"Gran Canaria is the second most populous island of the Canary Islands..." (c) Wikipedia – and the second of Canarian treasures we've discovered after Tenerife. Probably the most balanced trip in our experience – a week of rather intense food consumption, mountain hiking, roadtripping and beachwise donothingness 😄. Best time to go is Spring, just before the season starts. The island is a lush blossoming garden, not yet that crowded and rather affordable, but can be chilling at night. Don't hesitate to ask me questions!
Pick up the car, check in and relax. Prepare for the upcoming adventure. Some great seafood for dinner included.
The first and probably the only time when a restaurant recommended by Timescenery was disappointing a bit. We loved the outdoor terrace inside an old's house patio, and the atmosphere in general, but dishes were... too creative. You might want to try another place instead.
We came to Maspalomas on the first day for a yearly carnival. It was massive! It seemed like all men on the island turned into drag queens, slowly cruising across the area in trucks converted into party scenes.
This place looks very true and popular among the locals. They cook a few varieties of fish and seafood depending on what's available at the moment, but they do it rather good. Definitely an experience to try.
On this day, we drove up to the mountains via the scenic curvy roads. Spent most of the day there. Dinner was also held at the restaurant up there. Amazing views!
Stop in this cute fairytale town for a bit, and maybe grab some sandwiches before a daylong walk in the mountains.
http://www.hellocanaryislands.com/paths/gran-canaria/ruta-de-la-plata/ Walking along an ancient farmer’s pathway. This walk is done along a path used by animals and by the ancient settlers of Gran Canaria to take their animals in search of the best grazing each season. Thanks to the improvements made by a wealthy landlord at the end of the XIX century, the islanders were able to overcome geographic impediments at the summits which took them southwards at a time when road transport was non-existent. With time the route was improved for walkers and pilgrims. A pathway full of pine forests, Canary Islands’ Giant Burgloss and Klenia Nerifolia. In the midst of pine forests, Canary Islands’ Giant Burgloss and Klenia Nerifolia, Ruta de la Plata passes along areas of great biological importance like Degollada de Becerra, Garañon, Pasos de la Plata and Tunte. This thirteen kilometre long walk goes over cobbled paths, forest tracks and roads. The route which is of average difficulty can be done in five hours. Remember to take sun cream, suitable footwear and food and liquid to enjoy a moment’s rest along the way.
A bit aside from the main trail, this viewpoint is worth a visit.
Get a taxi from here back to your car. Will take around 30 Euro.
Nice restaurant at a tiny village with a very welcoming owner name... you guess... Antonio! 😅
South of the island. Famous Maspalomas and the iconic dunes. Mostly beach leisure and relaxing walks.
Beside its drag queen festival, Maspalomas is also very well known for its dunes – long stretch of sandy beach slowly devouring the island, hopefully too slowly to ever happen.
Sangria on cava, lobster cream soup and gazpacho, black paella and the view! The best foodie place on Gran Canaria we've been to, that's why not once or even twice.
This "faro" looks unusually noble for a lighthouse. Maybe it's because some luxury hotels are too close?
Watching the beautiful sunset while listening to hippies singing their soulful sunshine reggae...
Canarian tomato salad, fried baby octopus, grilled fresh local fish and tuna, Caldera white wine. Just another restaurant for locals with nice food.
This day is dedicated to walking. Pinar de Tamadaba forest is great for hiking. You can spend most of the day there.
Filling up bellies before going up to the mountain forest.
http://www.hellocanaryislands.com/paths/gran-canaria/bajada-de-faneque-tamadaba/ Trekking in ravines, giant cacti and hamlets in Gran Canaria. The area of Tamadaba has one of the best preserved pine forests in the north of the island of Gran Canaria which is a unique area because of its network of ravines, scarps and mountain ranges. On this walk, it is also worth pointing out the important colonies of Euphoria and Canary Island Spurge. Of interest too are the isolated hamlets, many of which are abandoned, these are of archaeological interest examples being El Risco or the valley of Guayedra. Near the sea, the slopes and cliffs ascend over one thousand metres above sea level. A bird’s eye view of the coast of Gáldar and Agaete. The route takes you from the forest house of Tamadaba to the cliffs of Faneque, from where there is a bird’s eye view of all the northwestern side of Gran Canaria above the municipalities of Gáldar and Agaete. With a total length of four kilometres, this walk has an average incline of 266 metres and goes along safe terrain except for the part along the old river canal built mid 20th century. Tamadaba is home to 25% of the island’s native flora and 20% of that of the entire archipelago.
Quick stop to buy a bottle of the unique Canarian vino blanco seco and spend some time watching the sunset!
Very exquisite sushi place with yummy sashimi and rather posh locals.
On this day, we decided to have a complete round trip around the island. Scenic lookouts and top-rated restaurants along the route.
Buy some white wine called Caldera from this vineyard where it's produced. It's the best white we had on the island.
Book a boat and have a nice journey to watch the sea creatures out in the wild.
One of the most amazing experiences in my life! Dolphin and whale watching – both successful! Book a Blue M Boat Trip: [TripAdvisor](http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g664857-d4368022-Reviews-Blue_M_Boat_Trips_Puerto_de_Mogan-Puerto_de_Mogan_Mogan_Gran_Canaria_Canary_Islan.html)
Moët Rosé Imperial, okay.
Right in the center of the island there's the Roque Nublo mountain with lots of different hiking trails around it.
Stock up with sandwiches!
http://www.hellocanaryislands.com/paths/gran-canaria/roque-nublo/ A natural monument of ancestral importance. Located in the central municipality of Tejeda, on the island of Gran Canaria, Roque Nublo is considered one of the biggest natural crags in the world. Of special significance to the islanders, this crag of volcanic origin stands at a height of 80 metres and is 1,813 metres above sea level. An ancient place of worship for the aborigines, it was declared a protected natural space in 1987 and a rural park seven years later. Its enormous presence is only surpassed by Pico de las Nieves (Snow peaks) which at 1,949 metres is the highest peak of Gran Canaria. Trekking with views of the peaks of Gran Canaria. The Roque Nublo route starts from the main road, from where you walk 1.5 kilometres to the proximity of the natural monument and its brother, Roque de la Rana. Before getting there, you go past another natural monument, el Roque de El Fraile. This route, which is 5km long allows us to see the great dams of Las Niñas, Chira and Soria and the towns of Artenara and Acusa. The views from Caldera de Tejeda, Llanos de la Pez and Pozo de las Nieves are well worth the effort the route entails.
We were "lucky" enough to experience "the best" of the "Rock in the Clouds" – being inside the raining clouds is something special to remember.
Super delicious tapas, and a very lovely place to have a dinner!
Relax and enjoy your last day on the island.