Excursions

Excursions

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. 

 

 

 East coast La Garita has a wide and peaceful volcanic sand beach and a long coastal promenade that goes all the way to Playa del Hombre beach. The coast in between is rocky and hides a couple of beautiful natural features. 
This short Gran Canaria hike takes you through a quiet local village, up a beautiful green valley and ends up at Charco Azul; a deep pool with a waterfall that is perfect for swimming: 
Some things in Gran Canaria are a must and the Submarine Adventure at Puerto de Mogán is one of them. Here's everything you need to know about Gran Canaria's coolest and yellowest underwater experience.
Spain's biggest botanical garden is a beautiful refuge for the 600 unique plants that make the Canary Islands one of the world's biodiversity hotspots.
You don't know Gran Canaria until you've got off the tarmac and walked its world-class hiking trails.
One of the three great barranco drives up into the Gran Canaria highlands, the GC 605 hairpins its way up the Mogan Valley until it reaches the cumbres at Ayacata village just below Roque Nublo.
The Tamadaba loop road gives you the best views out over the Atlantic Ocean towards Tenerife and Teide volcano. It's a driving must in Gran Canaria.
This little-known rural road winds up through the northwest of Gran Canaria past cliff-edge villages and flower meadows and brings you to the wild pine forests of Tamadaba. 
 Tiny Carrizal de Tejeda is Gran Canaria's Masca hamlet but without its Tenerife twin's souvenir shops and coach queues.  The only access, unless you hike or bike in, is via the tortuous GC-606 road between the Cumbres and La Aldea. It's narrow, windy and barrier-free in parts but well worth…
The GC 15 is the main northern route up from Las Palmas to Cruz de Tejeda and the Gran Canaria highlands. It's windy but wide and runs through the green valleys and hillsides of northeast Gran Canaria and a series of interesting towns and villages.   
The GC 200 has it all from hairpin bends to sheer cliff-edge drops. It's Gran Canaria's most spectacular road and takes you right through the Biosphere Reserve along its most remote coast.
Steep and hair-raising, the GC 210 road drops from the pine-shrouded cumbres right down to the west coast town of La Aldea de San Nicolas. It's the kind of the road that fries brake pads and makes grown men cry (we've seen it happen). But wow, is it spectacular. GC…
Gran Canaria's least-driven road takes you to white villages surrounded by palm and almond trees and past Roque Palmés: Little brother to Roque Nublo. The GC-606 road is only 12 kilometres long according to Google Maps but takes a good hour and a half to drive as it is barely wide…
CLOSED: The GC 200 west coast road between La Aldea and El Risco closed for good in 2016. The new inland road, now part of the GC 2 is now open.  From El Risco until Agaete you can still enjoy the stunning sights from the GC 200. The West Coast…

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