As a child we regularly visited the canary islands, in specific Gran Canaria. I think it was the year round guaranteed sunshine, sandy beaches and strips of hidden gems. The island has so much to offer than sandy beaches and I am here to tell you my top 5 places to visit when you’re in Gran Canaria.
Roque Nublo is a volcanic rock which is 80 metres tall. It’s a famous landmark of the island and came into existence after a volcanic eruption around 4.5 million years ago. This is the most popular destination in Gran Canaria for people who love hiking, the views are incredible and make the perfect instagrammable photo.
Maspalomas is the second longest beach on the island. It’s famous for its crazy long dunes. There are 3 walking routes for every type of visitor. The highlight for me was camel riding in the desert and a stop by the lagoon.
You all know how much I love a botanical garden and I’ve found one in Gran Canaria. Jardin Botanico Viera y Clavijo is one not to be missed. Located in the northeast of the island in Tafira Alta this botanical garden boasts endemic plants, 500 different plant species including cacti and various different succulent varieties.
Fancy some down time then go and watch a film at the Moonlight Cinema. Located in a shopping mall in Maspalomas, the moonlight cinema is Europe’s only permanent outdoor cinema. Sit back and relax and enjoy a movie under the stars on luxurious sofas, blankets and table service.
Scuba diving is a great way to see the impressive variety of marine life. Become close and personal with the manta ray, sea turtles, the amazing different coloured fish in areas like El Cabron Marine Reserve or if you’re feeling adventurous submerge in Puerto Mogan. Don’t worry you will be in good hands with well qualified scuba instructors.
Gran Canaria has so much more to offer, it’s all about exploring the island to find what interests you. From the long stretch of sandy beaches, to markets to collect your five a day or camel rides along the sand dunes. This island has something for everyone. Check our the Holiday Gems website here for more information.