Gran Canaria Culture & history

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Jandia: Cofete Beach & Villa Winter Tour with Transfer

1. Jandia: Cofete Beach & Villa Winter Tour with Transfer

Travel through the Jandia Peninsula and take in its striking coastal views on a guided tour in Fuerteventura. Relax on the untouched Cofete Beach, visit its nearby traditional village, and explore the mysterious abandoned building of Villa Winter. Get picked up from your accommodation and head out on a scenic adventure on the Jandia Peninsula. Take advantage of the panoramic photo ops along the way and stop at the remote Cofete Beach. Enjoy some time to relax and sunbathe before moving on to the next stop. Drive along a gravel road over the highest peaks of Fuerteventura for a dreamlike experience. Discover the mysteries of the abandoned Villa Winter, built in the 19th century by German engineer Gustav Winter. Learn about the site's history from your guide. Finally, stroll through the tiny village of Cofete for a glimpse into the laidback lifestyle of its inhabitants.

Maspalomas: Rental E-Scooter Chopper 2 seat

2. Maspalomas: Rental E-Scooter Chopper 2 seat

Explore the island independently and without the stress of keeping up with a tour group with this easy rental. The Harley-style electric scooters are a convenient and ecologically-friendly way to effortlessly explore the south of Gran Canaria with your partner, family or friends during your holidays – only a driver's license is required. Worried about getting lost in the streets, or need inspiration on the best places to visit? That’s no problem — you’ll receive a map with mobile phone support that will show you different routes you can follow. For example, you could discover the spectacular dunes of golden sand at Maspalomas, a natural reserve. Or, you could visit the Maspalomas Botanical Park, which covers an area of 12,000 square meters and holds more than 500 tropical plant species. Another point of interest is the incredible Oasis of Maspalomas, also known as “Charca”, a small lagoon used as a migration destination for almost 40 species of birds. It’s recommended to complete your amazing experience by visiting the Meloneras promenade, considered the most beautiful promenade in the south of Gran Canaria and with excellent views of the sea.

Las Palmas: Old City Private Walking Tour

3. Las Palmas: Old City Private Walking Tour

Visit your choice of great tourist places, combining culture and fun, such as the Columbus House, cathedral and shopping area.  Get a personal service from a real live local, official, and professional guide. They will help guide you to the local secret and best-loved places of Las Palmas and answer all your questions.

Maspalomas: 4-Hour Southern Coast E-Bike Tour with Tapas

4. Maspalomas: 4-Hour Southern Coast E-Bike Tour with Tapas

Explore the southern coast of Gran Canaria by electric bike. See the most spectacular sights and discover the island with a multilingual guide. Your 4-hour adventure begins with a visit to the natural reserve of Maspalomas Dunes, a small desert area made up of golden sand dunes. Stop at the Botanical Garden of Maspalomas for a short walking tour to see local flora. Then ride along beside the Atlantic Ocean, passing Meloneras Beach and Pasito Blanco Port. Stop to admire one of the few banana plantations in the south of the island. Follow the promenade until reaching the old lighthouse of Maspalomas, working since 1890 and declared a monument of historical interest by the Canary Islands Government You’ll arrive in the old fishing village of "El Pajar". Stop to visit to the village and its pretty volcanic beach. Afterwards, enjoy a lunch (for people that choose the option with tapas included) of local cuisine overlooking the sea. Later on, take the chance to admire "La Charca", a small lagoon adjacent to the dunes of Maspalomas. In this protected area there are up to 40 species of migratory birds - an ideal spot for birdswatching. Attention : the tour is not off-road.

Maspalomas: E-Scooter Chopper Sunset Tour or Morning Tour

5. Maspalomas: E-Scooter Chopper Sunset Tour or Morning Tour

Your tour will begin as you meet with your local guide at the rental center before being assigned your e-scooter chopper. From here you will depart the facility, embarking on your way to discover the amazing panoramic sunset view of Playa del Inglés. You will travel along the Campo Internacional bike path until you reach the old Maspalomas Lighthouse.By choosing the option of the morning tour you will have an hour of free time to visit the old Maspalomas lighthouse and its interesting ethnographic museum located inside the lighthouse. By choosing the option of the sunset tour, the stop at the lighthouse will be short of maximum 10 minutes. You will then visit the most exclusive area of the south, which is the beautiful promenade of Meloneras. It will be from here that you will enjoy a splendid ocean sunset view. You will then park your electric scooters for 15 minutes to relax a bit, before sampling a non-alcoholic drink at one of the most exclusive VIP bars in Meloneras.

Gran Canaria: Rent Electric Scooter Kick Start

6. Gran Canaria: Rent Electric Scooter Kick Start

Rent a speedy electric scooter as a convenient and ecological alternative to bus or car travel around Gran Canaria. With no license required, you can hop right on and get touring as long as you are over 18 years old. No need to worry about getting lost or not knowing where to go – you will be provided with a helpful map and a mobile phone app with different routes that will take you to some of the best sights on the island. Discover the spectacular golden sand dunes of Maspalomas as you drive along the adjacent seafront promenade. Visit the Maspalomas Botanical Park, which features more than 500 tropical plant species, or the incredible Oasis of Maspalomas, a small lagoon used as a winter nesting grounds by almost 40 different species of migratory birds. Stop by the old Maspalomas Lighthouse, a scenic protected cultural landmark.

Maspalomas: E-Bike Tour with Camel Ride

7. Maspalomas: E-Bike Tour with Camel Ride

Take this 4-hour adventure tour and experience Maspalomas by e-bike, then cross the sand dunes on the back of a camel. Enjoy a fun tour, suitable for all ages. Discover the area along quiet pedestrian routes with a local guide. First you'll cycle to the Botanical Park of Maspalomas. Stop for a short walking tour to see some of the 500 species of plant within the park. Afterwards, ride a camel through the Dunes of Maspalomas to visit the most spectacular parts of this nature reserve. Stop to admire the oasis, a small lagoon where migrating birds nest. Along the route you'll also see the statue of Christopher Columbus and the Maspalomas lighthouse. Visit the famous promenade in Meloneras, considered the most beautiful in the south of Gran Canaria. Stop at an archaeological site to see houses built by the first inhabitants of the island, before the Spanish conquest. After visiting the promenade, stop for a soft drink at a bar with panoramic sea views. The return journey follows bike lanes through Parque de la Paz, back to the original starting point.

Maspalomas: E-Bike Sightseeing Sunset Tour or Morning Tour

8. Maspalomas: E-Bike Sightseeing Sunset Tour or Morning Tour

Marvel at the most spectacular panoramic points of views in Gran Canaria on an e-bike tour, and enjoy an unforgettable outdoor adventure. You can choose to take the 4-hour morning tour or you can choose to try the 3-hour sunset tour option. First stop: Maspalomas Dunes. Admire the impressive dunes of this nature reserve and a variety of native plants. Second stop: visit the beautiful Maspalomas Botanical Garden and learn to recognize the endemic plants and cacti of the canary islands. Then, try your hand at some birdwatching at the Maspalomas Oasis. Hear local history as you explore the Punta Mujeres Archaeological Site from your expert guide. Then, continue to the old Maspalomas Lighthouse, a national monument located at the southernmost point of the island. On the sunset tour option, the visit to the lighthouse will last a maximum of 10 minutes. Only If you choose the Morning Tour option you will have an hour of free time to visit the old Masapalomas lighthouse and its interesting Ethnogracio Museum located inside. Next, turn onto the Meloneras Promenade and ride beside the sea before hopping off your bike for 20-minutes to relax. Step into a cool bar with ocean views and try some delicious soft drink.

Maspalomas: City Bike Rental for 1-7 Days

9. Maspalomas: City Bike Rental for 1-7 Days

Embark on a self-guided and personalized tour of Gran Canaria by city bike, a convenient and ecological alternative to discover the south part of the Island. Choose to rent your bike from 1 until 7 days.  For the duration of your tour, receive free assistance service in case of a breakdown or puncture. Start your adventure at the spectacular golden sand dunes of Maspalomas, a natural reserve since 1987, and ride along the entire coastline adjacent to the dunes with your city bike. Next, visit the Maspalomas Botanical Park which occupies an area of 12,000 square meters and houses more than 500 tropical plant species. Another point of interest is the Oasis of Maspalomas known as Charca, a small lagoon that serves as a winter destination for 40 species of migration birds, of which 23 species nest here. Continue the tour and visit the old Maspalomas Lighthouse, which has been in operation since 1980 and declared as an asset of cultural interest by the government in 2005. For completing this amazing experience, ride over to the Meloneras promenade, which is considered the most beautiful and luxurious promenade in the south of Gran Canaria, with excellent views of the sea. If you are interested in history and archeology, pay a visit to the ancient archaeological site of indigenous origin "Punta de las Mujeres". The site is often populated by a peaceful and harmless colony of Gran Canaria lizards, an endemic species, considered by many an island icon.

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4.5 / 5

based on 465 reviews

I recommend this tour to every person who wants to visit Cofete beach as well as Villa Winter. Marcel, our guide, was in a great mood from start to finish. He had an answer to all questions and shared his insider knowledge. The "road" to Cofete is an experience! But Marcel carried us through there very safely and skilfully. We were a total of seven tourists and of course we had plenty of time to look at everything in peace.

I really enjoyed the tour! The beautiful beaches of Cofete actually speak for themselves. The Villa Winter is also worth seeing - Marcel has an incredible amount of knowledge about the history of the villa and all the myths that exist around it. Was fun! :)

Marcel is the best and funniest guide there is. He not only brings the exciting story very close, but also in a funny way that everyone gets along with it. Thank you for this exciting afternoon. Keep it up and stay as funny as you are dear Marcel.

Great tour the road was a highlight in itself. Villa Winter, including its history, is very well told. The most beautiful thing for us was the beach of Cofete.

Nice guide, cool sights, new car with air conditioner. Definitely recommend