Gran Canaria (Las Palmas), Canary Islands

The Canary archipelago was sculpted by a period of intense volcanic activity; its islands possess a stark, near lunar beauty. Gran Canaria is the third-largest island in the group and is often described as the 'Round Island' for its near-circular shape. Las Palmas, its capital, is also the largest city in the Canaries numbering some 500,000 inhabitants. Despite the seemingly inhospitable landscape, farmers in Gran Canaria's Angostura Valley cultivate abundant crops of tomatoes, onions, melons, and figs. Moreover the island's climates, lack of rainfall, and fine beaches have long drawn Europeans seeking the winter sun.

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Points of Interest

  • Casa Museo de Colón (Columbus Museum)
  • Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo or Jardin de La Marquesa
  • Teror
  • Arucas
  • Bandama Natural Monument
  • Maspalomas Dunes
  • Puerto de Mogán
  • Canary Village and Doramas Garden

More about Gran Canaria (Las Palmas), Canary Islands Points of Interest

  • Casa Museo de Colón (Columbus Museum)

    Believed to have been visited by the famous explorer, the museum's collection includes maps and navigational instruments, a recreation of the interior of La Niña and a room full of priceless pre-Columbian artefacts.

  • Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo or Jardin de La Marquesa

    Named after José de Viera y Clavijo, the author of the Canarian Natural History Dictionary, this botanical garden focuses on flowers and plants common to the seven islands of the archipelago. Jardin de La Marquesa is romantic and serene setting for the 2,500 tropical plants that live in the five-acre park-like setting.

  • Teror

    This charming town is home to Basilica de la Virgin del Piño. Located on the main plaza, the Basilica was the site of a vision in 1481 when the Virgin Mary appeared to local shepherds.

  • Arucas

    The majestic Catedral de Arucas is one of the many historic buildings in this picturesque village. Built between 1909 and 1977, the neo-Gothic black/grey appearance comes from the volcanic stone used in its construction.

  • Bandama Natural Monument

    Rising over 1,866 feet above sea level and measuring about 3,280 feet wide and 656 feet deep makes this extinct volcanic crater one of the largest on the island.

  • Maspalomas Dunes

    The resort of Maspalomas stretches out over 4,940 acres of wide, sandy beaches, shallow water and over ten miles of dunes that run from the Faro lighthouse to Playa del Inglés.

  • Puerto de Mogán

    The most westerly holiday resort on Gran Canaria's southern coast is a picturesque port, a charming fishing village, a marina and chic holiday destination all rolled into one.

  • Canary Village and Doramas Garden

    Its gardens are home to species of indigenous plants. Within the park there are three important buildings. The Pueblo Canario; the Museo Néstor and the historic Hotel Santa Catalina.

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Puerto Rico & Mogán

5 hours | Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) | L P A - 2 3 0
  • Maspalomas Dunes
  • Puerto de Mogán

Enjoy basking in the sun while visiting Playa del Ingles, Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria's most important holiday resorts. Make photo stops at the famous Dunes of Maspalomas and in Puerto Rico and visit Puerto de Mogán, our little Venice of Gran Canaria. Stroll through the charming streets, gaze at the endless blue sea and marvel at the rugged coastline.

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Kayaking in Las Palmas

2.5 hours | Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) | L P A - 5 8 0

Behold Gran Canaria's beauty from a different perspective-from the cockpit of a safe and sturdy kayak. After an expert instructional briefing, you'll follow your guide around the tranquil waters of Puerto de la Luz near Alcaravaneras Beach.

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A Day at the Maspalomas Beach

7 hours | Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) | L P A - 9 9 0
  • Maspalomas Dunes

Enjoy the town of Maspalomas at your own pace. Soak up the scenery, go shopping, or go swimming. Of course, no visit is complete without a visit to the famous dunes.

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Garden Tour

4 hours | Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) | L P A - 2 3 5
  • Arucas
  • Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo or Jardin de La Marquesa
  • Canary Village and Doramas Garden

Enjoy a peaceful escape strolling in three of the city's premier gardens. Parque Doramas is a cool retreat in the center of Las Palmas while Jardin Canario boasts native Canary palm and pine trees. An oasis of enchantment, the Jardin de la Marquesa is home to 2,500 tropical plants.

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Teror & Jardín de la Marquesa

4 hours | Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) | L P A - 2 1 0
  • Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo or Jardin de La Marquesa
  • Teror
  • Arucas

Enjoy a leisurely tour of some of Gran Canaria's most popular attractions. Stroll through the romantic Jardin de la Marquesa de Arucas and see poinsettia plants that reach almost as high as a building. See the Cathedral of Arucas, also known as the black cathedral and the Basilica in Teror.

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Wine Cellar and Mojo Workshop

4 hours | Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) | L P A - 3 1 0

Some of Europe's most distinctive wines come from Gran Canaria's rich, volcanic soil. Journey to the Agaete Valley to a family-owned vineyard that produces under the Los Berrazales label. Enjoy a wine tasting and participate in a hands-on 'mojo' workshop to learn the secrets of this spicy Spanish sauce.

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Best of Grand Canaria

8 hours | Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) | L P A - 1 0 0
  • Arucas
  • Casa Museo de Colón (Columbus Museum)
  • Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo or Jardin de La Marquesa
  • Teror
  • Bandama Natural Monument
  • Canary Village and Doramas Garden

Discover the many colorful sights of Gran Canaria on a full day island tour. Learn about Columbus at the Casa Museo de Colón. See a volcanic crater at Bandama. Enjoy a typical Canarian lunch followed by a visit to the town of Teror and a walk through the tropical garden of the Duchess of Arucas.

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Hiking Tour - Firgas & Azuaje

6 hours | Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) | L P A - 4 1 0

Lace up your hiking shoes and embark on a trek through Gran Canaria's intriguing landscape. Marvel at the island's last remaining 500-year-old laurel trees in the Forest of Doramas. Enjoy a picnic in Azuaje's "hidden" valley. Discover the ruins of a health resort, once renowned for its medicinal spring waters.

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Best of Grand Canaria for Small Groups

8 hours | Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) | L P A - 1 1 0
  • Arucas
  • Casa Museo de Colón (Columbus Museum)
  • Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo or Jardin de La Marquesa
  • Teror
  • Bandama Natural Monument
  • Canary Village and Doramas Garden

Discover the many colorful sights of Gran Canaria on a full day island tour. Learn about Columbus at the Casa Museo de Colón. See a volcanic crater at Bandama. Enjoy a typical Canarian lunch followed by a visit to the town of Teror and a walk through the tropical garden of the Duchess of Arucas.

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Buggy Super Pirata Tour

5 hours | Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) | L P A - 4 6 5

Start your engines and kick your vacation into high gear when you get off the beaten path and explore the natural beauty of southern Gran Canaria on a dune buggy! Ride off road through Puerto Rico and Arguineguín basin and the spectacular Natural Reserve Area in the south of Gran Canaria on this scenic, fun-filled adventure.

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Fortress of Ansite & the Fortaleza Museum - A Discovery Exclusive

8 hours | Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) | L P A - 1 0 5

Get off the beaten path on this archaeologist-guided tour that delves into the cultural heritage of the early inhabitants of Gran Canaria. Go back in time at the Fortress of Ansite, tour an olive mill and savor a traditional tapas lunch.

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