Top places to see on Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is known not only as the island with the best (most healthy) climate in the world but also as the mini-continent. Due to its countless valleys and mountains the island offers many places to explore.

Gran Canaria has many hidden beauties to explore but it normally takes time to find them. With these recommendations it should be possible to get to know the best of the island even if you only stay here for a short time. 

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Tamadaba

The oldest and remotest Pine Forest of the island. A true paradise for all nature lovers! Located on one of the highest cliffs of the world. Best time to be there: sunset – to watch the sun disappear behind the “Teide” Volcanoe on Tenerife (the highest mountain of Spain)

Waterfalls

There are several amazing waterfalls on Gran Canaria. Best season to see and enjoy them is from November til March. One of the most beautiful ones and overmore of easy access is the “Charco Azul” close to the village “El Risco”. But there is several more of them, mostly hidden and of very difficult access.

Agaete Valley

The valley of Agaete is for us the most beautiful valleys of Gran Canaria! Its surrounded by the mountains of Tamadaba and one of the most peaceful and quiet places to live on Gran Canaria. You can find several hiking tracks here, visit a coffe plantage or see aborigene caves and sacred places.

Roque Nublo

The Roque Nublo is something like the real “symbol” of Gran Canaria. Its a 80 meters high volcanic rock located 1813 meter above sea level! Its natural beauty is unique and difficult to put into words. From there you can enjoy the view over the crater of the biggest volcanoe of the island! Be there at sunset!

Roque Bentaiga

The Roque Bentaiga is another volcanic rock that is famous for being the last fortress of aborigen canarians who fought against spanish intruders. This place was of special spiritual meaning for the so called “guanches”. Today you can still visit the caves and the museum which is located next to the parking.

Tilos de Moya

Tilos de Moya is what remains of the ancient laurel wood that once covered a big part of the island. Most of these beautiful and dense forest was cut down in the last centuries by the rum & construction industry. Today many projects are working on reforestating the island.

Playa El Risco

Playa del Risco is maybe the last beach of the island (of easy access) that still preserves its natural state with vegetation and sometimes a little creek flowing into the sea. Its located at one of the highest cliffs of the world, called “Anden Verde”.

Sardina Lighthouse

Located close to the village Sardina (also worth a visit). This exposed lighthouse is surrounded by black lava rocks & sometimes waves up to 8 meters. Don´t go to close to the coast, its a spectacular but also very dangerous place. If you fall into the sea here there is nothing that can save you.

Dunes of Maspalomas

This little desert is located in the south of the Island – surrounded by mass tourism and its hotels. The dunes are a symbol of the diversity of the islands landscape. While you can find green hills and sheeps in the north, the south looks just like the Sahara. Go there with the sunrise to avoid the crowds.