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What to see and do during a three-day stay on Gran Canaria? Allow me to be your local guide.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Day 1

Roque Nublo

Mountains, Scenic Railroads

Tejeda

Destinations

Artenara

Destinations

Day 2

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Destinations

Arucas

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Galdar

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Agaete

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Day 3

Playa del Ingles

Destinations

Playa de San Agustin

Beaches

Dunas de Maspalomas

Deserts

Matthew H's City Tips

  • Gran Canaria is the same size as Greater London. Global buses will take you to most places, but as timetables are restricted, a hire car may be better.
  • Unless you're dining in the resorts, save beachwear for the playas (beaches). Dress up for a smart restaurant as you would at home.
  • Be prepared to pay more in and around tourist attractions and resorts.
  • Tip in line with the quality of service you receive - up to 10%, rather than over.
    Day 1
  • Roque Nublo
    Mountains, Scenic Railroads
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    Matthew H Says:

    Get up close and personal with the rock whose photo's accompanied a million and more wish-you-were-here messages.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For the quickest walk to Roque Nublo (around 2 hours round-trip), leave your hire car at La Goleta car park, off the GC600 in the centre of the island.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 383 things to do in Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Short lovely hike 16/10/2018
    • The high point of the island 10/10/2018
    • Roque Nublo
    Address:
    Gc150
    35368, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +212 649-758841
    Other:
  • Tejeda
    Destinations
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    Matthew H Says:

    You won't only find pueblos blancos in Andalucia. Indeed, whitewashed Tejeda is one of the prettiest villages you can visit in Gran Canaria.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Spring's the perfect time to see Tejeda in full bloom, when the almond trees are in blossom. The locals hold fiestas to celebrate this event.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    • Tejeda
  • Artenara
    Destinations
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    Matthew H Says:

    The loftiest village on Gran Canaria will take your breath away – and not just because you're at a high altitude!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The local cave houses here offer a very different stay from the resorts in the south of Gran Canaria.
    • Try Restaurante Mirador La Silla for a meal with the best views on the island.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Artenara
  • Day 2
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    Destinations
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    Matthew H Says:

    The capital of Gran Canaria has plenty to see and do. Not surprising, once you discover it's Spain's ninth-largest city!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • On the first Sunday of each month, it's free to enter the city's museums. Otherwise, purchasing the LPA tourist card gets you discounts on entrance fees.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Arucas
    Destinations
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    Matthew H Says:

    The pearl of Gran Canaria is a real treasure. Marvel at one of the island's most popular architectural gems, Arucas' Gaudiesque church.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Sample free rum on a visit to the municipality's famous Arehucas distillery.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Arucas
  • Galdar
    Destinations
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    Matthew H Says:

    The village's Plaza de Santiago is arguably Gran Canaria's loveliest square. Visit the Cueva Pintada for a spot of time travel back to Gran Canaria's Stone Age, which lasted up until the 15th-century Spanish Conquest.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Wherever you choose to eat, order a salad, which will include the locally-grown and famously sweet red onion.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Galdar
  • Agaete
    Destinations
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    Matthew H Says:

    'See Agaete and leave' is the village's motto - proof of its residents' commitment to preserving this unspoilt piece of Gran Canaria for generations to come...

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Visit Los Berrazales in Agaete's valley to check out the coffee plantation, tropical fruit farm, and vineyard.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Agaete
  • Day 3
  • Playa del Ingles
    Destinations
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    Matthew H Says:

    A visit to Gran Canaria's most famous resort isn't complete without checking out its beautiful beach.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The shows in the area's most exclusive hotels are free, even for non-guests.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Playa del Ingles
  • Playa de San Agustin
    Beaches
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    Matthew H Says:

    This southern beach is quieter than nearby Playa del Inglés, which you can reach on foot via the promenade. Playa de San Augustin is also home to the island's most historic resort.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to also check out Las Burras beach, a favourite with families.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in San Agustin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lacking 03/10/2018
    • Lovely peaceful beach early in the day. 26/09/2018
    • Playa de San Agustin
    Other:
  • Dunas de Maspalomas
    Deserts
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    Matthew H Says:

    If you were led blindfolded to Maspalomas' famous dunes, you would be forgiven for thinking you'd swapped continents - Las Dunas de Maspalomas are the spitting image of North Africa's Sahara Desert!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There's more to Maspalomas than a picture-postcard beach. Birdwatchers shouldn't miss a visit to the Charca de Maspalomas.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Playa del Ingles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It's changed 16/10/2018
    • Not for wheelchairs 16/10/2018
    • Dunas de Maspalomas
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