Gran Canaria has something for everyone – literally. This might be the third largest island in the Canary Islands, but it also has the nickname of the ‘Miniature Continent’ because it has pretty much every climate and every landscape you might imagine. If that doesn’t make you want to visit on the P&O Ventura, don’t worry – there are plenty of other things you can do and reasons to go. Read on for a useful travel guide to Gran Canaria so you can make the most of your time there.
A Real Paradise
Gran Canaria is a paradise for nature lovers, and the best place to start your adventure is by exploring the iconic Maspalomas Dunes, a vast expanse of golden sand dunes that stretch along the southern coast. These surreal landscapes offer a unique opportunity for relaxation and exploration – that’s not something you’ll find everywhere. Don’t miss the chance to witness the spectacular sunset over the dunes, which is a truly magical experience.
Next, take a trip to the very heart of the island and explore the gorgeous Caldera de Bandama, a volcanic crater with breathtaking views for as far as the eye can see. This is especially great for hiking enthusiasts will love the stunning landscapes of Roque Nublo and the Barranco de Guayadeque, which offer fantastic trails and picturesque views of the island.
Gran Canaria has over 60 kilometers of pristine coastline, with a wide range of stunning beaches to suit every taste, no matter what you’re looking for. Take Playa de las Canteras, located in the vibrant capital city of Las Palmas, for example; this is a must-visit beach for sun-seekers and those who just want to chill out. This beach is well-known for its crystal clear waters, golden sand, and promenade lined with bars and restaurants. You could easily spend all day and night in this area.
For a more secluded experience, head to the picturesque fishing village of Puerto de Mogán. Known as ‘Little Venice’ due to its canals and bright blooming flowers, this gorgeous spot offers a quiet beach and a harbour lined with colourful buildings. It’s quite a contrast, but just as lovely.
When you visit a new place, it’s a good idea to learn as much about the culture and history as you can, and when you’re in Gran Canaria, you can do just that by visiting the historic district of Vegueta in Las Palmas. When you arrive, you can walk along cobblestone streets and admire the stunning colonial architecture, before heading to the impressive Cathedral of Santa Ana.
On top of this, no trip to Gran Canaria would be complete without exploring the fascinating indigenous Guanche heritage. To do this, you should go to the Cueva Pintada Museum in Gáldar which showcases ancient cave paintings, providing a glimpse into the island’s pre-Hispanic past. Make a day of your history hunting because there is just so much of it; you don’t want to run out of time.
Gran Canaria’s culinary scene is a fusion of traditional Spanish flavors and African influences, resulting in a unique and mouthwatering cuisine that you just have to try. Indulge in local specialties such as papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes!), fresh fish dishes, and the famous Mojo sauce. Of course, you’ll want to pair your meal with a glass of superb Canarian wine, known for its distinctive volcanic flavours; you really won’t have tasted anything like it before.