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3 Days in Gran Canaria: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, February 2015

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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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Southern Lanzarote Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 93 Reviews

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 to 9 hrs

From USD $31.28
Northern Gran Canaria Tour from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Day Trips
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Northern Gran Canaria Tour from Las Palmas

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

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 city of Arucas and ...  Read more

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

From USD $61.31
City Sightseeing Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Gran Canaria, Half-day Tours
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City Sightseeing Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Experience the perfect introduction to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria aboard this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour! You'll get to see all of the most ...  Read more

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

From USD $25.03
Northern Lanzarote Day Trip, Lanzarote, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Northern Lanzarote Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

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 $47.55
4x4 Jeep Tour of Lanzarote, Lanzarote, Bus & Minivan Tours
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4x4 Jeep Tour of Lanzarote

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Explore the natural beauty of Lanzarote from an open-top, 4x4 jeep on this exciting 6-hour tour! With an experienced driver at the wheel of your 6-seater jeep, ...  Read more

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

From USD $65.07
Wild West Ranch Dinner and Entertainment in Lanzarote, Lanzarote, Safaris
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Wild West Ranch Dinner and Entertainment in Lanzarote

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

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 $47.55
Fuerteventura Day Trip from Lanzarote, Lanzarote, Dinner Packages
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Fuerteventura Day Trip from Lanzarote

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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 $55.06
Lanzarote Surfing Experience at Famara Beach, Lanzarote, Day Trips
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Lanzarote Surfing Experience at Famara Beach

Surf the waves of Lanzarote’s stunning northwestern coast on a surfing experience that includes a 5-hour lesson, beach picnic, equipment hire and transport ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.05
Mt Teide Volcano Tour by Night, Tenerife, Surfing & Windsurfing
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Mt Teide Volcano Tour by Night

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See 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 heart of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.06

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