Highlights and Travel Tips for Gran Canaria

Highlights and travel tips for Gran Canaria | Editor: Florian Lieke

Breathtaking dunes, exceptional nature and spectacular places. In this article, we will share our holiday tips for Gran Canaria with you.

Chapel on Gran Canaria

When Is the Best Time to Visit Gran Canaria?

Anyone who has ever dealt with Gran Canaria knows that the island promises warm to hot temperatures all year round. Even in spring, autumn and winter it rarely gets cold on the island and the temperatures in winter probably correspond most closely to the spring weather in Vienna. So you can travel the island all year round and even the sea has pleasant degrees in spring and autumn. Those who are interested in a beach and bathing holiday are nevertheless in good hands during the months from May to September. At this time, especially in the south, you can expect the fewest rainy days and a water temperature above 23 degrees. In autumn and spring, the island is particularly suitable for exploring and for an active holiday.

For Whom Is Gran Canaria Suitable?

Small but impressive - this is probably the best way to describe Gran Canaria. The island may be relatively small, but the variety and the offer here is huge. If you are looking for a nice beach holiday, you will find it here just as much as an active holiday. Whether hiking, climbing, surfing, diving, cycling or motorcycling - the island has something for everyone. Gran Canaria is also ideal for families with children because of its many shallow beaches and hotel complexes. Moreover, those who want to spend a holiday alone are also in good hands here. The inhabitants of the island are very open and communicative and in cities like Maspalomas or Las Palmas you can easily meet new people.

Hikers on Gran Canaria

All Gran Canaria Highlights at a Glance

Which Are the 4 Most Beautiful Beaches on Gran Canaria?

The beach of Las Canteras

Playa de Las Canteras

Our first beach tip leads us directly into the far north of Gran Canaria to Playa de las Canteras. The bay is located directly at the island's capital Las Palmas and has a lot to offer: an approximately three kilometre long and fine sandy beach, clean water as well as numerous entertainment offers. It is not for nothing that this section is one of the most beautiful urban beaches in the world and is particularly popular among families with children. Due to its location, the beach can be reached easily and quickly from the city and you don't have to worry about arrival and departure. Surfers also find a true paradise at high tide and can look forward to high waves and wild water. During low tide, on the other hand, the sea is ideal for swimming, splashing and bathing.

Playa de Tufia

For our next beach we move towards the east of the island, namely to Playa de Tufia. The beach section is surrounded by impressive stone cliffs in which some buildings are picturesquely embedded. But it is not only the cliffs that make you marvel, but also the black sand, which is interrupted again and again by small rock formations. The section is particularly attractive for divers and snorkellers, as the water is clear and calm and the underwater world has a lot to offer here. But also for simply relaxing at the water, the bay is very suitable and also easy to reach.

Playa de Maspalomas & Playa del Inglés

When thinking of Gran Canaria, the dunes of Playa de Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés often come to mind. Both beach sections are located at the southern end of the island and captivate with a unique scenery. The way to the water is paved by an indescribable dune landscape that you will never find a second time. While you will rather find cheaper prices, numerous entertainment programmes, young people and families with children at Playa del Inglés, Playa de Maspalomas attracts with exclusivity and luxury. In any case, both beaches are easily accessible and surrounded by several hotel complexes and accommodations. A visit to the dunes is an absolute must during a holiday on Gran Canaria.

The beach of Maspalomas

Playa de Güigüí

Are you looking for a more peaceful or secluded beach? Are you willing to put up with a little more effort? Then Playa de Güigüí is just the right spot for you! If you take the two to three hour hiking trail, you will be rewarded with a dream beach and lots of peace and idyll at the end. Crystal-clear water, fine sandy beach, imposing rocks and fresh air await you at the end of your route and will make up for the effort of the trail. So pack your swimming trunks and hiking boots and look forward to an adventurous and relaxing experience.

Which Are the 3 Must-See Places on Gran Canaria?

Cathedral Santa Ana in Las Palmas

The Island's Capital Las Palmas

There are no bigger cities on an island like Gran Canaria? Oh yes, there are! The island's capital Las Palmas has about 400,000 inhabitants, which is about the same number as the Austrian city of Graz. Accordingly, Las Palmas feels lively and almost cosmopolitan compared to all the other cities and towns on the island. The direct proximity to the sea gives Las Palmas a certain lightness and quickly makes you think of cities like Barcelona or Rio de Janeiro. While it is quite relaxing at the beach during the day, in the evening you will often feel like you are at the famous Copacabana. But also culturally, the city has a lot to offer. Follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus in the Casa de Colon, for example, or visit the 14th century cathedral of Santa Ana.

The Diverse Maspalomas

We have already made it clear that you should not miss the famous sand dunes of Maspalomas. But Maspalomas is not only worth seeing because of its dune landscape. Those who like shopping will find a true paradise along the promenade and the lighthouse in Meloneras. Here, one market stall after the other is lined up and there are also various boutiques and second-hand shops. Along the promenade you will also come across numerous works of art made of sand and you can enjoy the sound of the sea and the salty air. A constant point of reference, and also a certain landmark of the city, is the lighthouse, the so-called Faro de Maspalomas. Around it, you will find several restaurants and bars and after a long shopping tour we recommend to simply relax and enjoy a drink there.

The Coastal Town of Puerto de Mogan

While you will come across many offers, people and entertainment in Las Palmas and Maspalomas, the coastal town of Puerto de Mogan is more a haven of peace. Although the town in the west of the island is the second largest municipality on Gran Canaria, Puerto de Mogan is not yet popular among tourists and the inhabitants also try to keep the idyll and originality of the place. Thus, if you are rather looking for a quiet and relaxed retreat, Puerto de Mogan is just the right place for you. Simply let yourself drift in the narrow alleys and along the promenade and enjoy the "little Venice of Gran Canaria".

Puerto de Mogan
Cyclists on Gran Canaria

What Is an Active Holiday on Gran Canaria Like?

As mentioned above, Gran Canaria is particularly suitable for active holidaymakers. The mountainous landscape, the good infrastructure and also the partly wild water create optimal conditions for all kinds of sports activities. Friends of hiking can look forward to well-structured, breathtaking and well-marked hiking trails. The hiking route to Roque Nublo, the highest mountain on the island, the Pico de las Nieves, and the mountain village of Santa Lucía are particularly recommended. But also the water rats among you will certainly not be left out on Gran Canaria. Especially the beaches in the west and north are ideal for surfers.

The spring months of March and April usually offer the best conditions for this and you are best off surfing on the beaches of San Felipe or Galdar. Cyclists and motorcyclists can also enjoy the well-developed routes and get a great view of the breathtaking landscape of Gran Canaria. The volcanic landscape Caldera de Tejeda is particularly impressive.

Flights to Gran Canaria With Austrian Airlines

Are you longing for warm temperatures, a breathtaking landscape and lots of variety? Then Gran Canaria is the right destination for you! Book your flights with Austrian Airlines now and enjoy your holiday on the Canary Island soon:

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