Gran Canaria, also known as Grand Canary Island, is the third-largest and second-most-populous island of the Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean in a region known as Macaronesia is 93 mi off the northwestern coast of Africa and about 840 mi from Europe and is part of Spain which is very close Africa than Europe.
Gran Canaria is a 30-mile-long island that you can drive around in about 90 minutes. The roads are good and well-signed, and most of the island’s road network is on the east and south coasts.
However, there are also some extreme routes. There are several ways you can experience the beauty of this magnificent island, the way we chose to explore is by road trip.
It’s a small island but if you want to experience more than just the resorts, you need 7-10 especially if you are planning this road trip. Yes, it’s a small island but you need more than a day due to road conditions/environment.
So with that being said, we’re gonna show you how to explore rugged mountains, golden beaches, charming villages, and all the island’s best-kept secrets. Let’s go;
1. The Dunes of Maspalomas.
Let’s start our journey by heading to the iconic Maspalomas Dunes, a mesmerizing desert landscape that makes you feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet.
While here you can walk through the dunes, and run up and down, you can also hike in the dunes or take a stroll by the sea. Maspalomas Dunes are a natural wonder and are every photographer’s dream.
2. Drive through the Tamadaba Natural Park
This is one of Gran Canaria’s most pristine areas. Enjoy the scenery that offers panoramic vistas at every turn. Wind your way through pine forests and steep cliffs.
Eat under the fragrant canopy of pines at the Llanos de La Mimbre picnic area before getting an overview of the forest from the La Bandera peak.
Lower down the GC-200 connects La Aldea de San Nicolás town to the El Balcón viewpoint where you experience the sea cliff formation known as the ‘dragon’s tail’, and to palm-dotted Guayedra valley and its secluded beach Don’t forget your camera – you’ll want to capture every breathtaking moment.
3. Village Charms.
Step back in time as you explore the charming villages of Teror and Tejeda. Teror’s colonial architecture and cobblestone streets exude old-world charm, while Tejeda is nestled amidst dramatic mountain scenery and is known for its almond trees. Taste local delicacies, wander through colorful markets, and indulge in the rich Canarian culture.
4. Natural Pools of Agaete:
This is the time to cool off a bit by enjoying the natural seawater pools of Agaete offer a refreshing escape. Nestled along the rugged coastline, these pools are formed by volcanic rocks, creating a serene oasis where you can swim, relax, and take in the crashing waves. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and connect with nature.
5. Valley of a Thousand Palms.
Venture into the lush Fataga Valley, also known as the “Valley of a Thousand Palms.” As you wind through the valley, you’ll encounter a sea of palm trees set against a backdrop of rugged mountains. Take a leisurely stroll or enjoy a picnic in the middle of this oasis of tranquility.
6. Sunset Splendor at Puerto de Mogán.
Our road trip continued with a visit to Puerto de Mogán, also known as “Little Venice.” Stroll along picturesque canals, and vibrant bougainvillea-lined streets, and relax by the charming harbor.
As the sun sets, the village transforms into a kaleidoscope of colors, painting a perfect ending to your Gran Canaria adventure.
Gran Canaria’s diverse landscapes, from towering mountains to sandy beaches, offer an unforgettable road trip that unveils the island’s natural marvels.
Each twist and turn of the road reveals a new facet of this mesmerizing destination. So, whether you’re an avid nature lover, an adventure seeker, or a culture enthusiast, this road trip promises to be an odyssey of discovery that will stay with you long after the journey ends. Gear up, hit the road, and let Gran Canaria’s beauty captivate your heart!