The geographical diversity, landscape and heritage of the Canary Islands is virtually legendary (almost as much as the prosperity of its climate and the taste of its bananas). There is a lot to see in Gran Canaria for lovers of the sea and also for mountain lovers, but there is… much more!
It is true that when you are in Gran Canaria, what to see becomes a difficult decision, especially if you have a short time or like to change, because there are so many options and for so many different preferences?
We know and we want to make it easy for you, so we have prepared a small selection for you to get an idea of what to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days. Take note, not even 70 days would be enough to get to know it, but at least you will have experienced the diversity of the island! 😃
What to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days: Sea, mountain and much more.
First day: To the beach.
Second day: A phonolithic python.
Third day: The fight club.
Fourth day: Cowabunga!
Fifth day: A different puddle.
Sixth day: Lowering the branch.
Seventh day: The Sistine Chapel of the Guanches.
Day 1: To the beach (sea).
If you are one of those who like a sun lounger, a sand castle and a dip during your holidays, what to see in Gran Canaria is necessarily to visit its beaches. You’re in the right place, don’t worry.
But which one are we going to visit? In the legendary English Beach of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, there is room for everyone: umbrella lovers, beach bar enthusiasts, families, nudists… On three kilometres of golden sand it’s almost no surprise, right?
OUR ADVICE: We already know that you are visiting the beach, but don’t forget to visit the Dunes of Maspalomas, which are just behind you…
Day 2: A phonolithic python (mountain).
If we say that it is a phonolithic python you will probably stay where you were, but if we say Roque Bentayga… No, it is not a Chilean footballer: it is a unique geological formation in the heart of the island. But it’ s much more.
The whole experience begins with admiring the landscape that forms over the town of Tejeda, visiting the Interpretation Centre, climbing to the summit and admiring the indigenous almogarén. That is why it is one of the musts to see in Gran Canaria.
Day 3: The fight club (much more).
A bustling city, with an enormous high quality of life, full of activities and with historic neighbourhoods that captivate… That’s Las Palmas. Once again, what to see in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a difficult choice.
Once you have walked around Vegueta and Triana, seen the Casa de Colón and the Catedra and enjoyed an Arucas rum in Las Canteras, how about attending a fight? Canarian wrestling is a deeply rooted local sport that will certainly leave you indifferent.
Day 4: Cowabunga! (sea).
Canary Islands is a mecca of surfing, if you are an amateur you do not necessarily have to say so. Gran Canaria is a place that has great international recognition for the practice of windsurfing and, now, kitesurfing. Veterans and novices of the boards with sails, welcome to Vargas!
In the east of the island, near Agüimes, Vargas is the new headquarters of the GKA World Kitesurfing Championship. If you like to practice it, much the better, but just watching it is quite a spectacle with the arid hills in the background, the pebbles roaring among the waves… Thrilling!
Day 5: A different puddle (mountain).
We will return to the mountain, and this time to the west of the island, the best preserved area. Who said it was incompatible? Well, if you don’t want to get involved, but we would like to invite you to discover the Charco Azul.
The starting point is the small town of Risco, a few kilometres south of Agaete, in the heart of Tamadaba Natural Park. In just half an hour you will be standing in an unusual lagoon among the rocks; there will be less water in the dry season, but the spectacle is still beautiful. You will find more details here.
Day 6: Lowering the branch (much more).
We are not going far in our next destination to see in Gran Canaria. We are staying in Agaete, in August, in order not to miss one of those traditional festivities that recount so much about a town and its people.
The Lowering of the Branch is a great exponent of that patron saint’s festival of the Canary Islands in which tree branches are used as a sacred element. Thousands of dancers descend to the hermitage of Puerto las Nieves accompanied by music and bigheads. It is worth it.
Day 7: The Sistine Chapel of the Guanches (much more).
And on the seventh day he rested… But we are on vacation! You will rest at work! Today it is time to see what is surely the most attractive indigenous archaeological heritage of the entire Canary archipelago: the Cueva Pintada de Gáldar (the Painted Cave of Gáldar).
The Cueva Pintada is today a museum and archaeological park that protects a Guanche site with unique geometric paintings. Whether it was an agrarian or religious calendar, a funerary dedication or a simple decoration, it is a mystery which has not yet been unraveled…
These are just a few ideas for you to enjoy the diversity of Gran Canaria to the fullest, but…
The final, customised programme for your stay is at your own expense, because after all, everyone has their own preferences.
However, since choosing on this island is not easy, contact us so that we can give you a hand with the logistics (or you can ask us whatever you want to know at the end of this article).
We are specialists in organizing trips to the Canary Islands; we know the islands like the back of our hand.
Remember that at the end of this article, you can send us a message with your requests or questions and we will respond promptly.
The island’s heritage, natural and cultural wealth seem never to be exhausted – no wonder it’s considered a miniature continent! 😊
Since this text talks about the diversity of Gran Canaria and since we all have to eat, what better way than to complement it with this one: What to eat in Gran Canaria (besides wrinkled potatoes and mojo picón).
In it you will find a wide range of tasty and typical recipes, not to mention the power of the island, to recharge your batteries and also enjoy the local gastronomy.
Especialista en viajes de familia
Qué bien se vive en vacaciones, ¡y cuánto cuesta organizarlas!
Cuando el momento más esperado del año para la familia se aproxima, la clave para que todo salga bien y todos, sean cuales sean sus edades, se queden contentos, es una maravillosa receta de amor, organización, y algunos ingredientes secretos que muy pocos saben…
Quédate conmigo y te daré las claves para que tus vacaciones en familia se conviertan en algunos de los mejores recuerdos de vuestras vidas.
Family travel Specialist
How well it is lived on holidays, and how much it costs to organize them!
When the most anticipated time of the year for the family approaches, the key to everything goes well and everyone, whatever their ages, are happy, it is a wonderful recipe of love, organization, and some secret ingredients that very few know …
Stay with me and I will give you the keys so that your family holidays become some of the best memories of your lives.