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Things to do in Gran Canaria

White sandy beaches and crystal clear waters await on this sunny island, with stunning hiking trails to boot.

Our most recommended things to do in Gran Canaria

Mogán: Las Palmas Submarine Tour

1. Mogán: Las Palmas Submarine Tour

Discover the seabed of Puerto de Mogán aboard the Golden Shark in a submarine tour. Explore the world beneath the waves and watch the maneuvers when diving and surfacing with TV screens available for each passenger. Reach depths of 25 meters without experiencing any change in pressure. Marvel at the incredible habitats and ecosystems of the Atlantic Ocean. Drift past shipwrecks on the sea floor and admire unique underwater formations. Enjoy a tour suitable for all and capture one-of-a-kind photos. At the end of your tour, you will disembark at the departure point.

Gran Canaria: Camel Ride in the Dunes of Maspalomas

2. Gran Canaria: Camel Ride in the Dunes of Maspalomas

Ride through the rolling dunes of Maspalomas on camelback and admire the unique landscape of Gran Canaria. Enjoy the support of your Sahawari guides during your 30-minute experience. Feel like a desert scout as you ride a gentle camel along the seemingly endless dunes of Maspalomas. The camels are fitted with comfortable 2-seater saddles, so you don’t need to ride on the hump. The ride on these gentle giants lasts for around 30 minutes and you’ll be accompanied by Saharawi guides. Enjoy this unique way to discover the desert landscapes of Gran Canaria. 

Gran Canaria: Poema del Mar Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Gran Canaria: Poema del Mar Skip-the-Line Ticket

Discover the secrets of the Blue Planet with a skip-the-line ticket to Poema del Mar. Journey across the five continents and learn about diverse species and habitats. Stroll through La Jungla which is home to goliath groupers, freshwater turtles, and crocodiles. See Nemo's world in the Beach Zone where the clownfish live.  The final stop is the Deep Sea, an area with the largest curved window in the world. Its 36-meter-wide by 7-meter-high windows are perfect for observing the sharks.

From Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Dolphin Watching Cruise

4. From Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Dolphin Watching Cruise

Head out on a journey from the Puerto Rico harbor to spot whales, dolphins, and other marine animals in their natural habitat in the Atlantic Ocean. Get up close to the animals from your glass-bottom boat with unlimited drinks. Sail along the southwest coast of the island in search of marine mammals and benefit from the services and expertise of the friendly multi-lingual crew. Get up-to-date information about the sightings and different species. Avail of a boat equipped with a large glass bottom in both keels to experience life below the ocean waves without getting wet. Encounter a great diversity of animals including pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, green turtles, and flying fish. 

Gran Canaria: Camel Ride Safari w/ Optional Food & Transport

5. Gran Canaria: Camel Ride Safari w/ Optional Food & Transport

Visit the Camel Safari Park in Maspalomas and take a camel ride through the 300-year-old Oasis of the 1,000 Palms. Visit and feed the camels. On this 4-hour program you’ll also explore the tropical gardens with your guide, and see a variety of fruit trees such as papaya, mango and guava. You’ll come across a variety of farm animals in this natural oasis that covers an area of 10,000 square meters, and have the opportunity to feed and interact with these friendly creatures. Afterwards, if option selected, you’ll enjoy a tapas meal in a museum-like setting that features displays of antique farm implements of the Canary Islands.

Gran Canaria Guided Buggy Tour

6. Gran Canaria Guided Buggy Tour

Discover Gran Canaria from a different perspective on a buggy drive along some of the island's adventurous roads. Marvel at the impressive natural landscapes of Fataga. The guided excursion starts by heading for the Ayagaures Valley. Drive to the Pedro Gonzales viewpoint for panoramic views. Get a breathtaking view of the Ayagaures Valley with its reservoir and surrounding mountains. Continue along unpaved roads to explore more exciting canyons. See the impressive mountains and charming villages in the south of Gran Canaria. Discover reservoirs and the Valley of Fataga. Go to some of the most beautiful observation points on Gran Canaria on an extensive 2-hour buggy ride through the imposing southern half of the island.

Gran Canaria: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Food and Drinks

7. Gran Canaria: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Food and Drinks

Cruise along the southwestern coastline of Gran Canaria on a luxury catamaran with hotel transfers from Las Palmas included. Relax in style and take in views of beaches, cliffs, and coves. Enjoy unlimited drinks and a buffet meal onboard. Take a speedboat to snorkel or join water sports activites. Set sail from Las Palmas and cruise along the coastline of Gran Canaria on a catamaran. Next, head out with the captain on a speedboat ride. Swim and snorkel with the gear provided, or take advantage of discounts on donut rides, or jet skiing and parasailing experiences. Savor a buffet meal prepared for you by the crew. Savor traditional potatoes served with mojo sauce, chicken meatballs, and a choice of salads and bread rolls. Enjoy unlimited beer, sangria, soft drinks, juice, coffee, and water from the onboard bar.

Fuerteventura: Dune Buggy Tour in Northern Fuerteventura

8. Fuerteventura: Dune Buggy Tour in Northern Fuerteventura

Enjoy an action-packed dune buggy ride in Fuerteventura. With your guide, head off-road to explore the island's rugged landscapes, including the otherworldly “Volcanic Area" of Villaverde. The tour starts from Corralejo and goes immediately to visit the Natural Park of the dunes where you will stop for a break to enjoy the place and its amazing views. From the dunes, move to Villaverde where the first part of the off-road starts, passing through the middle of the “Volcanic Area" until you arrive in Parque Holandés. After a short break, drive back to the "Volcanic Area," enjoying the beautiful landscape of this magical island.

Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Jetski Tour

9. Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Jetski Tour

Discover the Southwest Coast of Gran Canaria from a different perspective: On a jetski. Drive your own jetski as a monitor guides you from their boat, and feel the rush of wind exhilarate you as you whip across the water. Enjoy fast or slow speeds, breathtaking landscapes of the coastline, and a fun-filled day along the coast of the island. After all, you're at the helm. Marvel at marine creatures, including turtles, dolphins, and flying fish along your way.

Gran Canaria: Off-Road Jeep Safari

10. Gran Canaria: Off-Road Jeep Safari

Enjoy the captivating scenery of Gran Canaria on an off-road jeep adventure. Discover a mix of history and beautiful natural scenery as you explore sights like Salobre, Lake Chira, and Fataga by being driven off the beaten track. Get picked up from your accommodations and go off-road in a jeep from Salobre to Lake Chira. Take in the spectacular views of Roque Noblo as you embark on a thrilling drive. Marvel at the mountains, lakes, and dramatic scenery. Rest up with a coffee break in Tirajana and visit the town's historic church. Drive through the Valley of the Thousand Palms to the captivating village of Fataga. Feel the thrill of driving off-road as you explore Gran Canaria's exceptional natural landscape. Make a final stop at Mirador Las Moscas before benefitting from drop-off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Gran Canaria

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 11,346 reviews

Very nice experience. Simon, the guide, was very knowledgeable and friendly. He explained everything on the way about the island history, agriculture and traditions. We made quite a few stops to enjoy the stunning views. In my opinion there were long enough to take pictures and absorb the beauty of it as well. Had a lovely experience to the local market where we tasted the local nuts, cheeses and drink and you can also buy them at a decent price if you want a good quality product. Had lunch at a nice restaurant, but that was optional, if not you can explore the area for one hour. Last stop was the aloe vera plantation were the owner explained to us how they look after the plant and how they process it. We tested the products and had a choice to buy them as well. Some were pricey but not mandatory to buy. Overall it is a worthy experience. I recommend it 100% if you want to see the mountain side of the island. It is breathtaking

Empfehlenswerter Ausflug, um Gran Canaria jenseits der Küste kennenzulernen. Verschiedene Stopps auf dem Weg zu den höchsten Punkten der Insel. Aussicht auf tiefe Täler und Schluchten. Auf dem Rückweg Aufenthalt in Teror, einem der hübschesten Orte auf der Insel.

Horses are allocated according to level of experience, which is reassuring for novices. The walk was very nice and with the sunset in the mountains at the end of the day. The instructors are at the top and the horses are very well cared for. To recommend

We had a lovely time, our guide was friendly, kind and explained curiosities about the island! We absolutely recommend the tour! (and will try out other tours organized by the same agent)

The experience was amazing! We couldn’t believe the amount of fish that were so close to the beach. The guide was really good too. 100% recommend!