Gran Canaria in 5 Days

Gran Canaria in 5 Days

Gran Canaria is an island of contrasts. It is well known for being a beach destination throughout the year thanks to its sunny climate in all seasons. But the island is much more than this. It is a small great continent, where centuries of history and natural spaces of great beauty, gastronomy and culture are mixed in its purest form.

In this article we tell you what to see in Gran Canaria in 5 days.

Day 1: Playas del sur & Maspalomas

Day 2: Pueblos del norte (Artenara – Tejeda – Ventana del Nublo)

Day 3: El extremo oeste (Agaete – La Aldea de San Nicolás – Puerto de Mogán)

Day 4: Pueblo del norte and capital (Arucas – Teror – Las Palmas)

Day 5: Barranco de las Vacas – Guayadeque – Fortaleza de Ansite

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Day 1: Playas del sur & Maspalomas

As we said, Gran Canaria is famous for being a beach destination throughout the year, so the best way to start your vacation is by visiting its beaches. There is something for all tastes, from the super touristy, equipped and easily accessible, to true hidden gems, still almost unknown. The choice is yours. If you want a morning of total relaxation we advise you to go to the Caribbean beaches of Amadores and Anfi del Mar. If you prefer the solitude of a wild beach taking advantage of the company of the wind that caresses your skin and the melody of the waves of the sea breaking on the beach, Montaña la Arena is for you.

And in the afternoon…. Maspalomas, a visit to Gran Canaria would never be complete without a walk through Maspalomas, famous for its dunes, the lighthouse, the pond, and of course its beach.

Day 2: Pueblos del norte (Artenara – Tejeda – Ventana del Nublo)

One of the best kept secrets of Gran Canaria are its villages, charming places among green ravines, on the mountain peaks.

We advise you to start the day by visiting the highest town on the island, Artenara. A small town with a lot of charm, famous for its sample of its aboriginal past, its cave houses, viewpoints and dam, located in a privileged enclave of contrast between the green of the palm trees and the Amurga cliffs.

And now Tejeda, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, framed between Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga. Its old town is very small, but you love to see its white houses with wooden balconies, typical of Canarian architecture. In the area there are several paradores that must be visited.

If you still have time, you can go up to Roque Nublo, it will take an hour. We end the day with the most spectacular sunset that the island can offer you, contemplate. the sunset from one of the ventanas del Nublo. VERY IMPORTANT: make sure you bring a flashlight, or use the one on your mobile, making sure you have enough battery.

Day 3: El extremo oeste (Agaete – La Aldea de San Nicolás – Puerto de Mogán)

An essential route in Gran Canaria is to travel the GC-200 from the beautiful fishing village of Agaete and its Puerto de las Nieves, to La Aldea.

Let's start the day by visiting Agaete, a small town located at the gates of the Tamadaba natural park, and its Puerto de las Nieves. Do not forget to go through the natural pools, and cool off in their waters, if the temperature allows it, before entering the wonderful panoramic road that will take you to the Aldea de San Nicolás, with impressive overhangs and postcard views, which will give you The urge to stop the car every two to three to take pictures.

The villa of Aldea de San Nicolas’ It is probably the most authentic place on the island, due to the long winding road that must be traveled to reach it.

Take a break on the beach, visit its archaeological sites and its small old town, before getting back in the car towards Puerto de Mogán, passing by the natural monument Los Azulejos de Veneguera, mountains with rocks that fade from green to orange . Spectacular!!!!

You can end your trip in Puerto de Mogán, the Venice of Gran Canaria, getting lost in its bougainvillea-filled street, waiting for a beautiful sunset, Col Teide on the horizon.

Day 4: Pueblo del norte and capital (Arucas – Teror – Las Palmas)

A church, which wanted to be a cathedral, the symbol of the town of Arucas, another beautiful town on the island, the birthplace of Ron Arehucas. Stroll through its old town, visit its black stone “cathedral”, and take a break in the Jardines de la Marquesa before continuing the journey to Teror.

Teror: It is a charming place, a pilgrimage destination since the municipality welcomes the Virgen del Pino in its Basilica. It has the most important and oldest market on the island, with two centuries of history. It is celebrated every Sunday.

You cannot visit Gran Canaria without going through its capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a city that stands out for its long history, its cultural attractions, life and beach

The city really deserves at least a whole day, but with little day available, the advice is to go into the Vegueta neighborhood, the heart of the capital. Stroll through its cobbled streets, squares, enjoy its traditional architecture, flower-filled courtyards, and its cathedral. And to close the day, a dinner in one of the many restaurants on the Las Canteras promenade overlooking the beautiful beach.

Day 5: Barranco de las Vacas – Guayadeque – Fortaleza de Ansite

Lately one of the most published places on Instagram is the barranco de las Vacas, an impressive geological canyon, which was formed thousands of years ago, thanks to the action of water that models rocks in this rare way. We advise you to go early, so you can take photos without anyone around. The descent to the ravine is very easy and short.

Let's get back to the car, and let's go to the meandering Barranco de Guayadeque, famous for its cave houses that host a restaurant where you can enjoy very good canarian food (the advice is to stay for lunch) or even stay. Visit its little town, and also its artisan shop.

You cannot leave Gran Canaria without visiting the last bastion of the aboriginal resistance, la Fortaleza de Ansite, a steep rock (actually 3) that has been shaped over thousands of years by the action of wind and water, dotted with endless caves that were the refuge of the ancient canaries.