Gran Canaria in 2 days
Gran Canaria has been called a “continent in miniature” and there are good reasons for it. The island is a startling blend of ecosystems, microclimates and landscapes. Its coastline combines bare scenery and stunning beaches with facilities and services designed to make the visitor’s stay a more pleasant experience. Elsewhere, a coastline of sheer cliffs meets the inland valleys and gorges, home to hidden villages, rivers, lakes and a range of vegetation types.
An average temperature of 24°C and year-round sunshine can be enjoyed in the southern part of the island, which is protected from clouds and low-pressure by the rocky wall of the mountains.
Very few will be able to resist the attractions of Gran Canaria which has not only stunning beaches, but also sports, nightlife, tradition, nature and culture.
You will arrive in Gran Canaria by boat or by plane, and so we recommend starting your day with a visit to the beach closest to your RIU Hotel in Gran Canaria and spending a relaxing morning in the sun, enjoying the sea. If you are the kind of person that likes activity, there are different options available right on the beach. For example, why not try a water sport? You can hire all the equipment you need or get an instructor to give you some introductory lessons. There are a number of clubs and schools near the hotel.
After a few hours on the beach, you will feel like something to eat. Back at your RIU Hotel you can enjoy its excellent buffet with both international and local food.
In the afternoon, you can try one of the most popular activities in the Canary Islands: a camel ride. This is a service offered by a number of different farms, and you are sure to have fun and get to know this friendly animal better. If a camel ride is not your thing, perhaps you might prefer a visit to Palmitos Park, a large botanical garden and zoo. Its 200,000 m2 are home to many animals, including 1500 bird species, a dolphinarium and even Komodo dragons.
On your second day in Gran Canaria, we recommend a visit to the capital, Las Palmas. If you still feel like sunbathing, you are sure to enjoy yourself on the bustling Las Canteras beach. However, if you would rather visit the city, take a wander in the beautiful neighborhood of Vegueta and see some of its sights, including the Cathedral of Santa Ana.
If you are one of those people who avoid urban life when on holiday, or simply do not feel like spending a whole day in a city, here are a couple of suggestions, both good places to get to know about the historic culture of the Canaries. Firstly, an interesting visit to Mundo Aborígen, which shows the traditional life of the guanches, the aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands. Another possibility is a recreation of traditional island architecture: the Pueblo Canario complex in Doramas Park, which includes the Nestor Museum. Here you can enjoy dance and folk music performances on Thursdays and Sundays.
If none of this is your kind of thing, don’t worry! There is a wide range of activities and places to visit in Gran Canaria: you can join a whale watching tour, get a guide and to go hiking, visit prehistoric caves, hire diving equipment, or a bike for some cycle tourism.