25 Things To Do In Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria is famous for the numerous tourist attractions that are being visited by a lot of tourists every year With that said, you will surely not run out of things that you can do in such place. Here are the top 25 things to do when you will be visiting Gran Canaria.

1. Visit Playa del Ingles

The Playa del Ingles is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Gran Canaria. This area caters to gay tourists and other members of the LGBTQ community. There are several shopping centers, such as the Yumbo and Kasbah, as well as various bars and restaurants. If you want to have a good time, you can visit this place and enjoy the night life.


  • Open 24/7
  • Nudist Beach at Number 6 Cafe
  • Gay Beach at Number 7 Cafe
  • Tourist Information Office Phone Number : +34 928 771 550
  • Tourist Information Office Address : next to main entrance of Yumbo Shopping Centre
  • Website: www.grancanaria.com

2. Hike to Pico de las Nieves

If you are a hiking enthusiast and fond of hiking, then, you should head out to Pico de las Nieves. It is the highest peak in the island. Aside from hiking, you can also do other exciting activities that will not only get you closer to Mother Nature but also improve your physical condition as you will get some form of exercise. Such activities may include cycling, bicycle touring, and rock climbing, among others. This is also the highest peak in Gran Canaria.


  • Real summit have military installations so you cannot reach it.
  • All year round destination
  • Canary Climbing Delegation Phone Number : +34 928 290 652
  • Website: www.climbincanarias.com

3. Relax at Jardin Botanico Canario Viera y Clavijo

If you are more of a nature lover, then, you will surely love to visit the Jardin Botanico Canario Viera y Clavijo, which is a botanical garden with a beautiful history behind it. In this botanical garden, you will be personally seeing about 500 different species of plants where most of them can only be seen in the islands of Canaria. You will surely learn a lot more about these species as well as marvel at their beauty.


  • Phone Number : +34 928 219 580
  • Address : Camino del Palmeral 15, Tafira Alta, 35017 Las Palmas, Spain
  • Email Address : jardincanario@grancanaria.com
  • Website : www.jardincanario.org

4. Hike at Roque Nublo

Sightseeing is a popular thing to do in Gran Canaria. One of the most popular tourist attractions that most tourists visit is the Roque Nublo. This famous landmark is actually a volcanic rock that was formed after a volcano has erupted about 4 to 5 million years ago. Nowadays, it is considered as a natural monument and, thus, protected. This is also the second highest peak in Gran Canaria, the first being Pico de las Nieves.


  • Tourist Information Phone Number : +34 928 666 001
  • Address : 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
  • Website: www.gran-canaria-info.com

5. Visit Palmitos Park

To watch beautiful views and get closer to nature, you can also go to Palmitos Park. This park measures about 20 hectares and is both an aviary and botanical garden. Various species of cacti and succulents can be found in this park. Aside from that, you can also watch different birds of prey at the amphitheater that are performing bird shows. The largest butterfly house is also an attraction in this place.


  • Phone Number : +34 928 797 070
  • Address : Barranco de los Palmitos, s/n, 35109 Maspalomas, Las Palmas, Spain
  • Operating Hours : 10am up to 6pm
  • Website: www.palmitospark.es

6. Stroll at Caldera de Bandama

Another tourist attraction is the Caldera de Bandama. This is also considered as a natural monument. You will have the chance to join a group who will follow a certain route by walking. With this, you will surely feel more close to nature. In most cases, the walks are done on Fridays. The walk may take about three to four hours. It usually includes a tasting of local wine.


7. Join a Buggy Safari or Tour

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 With this particular tour, you will be able to see beautiful and scenic views while riding a buggy. You may either drive your buggy off-road or on asphalt roads. The company that can help you make this tour come true is Buggy Pirates. It is actually safe and easy to drive a buggy but only 8 buggies are allowed to join the tour. Those who decide to join the tour will be picked up from certain locations. You will have to bring a driver’s license in order to drive a buggy, though.


  • Tour days are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
  • Tour starts at 9am and approximately lasts for 2 hours
  • Email Address : info@buggypirates.com
  • Website: www.buggypirates.com

8. Join a Loro Parque Tour

If you are an animal lover, then, you should go to Loro Parque. Each year, about 1.5 million tourists visit the place. Spending one day in Loro Parque is surely worth it. You will be able to watch 4 animal shows which are renowned all over the world. You will also get to know numerous other species of animals, such as sea lions, dolphins, penguins, and killer whales. Birds and monkeys can also be observed.


  • Tours take place during Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Whole Tour may take about 12 to 14 hours, including the transportation via ferry boat
  • 6 hours will be spent on Loro Parque
  • Bring passport or identification document
  • Lunch is not included
  • Website: www.loroparquetenerife.com

9. Go for Camel Rides


You can also take advantage of the quiet and nice camel rides that are available. The ride usually traverses a certain part of the famous Maspalomas Sand Dunes. Guides will accompany you all throughout the duration of the tour. If you are lucky enough, you might even witness a pregnant camel delivering a baby camel or a baby camel just beginning to walk.


  • Ride lasts for 30 minutes
  • Available Monday to Sunday
  • Starts from 9:30am up to 4pm with the last ride starting at 3:30pm
  • Departure is every 15 minutes
  • Camello Safari Dunes Phone Number : +34 928 760781
  • Website: www.camellosafari.com

10. Go on a Dolphin and Whale Watching Trip

You can also go on a dolphin and whale watching trip on board the Spirit of the Sea. If luck is on your side on the day of the trip, you will be able to have the chance of watching at least 30 different species of whales and dolphins. The ferry boat typically has a glass bottom so that you can check what these sea mammals are doing, such as hunting, playing, or jumping.


  • If dolphins or whales are not available, a guaranteed free ticket will be given to you for the next day.
  • Water and refreshments are included in the ticket price.
  • The trip lasts about 2 hours.
  • Tours start 10am and 12:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
  • Website: www.grancanaria.com

11. Rent a Jetski

Water activities can also be done in Gran Canaria. If you are a jetski enthusiast, you should probably take advantage of jetski rentals that are available in Mogan Beach and Taurito Beach. Each jetski runs at 55HP which you will surely enjoy. You do not need to be an experienced jetski driver since you will be taught by a qualified instructor on how to safely maneuver the equipment.


  • Available from 10am up to 5pm daily
  • May last up to 6pm during the summer season
  • Driver must be 16 years old and above
  • Taurito Water Sport Phone Number : +34 928 566 994
  • Website: www.watersports-grancanaria.com

12. Rent a Kayak

Aside from jetski rentals, you can also rent kayaks and go kayaking, if you want to. Kayak rentals are available in Mogan Beach as well as Taurito Beach. With the kayak, you will be able to visit a couple of cliffs and caves which are located near such beach. There are also qualified instructors who are ready to teach you about the basics of kayaking so that you can safely do the activity.


  • Taurito Water Sport Phone Number : +34 928 566 994
  • Kayaks can be rented for a total of 1 hour.
  • Open from 10am up to 5pm everyday
  • Website: www.watersports-grancanaria.com

13. Go Parasailing

If parasailing is one of your favorite things to do, then, you can certainly find one in Gran Canaria. The Mogan and Taurito Beaches offer parasailing to their customers. A parachute is attached to a speeding boat which can then lift you even up to 150 meters high. While you are up in the air, you will be able to see the scenic and beautiful views of the cliffs, caves, and the sea.


  • Taurito Water Sport Phone Number : +34 928 566 994
  • Only for 6 years old and above
  • One trip lasts for about 10 minutes
  • Available from 10am up to 5pm everyday
  • Website: www.watersports-grancanaria.com

14. Play Airsoft at Hangar 37

If you happen to love war games and competition, then, you will also surely love to take part into airsoft action. With a realistic set, you will definitely feel your adrenaline rising while you play with your friends or with random people who are also present. You can experience the action in Hangar 37, which is actually the largest airsoft battlefield in all of the Europe.


  • Operating Hours : 3pm up to 8pm from Tuesdays to Fridays
  • 10am up to 8pm on weekends
  • Each battle lasts 10 minutes
  • You only pay for the ammunition, not per game
  • Website : www.hangar37.es
  • Phone Number : +34 669 829 233

15. Go Bowling at Holiday World

Bowling enthusiasts will find their haven in Holiday World, which is considered as the best bowling alley in all of Gran Canaria. There are 16 professional bowling lanes that the customers can use for bowling matches. The staff will also assist the customers from selecting which balls to use or which shoes to wear. It will surely be a good way to have fun, especially if it is raining and you need to stay indoors.


  • Operating Hours : 9am up to 1am from Sunday to Thursday
  • 10am up to 2am on Friday and Saturday
  • Location : Campo Internacional, Maspalomas
  • Website : http://holidayworldmaspalomas.com/en/
  • Phone Number : +34 928 730 498

16. Go on a Safari Jeep Excursion

If you want to take a look at the beautiful sceneries that Gran Canaria has to offer, it will be best to go on a safari jeep excursion. Each jeep can accommodate up to six passengers and are being driven by qualified and expert 4×4 drivers. You will then travel to El Tablero in order to explore the area of Lomos de Pedro Afonso. The Grand Canyon of Gran Canaria, Arguineguin Ravine, and Chira Dam are just some of the points of interest that you may go to.


  • The tour may last about 8 to 9 hours.
  • Tours booked on Tuesday and Thursday are in English and French.
  • Tours booked on other days are in Spanish and German.
  • Website : http://www.grancanariajeepsafari.com/
  • Phone Number : +34 609 936 059

17. Play at the Holiday World Theme Park

Holiday World Theme Park does not only cater to children but also those who are young at heart. You will find a number of attractions that will surely excite you, no matter what age you currently are in. These include the ferris wheel, pirate ship, bumper cars, roller coaster, and even a 6D film cabin, among many other attractions. The roller coaster includes a lot of ups and downs while the roller coaster offers a good view of the nearby landmarks, such as the Maspalomas Lighthouse.


  • Operating Hours during Autumn and Winter : 5pm up to 11pm from Sunday to Thursday; 5pm up to 12mn on Friday and Saturday
  • Operating Hours during Spring and Summer : 6pm up to 12mn from Sunday to Thursday; 6pm up to 1am on Friday and Saturday
  • Phone Number: 928 73 04 98 Ext. 3
  • Website: www.holidayworldmaspalomas.com

18. Visit Sioux City Gran Canaria

You will have the chance of reliving your childhood days where you played as cowboys in the Sioux City Gran Canaria. You can travel to the Wild West in Sioux City. The attraction offers attractions such as cowboy shows, staged duels, dancing, throwing knives or axes, and even walking a cattle all throughout the city. There is also a Sioux City Saloon where you can eat meals that are affordable to your budget whenever you feel hungry.


  • Operating Hours : from 10am up to 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday
  • Phone Number : +34 928 762 573
  • Address : Barranco del Aguila, s/n, 35100 Las Palmas, Spain
  • Website: www.gran-canaria-info.com

19. Swim at Aqualand Maspalomas

If you love swimming in water parks, then, Aqualand Maspalomas is the perfect place for you. You can have your day filled with relaxation, fun, and excitement with the coolest water rides that are available in this place. There are about 40 slides that you and your companions can use, whether they are adults or children. New attractions are also being added constantly as the place is regularly being renovated.


  • Operating Hours : 10am up to 5pm from September 1 until June 30
  • 10am up to 6pm on all days of July and August
  • Phone Number : +34 928 140 525
  • Address : Carretera Palmitos Park, Km 3, 35100 Maspalomas, Las Palmas, Spain
  • Website : http://www.aqualand.es/maspalomas/?lang=en

20. Rent Blue Spirit Catamaran

If you would like to host a private party, special occasion, or a business meeting on a boat away from the land, then, you should rent the Blue Spirit Catamaran. The Blue Spirit Catamaran is a boat that measures 14 meters long and around 7 meters wide. It can accommodate around 35 passengers. The rental price typically includes food and beverages already. You may bring your own food if you want. Music will also be played during your rental period.


  • The rental period typically lasts for 5 hours.
  • Pasito Blanco Port is the meeting place.
  • Phone Number : +34 678 794 694
  • Address : S/N, Calle Bergantin, 35106 Pasito Blanco, Maspalomas, Las Palmas, Spain
  • Website: www.bluespiritcatamaran.es

21. Ride the Yellow Submarine

Atlantida Submarine is offering customers their yellow submarine trip. The vessel can go below water as deep as 20 meters for you to enjoy the quiet life under the sea. You can also observe various activities that might be happening underwater through TV monitors or through portholes. Large schools of fish can usually be seen on the trip. You will also be able to observe a real ship wreck.


  • Tour lasts for about 40 minutes.
  • Tours are conducted in English, Spanish, and German
  • Tours are held everyday
  • Departs from Puerto de Mogan
  • Email Address : info@atlantidasubmarine.com
  • Website: www.atlantidasubmarine.com

22. Sail a Boat

There is also a boat trip that you can enjoy which usually starts from Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria to Guigui. You will use a Turkish gulet called the Aphrodite. This vessel can accommodate up to 65 passengers with its length of 26 meters and width of 9 meters. However, for maximum comfort, it is recommended to only have 35 passengers for each trip. Food in buffet-style is also available inside the Aphrodite.


  • Children are not allowed on Thursdays.
  • Tours take place Tuesdays to Sundays.
  • Each tour lasts 5 hours, from 10am up to 3pm
  • Website: www.okgrancanaria.com

23. Go on a Pirate Ship Trip

If you want a totally different adventure with your kids and the whole family, you should book a pirate ship trip. You will be inside the Timanfaya Pirate Ship where the children can participate in activities such as face painting, play Treasure Hunt, and others. The adults can sit and drink refreshments from the English pub or just enjoy the view while sitting on the deck. You can even sing pirate songs, if you like.


  • The trip lasts for 3 hours.
  • Trips take place on Fridays at around 10am.
  • Email Address : info@timanfayaboat.com
  • Company Name : Excursiones Maritimas Costa Canara, SL
  • Website: www.okgrancanaria.com

24. Get Surfing Lessons

If you have always wanted to know how to surf, then, you can probably take up surf lessons in Gran Canaria. The Gran Canaria area is actually a good place for surfing. The qualified instructors from PR Surfing will teach you the basics to get your started as well as ensure your safety. There is no age limit as to who can take up these lessons. Suits and boards are also provided.


  • Practical classes last for 3 hours
  • Available from Monday to Saturday
  • Website: www.prsurfing.com

25. Go on a Puerto de Mogan and Market Tour

Puerto de Mogan is a beautiful village which is one of the tourist attractions in Gran Canaria. You can take a walk and stroll down various small streets which will lead you down to the harbor. The tour guide will provide you all information that you need to know about the place. There is a market day being held during Fridays where you can buy a variety of items at affordable prices.


Indeed, there are a lot of things that you can do in Gran Canaria. These activities will keep you interested and excited within the duration of your stay. Make sure to pack some cameras and take photos to make these memorable moments last.

Have a good trip and travel!