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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.

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Fuerteventura Day Trip from Lanzarote

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Experience beautiful Fuerteventura on a day trip from Lanzarote! Twice the size of its busier neighbor, this captivating island is all ancient volcanoes, ...  Read more

Location: Lanzarote, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.28

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 $80.83

Northern Gran Canaria Tour from Las Palmas

See some of the highlights of northern Gran Canaria on a 7.5-hour tour from Las Palmas! With an expert local guide, travel to the charming village of Teror for ...  Read more

Location: Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $64.39

Loro Parque Admission Ticket with Round-Trip Transport

Head to Tenerife’s popular animal kingdom at Loro Parque and enjoy a day of adventure and fun for all the family! After traveling to the site by ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $67.13

Southern Lanzarote Day Trip

Get up close and personal to the magical landscapes of southern Lanzarote on an action-packed half-day or full-day tour. Both options include a tour of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $27.40

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 $58.91

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 $38.36

Lanzarote Off-Road Buggy Tour

Ride a buggy across the volcanic landscapes and beaches of Lanzarote on this adrenaline-pumping adventure! Feel the breeze on your face as you head off-road ...  Read more

Location: Lanzarote, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $34.25

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 $76.72

Mt Teide Volcano Tour by Night

See a sunset and the stars from Tenerife’s Mount Teide, on a 4.5-hour evening tour from southern Tenerife! The dormant volcano — Spain’s tallest — lies at the ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $102.75

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