Activities in Gran Canaria

Every year, the island of Gran Canaria is the destination of nearly four million visitors. Among the most common activities in Gran Canaria, the following stand out :

  • Going to the beach (73% of tourists).
  • Walking in an urban environment (67% of tourists).
  • Using hotel facilities (57% of tourists).
  • Going on excursions independently (45 % of the tourists).
  • Doing activities in the sea (36% of tourists).
  • Enjoying the local gastronomy (23% of tourists).
  • Enjoying nature (21 % of tourists).
  • Engaging in sports activities (19% of tourists).


Tourism of Gran Canaria, ISTAC

Good reasons to choose Gran Canaria

A miniature continent

The island of Gran Canaria is often called a "miniature continent" because of the diversity of its landscapes and climatology. The sandy beaches of the South contrast with the pine forests of the center, or the humid laurel forests of the North, the cliffs of the West, the ravines of the East. The diversity of the environments gives rise to a multitude of activities in Gran Canaria that can be practiced.

  • La Aldea beach, seen from Faneque, Gran Canaria.

Whether you're looking for adventure and outdoor activities or relaxation, Gran Canaria has experiences for visitors of all ages and interests. Here it is possible to practice many sports related to the sea, the wind or the mountain. Swimming, diving, apnea, canoeing, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle, hiking, climbing, cycling, astronomy, photography, visits to museums, city centers, shopping centers, etc. Gran Canaria has something for you to love, and a reason to repeat your vacations on this 60 km continent.


Open-minded people

It's important to note that the community here is also very open-minded and accepting when it comes to different sexual orientations and behaviors. There is a strong emphasis on creating a safe and inclusive environment for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or identity. People are encouraged to express themselves freely without fear of judgment or discrimination. This open-mindedness and acceptance is a fundamental part of the community here, and it's something that we take pride in.

  • Open-mind Gran Canaria

We can also suggest opportunities for practicing astronomy observation. There are many great ways to observe the night sky, such as attending stargazing events at local observatories or parks, joining an amateur astronomy club, using a telescope or binoculars, or even just stargazing with the naked eye. Observing the night sky can be a rewarding and awe-inspiring experience, and it's a great way to learn more about astronomy and the universe we live in.


What activities can I do in Gran Canaria?

Hiking through the mountains

Gran Canaria is a hiker's paradise. With its rugged terrain, volcanic landscapes, and stunning coastline, the island offers a wide range of hiking trails suited to every skill level. From short, easy walks to challenging mountain hikes, there's something for everyone. One of the most popular routes is the Roque Nublo trek, which takes you through pine forests and rocky terrain to the iconic rock formation that dominates the island's skyline.

  • Roque Nublo, Roque Bentayga and Teide volcano in the background.

For those seeking a more challenging hike, Armurga area, near the South tourist places offers stunning views over the island's rugged interior. With its year-round sunshine and mild temperatures, Gran Canaria is the perfect destination for an active holiday.

  • The surroundings of Caldera de Los Marteles, Gran Canaria
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Wind and Kite surfing in Gran Canaria

Windsurfing and kitesurfing are two of the most popular water sports in Gran Canaria. The island's exceptional climate, strong winds and stunning beaches make it an ideal destination for both amateur and professional wind and kitesurfers alike.

  • Windsurf in Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria
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Tourism in urban centers

Gran Canaria is known for its beautiful beaches, lively nightlife, and stunning landscapes. However, the island also boasts some lesser-known gems in urban centres, that are worth exploring.

For example, the neighborhood of Vegueta in Las Palmas, is witness to the prestigious past of this city. There it is possible to visit Columbus' house, where the famous navigator rested during his voyages to America.

  • Casa de Colón in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
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Scuba Diving and snorkeling in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a paradise for divers. The island has many sites with crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life. The waters around the island are home to a variety of colorful fish, corals, and other fascinating creatures, making it an ideal place for both beginners and experienced divers.

  • Anemona and sea spider, near Arinaga

One of the most popular dive sites in Gran Canaria is El Cabron Marine Reserve, where you can explore underwater caves, arches, and an abundance of marine life. Other popular dive sites include Sardina del Norte, Mogan Wrecks, and Pasito Blanco.

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Climbing in Gran Canaria

The abrupt relief and relatively mild temperatures have favored the practice of this sport on the island of Gran Canaria. The rock is volcanic basalt, and in many routes it is slightly porous, which allows to have quality footholds. There are several enclaves where routes have been enabled, among which are Tamadaba, Sorueda and Fataga.

  • View of Agaete from Tambadaba climbing site, Gran Canaria
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Gran Canaria sea and beaches

Gran Canaria is known for its crystal clear waters and stunning beaches. It is no surprise that Gran Canaria has some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. From the golden sand dunes of Maspalomas to the black volcanic sands of Playa de las Canteras, Gran Canaria offers a variety of beaches for everyone. The island's sea is usually warm and welcoming all year round, making it perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities. With its unique scenery and laid-back vibe, Gran Canaria's beach experience is something not to be missed.

  • El Cabrón beach, East of Gran Canaria
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Vegetation you can see in Gran Canaria

The climate of the Canary Islands, their relief and their remoteness from the continents have led to a specific flora, very different from the flora that can be seen in the countries where most tourists come from.

  • Bejeque, Guayadeque, Gran Canaria
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Photography in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is also a small paradise for lovers of photography. It is an island with a multitude of landscapes and lots of nature where amateurs and professionals can take breathtaking images.

  • Teide mount on Tenerife, seen from Gran Canaria
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Warm thanks to Pino Gonalsor and Antonio Naranjo for their contribution to the photos in this section.