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Gran Canaria Attractions and things to do on Gran Canaria

The Canary island of Gran Canaria is roughly circular; it has an average diameter of just over 30 miles and raises to the 6,400-ft Pico de las Nieves at its centre. Gran Canaria lies around 120 miles off the west coast of Africa and offers all year sunshine – especially in the south of the Island. The landscape is varied with barren cliffs cut by deep gorges, mountains, desert scenery and tropical valleys.

The capital is Las Palmas and has a major port and airport which connects to the south of island via motorway. The main resort is Playa del Ingles which translated means “the Englishman’s beach” and during the peak season the name is 100% correct. The Brits just love it and keep coming back for more sun, sand and San Miguel’s. It has a wide sandy beach which runs from San Agustin in the north to Maspalomas in the south. Playa del Ingles offers tourist everything they could ever possibly need for a lively holiday including a very busy nightlife, bars, restaurants and ample shops. For those holidaymakers looking for a more sedate experience should opt for either Puerto Morgan or Arguineguin which are both old charming fishing villages.


Shopping opportunities in Gran Canaria are plentiful and range from local markets and handicrafts, to large shopping centers containing many popular fashion boutiques. Gran Canaria's markets are often the best places to find genuine bargains and inexpensive shopping, with many markets in Gran Canaria offering a good selection of gift ideas, together with tasty produce, hot snacks and local specialities. Shopping in Gran Canaria begins from any time between 09:00 to 10:00, Monday to Saturday, with the majority of shops closing during the hot afternoon for a traditional Spanish siesta.


Amongst the most popular festivals in Gran Canaria, both the February carnivals and Easter Holy Week celebrations are known for their colourful parades. Other popular festivals and events in Gran Canaria include the Corpus Christi festivities and Gran Canaria Music Festival each June, the International Jazz Festival in July, and Gran Canaria's International Kite Festival in November - which lasts for three days and attracts large crowds.

Head to the beach

The delightful island of Gran Canaria has over 150 sandy beaches, ranging from large popular beaches where numerous water sports are available, including windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing and boating, to small secluded beaches where visitors can just relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Gran Canaria is also very popular with naturists, with the long stretches of quiet sandy beaches making Gran Canaria the perfect location for an all-over tan.


There is plenty to see and do whilst in Gran Canaria and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our holidays search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher

Aqualand MaspalomasAqualand Maspalomas provides one of the perfect places for a family day out. The island's largest water park is spread over an area of 90,000 square meters and has more than 30 exciting slides. Slide down 'Mamut' with the entire family or swim with the sea lions. Those wanting adrenalin rushes have a great choice, the spectacular Tornado, a giant whirlpool that will absorb you in an unforgettable experience, the breath-taking Aquamania, the freestyle Crazy Race and lots more. And for a perfect day, enjoy a family meal in the picnic areas ... if you can get the kids out of the water. You’ll get to meet the cheeky sea lions in our latest attraction where you can admire the sleek beauty and incredible skills of these intelligent sea mammals. Enjoy the water! Enjoy AQUALAND! Start or opening time: 10am. End or closing time: 5pm. Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the http://www.go-there.co.uk/water_parks/aqualand-maspalomas.phtml "" target="_blank">Aqualand Water Park.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Aqualand Water Park simply use the search box above and enter “Maspalomas” as the resort.

Palmitos Park Palmitos Park is a sub-tropical oasis, situated in a lush valley planted with palm trees where you will be able to admire over 200 species of exotic birds including toucans, humming birds, peacocks, ibis, flamingos, hornbills and parrots as well as an aquarium, butterfly house, cactus garden and orchid house. The botanical gardens and zoo are among the most important of their kind worldwide with hundreds of birds, dozens of mammals, reptiles, thousands of fish as well as thousands of palm trees, cacti and other plants; making it one of the major attractions in Gran Canaria. Palmitos Park also houses Gran Canaria’s only Dolphinarium where you will be able to enjoy the antics of these intelligent sea mammals in a spectacular setting. The Aquarium is home to a large variety of tropical fish, including the most important collection of the coral reef’s inhabitants in Europe. You can also admire a collection of colourful salt and fresh water fish of all shapes and sizes in a reproduction of a tropical river.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Palmitos Park simply use the search box above and enter “Maspalomas” as the resort.

Music Hall Tavern show Come along for a night of magical comedy that will have you enraptured and in stitches from start to finish. Join Mrs T (aka Titti Trollop), Ms Peggy Lee, Dame Nelly Pledge and the rest of the cast for the best drag show in town: Music Hall Tavern. This event is available in ticket-only format or with ticket and transfers. You’ll arrive at the Music Hall at about 7.30pm, with dinner served at 8pm. The curtain comes up (better still, kicks off) at 9.15pm. Thus begins a magnificent evening of dazzling costumes, side-splitting laughter and a cast of unique characters singing and dancing all night long. This is more than any mere drag show; it’s the funniest night of your holiday. The three-course dinner includes wine, beer and soft drinks. The menu offers vegetable soup with bread, chicken fillet, vegetables and chips (mushroom sauce optional) and ice cream. There’s also a vegetarian option of pasta with tomato sauce. The children’s menu offers chicken and chips. The Music Hall Tavern has featured on the BBC and Sky and is a legendary experience among holidaymakers. So join us for this extravaganza of song and dance – you’ll be laughing all the way back to the resort and we can promise you that the night won drag.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Music Hall Tavern show simply use the search box above and enter “Bahia Feliz” as the resort.

Hangar 37 Hangar 37 is the first theme park in Europe airsoft located in Gran Canaria. It offers a mode similar to paintball shots. Suitable for all ages and levels. If you are alone or are few people can go and we will get in touch with other players to make it more real and fun. Decorated spectacular that leave you with your mouth open the most demanding. Planes, trucks and countless locations to catch the enemy by surprise. Hangar 37 is an airsoft field for everyone: fans, children, professionals. Airsoft is a type of game similar to paintball in which the arms (called replicas to be identical imitations of the real thing) shoot plastic balls of small diameter. Is very popular among people who try it for the experience is very similar to that experienced in the shooting games like Call of Duty or Battlefield but in real life. It is included in the price of admission all full kit: uniform, vest, mask and replica G & G apart from three magazines of 120 balls each (total 360 balls). The boots are not included. It is recommended to bring suitable shoes. You can get extra magazines for just 2 euros per charger of 120 balls or 5 euros per charger of 360 balls. Open every day except Monday. Opening from 3pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Closes at dusk. Children from 12 until 16 years old can go only Friday and Saturday from 3pm.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Hangar 37 simply use the search box above and enter “Bahia Feliz” as the resort.

Las Palmas sightseeing bus Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the largest city in the Canary Islands and what better way to see all that this amazing city has to offer than from the top deck of an open top double decker bus tour; allowing you to take in a 360º panoramic view of the city. You can hop on and off as many times as you like within 24 hours and with eleven stops on offer, you get the chance to see all of Las Palmas' top attractions. You can hop off at the Playa de las Canteras – where swimming, diving, surfing, football and all manner of water sports can be found on the golden sands. Spend an evening at the Auditorio Alfredo Krauss - a concert hall overlooking the sea, located right on Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s northern beach. Go shopping at the sophisticated mall of Las Arenas opposite. Visit Museo Elder, the brand new Museum of Science and Technology, or take a stroll through Casa Museo León y Castillo, dedicated to the island's history. Gran Canaria is known for being home to several famous writers and artists, and their works are displayed at a number of central museums, including the Casa Museo Pérez Galdós, Gran Canaria's Museo Néstor, and the Casa Museo de Tomás Morales museums. Additionally, the Pueblo Canario museum is a complex of traditionally built island houses that are laid out to form a typical Canarian village with gates, an atrium and towers. Hop off at the vibrant historic district of Vegueta, packed with restaurants and tapas bars. Meeting / Pick up point: Tours depart from San Telmo bus station or Parque Santa Catalina bus stop, with 11 stops along the route. The stops included on the route are: 1 Parque Sta. Catalina; 2 El Corte Inglés; 3 Auditorio Alfredo Kraus; 4 Paseo de La Cornisa; 5 Pueblo Canario; 6 Vegueta Cathedral; 7 Pérez Galdós Theatre; 8 San Telmo station; 9 Marina LPA (Muelle Deportivo); 10 Muelle Santa Catalina; 11 Playa de Las Canteras.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Las Palmas sightseeing bus simply use the search box above and enter “Las Palmas” as the resort.

Jeep Safari Enjoy a Jeep ride along dirt and tarmacked roads in the Gran Canaria Countryside. Who doesn't like to experience a real adventure trip? Far from the normal route we will go through wild mountain scenery, vegetation and old villages. In these routes of difficult terrain you will be able to see parts of the peculiar landscape, and some of the unspoilt parts of the island of Gran Canaria, and learn the true meaning of the famous slogan: Gran Canaria, a Continent in Miniature. The return trip is after lunch where you will be taken back to your hotel. Please note : Occasionally actual days of operation are subject to change. If this is the case we will endeavour to book a day as close as possible to your original preferred day. Should this not be acceptable a full refund will be made? You will be collected from your hotel in either Playa del Ingles or Maspalomas.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the start of the Jeep Safari simply use the search box above and enter “Playa del Ingles” or “Maspalomas” as the resort.

Arteara Camel Park Take a day trip to the Camel Park in Arteara, Maspalomas and experience a day in the "desert", like a true Canarian! Firstly you will be given a safety briefing before climbing aboard your very own Camel to start your to start the 45-minute camel ride. You will ride through one of Fataga palm groves, or through the Sand Dunes of Maspalomas. Back to camel site where mint tea will be served and information about camels given. You will then go San Bartolomé village to have lunch, and after lunch you will take the bus back to resort. Please note : Occasionally actual days of operation are subject to change. If this is the case we will endeavour to book a day as close as possible to your original preferred day. Should this not be acceptable a full refund will be made?

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Arteara Camel Park simply use the search box above and enter “Maspalomas” as the resort.

Catamaran AfriKat Enjoy a fantastic time at sea and take in the amazing view of the Canarian Coast and the crystal clear waters. During your trip you will have the opportunity to visit a sea cave, swim in the cristal waters of the Canary Islands and enjoy one of the best climates of the world. You will pass by the Port of Mogan, the beautiful fishing village, known locally as “Little Venice”. If the weather conditions are right, we put up our sail and glide along the ocean hugging the coastline. Onward bound, we head along the protected coastline, towards a calm crystal clear bay, “El Perchel”. Here you can enjoy a dip in the refreshing water, try snorkelling, or other water sports at a 50% discounted rate, or a fun ride in our speedboat, taking you close up to the amazing sea caves. Time for something to eat!! Our crew will prepare traditional potatoes served with “Mojo” sauce, meatballs, a choice of two salads and bread rolls. Our crew will also serve you a choice of Sangria, beer, soft drinks or water throughout the day. Join for either our daytime cruise, from 10.00 to 15.00, or, during summer, our afternoon cruise from 15.30 to 20.30.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the starting point of the Catamaran AfriKat simply use the search box above and enter “Playa Del Ingles” as the resort.

Holiday World Fun Park, Maspalomas Holiday World Maspalomas is the biggest attraction park in Gran Canaria. A magical place where you might have fun and release your adrenaline. This park has a disco, restaurants, a craftwork fair, a wellness centre and numerous attractions as a treadmill, a car track and a family aquatic track where you might drive small boats. Moreover this park also realizes fun exhibitions with parrots from this island, every day at 8pm. The entrance on this park is free. The park has a comfortable ticket system with rechargeable points that are discounted while entering an attraction. You might also buy an all-inclusive ticket for 30€. Opening times: Summer: Everyday from 6pm till 00am. Winter: Friday, Saturday and holidays from 5pm to 00am. Other days from 5pm to 11pm. More details at http://holidayworldmaspalomas.com/en/

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the starting point of the Holiday World Fun Park simply use the search box above and enter “Maspalomas” as the resort.

Holiday World Ten Pin Bowling, Maspalomas Test your bowling skills and have fun with your friends in the 16 professional alleys provided by Bowling Holiday World. Assistance for players, FREE shoe rental, bar and cafeteria service and the best atmosphere to spend the day with laughter and fun. Open all-year-round. Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 am. Other days of the week from 09 am to 1 am. More details at http://holidayworldmaspalomas.com/en/bowling-in-canarias/

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the starting point of the Holiday World Ten Pin Bowlingt simply use the search box above and enter “Maspalomas” as the resort.

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