The island of Gran Canaria might be well known for its numerous beaches, sunny weather and all-inclusive resorts. However, its marvelous natural sceneries might often be overlooked in favour of the readily available and pre-packaged touristy fun. In this guide we take you through some of the best natural sceneries and historic attractions the island has to offer if you happen to be amongst the people who prefer exploring the island for themselves.
Pico De las Nieves
The highest peak of Gran Canaria is a natural spectacle to behold! If you are a fan of nature or you just want to witness some of the most amazing sights the island has to offer, then you would be well advised to rent a car and go for the hour long journey towards the peak. Home to an untouched, stunning natural scenery bejeweled with pine forests and broad horizons, Pico De las Nieves is the perfect getaway from busy resorts. Enjoy a picnic and take in the views while making the most of your holidays in Gran Canaria.
An impressive display of thousands of botanical species native to the Canaries, the Jardin Canario is definitely a must see. If you plan on cheap holidays in Gran Canaria and want to keep your budget down, this place is something you ought not to miss, as beside being beautiful it’s also free to enter. Wander around this impressive garden and learn more about the Canary Islands while taking in the amazing views from the top. The collection of cacti is well impressive and as such it would be a shame to miss out on this one during your holidays in Gran Canaria.
A great getaway from the busyness of tourist resorts and beaches, Roque Nublo provides great views of the island’s northern parts while being a spectacle rarely seen anyplace else. The winding roads leading to this spot are wonderful thus making the journey to the top even more enjoyable. Revel in the rocky Gran-Canyon-like backdrops and if you happen to be lucky enough to visit on a sunny day you can enjoy the panorama that even expands to the island of Tenerife.
Casa De Colon
Housed in the former Spanish governor’s house in Las Palmas, Casa De Colon, owes its name to the famous explorer Christopher Columbus who stopped there on his way to the Americas. Nowadays a well organised museum with rich information about Columbus’ life and travels, this is a wonderful place to visit during your holidays in Gran Canaria. It’s impressive collection of well-preserved maritime maps and ornaments is definitely worth a closer look and the representation of the deck of a Spanish ship will provide you with an interesting view of the famous explorer’s workplace.
Playa de Mogan
The picturesque village of Puerto de Mogan is a great place to visit if you’re after a cosy and relaxing experience during your holidays in Gran Canaria. Situated close to the lively Puerto Rico, this place dotted with bars and restaurants as well as a nice bay is great for a daily visit. Stroll leisurely amongst the shops and bars and dine at your own pace while witnessing the idyllic simplicity of the area. If it suits your fancy you can book a submarine tour at the port and go discover the underwater landscape decorated by lots of fish swimming around you and two shipwrecks situated close to the coast.