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Gran Canaria's resorts cover less than one percent of the island but about half of the islands visitors never leave them. There' a whole miniature continent out there to explore and plenty of ways to do it. We encourage everyone who comes to the island to see at least some of island and here's our guide to the many ways to roam over Gran Canaria and the best places to visit.
Look up from the beach at Maspalomas and you see this great, rugged mass of rock and forest that is the Gran Canaria that 99% of visitors hardly see.
We love Gran Canaria's beaches but we want you to be the 1% and get out there into the island as well. We've never met anyone who drove around Gran Canaria and regretted it.
So, drive around Gran Canaria in a day, or hop on a blue bus, or just start walking: From hikes through the pine forest to bus trips up to the shopping streets of Las Palmas, there's a Gran Canaria experience for everybody.
Here's our list of the best things to see and do in Gran Canaria away from the resorts.
Palmitos Park has reigned supreme over the Gran Canaria them park scene for decades but it's about to be challenged. Europe's biggest water park is in progress right by Playa del Inglés and Las Palmas is getting a huge aquarium.
As soon as they open we'll be there with our cameras. Util then, here's your choice of Gran Canaria's theme parks.