Canaria their permanent home.
Visit the website HERE