Things to do in
Gran Canaria

White sandy beaches and crystal clear waters await on this sunny island, with stunning hiking trails to boot.

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From Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Dolphin Watching Cruise

1. From Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Dolphin Watching Cruise

Climb aboard the 97-passenger boat at Puerto Rico harbor and look for whales and dolphins in their natural habitat in the Atlantic Ocean. Get up close to the beautiful animals as they swim through the waves on an unforgettable experience that is suitable for all ages. Sail along the southwest coast of the island in search of marine mammals and benefit from the services and expertise of the friendly multi-lingual crew. Get up-to-date information about the sightings and different species.  Avail of a boat equipped with a large glass bottom in both keels to experience life below the ocean waves without getting wet. Encounter a great diversity of animals including pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, green turtles, and flying fish. 

Gran Canaria: Half-Day Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Food

2. Gran Canaria: Half-Day Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Food

Your coastal adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in the south of Gran Canaria before you board one of Spain's most spectacular catamarans. On the boat, take advantage of the many luxury facilities while the friendly staff serve you a refreshing welcome drink. Set sail onto the sea and feel the cool breeze provide respite from the hot Spanish sunshine as you travel to a selection of hidden beaches off the coast of the island. Enjoy stunning panoramic views along the way and marvel at the crystal clear waters of Tiritaña, Perchel and Tauro. As you explore the island, sit back and relax on one of the boat’s 15 Balinese-style beds, and listen to the music spun by one of the onboard DJs. Feast on a gastronomic menu made from premium produce, and sip on a sparkling glass of champagne or deliciously cold beer. At the next destination, the tropical beach of Anfi del Mar, soak up the warm Mediterranean sun on deck or cool off in the sea with some fun water activities.

Gran Canaria: Dolphin and Whale Watching

3. Gran Canaria: Dolphin and Whale Watching

Enjoy a 2.5-hour trip by boat along the waters surrounding Gran Canaria and see beautiful dolphins and whales up close. There is a bar aboard for those who wish to buy some drinks during the trip. The boat will come as close as possible to these amazing sea creatures so that you can experience their natural habitat from as close as possible. Take photos as you watch whales and dolphins play.

Gran Canaria: Poema del Mar Ticket

4. Gran Canaria: Poema del Mar Ticket

Poema del Mar invites you to discover all the secrets of the Blue Planet. A magnificent journey across the five continents through the different species that inhabit here. Stroll through La Jungla which is home to goliath groupers, freshwater turtles and crocodiles. See Nemo's world in the Beach Zone where the clownfish live.  The final stop is the Deep Sea, an area with the largest curved window in the world. Its 36 meters wide by 7 meters high windows are perfect for observing the sharks.

Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Jetski Tour

5. Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Jetski Tour

Discover the Southwest Coast of Gran Canaria from a different perspective: On a jetski. Drive your own jetski as a monitor guides you from their boat, and feel the rush of wind exhilarate you as you whip across the water. Enjoy fast or slow speeds, breathtaking landscapes of the coastline, and a fun-filled day along the coast of the island. After all, you're at the helm. Marvel at marine creatures, including turtles, dolphins, and flying fish along your way.

From Puerto de Mogan: Boat and Snorkeling Trip

6. From Puerto de Mogan: Boat and Snorkeling Trip

Embark on a trip from Puerto de Mogan to the Tasarte area. Take in the stunning cliffs of Gran Canaria and snap some unbeatable photos. Once you arrive in the Tasarte area, turn around and navigate to El Perchel for some Spanish food. Then, stop at this awesome beach, accessible only by boat, where you can enjoy around 1.5 hours of snorkeling. During this time, identify many kinds of fish and swim all around the crystal water of Gran Canaria. After your swim, get ready for some food as tapas (Spanish appetizers) are prepared with mojo, spanish omellette, bread, and fresh fruit. Then, when you're ready, return to Puerto de Mogan.

Gran Canaria: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Food and Drinks

7. Gran Canaria: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Food and Drinks

Cruise along the southwestern coastline of Gran Canaria. Relax in style and take in views of beautiful beaches and dramatic cliffs and coves. Enjoy 4.5 hours of relaxation, fun, and adventure on an award-winning luxury catamaran.  Head out with the captain on a speedboat ride. Swim and snorkel, or take advantage of the discounts on donut rides, or on jet skiing and parasailing experiences. Enjoy a delicious buffet prepared for you by the crew. Savor traditional potatoes served with mojo sauce, chicken in Italian sauce, and a choice of salads and bread rolls. Drinks are always available: choose from sangria, beer, soft drinks, juice, and water.

Gran Canaria: Sioux City Park Western Adventure

8. Gran Canaria: Sioux City Park Western Adventure

Enter a replica town of the old Wild West at Gran Canaria's Sioux City Park, originally built in 1972 as a set for filming Western movies. See typical buildings and encounter archetypal characters of the Wild West. Watch cowboys, cattle-walking demonstrations and more. Everything is real and fully functional in Sioux City Park, including the Sioux City Saloon, where you can try some local drinks. Be awed by spectacular shows, including bank robberies and shootouts between bandits and the sheriff. Then, go to the on-site zoo and look at the animals, such as the Cachena Cattle, Jersey Giant chickens, emus, meerkats (suricata) and dwarf crocodiles. Benefit from a free shuttle bus from Sioux City Park to Playa del Inglés, Meloneras, San Agustín (Tuesday to Sunday), Puerto Rico and Mogán (Thursdays only).

Agüimes Cocodrilo Park Admission Ticket

9. Agüimes Cocodrilo Park Admission Ticket

Discover the incredible animal species at the Cocodrilo Park which offers an unforgettable experience for you and your whole family. At this zoo, which extends over 22,000 square meters, find over 500 different animals including the largest exhibit of alligators in Europe. Some of the animals you can enjoy in the park are meerkats, turtles, lizards, raccoons, several birds, deer, tigers, pigs, pygmy goats, llamas, monkeys, and chimpanzees. The monkey snack-bar offers a delicious menu of hot dogs and refreshing smoothies.

Gran Canaria Guided Buggy Tour

10. Gran Canaria Guided Buggy Tour

Discover Gran Canaria from a different perspective on a buggy drive along some of the island's adventurous roads. Marvel at the impressive natural landscapes of Fataga. The guided excursion starts by heading for the Ayagaures Valley. Drive to the Pedro Gonzales viewpoint for panoramic views. Get a breathtaking view of the Ayagaures Valley with its reservoir and surrounding mountains. Continue along unpaved roads to explore more exciting canyons. See the impressive mountains and charming villages in the south of Gran Canaria. Discover reservoirs and the Valley of Fataga. Go to some of the most beautiful observation points on Gran Canaria on an extensive 2-hour buggy ride through the imposing southern half of the island.

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What people are saying about Gran Canaria

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6,549 reviews

I booked only 48 hours beforehand for my birthday whilst in Gran Canaria. Very easy to book & excellent communication. We were picked up and dropped off as advised which allowed us not to worry about drinking and driving! Excellent customer service from all members of staff and once on the boat it was up to you whether you wanted to do other events, or like myself, just sit and enjoy the journey. Sangria, beer & soft drinks, along with lunch, were included in the package I purchased. An additional excellent bar & cocktails were available. My favourite, pina colada with a twist was "the best". Not your usual, and with a beautiful italian cherry on top! We ate, drank and were very merry & I would not hesitate to recommend or even do again.

Great fun experience! The guides and the camera men Speedy were super friendly and made sure everything run smoothly. Recommendation: if you do the tour, make sure NOT to bring white clothes, whatever you wear will be dusty. Thus, bring something to cover your hair and mouth or you will chew earth for days :) Awesome experience, beautiful views!

Very nicely planned and displayed aquarium. You won’t need a lot of time for visit, but just enough to see all the beautiful creatures of the sea this place has.

The guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. The tour covered a few different areas, along with a few 'surprises'. Would definitely recommend.

really worth the event, though from hotel to hotel wasn't 8hrs. might be better to do the 6hr one if you don't want lunch or the camel's.