Best Things To Do in Gran Canaria, Spain

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Tourist attractions in Gran Canaria are plenty. From quaint picturesque towns to night clubs to pristine beaches to watersports to hiking to theme parks, there is something to do for everybody.  Here are some attractions you must include in your Gran Canaria trip:

  • Palmitos Park: Gran Canaria’s most popular family attraction, the Palmitos Park is a zoological and botanical park, a sub-tropical oasis featuring more than 200 species of birds, an aquarium, a butterfly house, a cacti garden, an orchid house, a Dolphinarium, a primates island and a lot more.
  • Playa De las Canteras: Situated between Santa Catalina and La Isleta, the district of Playa de las Canteras is Gran Canaria’s very first tourist spot. Here, you’ll find lots of hotels, restaurants, bars, offices, shops and a lot more. The most famous beach of Gran Caneria- the district’s namesake- the Playa de las Canteras beach is situated here.
  • Dunas de Maspalomas: A natural phenomenon, the Dunas de Maspalomas are sand dunes formed around the city’s beach.
  • Playa Del Ingles: Playa del Ingles is situated on the southernmost tip of Gran Canaria. It is sandwiched between Maspalomas and San Agustin. From apartment complexes and hotels to shopping streets, famous nightclubs, gay bars and a huge stretch of beach, this place is often called the party capital of the island.
  • Roque Nublo: Roque Nublo is a volcanic rock on the island of Gran Canaria. It is situated in the municipality of Tejeda. A must visit for trekkers and hikers.

Below we have a list of things to do in Gran Canaria and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Gran Canaria getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Gran Canaria with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Gran Canaria

Here is the list of things to do in Gran Canaria and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Puerto De Mogan

    4.6 (685 Votes)
    Puerto De Mogan

    Island, Water Body, Waterfront, View Point

    Puerto de Mogan is situated on the south-west coast of Gran Canaria and is the most picturesque resort on the island. Residents claim that the Puerto de Mogan weather is the best in the world! This is a pedestrianised (closed to vehicles, open to pedestrians) town of two-storey apartment buildings with roof terraces and small gardens bursting with bougainvillea, palm trees, bird-of-paradise flo...Read more
  2. Vital Suites Spa Centre

    Hotel, Entertainment, Spa

    The Vital Suites Residence, Health & Spa is a luxurious 4-star hotel in Playa del Ingles which offers unbeatable views of the dunes, the lighthouse and the nearby golf course of Maspalomas. The Spa at the hotel offers relaxing services. After your tour of Gran Canaria- trekking, shopping, partying and exploring, head over to this spa for a soothing massage.
  3. Holiday World Maspalomas

    Amusement Park, Water Body, Waterfront, Entertainment

    The Holiday World leisure complex in Maspalomas is popular with both, locals as well as tourists. It offers visitors a dizzying array of amusement options. It is the largest funfair on the Canary Islands and features exciting attractions such as the classic Ferris wheel, a rollercoaster, dodgems, shooting stalls, seal and parrot shows, skydrop, pony riding, a bowling alley, gaming arcades along...Read more
  4. Eiffel Bar

    4.6 (127 Votes)
    Eiffel Bar

    Bar, Winery, Entertainment

    To experience Gran Canarias’s nightlife, head over to the Eiffel Bar. It was opened in August 2011 and is situated in the very popular Yumbo Commercial Centre in the heart of Playa del Ingles. Along with great ambience, the place serves intoxicating drinks along with good finger food.
  5. Vegueta

    5 (465 Votes)

    Historical Site

    A historic district situated in the capital city of Las Palmas, everything about the bygone days can be found in Vegueta. The layout of the district has been the same for ages- narrow stone streets bordered with the patios of the oldest houses of the island. While in the district, check out the Plaza Santa Ana, the Casa Regental, the elegant 19th-century building of the Casas Consistoriales (To...Read more
  6. Calle Triana

    Entertainment, Shopping Center, Exhibition

    For shopping in Gran Canaria, head over to Calle Triana. It is the main shopping avenue in Gran Canaria and has everything, from high end brand boutiques to budget stores. And since it is an old district, it is a showcase of the city with several architectural stunning buildings. The street is a pedestrianised zone. 
  7. Jardin Botanico Canario Viera Y Clavijo

    Garden, Botanical Garden, Photo Gallery

    About 15 minutes southwest of the capital city of Gran Canaria lies the vast botanical garden Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo. It is Spain’s largest botanical garden encompassing 27 hectares. Famed botanist José de Viera y Clavjio (1731-1813) had a dream. It was to establish a botanic garden on Gran Canaria. However, this goal wasn't realized until more t...Read more
  8. Ingenio And Aguimes
    The town of Ingenio is a beautiful town situated in Gran Canaria. It is well known for its handicraft industry- namely its lace work, ceramics and pintadera (aboriginal painted symbols). While exploring this town, do pay the Town Hall and the Church of La Candelaria a visit. In the city centre, you can also visit the Casa del Reloj (Clock House). Visitors should also explore...Read more
  9. Casa-museo De Colon

    4.5 (335 Votes)
    Casa-museo De Colon


    The Casa de Colon (Columbus House) is one of Las Palmas’ most attractive buildings. With ornate doorways, beautiful latticed balconies, large courtyards and carved wooden ceilings, it is claimed that Christopher Columbus stayed here in 1492 while one of his ships was repaired. The house represents numerous aspects of the island’s architecture. This picturesque bu...Read more
  10. Pico De Las Nieves

    4.7 (399 Votes)
    Pico De Las Nieves

    Entertainment, Adventure, Sports Camp

    Pico de las Nieves is the highest point of the island of Gran Canaria and also its centre. At 1,949 metres, the spot is a paradise for trekkers and hikers. It is often much cooler after the climb up and it can get quite misty. But when the weather is good you’ll be able to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the island.
  11. Playa Del Ingles

    Hotel, Shopping Center

    Playa del Ingles is situated on the southernmost tip of Gran Canaria. It is sandwiched between Maspalomas and San Agustin. From apartment complexes and hotels to shopping streets, famous nightclubs, gay bars and a huge stretch of beach, this place is often called the party capital of the island. During the day, it is a family town, but come evening and the area turns into a wild party! Waterspo...Read more
  12. Museo De La Cueva

    Museum, Archaeological Site , Photo Gallery

    The Cueva Pintada Museum and Archaeological Reserve is actually an artificial cave dug out of the toba volcanic rock and whose walls are decorated with geometrical frieze motifs. The Cueva Pintada was discovered over a century ago and after more than 20 years of extensive archaeological excavation work, ruins were uncovered. Visitors can view remains of houses, wall paintings and get an idea of...Read more
  13. Corallium Spa At Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort

    Hotel, Restaurant, Spa, Resort

    The unique and innovative Corallium Spa is situated in the Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Spa & Casino, south of the island of Gran Canaria, Maspalomas. The spa has modern facilities and visitors can enjoy a complete hydrothermal circuit, specially designed to eliminate toxins, promote relaxation and harmony and strengthen the cardiovascular and immune systems. It also has a well equipped ...Read more
  14. Maspalomas Dunes


    Maspalomas Dunes, formed during the ice age, are one of Spain’s well-preserved treasures. Designated as a protected space, the sand dunes are spread over around 1,000 acres on the south coast of the island. You can walk around this impressive area to soak in all the natural beauty. As the dunes are located near the beach, you will also come across a couple of naturist areas along. If you ...Read more
  15. Aqualand Maspalomas

    3.7 (522 Votes)
    Aqualand Maspalomas

    Water Body, Waterfront, Water Park, Entertainment

    Aqualand Maspalomas is a waterpark situated in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria. Spread across 1, 30,000 sq. metres, it is the biggest water park on the island. It boasts of 33 slides, a Surf Beach, Congo River, Crazy Race, Kamikaze, Rapids, Aquamania, Twister, the exotic mini-park Polynesia, mini-golf and a lot more. A must with your family and friends.