My complete travel blog on Gran Canaria

On this page I’m sharing my complete travel blog on Gran Canaria. I’m telling you all about what you should see and must do on this Spanish island, and of course I’ll also tell you where to eat.
Gran Canaria is located in the Atlantic Ocean, of the coast of North-West Africa. So the island is a great destination if you’re seeking sun during the Northern-European winter. Quickly read on for my complete travel guide to Gran Canaria!

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, commonly known as Las Palmas, is a vibrant city located on the northeast coast of Gran Canaria. The city is characterized by its historic architecture, including the impressive Santa Ana Cathedral and the charming Vegueta district. The iconic Las Canteras Beach offers golden sands and crystal-clear waters, perfect for sunbathing and water activities. Visitors can explore the diverse cultural scene, with museums, theaters, and festivals celebrating the island’s rich heritage. Every year around Christmas time there’s a big Sand Sculpture Festival at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

My restaurant recommendations for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are La Picnicteria, on the South side of Las Canteras Beach beach. And The Couple on the North side of the beach.


Firgas, a small town in the North of the island, is famous for its unique “Paseo de Gran Canaria,” a cascading series of fountains and waterfalls. Firgas offers a refreshing and relaxing atmosphere. The town is surrounded by lush greenery, making it a great destination for nature lovers.


Teror, a charming town nestled in the heart of Gran Canaria, exudes traditional Canarian charm and rich cultural heritage. Famous for its picturesque streets lined with colorful colonial-style houses and adorned with intricately carved wooden balconies, Teror offers visitors a glimpse into the island’s past. The town’s main attraction is the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pine, a magnificent church housing the revered statue of the Virgin Mary, patron saint of Gran Canaria. Teror also hosts a lively market every Sunday, where locals and tourists alike gather to browse an array of local produce, crafts, and traditional delicacies.

Roque Nublo

Roque Nublo, a majestic rock formation towering over Gran Canaria, offers visitors a unique and awe-inspiring experience. Situated in the heart of the island’s mountainous interior, this iconic landmark is a must-see for nature lovers and adventurers alike. Hiking to the summit of Roque Nublo rewards you with panoramic views stretching across the rugged landscape and out to the shimmering coastline. It’s a perfect spot to connect with nature and marvel at the island’s dramatic beauty.

Barranco de las Vacas

Barranco de las Vacas, translating to “Canyon of the Cows,” is a captivating natural wonder located on Gran Canaria. This small Canyon might remind you of the West Coast of the United States.
It’s not very clearly marked. There are a few ‘parking spots’ by the side of the road. And from there you can step over the guard rail and there’s a quite easy path going down. You’ll go underneath a bridge and from there the canyon starts straight away. You can walk all the way to the end and back in about 15 minutes.

Puerto de Mogán

Puerto de Mogán, often referred to as “Little Venice,” is a picturesque coastal village nestled on the southwestern coast of Gran Canaria. This charming harbor town is renowned for its quaint canals, vibrant bougainvillea-lined streets, and Mediterranean-inspired architecture. The marina is filled with colorful fishing boats and luxury yachts, creating a postcard-perfect scene. Visitors can explore the lively market, held every Friday, where local artisans showcase their crafts. The beach at Puerto de Mogán offers a serene escape, with golden sands and clear blue waters. The village is also home to a variety of restaurants serving fresh seafood and traditional Canarian dishes, making it a delightful destination for those seeking a relaxed and idyllic atmosphere on the island.

Los Azulejos De Veneguera (Rainbow Rocks)

Los Azulejos de Veneguera, affectionately known as the Rainbow Rocks, is a hidden gem nestled within the stunning landscapes of Gran Canaria. These vibrant geological formations boast a kaleidoscope of colors, ranging from fiery reds to cool blues and lush greens. Located near the village of Veneguera, this natural wonder offers a captivating sight for visitors who venture off the beaten path. There’s a small parking spot, but many people will park their cars alongside the road. There’s a market stall where you can buy some snacks and drinks, but there’s no toilet.

Dunas de Maspalomas

Dunas de Maspalomas, or Maspalomas Sand Dunes, is a mesmerizing natural treasure located in the southern part of Gran Canaria. This unique and expansive sand dune system stretches along the coast, creating a desert-like landscape that contrasts with the nearby beaches. Visitors can wander through the rolling dunes, which can reach impressive heights, offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés

Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés are two vibrant coastal towns nestled on the sunny shores of Gran Canaria. Maspalomas has the stunning sand dunes, mentioned above, where visitors can wander and take in breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Playa del Inglés, on the other hand, is known for its lively atmosphere, with bustling streets filled with shops, restaurants, and bars. Together, these neighboring towns offer a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement for travelers seeking a memorable beach getaway in the Canary Islands. It’s a touristic part of the island, but that also means that there are great facilities like many beach beds and umbrellas and a boulevard with tens of restaurants.

My restaurant tips for Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés are Calma Cafe in the morning for a delicious breakfast or lunch. They’ve got all your brunch favorites like avocado toast and pancakes and many vegetarian and vegan options as well.
For dinner I recommend Mexican restaurant El Chacho. It’s located in a touristic mall, but the food is really good. And it’s great to have something different than the thirteen-in-a-dozen restaurants that are lined up along the boulevard.

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