Gran Canaria is the third-largest island in the Canaries archipelago and was discovered in 999AD, by navigator Ibn Farrukh who introduced the famous plant Aloe Vera to its shores. A mini-continent is perhaps the best word to describe the diversity of landscapes in Gran Canaria; ranging from the green and fertile north, a mountainous interior and the desert in the south. This along with more than 80 beaches on the island, how could you not have fun, adventures in the sun and sand with private guided tours Gran Canaria.
Gran Canaria has much more to offer than its beautiful beaches and on a Gran Canaria sightseeing tour, you will discover stunning landscapes and the city’s full of fun experiences and exciting activities. Gran Canaria is a fantastic family destination where every day you will have an unforgettable experience.
You will enjoy adventures galore when you take a trek around Gran Canaria’s volcanic hotspot, The Caldera de Bandama on a Gran Canaria private hiking tour. As you look down on this amazing crater beneath your feet, you can truly respect how the earth’s landscapes constantly change.
For adrenaline junkies, there are many water sports including scuba diving, paragliding and how about coast steering where you will partake in abseiling, zip-lining, rappelling, jumping and swimming through multiple obstacles. Read More...
Enjoy the Hustle With a Customized Private Gran Canaria Carnival Tour
The biggest event of the calendar year is the Carnival which is an amazing colourful street parade and where the Drag Queens shine, the Carnival Queens show off. The main event takes place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, however, several other municipalities hold their own festivities. Visit them all on a private customized Gran Canaria tour. The carnival usually runs between mid-February to mid-March.
For all you movie fans you will discover that many film scenes have been shot in Gran Canaria. Maspalomas dunes have appeared in numerous Spaghetti Westerns, Confital Bay just north of Las Palmas city featured in the 1960's classic Moby Dick and who can forget the epic bridge scenes in Fast & Furious 6: filmed on the north coast Puente de Silva bridge. Enjoy a camel trek through the enormous expanse of sand dunes in Maspalomas and envisage what it was like in the days of Lawrence of Arabia whilst experiencing what life was like as a true nomad.
Finally, no visit to the island would be complete without taking a Gran Canaria boat tour. Not only will you enjoy the fantastic views and stop for a swim but you will also encounter dolphins and porpoises and if you are really lucky you may get to do a bit of whale watching.
Top 10 Things to Do in Gran Canaria
Take a guided Grand Canaria hiking tour through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and view the fantastic west and centre landscapes of the island. You will arrive at the base of Roque Nublo; the main attraction of the hike and which is located 1813 metres above sea level. You can imagine how Neil Armstrong must have felt when he first walked on the moon as you witness this vast lunar-like scene.
Cueva Pintada Museum
One of the most important archaeological sites dating back to pre-Hispanic times you will walk along an elevated walkway while looking down on this marvellous historic site. The paintings provide a fascinating insight into the symbolism used by aboriginal people before European colonization. A Gran Canaria sightseeing tour to this site takes you on a journey to the islands distant past with 3D technology and an itinerary explaining about the archaeological remains of this ancient site.
Watch the cowboys drive the cattle through the streets, bandit’s blow-up and rob banks or have a drink with the Sheriff in the saloon. Yee-haw along with the kids on a Gran Canaria guided sightseeing tour to Sioux City which was created in 1971 as a film set. The entertainment here never stops with cowboy lassoing shows and knife throwing. Visit the Film and Lee Van Cleef Museum, the Weapons Museum and get up close to many animals, including the bison and the American cow.
Casa-Museo de Colon
If you want to see a prime example of Canarian architecture, this impressive palace is a must-see. It is said that Christopher Columbus stayed here, and this fascinating museum documents Columbus’ voyages. There are 13 exhibition rooms, and as you follow the journey of this famous navigator, you will also get the chance to enter a replica of a cabin in the La Nina which was one of the three Spanish ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage to the West Indies in 1492.
Sup Arucas Rum
Given that Gran Canaria has had five centuries of sugar cane cultivation, it was inevitable that this would lead to the creation of rum. Learn the process as the rum matures overtime before finally ending up in a bottle. You will have a very, very merry time sampling the many flavours and you will find that numerous celebrities have left their autographs on several of the large casks.
Vequeta Old Town
Take a step back in time as you wander around the cobbled streets where you cannot fail to miss the Santa Ana Cathedral. From the top of the towers, you will witness a fantastic 3600 view of Las Palmas. Stroll through the town squares and visit the museums, and on a Sunday go to the market, which is a perfect place to get souvenirs and to taste the local products Las Palmas is proud of.
Temisas Astronomic Observatory
Gran Canaria is one of the best places in Europe from which to see the stars and on a Gran Canaria star gazing tour you will never forget this unique experience. Due to its location, you will witness remarkable views of constellations found in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Temisas Astronomic Observatory offers educational night walks, laser-guided stargazing and observation of celestial bodies from the telescope dome.
Playa del Ingles
This purpose-built resort is excellent for those looking for a destination with lots of facilities and attractions as well as a beautiful sandy beach. Indulge in cheap souvenir shopping and remember to haggle for a better price. The Plaza Maspalomas has a market every Wednesday and Saturday. If you enjoy a different activity every day, then this is the resort for you.
Palmitos Zoological Park
Located in a natural ravine, this superb zoo and Botanical Park is immersed in a natural ravine. Enjoy Palmitos Park’s impressive shows, particularly those of the dolphins, exotic birds and birds of prey. The park has a garden which hosts many species of Orchids, Cactus’s and there is also a beautiful house of butterflies. There are special feeding times every day, allowing for great photograph opportunities.
Puerto de Mogan
This quaint fishing town has often been referred to as “Little Venice” due to its many canals. On a private guided tour Gran Canaria you will be taken around the town with its many gift shops, and you will also visit the harbour which is famous for its architectural style and multi-coloured bougainvillaea plants. You can enjoy the beach and experience a unique adventure in a yellow submarine which takes you 20 metres under the sea.
Travel Tips for Gran Canaria
Best Time To Visit Gran Canaria
In Gran Canaria temperatures vary according to altitude; however, the subtropical climate ensures that the island is mostly sunny all year round with very little rain. In the north which receives a moderate amount of rain, you can visit beautiful green villages and enjoy the views from Tamadaba Natural Park with a customized guided tour. With never-ending sunshine, the south of the island offers plenty of beaches and plenty of activities to enjoy.
Typical Costs in Gran Canaria
There are of course different ranges in prices and standards for many restaurants and hotels, so check the menu boards and book your hotel and tours in advance. A typical meal for two should cost between 30-35 Euro. Alcohol is cheap, but soft drinks can be expensive.
Know Before Visiting Gran Canaria
As there are so many activities and fascinating places to visit, please do your research before you go. You will find many types of guided, customised and private tours on our website to help you decide. Gran Canaria is known to be one of the safest islands to visit; however, keep your passports and money safe, especially as in certain places, the nightlife can be a little wild.
Weather in Gran Canaria
There’s a substantial weather difference between the north and the south of Gran Canaria. Many people have remarked that the weather is like an everlasting spring with the average temperatures between 25 - 30C although it has been known to rise to over 40 degrees at times.