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Gran Canaria Travel Guide

Travel tips for visiting Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a stunning Spanish paradise located in the Canary Islands. It is the third-largest island in the archipelago, just smaller than Tenerife and Fuerteventura. Its capital, Las Palmas, is a thriving and bustling city, where there are many beaches, bars and nightlife to keep you entertained.

But aside from Las Palmas, there is so much more to this beautiful island. Its location just off the west coast of Africa means it is an all-year-round destination, making it perfect for a summer holiday or for those looking for some winter sun. There are so many different activities and sights to see in Gran Canaria, from soaking up the sun on its pristine beaches to exploring its diverse and vibrant landscape.

If you think about spending some time in Gran Canaria, we have put together some top travel tips for you to consider before you make your journey. In the blog below, we will explain what is the best way to find accommodation on the island, some must-see sights, and the best restaurants to eat and drink at.

Let’s dive in!

What to expect from a trip to Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria beach

The resorts in Gran Canaria actually only make up less than 1% of the island, so if you plan on visiting, it is well worth it that you do plenty of research before you visit.

If you go outside of your comfort zone and explore all parts of the island, you will be rewarded with all sorts of fun activities, as well as some unique and authentic Canarian experiences that you will cherish for a lifetime. 

As for the accommodation and where to stay, most tourists and locals live in one of the towns on the south of the island, such as; Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Mogan and Puerto Rico. In these locations, there are plenty of villas and hotel resorts for you to book. There are also lots of restaurants, bars, beaches, shopping centres and historic buildings for you to choose from. Nightlife is also very popular in these towns, with many revellers partying until the early hours of the morning. 

Getting around the island

Teror, Gran Canaria

If you plan on exploring all areas of Gran Canaria, then it’s fairly easy to get around. You can either catch the local bus, use a taxi, or rent a car or bike. There are all sorts of small towns and villages for you to explore outside Las Palmas and the main hotel resorts. Make sure you brush up on your Spanish beforehand, not everyone speaks English outside the usual tourist locations.

Dining out

There are lots of restaurants and bars for you to try on Gran Canaria. There’s everything from small traditional Spanish cafes and beach bars to large upscale eateries. The local cuisine is a must-try; there’s lots of tapas, fresh vegetables and as well as wine and rum. You won’t struggle for a choice!

Top attractions

La Catedral, Gran Canaria

Here are some of the best things to do and see in Gran Canaria:

  • Visit the natural landmark Roque Nublo.
  • Relax on one of the island’s stunning beaches.
  • Walk across the dunes at Maspalomas.
  • Stroll around the Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo.
  • See a slice of Canarian culture at Pueblo Canario.
  • Gawk at the architecture of Vegueta in Las Palmas.
  • Try some extreme water sports at anyone of Gran Canaria’s beaches.
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Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Ireland and the UK but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting craving for culture, good food and football. Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and has also just started his own blog called Bars and Spas. As well as Rome he also counts Melbourne and Tel Aviv among his favourite places and now permanently resides in Dublin. Follow Scott on Google+ and Twitter

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