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3 Days in Gran Canaria: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2014

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You might have heard the old chestnut about Gran Canaria being like a 'continent in miniature'. Well, it’s not far from the truth. The third-largest island of the Canaries, Gran Canaria’s startling range of terrain - fertile north, arid interior, desert south – and its multiple attractions combine to make this one diverse destination.

Get ready for sun-drenched beaches, a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, and endless outdoor activities. From its vibrant colonial capital Las Palmas to its rugged interior, Gran Canaria has a lot more going for it than package resorts.

Day 1: City Bustle and Beachside Bliss

You’ll never be bored in busy, happening Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Historic Barrio Vegueta provides a glimpse into Spain’s illustrious past, as does Christopher Colombus’ House with its fascinating museum. Bars and restaurants abound here too. Shop til you drop, stroll Ciudad Jardin’s leafy streets, then wind down with sun, surf and golden sands at Playa de las Canteras.

Day 2: Inland Surprises

Seemingly light-years from the hedonistic coastal resorts, Gran Canaria’s mountainous interior makes for a wonderful day trip. Ingenio is known for its ceramics and embroidery, while Agüimes boasts a delightful old center. Further north, Tafira’s botanical garden is a popular stop; nearby is Caldera de Bandama, a huge volcanic crater with spectacular views. The wild terrain around Cruz de Tejeda is dotted with jagged ravines, cute villages and snaking roads.

Day 3: Water and Westerns

You’re on an island, surrounded by water…time to mingle with the local aquatic population! Why not take a dolphin-spotting cruise in a glass-bottomed boat off the coast of Puerto Rico, or an underwater tour leaving from the pretty resort town of Puerto de Mogán? You might even meet some finned friends while windsurfing off the southeast coast! Prefer your adventures on firm ground? Indulge your Spaghetti Western fantasies at the surreal Sioux City Theme Park, or go horseback riding through the lush countryside of Salobre.

Tours & Tickets

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Northern Gran Canaria Tour from Las Palmas

See some of the highlights of northern Gran Canaria on a 5-hour tour from Las Palmas! With an expert local guide, travel to the charming village of Teror for a ...  Read more

Location: Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.32

Vegueta Walking Tour Including Canarian Tapas

Explore Vegueta, Las Palmas’ charming Old Town, on a 1-hour walking tour with tapas included! With a friendly local guide, work your way around the historical ...  Read more

Location: Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.29

Gran Canaria Shore Excursion: Las Palmas Card

When your cruise ship docks at Las Palmas, head into town to sightsee independently with the Las Palmas Card! Enjoy free entry to top Las Palmas attractions ...  Read more

Location: Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $40.69
$44.90 Save $4.21

Las Palmas Card

Explore the Canary Islands' largest city with the Las Palmas Card, and sightsee independently, enjoying free entry to top attractions and discounts in bars, ...  Read more

Location: Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $40.69
$44.90 Save $4.21

Papagayo Beach Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

Kick back and relax on a luxurious catamaran cruise to the waters around Lanzarote’s Papagayo beach at Los Ajaches Nature Reserve, and enjoy free time to soak ...  Read more

Location: Lanzarote, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.78

Lanzarote Gems and La Graciosa Island Tour

Visit little-known Lanzarote gems and the gorgeous island of La Graciosa, where idyllic coastal scenery awaits! The full-day tour starts with an excursion to ...  Read more

Location: Lanzarote, Spain
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.08

Northern Lanzarote Day Trip

Spend a day exploring northern Lanzarote and escape the well-trodden tourist trails of the island’s south! With a friendly local guide, discover the island’s ...  Read more

Location: Lanzarote, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.32

Lanzarote Surfing Experience at Famara Beach

Surf the waves of Lanzarote’s stunning northwestern coast on a surfing experience that includes a 4.5-hour lesson, beach picnic, equipment hire and transport ...  Read more

Location: Lanzarote, Spain
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.12

Volcan Grill in Lanzarote

Discover Lanzarote’s wild side on an evening tour of Timanfaya National Park with an alfresco BBQ dinner, cooked using the area’s natural volcanic heat. A ...  Read more

Location: Lanzarote, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.98

Wild West Ranch Dinner and Entertainment in Lanzarote

Revel in Wild West–style fun with dinner and hours of entertainment at a ranch restaurant in Lanzarote! A laughter-filled evening out for all the family, the ...  Read more

Location: Lanzarote, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.33

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