Experience Gran Canaria: the main attractions of the island

From the oldest district of the island’s capital, Las Palmas, to the most beautiful mountain village, from the dunes of Maspalomas to the gigantic volcanic crater: it is not only the beaches that attract visitors on holiday in Gran Canaria, but also the places of interest. We have the most important highlights for planning your vacation and the most beautiful stops in Gran Canaria.

The dunes of Maspalomas

The highlight of Gran Canaria rises for miles and mountains in the south of the island: the “Dunas de Maspalomas” stretch between Playa del Inglés and the Maspalomas lighthouse over a length of six kilometers and a width of one to two kilometers.

The dunes can not only be admired, but also walked.

The area with its gigantic dunes looks like a mini desert directly on the sea, although you can only see the water when you are on a dune. The dunes were formed over millions of years by winds that repeatedly brought sand from Africa.

La Vegueta in Las Palmas

On vacation, people love to be on the beach and avoid the cities, but in Gran Canaria it is worth taking a day trip to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, more precisely: in the neighborhood of La Vegueta. This is the oldest part of the city, as this is where Las Palmas was founded in 1478.

Las Palmas was founded in 1478 in the La Vegueta district.

The historic district is perfect for strolling: stroll through winding streets, past noble palaces, museums and art galleries, and then to the lively Plaza de Santa Ana and Catedral de Las Palmas. The Casa de Colón in Plaza de Colombus is particularly exciting: Christopher Columbus is said to have lived in this former governor’s house while one of his ships was being repaired.

The Roque Nublo

Gran Canaria’s landmark is 65 meters high and proudly towers 1813 meters high in the sky. The Roque Nublo basalt rock is known as “cloud rock” and was once highly revered by the natives of the Canary Islands. They had built a place of worship here, where they offered sacrifices to the sun god.

Roque Nublo was once revered by the natives of the Canary Islands.

The best way to get close to the island’s landmark is on foot – a two and a half hour hike leads through the Monumento Natural del Roque Nublo nature reserve to the sacred mountain. The reward is a gigantic view over much of Gran Canaria and even as far as Tenerife!

The “Little Venice” Puerto de Mogan

There are numerous pretty villages in Gran Canaria, one of the most beautiful is located in the southwest of the island and is nicknamed “Little Venice”. Because the old fishing village of Puerto de Mogan is known for its countless canals, over which as many small bridges lead.

The old fishing village of Puerto de Mogan is known for its countless canals.

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The nickname is very fitting. Throughout the village, water flows under the whitewashed houses with flower-adorned balconies, narrow, winding streets, and many historic fishermen’s houses.

The green Valle de Agaete

Surrounded by high cliffs, the Valle de Agaete is located in the northwest of Gran Canaria, at the foot of Mount Tamadaba. As the valley is therefore well protected, a variety of subtropical and tropical fruits and plants thrive here. Tomatoes, citrus fruits, coffee, mangoes and papayas are grown.

A variety of subtropical and tropical fruits and plants thrive in the Agaete Valley.

The coast of the municipality is home to some of the most popular beaches on the north coast. The most visited is that of Las Nieves. Agaete was once a place rich in history and important for sailing to Las Palmas and Tenerife. Today you can take the fast ferry to Tenerife in an hour or eat fresh fish in one of the restaurants.

The almond village of Tejeda

At an altitude of 1050 meters, surrounded by gorges and rocky outcrops, is Tejeda, considered one of the most beautiful villages in the Canary Islands and even in all of Spain. This is due not only to the location in the mountains, but also to what grows here: the almond trees. Each spring the valley transforms into a pink and white sea of ​​almond blossoms.