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Excited about your first trip to Gran Canaria but not sure where to start? Rent a car and discover beautiful place after beautiful place, following the coast all the way around this incredible island, in just one day!

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  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer

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5 Places

Puerto de Mogan

Destinations

Museo & Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada

Speciality Museums

Playa de Las Canteras

Beaches

Melenara

Destinations

Sven_von_Scheidemann's City Tips

  • Although you can travel around the island by bus, I recommend renting a car so that you can choose where to stop and explore.
  • Avoid entering restaurants or other public centres in beachwear.
  • The Spanish word for "thanks" is "gracias" – locals love it when tourists attempt to speak even just a few words in their native language.
  • Please be aware of cyclists, especially on the west coast's curvy roads. Honk twice before entering sharp curves.
  • If you're eating out, leave a 10-15% tip on the table after paying the bill.
  • Puerto de Mogan
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    Sven_von_Scheidemann Says:

    Puerto de Mogan, known as 'Little Venice', is one of the most romantic villages in Gran Canaria. Walk through its tiny alleys with arches full of bougainvilleas to reach the restaurants on the marina.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoying a coffee or tea in front of the parade of boats is a fantastic way to start your day.
    • Got extra days to explore? Return here to take a submarine tour or explore the waters by Glass Bottom Ferry.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Puerto de Mogan
  • Museo & Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada
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    Sven_von_Scheidemann Says:

    The Museum Cueva Pintada, in the pretty town of Galdar, transports visitors back to the 6th century. Consisting of a covered excavation site with impressive cave paintings, discover lots of historic information about Gran Canaria here, plus explore the numerous ancient artefacts on display. An excellent insight into the Canary Islands' past, and that of their native islands (the 'Guanches') for all lovers of history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • An excellent multimedia exhibit allows you to experience the life of the Guanches up to the conquest of the island by the Spanish, and the subsequent assimilation.
    • Entry is free the first weekend of each month, and always free for children under 18.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Galdar
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Time travel 10/10/2018
    • Working Archaeological Site 10/10/2018
    • Museo & Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada
    Address:
    Calle Audiencia 2
    35460 Galdar, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 89 54 89
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Tue - Sat
    10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Playa de Las Canteras
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    Sven_von_Scheidemann Says:

    Probably one of the most beautiful urban beaches in the world, Playa de las Canteras is a great place for a 3km stroll along its 'Little Havana'-style promenade, teeming with cozy bars and restaurants. On the beach, you'll find locals and visitors surfing, running, or taking a refreshing bath in the Atlantic Ocean. All in all, if you haven't visited Playa de Las Canteras, you haven't experienced the real Gran Canaria!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Park your car in the car park next to the Centro Comercial Arenas, close to the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus. The best starting point for a stroll.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 86 things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome for Snorkeling! Overall nice clean beach with plenty of decent restaurants. Even outdoor showers. 14/10/2018
    • Amazing city beach 14/10/2018
    • Playa de Las Canteras
    Address:
    Paseo de las Canteras
    Belén de arena
    35008 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria
    Spain
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  • Melenara
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    Sven_von_Scheidemann Says:

    Playa de Melenara is one of my favourite beaches, and one of the most recommended places in Gran Canaria to enjoy authentic, delicious Canarian food. Not many tourists find their way to this urban beach on the island's east coast, so get ready for a real treat!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Between the big car park and the beach, you'll find the restaurants with the nicest atmosphere.
    • My favourite tapas dishes are puntillas de calamar, pimientos de padrón, queso canario, papas arrugadas con mojo, and mousse de gofio. Try them all!
    • Walk along the idyllic promenade after dinner, before driving back to your hotel.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    • Melenara
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