Gran Canaria has been a destination for tourists from all over the world for years. The island, called by many the “Continent in miniature”, guarantees not only beautiful views or paradisiacal beaches, but also attractions worth remembering. In this part of the Canary Islands, for example, you can taste excellent liquors (wine or rum) and see Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a city bustling with life at any time of the year. Another interesting fact is that the island is famous for growing… coffee. That’s right! In the town of Agaete, located on the northwestern tip of Gran Canaria, you will be able to see under what conditions the fragrant coffee plants grow. This is Europe’s only coffee plantation, so take the opportunity to go on a great adventure.
When to go to Gran Canaria?
Actually, there is no clear answer to the question posed. “The Island of Eternal Spring,” as the name suggests, always tempts with pleasant weather and a spring climate. The beginning of the year usually brings several degrees of air temperature, which already encourages a short vacation. However, let’s check how the temperatures are shaping up in each month. When to go to Gran Canaria?
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Currency in Gran Canaria
The currency of Spain’s Gran Canaria is the Euro (EUR). The euro replaced Spain’s previous currency, the peseta, and has been in effect since 2002.
Transportation in Gran Canaria
Are you going to get around by public transportation? Do you like to feel the atmosphere of a place? We have great news for you! Transportation in Gran Canaria is very well organized. Public transport, it is worth noting, reaches all corners of the island and provides a comfortable and safe journey. “Global” buses run all over Gran Canaria, while yellow “Guaguas” buses run around Las Palmas.
Other ways to get around the island
Public transportation is, of course, not the only way to travel around Gran Canaria. The adventurous can, for example, rent a car and set off ahead leaving everything behind. The average price of renting a car in this part of the world is approximately: EUR 66.00. You can also, if there is no other option, order yourself a cab. As a reminder, it costs approximately EUR 2.50 to start in a cab.
Opinion about Gran Canaria
“The Island of Eternal Spring” can be visited at any time of the year. The highest number of vacationers can be observed during the tourist season (i.e. July and August), as well as at the end of the year – during the Christmas and New Year period. A great time to visit Gran Canaria is also April, a month blessed with very pleasant air temperatures. Winter in Gran Canaria provides very attractive weather – from 18 to 25 degrees Celsius. Hotels in Gran Canaria, even mid-range ones, provide heated swimming pools. However, don’t expect it to be as warm as in summer. Evenings, nights and mornings are cold – many tourists even wear jackets then. The risk of rain is minimal. Winter is the ideal time to visit the island, but beware: in some parts of the island the temperature even drops below 10 degrees Celsius. Is it worth going to Gran Canaria? Definitely yes! It made a bigger impression on us than even Fuerteventura.
What is worth seeing in Gran Canaria?
Gran Canaria has no shortage of interesting corners and iconic entertainment. Here’s a list of places you absolutely must visit during your trip to the “Island of Eternal Spring”. What is worth seeing in Gran Canaria?
Las Palmas – the capital and largest city of Gran Canaria.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a bustling metropolis and a must-see when visiting the island. The city is mainly famous for its picturesque beaches and interesting monuments, one of which is the Catedral de Santa Ana de Canarias – St. Anne’s Cathedral – attracting attention with its confusion of architectural styles.
Vegueta is the oldest district of Las Palmas, where you will find the Catedral de Santa Ana de Canarias – St. Anne’s Cathedral. In addition to the distinctive building, tourists will find cobblestone streets, the 16th century St. Anne’s Square and statues of eight dogs cast in bronze. Interestingly, the statues are often referred to as “Los Perros de Santa Ana” (“The Dogs of Saint Anne”).
The resort of Maspalomas will appeal to anyone who loves desert landscapes. The dunes, which rise up to 15. meters, are the resort’s undisputed calling card, as well as an invitation to admire the rugged landscapes.
Puerto de Mogán
Idyllic, angelic, always sunny – this is how in a few words you can describe the village of Puerto de Mogán, which invites you to taste delicious seafood.
There’s one thing worth coming to Teror for – what for? Of course, for the cookies baked by the … nuns themselves. Unusual confectionery products are available to tourists at the Cistercian Monastery.
Flowers, flowers and more… flowers. Fataga is a town full of colorful plants that tempt you with their colors and fragrance from the doorstep.
Arucas is most popular with true lovers of strong drinks. Rum, as it is referred to here, is extracted at the Arehucas Rum Factory (Destilerías Arehucas) and served to impatient gourmets. Since Arucas isn’t famous for rum alone, be sure to also visit St. John the Baptist Church, famous for its paintings by Cristóbal Hernández de Quintana.
“The Rock of Mists,” as Roque Nublo is often referred to, is one of the world’s largest monolithic rocks of volcanic origin. Climbing it is quite a challenge, but also a great way to explore Gran Canaria and admire nature.
Barranco de Guayadeque
The Barranco de Guayadeque Gorge looks phenomenal at any time of the year. The most fun, however, is when the almond trees bloom in this area. It doesn’t stop there, however, as the entire landscape is complemented by orange spurs and, very interestingly, houses carved into the rock.
Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo
27 hectares – that’s the size of the Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo – a picturesque botanical garden full of palms, cacti and dracaenas. Its size is so impressive that it is worth reserving a few hours for an in-depth tour. It’s really worth it!
Pico de las Nieves
Do you like to climb peaks? Great for you! Pico de las Nieves – the highest peak in Gran Canaria – is recommended for all lovers of long hikes. There are several winding trails leading to the top, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes, a jacket and a supply of water.
San Bartolomé de Tirajana
Cherries, plums or… almonds – which delicacy do you choose? Rest assured! All these delicacies can be found in the small town of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, which tempts with its idyllic atmosphere.
The best resorts in Gran Canaria
Number one in Gran Canaria is undoubtedly the hot Maspalomas resort, which attracts attention with its spectacular dunes and beaches dreamed of for blissful relaxation. The resort provides guests with countless attractions, among which the most noteworthy are the luxurious golf courses, the gigantic Aqualand Maspalomas – a water park saturated with attractions for people of all ages, and an amusement park – Holidayworld Maspalomas Center.
Another advantage of Maspalomas is its fantastic location – the resort is located in the south of the island and tempts you with a hot atmosphere all year round. In January, you can expect as much as 18º Celsius here, which encourages you to pack your bags and come with the whole family. But the good news doesn’t end there, as Gran Canaria has much more to offer. So get to know the other resorts worthy of your attention.
Playa del Inglés
We continue to stay in Maspalomas, as Playa del Inglés is the eastern, waterfront part of the resort. This place will appeal most to nightlife enthusiasts and lovers of colorful drinks. You will ask why? Because the party here lasts until dawn.
We don’t move far and still stay in the Maspalomas area, precisely in San Agustín. Here, surrounded by beautiful beaches and cozy hotels, you can feel like you’re at the end of the world… I guess that’s a good thing, right? After all, that’s what we expect from a peaceful vacation.
Puerto de Mogán
Another southern gem is the fishing village of Puerto de Mogán, which is capable of calming even the most active tourist. Tranquility, idyllic atmosphere and the smell of sea delicacies are the main advantages of the town.
Elegance, pleasant leisure and luxury hotels all rolled into one – these are the greatest assets of Meloneras, a resort located right on the Atlantic Ocean. Additional amenities for guests are spacious golf courses, which provide equipment rental.
Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria
A vacation in Puerto Rico? Why not! The resort abounds in beautiful sandy beaches, so it is sometimes chosen by lovers of climatic destinations. The fact that the resort is conducive to active recreation (such as cycling and hiking) is also good news.
The last suggestion for spending time with family or friends is Playa Taurito – a Canarian gem that leaves behind beautiful memories. Taurito, without a doubt, impresses with its beaches and green corners and invites you to local tavernas and restaurants.
The best beaches in Gran Canaria
Relaxing on the beach is an integral part of a holiday by the big water. Do you like the feel of the sand on your heated skin? Then you’re in luck! Here’s a look at some of the hottest spots that are sure to appeal to you.
Playa de las Canteras
At the very beginning, we suggest a visit to the Playa de las Canteras beach famous for its golden sand. This is one of the tourists’ favourite spots and a must-see when visiting Las Palmas.
Playa de Tauro
Did you know that the sand found on Playa de Tauro was brought from the… Sahara itself? That’s right! The beach may not be the most popular, but it always has a loyal following.
Playa Anfi del Mar
Fine sand, exotic palm trees, azure water – these are a few words to describe Playa Anfi del Mar, a beach located in the south of Gran Canaria. The beach, although not very big, accommodates a large number of tourists and makes your holidays in the Canaries even more enjoyable.
Playa de Puerto Rico
The beach in the hot resort of Puerto Rico is the ideal place to relax with the whole family. The area encourages active recreation and guarantees unforgettable views. Water sports enthusiasts will have quite a lot to enjoy here.
Playa de San Agustín
Number 5 on the list of interesting beach destinations is Playa de San Agustín, which shows us the extraordinary power of the ocean. With plenty of space, a promenade at your fingertips and fantastic seafood restaurants, this is an incentive to stay longer.
Playa de Taurito
Playa de Taurito is slightly different from the other beaches located in Gran Canaria. Its greatest asset is the dark colour of the sand, which is reminiscent of volcanic landscapes. It is also worth a visit because of the large waves.
Playa de Mogán
Do you like visiting atmospheric towns and villages? One such place is Puerto de Mogán, a picturesque fishing village that houses the aforementioned Playa de Mogán. The beach is surrounded by plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, so you certainly won’t be able to complain of boredom.
Playa de Amadores
How about… looking at everything from above? An excellent idea! Playa de Amadores gives us the opportunity to do just that, plus it enchants us with its beautiful, fine sand. From the magnificent cliff, everything looks completely different….
Playa de Maspalomas
The proverbial icing on the cake is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island – Playa de Maspalomas. What usually attracts tourists to this area are the spectacular dunes, which leave you with extraordinary memories.