Gran Canaria – a beautiful island rich with heritage sites, beautiful coves and spectacular beaches. It’s no wonder holidaymakers from across the globe flock here to bask under the suns rays on the blissful golden sands. Although the beaches are gorgeous, there’s actually so much more to see and do here!
Here are some of the great things you can see and do away from the beach in Gran Canaria:
Visit some heritage sites
The island is a melting pot of history and boasts a plethora of heritage and archaeological sites which are ideal for visitors of all ages.
The Tunte Settlement is an extensive cave complex (the largest out of all Canary Islands) and it comprises of an underground village – complete with dwellings, granaries, burial areas and paintings. It’s an extraordinary trip and you’ll be left speechless throughout your cave experience.
Another important site is the Cueva Pintada Museum and Archaeological Park which is in the centre of Galdar, a town in the north of the island. You’ll find loads of amazing wall paintings and excavations throughout the cave, it’s well worth a visit and while you’re in the area Galdar is a beautiful historic town boasting quiet cobbled streets and magnificent churches which are impossible not to stop by for a photo opportunity.
Visit a wellbeing centre
With warm temperatures throughout the year, there’s no wonder Gran Canaria is a popular choice for both travellers as well as those looking for a forever home in the sun.
The island boasts a wide variety of wellness centres where you can recuperate and treat yourself to some well-deserved treatments. Aloe Vera plants grow across the island, which are amazing for the body, working their wonders on all of your senses. The Aloe Spa in Maspalomas is a serenity offering pampering packages with the latest aesthetic treatments including massages and aloe experiences. Visitors can also make use of second to none facilities which include an open-air swimming pool with therapeutic jets and breathtaking panoramic views to provide you with the ultimate relaxing experience. Whether you’re after a quick pampering in the morning or fancy a full day treating yourself, there’s so much on offer to suit everyone.
Active outdoor activities
Island life certainly doesn’t need to be slow and relaxing. Gran Canaria is the ideal destination for sports enthusiasts – whether you want to channel your inner mermaid (or merman!) whilst seeing the marine life under the deep blue or fancy seeing the island from a different angle while climbing the rocky terrain inland, there’s plenty out there to get stuck into.
Trekking is a great way to embrace the amazing climate Gran Canaria has to offer, whilst being able to see some incredible sights. The island has so many routes and you’re bound to find one which suits you – each has a different level of difficulty, terrain and distance. You can feel the golden sands beneath your feet on the Maspalomas dunes one day and let your imagination take you for a walk through the lush greenery the next day – no two days have to be the same!
Chilled outdoor activities
If you like to take things at a slower pace, golf is the ideal sport to get you out in the sun whilst enjoying a chilled environment. The island has seven golf courses and because of the perfect climate here, you’ll be able to play golf all year round. The sport is a popular tradition for Gran Canarians and the island plays host to a lot of tournaments throughout the year, making the island an ever-popular destination attracting a range of visitors – not just holidaymakers! Most courses allow you to hire equipment so even beginners can try their hand at this amazing sport.
For a quiet evening walk or a peaceful picnic day, the Canary Botanical Garden is a haven with wildlife and a sea of beautiful flowers. This hidden treasure is ideal for families and couples who enjoy being among a tropical setting, embracing the suns rays and wanting to explore one of the most picturesque areas on the island.
Take a trip to Las Palmas
You shouldn’t leave the island without visiting Las Palmas, Gran Canaria’s beautiful capital city. It’s the largest city of all the Canary Islands and it boasts so much to see and do, including taking a relaxing walk through Parque Doramas, admiring the lush flowers. Midday shows take place here each day which are something not to be missed – from puppets to some mindblowing science displays, there’s bound to be something for the whole family to enjoy!
As well as lots of public parks, you’ll find an array of must-visit museums – a popular choice is Casa de Colon which focuses on the great explorer Christopher Columbus’ stopover in the capital in 1492. After a busy walk through the history of the island, you can stop by the many restaurants, cafes and shops scattered among the bustling city streets.
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