Gran Canaria: Your 7-Day Holiday Itinerary

Paying for a guided tour of Gran Canaria during your holiday can be an expensive extra cost. Instead, have a read of our seven day guide, which is packed full with great information and top tips and is absolutely free.

We will take you through the highlights of this beautiful island, so you can make the most of your precious, seven-day getaway.

Day 1: Relax on Gran Canaria´s Beautiful Beaches

Playa Amadores, Gran Canaria

With soft sand and clear waters, spend your first day in Gran Canaria relaxing and recuperating on one of the island´s breathtaking beaches. 

Find the nearest beach to your holiday home and head down to spend your day relaxing, settling in and getting to know the area. Almost every beach on this pretty island offers soft, yellow sand and glittering, blue water. Don't forget a high factor sun cream for those first few days and extremely strong sun!

Day 2: Get High on Gran Canaria


The centre of Gran Canaria offers the best views of the island and of neighbouring Tenerife. There are many hiking paths - caminos reales - on the island, a number of them are fairly easy and will take you up to the famous rock formation - Roque Nublo. 

After your morning warm up, cool down with a stroll to the nearby mountain villages of Artenara and Tejeda, with just under 10km separating this pretty pair. Artenara, the highest settlement on the whole of Gran Canaria, is famous for its cave houses and Tejeda is celebrated for its gastronomy, with potaje de jaramago (wild rocket stew) and bienmesabe (an almond dessert) being two of its signature dishes.

Day 3: Hit the North of Gran Canaria


In the morning, make a pilgrimage to the religious heart of Gran Canaria, Teror and take a leisurely stroll around its cobbled streets. If you continue further north along the GC-21, stop for a lunch break in Firgas, a little town which is home to the island's heartiest eaters.

A popular, nearby walking destination is the Barranco de Azuaje. The lazier alternative is to head to the north coast and enjoy a siesta on one of the beaches. This stretch of coastline is rocky and rugged - the opposite of the pristine southern shoreline, but if you are looking for a sandy beach head to Sardina del Norte. Here, you can enjoy a beautiful day at the beach, topped off by an even more beautiful sunset.

Day 4: Explore the Wild West of Gran Canaria


Travelling from the south of the island, take the GC-200 which connects Puerto de Mogán aka Little Venice with La Aldea de San Nicolás, one of Gran Canaria's agricultural areas. If you are coming from the north, use the coastline-hugging GC-2 to connect you with the GC-200. Along these routes, there are plenty of miradores - vantage points - for you to stop and admire the view.

If you begin in the south, you can also leave the GC-200 at Cruz de Tasartico before descending to the village of the same name, from where you can hike to one of the best beaches in the Canary Islands, Playa de Güigüi. Afterwards, return to the GC-200 and turn off at Cactualdea Park for a theme park with a difference. If you start in the north, vice versa.

Day 5: Have some fun in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Casa de Colón

Arguably the liveliest of all the Canarian cities, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria makes for a great day out. There´s so much to do in this buzzing city, its difficult to decide which activities to choose, both day and night. 

To assist you in the decision making process, here are three of our favourite activities for you to experience and enjoy. The first, is one of the world's finest metropolitan beaches, Las Canteras. The second's Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's main high street - Triana - where you'll be able to pick up some bargains and thirdly is the historic Vegueta, home to the emblematic Catedral de Santa Ana.

Day 6: Enjoy Gran Canaria's Southern Comforts

Charca y Playa de Maspalomas

You can walk all the way from San Agustín to Maspalomas along kilometres of sand, passing the famous Playa del Inglés beach as you do.

Day 7: Feast in the East of Gran Canaria

Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

Visitors to Gran Canaria tend to bypass the east of the island on their way to the north or the south. So, on your return to the airport, discover what the majority miss out on. 

Some beautiful eastern towns worth a visit include Agüimes and Telde which are both just 10 minutes drive from the airport if you take the C-816. Telde is the oldest city on the island and was the original capital city.