Gran Canaria has several fun attractions and beautiful sights. We made an overview of the best and most famous sights.
The most beautiful sight of Gran Canaria are not in the south nearby Playa del Ingles or Maspalomas. However, a day out using own transport is definitely worth the effort. Many people keep their entire journey to the south and therefore unfortunately do not see how beautiful and green the island is. Here are some suggestions for tours that are great to make. Do not forget to bring warm clothes if you travel inland!
Attractions in the South
Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas in the neighborhood you will find it several theme parks and adventure activities, like:
- Palmitos Park
- Sioux City
- Holiday World
Most boat excursions, diving and fishing excursions and watersports are from Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogan. In the harbor of Puerto Rico you can get your tickets to whatever boatexcursion or watersport you like.
This 60 meter high basalt monolith stands atop a mountain of 1,700 meters. You may well combine a visit to Roque Nublo with a visit to Pico de las Nieves. Do not forget to take along a sweater or windproof jacket when visiting this monolith.
Pico / Pozo de las Nieves
The highest mountain (1949 meters) on Gran Canaria. Here it´s often cold and foggy and sometimes there is even snow. Directions: From Puerto de Mogan thrue Mogan (GC505). Keep direction Ayacata (GC605). The signs will tell you how to go further. Drive back through Ingenio.
Cruz de Tejeda
This popular attraction, Cruz de Tejeda, is the geographic center of Gran Canaria. You will find a stone cross here, where it is all about. Near the cross you will find a number of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and local specialties. A man with a donkey also comes as standard in the scene, here the children can take a ride on the donkey.
Dedo de Dios
Dedo de Dios in Agaete, The finger of God. Unfortunately demolished during the "Delta" storm in November 2005. From the port of Agaete one sees well that the upper part, the finger is broken.
Barranco de Guayadeque, Ingenio
Driving through Barranco de Guayadeque you can see some cave dwellings and the 'Centro de Interpretacion the Guayadeque', an information center on the lives of the cave residents. It is definitely worth visiting this usually pretty green oasis. At the end you will find this particular restaurant, Tagoror, which is carved out of a cave. This is also a nice place to have a lunch. They serve all the typical Canarian dishes.
Rum Factory in Arucas
Arucas is best known for its cathedral and the Arehucas rum factory which was built there in 1884. The rum factory, you can get a free guided tour and then you can of course taste and buy rum. You can see the stored barrels with signatures of famous people. www.arehucas.es
Paseo de Gran Canaria, Firgas
Firgas is best known for its production of mineral water. In 1988 Firgas existed 500 years. To celebrate this Paseo de Gran Canaria was built, a huge artificial waterfall that goes down more than 30 meters. Along the waterfall you see painted landscapes and historic symbols of Gran Canaria. At the top of the Paseo you will find seven painted tile panels showing a detailed map in 3D of all the Canary Islands.
Caldera de Bandama
The volcanic crater/caldera Caldera de Bandama is definitely worth a visit. It has a diameter of 1,000 meters and a depth of 200 meters. In the caldera three municipalities come together: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Brígida and Telde. A Caldera is formed when the top of a volcano collapse into the magma chamber. The higher edge of the Caldera is called Pico the Bandama. The Mirador de Bandama lookout point gives a magnificent view over Las Palmas and the center of the island.
Reservoir lakes and dams
In the inland of Gran Canaria there are various reservoirs. The 2 most famous and beautiful are Embalse de Soria and Presa de las Niñas. The reservoirs are not always completely filled, this is of course dependent on the amount of rain that has fallen. An "embalse" is a reservoir and a "presa" is a dam.
Fuente de los Azulejos
Fuente de los Azulejos. A striking piece of rock that has a green blue and reddish color by mineral salts. The daylight / sun can make the colors more or less clear, depending on the time of the day and the weather.