Things to do in Gran Canaria

White sandy beaches and crystal clear waters await on this sunny island, with stunning hiking trails to boot.

Our most recommended things to do in Gran Canaria

Mogán: 40-Minute Submarine Tour in Las Palmas

1. Mogán: 40-Minute Submarine Tour in Las Palmas

Discover the seabed of Puerto de Mogán aboard the Golden Shark in a submarine tour. Explore the world beneath the waves and watch the maneuvers when diving and surfacing with TV screens available for each passenger. Reach depths of 25 meters without experiencing any change in pressure. Marvel at the incredible habitats and ecosystems of the Atlantic Ocean. Drift past shipwrecks on the sea floor and admire unique underwater formations. Enjoy a tour suitable for all and capture one-of-a-kind photos. At the end of your tour, you will disembark at the departure point.

Gran Canaria: Camel Ride in the Dunes of Maspalomas

2. Gran Canaria: Camel Ride in the Dunes of Maspalomas

Ride through the rolling dunes of Maspalomas on camelback and admire the unique landscape of Gran Canaria. Enjoy the support of your Sahawari guides during your 30-minute experience. Feel like a desert scout as you ride a gentle camel along the seemingly endless dunes of Maspalomas. The camels are fitted with comfortable 2-seater saddles, so you don’t need to ride on the hump. The ride on these gentle giants lasts for around 30 minutes and you’ll be accompanied by Saharawi guides. Enjoy this unique way to discover the desert landscapes of Gran Canaria. 

From Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Dolphin Watching Cruise

3. From Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Dolphin Watching Cruise

Head out on a journey from the Puerto Rico harbor to spot whales, dolphins, and other marine animals in their natural habitat in the Atlantic Ocean. Get up close to the animals from your glass-bottom boat with unlimited drinks. Sail along the southwest coast of the island in search of marine mammals and benefit from the services and expertise of the friendly multi-lingual crew. Get up-to-date information about the sightings and different species. Avail of a boat equipped with a large glass bottom in both keels to experience life below the ocean waves without getting wet. Encounter a great diversity of animals including pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, green turtles, and flying fish. 

Gran Canaria: Poema del Mar Skip-the-Line Ticket

4. Gran Canaria: Poema del Mar Skip-the-Line Ticket

Discover the secrets of the Blue Planet with a skip-the-line ticket to Poema del Mar. Journey across the five continents and learn about diverse species and habitats. Stroll through La Jungla which is home to goliath groupers, freshwater turtles, and crocodiles. See Nemo's world in the Beach Zone where the clownfish live.  The final stop is the Deep Sea, an area with the largest curved window in the world. Its 36-meter-wide by 7-meter-high windows are perfect for observing the sharks.

Las Palmas: Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura Entrance Ticket

5. Las Palmas: Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura Entrance Ticket

Make your way to Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura and journey through some of the most exciting regions of the world. Discover a refuge that enhances the survival of the ecosystem in a real oasis. See striking flora in various parts of the park and at the only botanical garden on the island. Fall in love with tropical succulents and native plants.  Attend the live demonstrations by sea lions, reptiles, birds of prey and parrots and their handlers, and interact with lemurs and sea lions in the water. Nourish yourself at the park's 3 restaurants and enjoy exquisite cuisine in a unique environment. Follow a route through the park to discover some 3,000 animals from 250 different species. Go on a camel safari at the largest camel reserve in Europe, look into the bright eyes of the curious lemurs from Madagascar or get your photo taken with a friendly giraffe.

Gran Canaria: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

6. Gran Canaria: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy a trip along the waters surrounding Gran Canaria and see dolphins and whales up close on a dolphin and whale-watching cruise. Relax on board and snap photos of the idyllic scenery during the journey. Get as close as possible to the majestic dolphins while on the boat so that you can experience their natural habitat in an intimate manner. You can take photos as you watch whales and dolphins play. Sit back and enjoy the experience with refreshments purchased from the cash bar available on board — and bring the children along for a fun family outing.

Gran Canaria: Admission Tickets for Aqualand Maspalomas

7. Gran Canaria: Admission Tickets for Aqualand Maspalomas

Enjoy a fun day out for all the family at Aqualand Maspalomas, the largest waterpark in Gran Canaria. Ride on over 40 different slides, get up close and personal with sea lions with the optional sea lion experience, and relax knowing the kids are having fun in the children's park. Aqualand Maspalomas has more than 40 water slides to choose from so there’s plenty of family-friendly fun to be had and a variety of activities for all ages to enjoy. Both adults and children can slide on the waterpark’s craziest slide, the Anaconda, or challenge one another to a race on its multi lane slides. There’s more than enough to fill an entire day with fun in the water. Polynesia park, and gardens are the park’s activities on land, while the resident sea lions offer an interactive experience with the friendly sea mammals (available at an added cost and availability is not guaranteed). Enjoy moments of relaxation watching the little ones have fun in the children's paradise, the water park that promises adventure. Sun loungers, parasols, lockers, and fast passes are available to purchase in the park for an extra cost.

Gran Canaria: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

8. Gran Canaria: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

Departing from Puerto Rico and sailing the southwest coast of Gran Canaria searching for dolphins and whales. You will be met on the bus by the guide, who will take you to the harbor in Puerto Rico from a ‘pick-up point’ near your hotel. We will set sail along the southwest coast of Gran Canaria where you can appreciate the astonishing landscape and scenery. We will search for dolphins/whales in our normal search range, which is 5/7 miles out to sea from the Faro Maspalomas to Venezuela. Our friendly guides and crew will be available at all times for your own comfort and safety. They will share their extensive marine knowledge and provide you with key information on the wildlife that we may encounter. Soft drinks and water will be provided free of charge and you can also purchase snacks from the bar. Dolphin Safari lasts typically around two hours. On arrival back to the harbor you will be transported back to your hotel. We recommend you bring Sun cream, a hat, and a jumper as it can get chilly out at sea. Multiacuatic is a newly constructed catamaran (2005). The boat is 52 feet long and 20 feet wide distributed into two decks. An access ramp is available if required for pushchairs. All possible precautions are taken in relation to safety and security. During the trip and whilst sighting marine life, a guide specializing in the observations of cetaceans will provide passengers with interesting and factual information. This guide can also give information about other marine life that may be sighted on the trip including turtles, flying fish, etc.

Gran Canaria: Admission Tickets for Palmitos Park

9. Gran Canaria: Admission Tickets for Palmitos Park

Visit the new dolphinarium, with its spectacular show, as well as the aquarium, the butterfly house, the incredible show of birds of prey, the show of parrots, meerkats, caimans and much more. In the reptiles section you will find a komodo dragon belonging to the first generation raised in captivity in Europe, the biggest species of the lizard group reaching up to 3 meters in height and weighing some 90 kilograms. In the Caiman Lake you may find the Spectacled Caiman, Californian Turtles, and the Gran Canaria Giant Lizard living in perfect synchrony. The Island of Primates is undoubtedly a must-see. Among the many species you will find at the park the most notorious are aardvarks, wallabies, meerkats and talapoins.

Las Palmas: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Tour

10. Las Palmas: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the largest city of the Canary Islands. What better way to see all that this amazing city has to offer than from the top deck of our open top double decker bus tour, which allows you to take in a 360° panoramic view of the city. Visit places of interest such as Vegueta/ Catedral, Pueblo Canario, Parque Santa Catalina and many more. Tour Stops: 1. Parque Santa Catalina 2. El Corte Inglés 2a. Auditorio Alfredo Kraus 3. Paseo de la Cornisa 4. Pueblo Canario 5. Vegueta/Catedral 6. Teatro Perez Galdós 7. Estacion de San Telmo 8. Muelle Deportivo 9. Muelle de Santa Catalina 10. Playa de Las Canteras

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What people are saying about Gran Canaria

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 9,781 reviews

I can’t spell this out any clearer. This is an absolutely brilliant trip. The boat ride to the stop was fun especially with the drinks already flowing at 10.00. The staff were all very nice and the bay where we anchored was very pretty. Jetski was fun, snorkelling with the fish was amazing, and the speedboat ride although short was really good. On the way back we collected a saxophonist who then stayed the rest of the way. Really good trip and with the unlimited drinks, brilliant value also. Worth every penny.

Brilliant park. Animals are well cared for. Kids loved it. Would definitely recommend a visit. Only downside is there is no bus direct. Coat €30 each way in a taxi from playa del ingles.

It was a very nice tour with local cheese and wine tasting. We also got to taste coffee with some pie and jam at the local coffee plantation. Highly recommended.

Truly enjoyed the experience. Our guide was excellent and very patient. I would recommend this snorkeling trip as a must for your trip to Gran Canaria!

An experience not to be missed! Very good guide about the area.