Gran Canaries for the Adventurous and the Conservative

Gran Canaries

With many cheap Gran Canaria flights available from European cities, more and more tourists are flocking to this third-largest Canary Islands (after Tenerife and Fuerteventura). Whether you’re looking for water activities, hiking and cycling, or bus tours/guided tours; this is a top tourist destination every one of every age will enjoy. 

Here are some activities you can do while on holidays:

Hop-on Hop-off Tour

The capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is located in the north-east. One of the easiest ways to see the beautiful sights of this city is to board a hop-on and hop-off bus. If you go to the top of the open-top double-decker bus, you’ll see many attractions and landmarks. You can use the bus as many times as you like, giving you the chance to visit the attractions at your own time. Don’t miss the Las Palmas Cathedral which took 400 years to complete; you can enjoy a pigeon’s-eye view from its tower.

Adventure water sports and sunbathing

With sunshine all year round, tourists can enjoy different sports and adventures activities. The sport beaches are located predominately in the east coast. Why not try learning a new skill such as surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing, or scuba diving?

A visit to the area would not be complete without a walk along the promenade. If you’re strolling along the beaches in Maspalomas, keep a lookout for the 55-metres high old Lighthouse, which used to help guide steamboats travelling between Europe, Africa and America. With seven miles of beaches, you can also lay on the lounger all day and enjoy the sunshine.

Excursions and theme parks

Gran Canaria’s tropical mountains are home to 300 species of trees and plants. The most exciting way to explore the hidden beauty of this island is to go on a jeep safari tour. If you like to see animals close up, go on a dolphin-spotting excursion. A trip on a catamaran will be an unforgettable experience.

If you’re looking for an action-packed day, then Aqualand Maspalomas is a theme park for the whole family to enjoy. There is a mixture of water slides, of all different shapes and sizes. Don’t miss the Twin Racer Turbolance which is one of the biggest slides of Europe. There is also the Mini Park for you to explore, and Polynesia is aimed at smaller children.

Trekking and hiking

If you’re looking for a place to trek or hike; head to the Dunas de Maspalomas. This is a unique opportunity for you to trek through the rolling Sahara-style sand dunes of a desert by the sea. If you are looking to explore the flora and fauna of this island, then plan a visit to one of the two nature parks, Parque Natural de Tamadaba, and Parque Natural de Pilancones.

With varied activities, besides basking in the sun, for both the adventurous and the more conservative; Gran Canaria continues to lure tourists from all around the globe.

Image by Juan Del Pino used under the Creative Commons license

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