I would not say that Gran Canaria is a radically non-standard vacation. But, given that the majority of tourists (especially Russian-speaking) thinks of the Canary Islands as only Tenerife island, neighboring Gran Canaria really seems to be something out of the ordinary.
I’m in love with this island! It is amazingly beautiful, there are not many tourists here, it is not long to fly here. AND! Attention! In Gran Canaria, in February you can calmly sunbathe on the beach in a swimsuit. True, in the evening you will have to put on a sweater and a jacket, and the water will remain cold until April. Although this does not stop surfers who conquer gorgeous waves all year round.
Top-9 places to visit in Gran Canaria
1. Promenade Las canteras
Let’s start with my favorite place on the island. Las Canteras Promenade is the most beautiful place in Las Palmas. Here is a long promenade, a beautiful beach with waves, cafes with ocean views. Here I experienced a delicious breakfast with the best view of my life. More precisely, I had this kind of breakfast every morning.
This is where you have to stay. By the way, an apartment on Airbnb a block from the beach cost us about 250 euros per week.
So it was about the city, now let’s travel around the island.
When we took the car to go around the island, I wrote out a list of the most interesting places from the Internet. In fact, it turned out that the views and places that we saw on the way to the places in the list turned out to be much cooler. I’ll say right away that the island of Gran Canaria is an amazing place. There is a volcano, black sand beaches, a beach with waves, sand dunes and mountains.
In this list I will try to indicate the best places on the island, but on the way to each of them you will groan and gasp and stop at numerous viewing platforms. Attention, the roads on the island are a picturesque but most of the time you will drive along single-lane serpentines.
Look, the whole travel plan around the island will look like the one in the photo. But in fact, to travel around all these places and enjoy you will need at least 3 days.
Agaete is a small village with white houses. Absolutely uninteresting place, if not for the view of the ocean, mountains, marina and beach of black sand. Anyway, you have to pass Agaete on the way to the next attraction.
3. Natural Tamadaba Park
This is a nature reserve. Head from Agayeta to the Mirador Del Balcon. On the way there will be very beautiful views, serpentine and valleys.
4. Mirador del Balcon
This is a viewpoint made in the form of a balcony. It is located right on a cliff overlooking the ocean. There are several parking spaces near the balcony.
5. Roque Nublo
Roque Nublo — 80-meter rock of volcanic origin. It is also called “rock in the clouds.”
How to Get to Roque Nublo? – Everything is simple. Tap the Roque Nublo in the car navigator and it will lead you to the parking lot. After that, you need to walk 30 minutes (1.5 km) along the path.
6. La Ventana del Nublo
In my opinion this is the most beautiful place in mountains. The hole in the rock looks like a window through which Roque Nublo rock is visible.
How to Get to La Ventana del Nublo? You need to get to Los Llanos de la Pez (by car). This is a camping site, and from there there is a 3 km path in the forest to Ventana Del Nublo.
The descent from the mountains to the dunes of Maspalomas is already fascinating. You can see the sand strip on the first photo.
By the way, there is a public bus that goes from Las Palmas to Maspalomas.
Maspalomas is a place with sand dunes, a kind of Canary Sahara. Gran Canaria is geographically situated opposite the Sahara Desert. It was from there that the wind brought sand to the Canaries. The highlight of the dunes can be called the fact that they are constantly in motion, depending on the wind and weather. So in different months, at different points in the park, there are more or less dunes. Climbing the dunes is a great adventure.
8. Mirador del Pico de Los Pozos de Las Nieve
This is the highest point of the island. Height – 1950 m. Very often the site is in the clouds, like the tops of the mountains.
How to Get To Mirador del Pico de Los Pozos de Las Nieve? Very simple. Hammer Mirador del Pico de Los Pozos in the navigator, leave your car in the parking lot and walk 1.5 km through the pine forest.
9. Caldera de Bandama
Caldera de Bandama is the crater of an ancient volcano. Its age is 5000 years. And this is the largest volcano on the island. You can go down to the crater, there are several hiking trails. Previously, grapes were grown directly in the crater, so when you walk you will see caves with storing grain and grapes.
You can see the Caldera Bandama from above, from the top of the Pico de Bandama. The municipality of Santa Brigida has developed a special walking route for tourists who want to get to know the crater closer.
How to get to Caldera de Bandama? It can be reached by bus. A bus number 311 runs from Las Palmas to the volcano. If you are traveling by car, you need to put in the navigator “Caldera de Bandama”, leave the car in the parking lot and follow the signs.
Where to rent a car in Gran Canaria?
In the Canaries there are two local companies with inexpensive car rentals: Cicar and Cabrera Medina. A car (automatic) with full insurance cost us 30 euros per day. This despite the fact that the driver (me) was only 22 years old. Typically, companies ask to pay extra if you are under 25.
Top-6 restaurants where to eat in Las Palmas.
I have already said that the best place in the city is Las Canteras promenade. Here you can have breakfast with an ocean view, taste the delicious paella with an ocean view and have dinner with an ocean view. On the promenade and near it there are many good restaurants. here are 6 of them.
1.Panaderia Del Real и Panaderia Granier. These are two bakeries with a common wall. Both have delicious coffee, rolls and desserts. And most importantly – the view. The tables are located right on the promenade with stunning views of the sandy beach and the ocean.
Adress: Paseo las Canteras, 12.
2. Casa Chen. You have to go here if you want to eat a lot for little money. Casa Chen is an Asian buffet. The assortment of different types of noodles, rice, sushi, shrimp and other seafood. Eat as much as you want for 7 euros. But, you still need to buy a drink.
Adress: Paseo las Canteras, 27.
3. Ristorante Pizzería Al Maccaroni. The best Italian restaurant. But be ready to wait, as everything happens too slowly.
Adress: Paseo las Canteras, 12.
4. El Tipico. Here they cook a very tasty paella. There are great price offers during lunch. Although Paella in Gran Canaria is always delicious.
Adress: Paseo las Canteras, 19.
5. Heladeria Pena La Vieja. A shop with delicious Italian ice cream. Located right on the waterfront. On warm days, the line to the shop covers the entire promenade.
Adress: 50, Paseo las Canteras, 48.
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