The island of Gran Canaria is known as being a small continent on its own. From its great variety of beaches located along its picturesque coastline and offering a healthy sunbath, till the mountains in the center with its numerous trails that take you to countless magical corners. All this and much more you can find spread around its 21 municipalities. Choose the route, trace your path and immerse yourself in nature, gastronomy and leisure that this island has prepared for you.
Sun and beach
One of the best urban beaches in Spain is located in the capital of the island: Playa de Las Canteras. Located on the west side of the city, Las Canteras offers you 3 kilometers of golden sand where you can sunbathe and swim in the ocean.
Along the north coast of the island there are mostly rocky beaches offering a perfect tide for surfing: Bañaderos, Quintanilla and San Andrés. Further on, on the northwest tip of the island, there is a fishing village of Agaete with a rocky beach located in Puerto de las Nieves.
To the south of the island, you can find the volcanic-sand beaches that surround the coast of Telde: Playa del Hombre, Playa de La Garita, Playa de Melenara and Playa de Salinetas.
Last but not least, in the southern part of Gran Canaria, there are the best-known beaches ideal for everyone: San Agustín, Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Puerto Rico, Amadores and Mogán.
Once you will feel like changing the climate and discovering other landscapes of the island beside its fine beaches, Gran Canaria can also offer you a wide range of attractions in its mountainous interior. Known as a continent in a miniature, the island will take you from the ocean and sandy beaches straight into the mountains full of rocks of volcanic origin, and amazing vegetation that will charm you from the very first moment.
Kilometer after kilometer, one of the best trails run through the center of island where you can enjoy the tranquility of the mountains and the beauty of its interior. Places like the Cruz de Tejeda, where the National Parador is located, awaits you on the entrance to the mountain-surrounded town of Tejeda. From there, depending on the path you will choose, you can immerse yourself in different natural monuments, such as the Roque Nublo or the Pinar de Tamadaba. Visit such natural landscapes as the Roque Bentayga or the caldera of Bandama.
Prepare your photo camera to catch all the spectacular views that you can see from different viewing points sprinkled throughout the whole Gran Canaria: Pico de las Nieves, Pinos de Gáldar, Degollada Becerra, La Sorrueda or Andén Verde among many others.
Gran Canaria is an island that will never get you bored. Whatever you like, it will always offer you something for your taste.