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What to see in Gran Canaria: 7 days itinerary. Best attractions and the better days for visit them: parks, typical villages, street markets, beaches... 

7 days in Gran Canaria


After flying to Gran Canaria, the best way to start a trip is to relax to recharge body and mind batteries.

Southern beaches in Gran Canaria

Maspalomas dunes is one of the best attraction in Gran Canaria, so prepare your camera and enjoy yourself jumping on them!


Which is the better place to admire the dunes?

If you arrive by car, I suggest you to park in Calle Finlandia (free parking spaces) in Playa del Ingles.
Near Riu Palace hotel starts the path to the dunes. This is one of the most beautiful coastal pats in Gran Canaria and the best point to admire the landscape.

If you want to make a walk you can follow this coastal path long several Kilometers until San Agustin.

When you finish to admire the dunes, you can take a relaxing break on the beach in Anfi del Mar (next to Arguineguin village).
There is a parking available for a fee (3-4 euro a day) and few free places.
Follow the indication "to the beach" and you will arrive to the most beautiful beach in Gran Canaria with white sand and palms.
You can rent a sunbed or enjoy the free beach.


Gran Canaria tour

Puerto de las Nieves and Galdar

On Thursday there is the street market in Plaza de Santiago in Galdar from 9 am to 14 pm. 
You can also make a brief visit of the city and the famous painted rock museum called "Cueva pintada" situated in the centre.

There are also several cheap bars and restaurants around the square.
Puerto de las Nieves, a quaint fishing village very frequented during the week-end by Canaries people. On the sea-front there are several typical see-food restaurants and bars.
A beautiful path connects to the natural swimming pool of Agaete. Unfortunately the area is very windy and the water is cold. 
The most confortable way for to reach this cities is the motorway that make a tour of the east part of Gran Canaria.


⇨  HOTEL PLAYA DEL INGLES  (BEVERLY PARK). Excellent value for money. Possibility of half board or all inclusive. One of the most booked hotel in Playa del Ingles. Very close to the equipped beach.

⇨  APARTHOTEL PLAYA DEL INGLES (VERIL PLAYA). Choose this location if you want to stay close to the Dune and the wide beach. If you are looking for a tourist place with some centers dedicated to nightlife.
⇨  PLAYA INGLES ECONOMIC APARTMENTS : Apartamentos Amazonas. For those seeking an independent and economical solution near the beach.
⇨   APARTHOTEL IN PUERTO RICO :  Rio Piedras. Good value for money. Ideal for winter stays, for family with children, for sea life in every season of the year.

⇨  AMADORES HOLIDAYS : spectacular views of the ocean and Tenerife. Close to the famous beach Amadores, great for autumn-winter stays. Ideal for couples. Various facilities: sauna, gym...
⇨  ADULTS ONLY APARTMENTS: Only for adults guests (no children) in Puerto Rico. another area designated for classic sea life. Between Amadores and Anfi mar.
⇨  HOLIDAY VILLAGE At MogĂĄn Playa - Beautiful resort located in the hottest and no windy part of the island: Puerto de Mogan. Small but pretty beach surrounded by shops. A village made up of white houses with colorful flowers on the balconies. Intimate, full of restaurants, ideal for couples or for families with children.


Trekking in Gran Canaria

Fataga e Roque Nublo (programme for mountain lovers).
To get to Roque Nublo from the south of Gran Canaria you can follow the indication "Tunte" or "Fataga". There is only one road with many curves and beautiful landscapes.
Fataga is a typical rural village with canary style houses (white with grey stones), narrow streets, lots of flowers, a church, a small square a restaurant serving local specialties. I tasted it during a trip to Roque Nublo, it is cheap and the portions are large. In Fataga there is only one parking that costs 1 euro for all day long (close to the only restaurant).

When you arrive to Roque Nublo you are in the center of the island. There is a small free parking when the path starts. After 5 km. you will arrive to this particular rock of 70 meter.


The best zoo dolphinarium on Gran Canaria

Palmitos Park

This is a big subtropical park. There are several range of animals: dolphins, snakes, birds, butterflies... that you can admire walking down a path surrounded by palm trees. You can reach it by car (free parking) or with the bus n. 45 or 70.
Average price: 28 euros. Discount for families.
Tip: at the exit of the airport you will received a coupon discount of 8 euros. You can also find it in the tourism offices.

Gran Canaria itinerary


Puerto de Mogan and Amadores beach

Every Friday the streets of the small fishing village of Puerto de Mogan are filled of stalls: the famous street market from 9.00 am to 14.00 pm.
I suggest you to leave the car at the entrance of the village where there is a big free parking or, if you prefer to travel by bus, take n. 01 or 32.

Puerto the Mogan is very beautiful with lots of colored flowers, white houses, little bridges and a port. 
The local restaurants offer fresh fish. One of the better restaurant is run by the fishermen's brotherhood called "Cofradia de pescadores" situated at the end of the port.

After lunch you can take a break in the very nice and equipped beach of Amadores with white sand, clear water, lots of shops and bars. In front of the beach there is a big free parking. 
If you like walking, a very beautiful coastal path of 1 km connects the Amadores beach to Puerto Rico beach.



Arucas, Firgas and Teror
These three typical villages are situated in the north close to each other, so you can visit they in the same day.

The first you will find at the exit of the motorway is ARUCAS with his street market on Saturday from 9.00 am to 14.00 pm.
The centre is develops around the big church of "San Juan Bautista".

FIRGAS is famous for his staircase of 30 mt, decorated with a fountain and colorful tiles. The square and the church of "San Roque" are the centre of the village with a beautiful view point.

TEROR is a typical Canaries village with his houses decorated with grey stones and wood terraces and the cathedral of "Virgin del Pino" the patron of the island. 
The street market selling typical Canaries products is on Sunday morning.

What to see in Gran Canaria


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The capital city of Gran Canaria is a lively city situated in the north, connected to the south with the motorway GC1 or by bus n. 01-30-90-91.

As well as all big cities there is lot of traffic and it is difficult to find parking.
The historical centre is the district of "Vegueta" with the cathedral, characteristic small squares and the "house-museum of Columbus". 
If you want to taste a local atmosphere, On Sunday morning (except in the summer) you can admire the typical street market of Vegueta with 400 stalls and every kind of products, while if you prefer the famous brand shops I suggest you to make a walk along the main street of "Calle Mayor"
Las Palmas has also a very long and beautiful sandy beach "Las Canteras" connected to the city centre by local buses.

These are only a small part of the principal attraction in Gran Canaria... other articles are coming soon...

Gran Canaria shopping

Things to in Gran Canaria

If during your holidays, you encounter one day with the bad weather, you can go to shopping.

Aguimes and shopping (program for shopping lovers).

Aguimes is a small typical village with several bronze statues (I have counted 37 statues), a beautiful cathedral and some bars where you can taste local food. Aguimes is famous for oil, wine, spirit and cheese products.

I suggest you to park around the village, because inside there are narrow streets without parking.
After the visit you can reach the south beaches or to make shopping in the zone of Telde (north of the airport) where there are several stores and an outlet.

  • LAS TERRAZZAS OUTLET: (motorway exit 6B). Here you can find famous brand of clothes, shoes, electronic, household, bar, restaurants... with a beautiful ocean view. The zone is windy.
  • EL MIRADOR STORE: (motorway exit 5). There is the big supermarket EROSKI and the low cost shop PRIMARK.
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Aggiornato Ottobre 2017
Moira R.



Shopping in Gran Canaria: tax free zones, street markets, shopping center.

Canary islands is very popular for being tax free zones. This very beneficial situation gave a boost to the economical activity in the islands for all sorts of commercial activities especially perfumes, electronic devices, alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.
You shall find this type of stores in all the shopping malls of the south and in the area of Parque Santa Catalina in Las Palmas. The price offers are vast and very competitive helping you to get away with a good purchase.


STREET MARKETS: handcraft is the best souvenir you can take from the island. You can find a good variety of creations in different artisan fields: pottery, table covers, handkerchiefs, fancy rags and other articles made of cloth.
You can find this articles in the street market of craftsmanship and culture of Vegueta in Las Palmas (open monday-thursday 6.40-14.00 friday-saturday 6.30-15.00) and in other traditional street markets of the island:
- Las Palmas: sunday 8.00-14.00
- San Fernando: wednesday and saturday 8.00-14.00
- Arguineguin: tuesday 8.00-14.00 in Plaza Negra, thursday 8.00-14.00 Ancora shopping center
- Puerto de Mogan: friday 8.00-14.00
- Vecindario: wednesday 8.00-14.00
- San Mateo: saturday 8.00-20.00 and sunday 8.00-15.00 farmer's market
- Aguimes: thursday 8.00-13.00 in front of the swimming pool
- Teror: sunday 8.00-14.00 near the Basilica
- Telde: saturday 8.00-14.00 near the bus station
- Galdar: thursday 8.00-14.00 church square
- Maspalomas and Puerto Rico: every 2 weeks on sunday 8.00-14.00


SHOPPING AREA: there are 7 in the entire island. They are big enough to find anything you need. They provide you with cinema halls, ample parking space, hypermarket chains ad restaurant area.
In Las Palmas:
- C.C. Las Arenas: (carretera del rincon), located at the end of Las Canteras beach, it has beautiful views from the roof top.
- C.C. El Muelle: (muelle de Santa Catalina), with wonderful views to the sea avenue and the Port of Las Palmas from any of the roof tops of the mall. It does not have any supermarket.
- C.C. La Ballena: (av. Gral del Norte, 112)
- C.C. Siete Palmas: (av. Pintor Felo Monzon, 44)

In Telde:

- C.C. El Mirador and C.C. Las Terrazas: (motorway GC1 exit 5 El Mirador and 6 Las Terrazas), located next to each other at a 2 minutes distance by car. The main characteristics of Las Terrazas is that it is the only OUTLET in the island, it also has numerous outdoor spaces and it offers ample entertainment options.

In Vecindario:

- C.C. Atlantico (motorway GC1 exit 28)

In Maspalomas:

- C.C. El Tablero (motorway GC1 exit 48)

Gran Canaria shopping

Sales period: summer from 1st July to 31st August. Winter from 7th January to 6th March.
Usually many stores and shopping malls are have continuous opening hours from 10.00 to 22.00.
On sunday and public holidays th shops close. In the tourist area some very specific stores remain open.

If you like the warm south of the island, cast a glance in my holiday apartment:

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December 2016



Opinions and advice on the most beautiful beaches of Gran Canaria: the biggest, the best beach to go in winter, best beaches for kids and family, white sand beaches and less windy.

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Best gran canaria beaches

In this article I'll talk about the most beautiful beaches of Gran Canaria. Some of my readers are planning a trip to this island so I thought to write a useful guide-article to direct them to the fullest. Carve out a break in a warm place all year round, it's always a good solution. Taking advantage of the favorable climate of the Canary Islands you can go back to work sporting a nice tan. To avoid making mistakes, here is a list of the best beaches of the island where you can swim and sunbathe.   

In this article we'll see in detail:
  1. Opinions and tips about the best beaches of Gran Canaria
  2. The most beautiful beaches of Gran Canaria
  3. Gran Canaria white beaches
  4. Gran Canaria less windy beaches.
  5. Most beautiful beach in the north of Gran Canaria (biggest beach).


Hotspot wifi canarias: free and paid service.

Wifi Access in the Canaries all the solutions. Free or paid service. Hotspot area maps and prices.

WIFI Gran Canaria

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WIFI FREE in Gran Canaria:

If you need an occasional and sporadic use...

TIP: Find McDonalds... They always have free wi-fi access.
If you go in Puerto Rico (Gran Canaria) you can find McDonalds in the downtown (usually you can sit and use internet even without consuming.)

Even in many shopping centers wi-fi service is free.
In the South of Gran Canaria you can find:.

Shopping Center El Tablero
Free wi-fi
Avda. Francisco Vega Monroy, nÂș21
El Tablero - San Bartolomé de Tirajana / output: 48 de la Autopista G.C.1

FREE WIFI for a Drink:

There are several internet cafes around the most popular beaches that offer internet access in exchange for a drink (usually the service provided is highlighted in some sign at the entrance.)



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Which island should you choose? Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria or Tenerife?
Find out!
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Increase your level of vitamin D to get concrete benefits for physical and mental health.

I recently discovered the benefits of taking a winter vacation in a warm sunny place like the Canary islands: concrete benefits for physical and mental health. The topic involves me directly so now I want to spread what I learned about the benefits of sunny winter holidays in the Canary Islands (an not only).


Discover the utility of taking a break between November and April to prevent health issues.

Topic in this article:
  • Best places to go on a holiday in winter to avoid typical health issues of this season.
  • What is the right level of vitamin d in the blood?
  • Ideal Vitamin D Blood Level
  • How to Get Your Vitamin D Within to Healthy Ranges
  • Vitamin D deficiency causes and treatment.
  • How to cure the deficit with a specific vitamin D supplement.

Pay attention: The deficiency often is asymptomatic but the damages it can cause in time are severe.
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    GRAN CANARIA BUSES, public transport e other useful info

    Things to Know Before arriving in Gran Canaria: What to do when you land at the airport LPA, bus, car, taxi, Free maps to download, video, The Canary climate. Accommodation.

    Today I want to share with you the travel guide that I provide to my guests who stay in my apartment in Gran Canaria.

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    gran canaria travel guide

    Instead of spending the whole afternoon looking for information here and there on the web, I did it for you hoping to make your life easier.
    With the time saved you can calmly prepare the suitcase.

    In this guide to the Things to Know Before arriving in Gran Canaria, I'll explain:

    1. What to do when you land at the airport LPA
    2. Transport available on the island: buses, taxi, transfer, cheap rental cars
    3. Find Wi-fi, hotspot areas
    4. Cheapest Grocery store in Gran Canaria
    5. Climate
    6. Gran Canaria Free maps to download
    7. Application for mobile / tablet
    8. Gran Canaria main beaches to see
    9. Main Street markets and Places to visit in Gran Canaria.
    10. Gran Canaria Health care: Useful phone numbers: police, hospitals…
    11. Shopping in the Canary Islands (Transport Rules customs)



    Gran Canaria: 4 steps to plan your CHEAP HOLIDAY spending about 350 Euros per flight, car and accommodation.

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    Low cost holidays to Gran Canaria
    Today I'd like to help you to organize a cheap holiday to Gran Canaria without sacrificing service and comfort. Let's see how save money planning a holiday in Gran Canaria, all year round.