Top Sights in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

From the dune landscape to the green nature park: Gran Canaria is like a world on just one island. Here are our tips for the best things to do in Gran Canaria.

#1 Las Palmas : The capital of the island with many shops, restaurants and lively nightlife. Culture lovers will also find what they are looking for.

#2 Dunes of Maspalomas : Huge landscape of dunes in front of crystal clear water. There is hardly a better place for stargazing and swimming. By the way, also for taking photos .

#3 Caldera de Bandama : A volcanic crater with a height of 547 meters. Those who hike up here will be rewarded with a great panorama over the island.

#4 Cuevas Bermejas : Village with the traditional living caves of the natives, in which some locals still live today.

#5 Roque Nublo : Gigantic rock that rises lonely and huge into the sky. The symbol of Gran Canaria.

You can find even more Gran Canaria tips for the most beautiful sights on the island here:

The 22 most beautiful sights on Gran Canaria

The dunes of Maspalomas are the highlight of Gran Canaria

The best tours and excursions in Gran Canaria

A guided tour is always worthwhile. Your local guide knows much more interesting information about Gran Canaria than any travel guide and you don’t have to worry about anything organizationally. So here are our Gran Canaria tips for 5 great tours:

Private Coastal Island Tour : On this tour, you’ll have your guide all to yourself. You circle the island along the coast and see all Gran Canaria highlights.

Group tour from Las Palmas : In a small group, your local guide will take you to selected sights on Gran Canaria.

Sailing trip from Puerto de Mogán : Discover the most beautiful beaches on Gran Canaria’s south coast from a sailing ship. You might even see dolphins or turtles.

E-Bike Tour in Maspalomas with Tapas : Explore the famous dunes of Maspalomas by e-bike and enjoy delicious Spanish tapas on the beach at sunset.

Buggy tour of Fataga : Do you like adrenaline? Then you will like this buggy tour through craters and over dirt roads. And you can also see a lot of the island.

Our hotel tips for Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria has great hotels for every type of traveller. Here are our Tenerife hotel tips for every budget.

hotel price category For booking
Casa Boissier Good & cheap This way
Casa Doramas Good & cheap This way
Embematico see XVI Better This way
Hotel Algadar Better This way
Seaside Hotel luxury This way
Veintiuno luxury This way

Best travel time for Gran Canaria

On Gran Canaria there is a pleasantly warm climate all year round – here you can escape the German sleet weather.

For a beach holiday, we particularly recommend the summer months between May and August, as it gets a bit cooler in winter when it is windy and in the evening. With a cozy sweater you are still well prepared even then.

If you fly to Gran Canaria to surf, you should do it in the winter months. Then it drives a lot of power and beautiful waves across the ocean to the islands. As a beginner, this is not so relevant yet, on the contrary, the gentle summer waves are perfect for practicing.

Beach holidays like at Playa del Inglés are possible at almost any time of the year

Travel budget for your Gran Canaria vacation

According to, Gran Canaria prices are similar to mainland Spain . You can get a double room in a good hotel from around 70 euros a night, and dinner in a restaurant costs around 10-15 euros per person.

For a destination with so much sun and so many sights, definitely good prices .

Our tips for travel guides about Gran Canaria

You want more Gran Canaria tips? Of course, you can never prepare well enough. Then here are our tips for the best Gran Canaria travel guides:

To the Gran Canaria Travel Guide MM Verlag
On 288 pages, you will find out everything about the most important Gran Canaria sights in this Gran Canaria travel guide from Michael Müller Verlag. If you like getting out into nature, you’ll love the guide, as the books in this series are typically more nature-oriented.

To the travel know-how InselTrip Gran Canaria
Not much space left in your suitcase? Then we can recommend this compact variant. With 144 pages, it also fits in hand luggage. The Reise Know-How books are very well-established travel guides and you can’t go wrong with one of these books.

Do you have any more Gran Canaria travel tips?

These were our tips for your holiday on Gran Canaria. Have you ever been to the island yourself? What did you like best and do you have another tip that should not be missing here? Let us know in the comments, we’re super excited!

The dunes of Maspalomas

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