Things to do in
Gran Canaria

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

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From Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Dolphin Watching Cruise

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

Climb aboard the 97-passenger boat at Puerto Rico harbor and look for whales and dolphins in their natural habitat in the Atlantic Ocean. Get up close to the beautiful animals as they swim through the waves on an unforgettable experience that is suitable for all ages. 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: Half-Day Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Food

2. Gran Canaria: Half-Day Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Food

Your coastal adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in the south of Gran Canaria before you board one of Spain's most spectacular catamarans. On the boat, take advantage of the many luxury facilities while the friendly staff serve you a refreshing welcome drink. Set sail onto the sea and feel the cool breeze provide respite from the hot Spanish sunshine as you travel to a selection of hidden beaches off the coast of the island. Enjoy stunning panoramic views along the way and marvel at the crystal clear waters of Tiritaña, Perchel and Tauro. As you explore the island, sit back and relax on one of the boat’s 15 Balinese-style beds, and listen to the music spun by one of the onboard DJs. Feast on a gastronomic menu made from premium produce, and sip on a sparkling glass of champagne or deliciously cold beer. At the next destination, the tropical beach of Anfi del Mar, soak up the warm Mediterranean sun on deck or cool off in the sea with some fun water activities.

Gran Canaria: Dolphin and Whale Watching

3. Gran Canaria: Dolphin and Whale Watching

Enjoy a 2.5-hour trip by boat along the waters surrounding Gran Canaria and see beautiful dolphins and whales up close. There is a bar aboard for those who wish to buy some drinks during the trip. The boat will come as close as possible to these amazing sea creatures so that you can experience their natural habitat from as close as possible. Take photos as you watch whales and dolphins play.

Gran Canaria: Admission Tickets for Aqualand Maspalomas

4. Gran Canaria: Admission Tickets for Aqualand Maspalomas

Aqualand Maspalomas is the largest waterpark in Gran Canaria. It 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.

Gran Canaria: Camel Ride in the Dunes of Maspalomas

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

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. 

Gran Canaria: Poema del Mar Ticket

6. Gran Canaria: Poema del Mar Ticket

Poema del Mar invites you to discover all the secrets of the Blue Planet. A magnificent journey across the five continents through the different species that inhabit here. 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 meters wide by 7 meters high windows are perfect for observing the sharks.

Gran Canaria: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Food and Drinks

7. Gran Canaria: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Food and Drinks

Cruise along the southwestern coastline of Gran Canaria. Relax in style and take in views of beautiful beaches and dramatic cliffs and coves. Enjoy 4.5 hours of relaxation, fun, and adventure on an award-winning luxury catamaran.  Head out with the captain on a speedboat ride. Swim and snorkel, or take advantage of the discounts on donut rides, or on jet skiing and parasailing experiences. Enjoy a delicious buffet prepared for you by the crew. Savor traditional potatoes served with mojo sauce, chicken in Italian sauce, and a choice of salads and bread rolls. Drinks are always available: choose from sangria, beer, soft drinks, juice, and water.

Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Jetski Tour

8. Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Jetski Tour

Discover the Southwest Coast of Gran Canaria from a different perspective: On a jetski. Drive your own jetski as a monitor guides you from their boat, and feel the rush of wind exhilarate you as you whip across the water. Enjoy fast or slow speeds, breathtaking landscapes of the coastline, and a fun-filled day along the coast of the island. After all, you're at the helm. Marvel at marine creatures, including turtles, dolphins, and flying fish along your way.

Gran Canaria: Sioux City Park Western Adventure

9. Gran Canaria: Sioux City Park Western Adventure

Enter a replica town of the old Wild West at Gran Canaria's Sioux City Park, originally built in 1972 as a set for filming Western movies. See typical buildings and encounter archetypal characters of the Wild West. Watch cowboys, cattle-walking demonstrations and more. Everything is real and fully functional in Sioux City Park, including the Sioux City Saloon, where you can try some local drinks. Be awed by spectacular shows, including bank robberies and shootouts between bandits and the sheriff. Then, go to the on-site zoo and look at the animals, such as the Cachena Cattle, Jersey Giant chickens, emus, meerkats (suricata) and dwarf crocodiles. Benefit from a free shuttle bus from Sioux City Park to Playa del Inglés, Meloneras, San Agustín (Tuesday to Sunday), Puerto Rico and Mogán (Thursdays only).

Gran Canaria: Admission Tickets for Palmitos Park

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Gran Canaria

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6,051 reviews

Absolutely terrific experience. Jan and Speedy did everything they could to make this experience unforgetable! They have such an amazing energy, they are fun, but they take care of the safety also. They handed out a sweater and sunscreen to a participant who was visibly already sunburnt and didn't came prepared. The views and the offroad part were also amazing. Would reccomend 100%!!

I recommend this trip to everyone who is first time in this part of Gran Canaria and want in quick in easy way see all seaside. Great trip and great guide who took us everywhere and told many interesting things

Absolutely fantastic trip. Great guide with many interesting facts. Trip covered some great sights as well. Plenty of possibilities to socialize also. All in all a fantastic value for money!

Top spot, lovely friendly people, delicious food, top transport from hotel!! Definitely recommended!!

Great trek. Staff were very friendly and horses very nice. Thanks again