One of the most popular Canary Islands, Gran Canaria caters to a variety of holidaymakers. It has often been described as a miniature continent.
Collect a hire car at Las Palmas Airport and you’ll get your holiday off to a rapid start. From the mountain tips to the ocean’s edge, you can take in everything that Gran Canaria and indeed Las Palmas itself has to offer.
What is There to Do in and Around Las Palmas?
The fabulous beaches on Gran Canaria are undoubtedly one of the biggest draws, especially when coupled with the fantastic climate.
Las Canteras Beach could easily be considered one of Spain’s very best city beaches; incredibly it’s not overly used by tourists, mainly locals, and this means you get to use all of the fantastic facilities without battling the crowds. There are also some bars and restaurants nearby for you to catch a bite to eat while the sun goes down.
Venture into the city centre and relish the opportunity to explore! The old town area is known as Vegueta; well preserved, it boasts many attractive buildings to uncover and lashings of history. Once visited by Columbus, a mere 500 years ago, the cobbled streets of the old town pave the way to what is sure to be an interesting afternoon.
Take in some of the city’s major sights such as Catedral de Santa Ana; you won’t be able to miss it, for it’s visible from anywhere in the city. Pay the nominal fee and scale the tower for unmissable views across the city. Afterwards, spend some time enjoying the selection of museums and art galleries on offer here; the museum of Science and Technology is always a favourite, along with the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art.
Exploring Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is the third largest of the Canary Islands and whilst it is only 602 square miles in size, it truly packs a punch in the variety of attractions on offer. Be sure to organise a rental car to aid your adventures; it’s by far the easiest way to get about!
A journey to Arucas should also feature in your plans. It’s only a 20 minute drive from the city centre and is home to the Parish Church of San Juan Bautista, which dates from 1909. The best loved part of a visit here however, is the rum distillery which is open to the public for tours.
For family fun, venture south to uncover the Aqualand Theme Park. It’s the largest on the island and is open year round with something for all ages to enjoy, from adrenaline inducing water slides to the more relaxed lazy river and wave pools. Whilst in the area, take in the natural beauty of the Maspalomas sand dunes.
This truly is just a selection of what’s on offer; head out on a snorkelling boat trip, enjoy an excursion to the neighbouring island of Tenerife to scale Mount Teide, or visit the crocodile park in Aguimes, amongst plenty more.