Like the rest of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria has a lot more to it than its reputation as a reliable beach holiday destination would suggest. Sand dunes, rugged mountains, tropical forests, tranquil valleys and dramatic cliffs to name but a few. It’s an island that offers loads for both active and less active travellers and there is a stark contrast between the tranquil interior of the island and the busy resorts on the coast. Highlights include:
- Walking at all levels (see below).
- Family wineries in the Caldera de Bandama.
- Catamaran cruises to see dolphins and whales off the south west coast.
- The Dunas de Maspalomas, a protected natural park of spectacular sand formations and 6 km of golden beaches.
- Charming interior villages with colonial style architecture.
- The 11km wide Caldera de Bandama.
- The botanical gardens in Agaete.
- The small fishing village of Puerto de Morgan with its bougainvillea covered houses and seawater canals.
- Nine golf courses for the golfing enthusiast.
Walking on Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria has a huge range of walking possibilities from leisurely rambles to more demanding hikes on the higher slopes of the Laurel Forest. Kestrel Canyon is excellent for leisurely walks but for intermediate walkers a climb to the foot of Roque Nublo, a 68m high volcanic plug is a great way to walk on the higher plateau. We can organise walks as private or group walks. Please get in touch if you are interested in including walking during your trip to Gran Canaria.