Obviously Scuba Diving and Snorkelling are on the top of your list of things to do whilst you are in Gran Canaria. But we do appreciate that you cannot spend your whole holiday underwater, as much as many of you would probably like to! So because we want you to enjoy every day of your holiday as much as the days you spend scuba diving with Puerto Rico Diving, we have put together a list of other things you can do whilst in Gran Canaria.
- Go in land and see Roque Nublo. Roque Nublo is a volcanic rock standing 80 metres tall. It is a famous landmark, protected by UNESCO. The short hike can be hot work, but once at the top the panoramic views across the island are more than worth it. The van at the start of the trail sells fresh juices and cold drinks, the perfect way to hydrate and look over your photographs once you’ve walked back down.
- Visit Maspalomas- the second biggest beach in Gran Canaria. Maspalomas is home to the dunes you will have no doubt seen photos of on every travel guide for Gran Canaria. This 1,000 acre area has been a protected nature reserve since 1897. As well as the dunes, you will also find a busy promenade which is perfect for a gentle stroll past the lighthouse along the coast, where there are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops should wish to make a full day of it.
- Enjoy the sunshine and spend a day on one of Gran Canaria’s beautiful beaches. Gran Canaria is home to over 60 km of beaches so you have plenty to choose from! In the north of the island, in Las Palmas there is Las Canteras, a large beach running along the coast of the city. In the south there is Playa de Amadores or Playa de Mogan, both with cordoned off areas for swimming with restaurants close by. If you are looking for a beach more off the beaten track, for the adventurers out there, GuiGui beach is located on the west of the island. The beach is best accessed via a trekking path (moderately hard walking route) Take the opportunity to see breathtaking views of Tenerifes, Teide volcano on a clear day, then take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean once you reach this hidden beach.
- Go for a stroll around Playa and Puerto de Mogan. This picturesque town has been nicknamed “Little Venice” due to small bridges over the water way and the brightly coloured buganvillia around the harbour is just waiting to be photographed. On Fridays there is a very popular market which brings in tourists for all over the island. There are numerous restaurants along the beach and the harbour, but make sure you leave room to visit one of the two Gelateria’s along the beach front!
- Learn more about the history of Gran Canaria. Visit Cueva Pintada Museum and Arcgheological Park in Galdar. Found by a farmer in the late 19th century, here you will find a cave painted with shapes though to be related to the lunar and solar calenders. In the museum you can learn all about local life in Gran Canaria before the conquistadors arrived.