Gran Canaria is an island where there is a lot to do, many places to visit and many little corners to discover. That’s why I’m happy to write these posts, share with you all this information and brag about my island ?.
As it is a lot of information, I think the most practical thing is to divide it according to zones. So I will start with the most touristic one, which is the southern area.
- Palmitos Park (Maspalomas): It is a zoo full of beautiful gardens, little animals and an aquarium with a dolphin show. There are different kind of tickets (resident, family, etc.) and the option to buy tickets for both parks, Palmitos Park and Aqualand, saving around 10% of the normal price when buying them separately.
- Aqualand (Maspalomas): It is a great water park for the whole family. Its Mini Park is adapted to the size of the children, so they can enjoy water slides safely. Now, they have introduced a new activity, swimming with sea lions (which not included in the normal entrance fee).
- Angry Birds Activity Park (Puerto Rico): With a 10-D movie theater for the whole family, Laser Mission room and Children’s Soft Play Area. Free for children up to 3 years old. Also a good place to celebrate your kid’s birthday, if it is during your visit to the island.
- Mundo Aborigen (Road to Fataga): It is a recreation of the way of life and customs of the Canarian aborigines, ancient inhabitants of the island. The environment where the park is located makes it very realistic.
- Holiday World Maspalomas Center (Playa del Inglés): A leisure centre that you cannot miss. With attractions for all ages, bowling and food-market. They also have “Escape Room” and karaoke rooms, ideal for having a good time with the family.
- Submarine Adventure (Puerto de Mogán): It is really a worthwhile experience. It is a real submarine that dives to about 25 m. deep. Along its journey, you can see the artificial reefs, full of sea life.
- Sioux City Park (San Agustín): It is a theme park that recreates an small town in the wild west. Inside you can enjoy different shows, horseback riding, or simply walk around and visit the different buildings (jail, bank, saloon, etc.) of this picturesque town.
- Carnival of Maspalomas (different dates, from middle February to middle March): If there is one event that should not be missed in Gran Canaria, it is our carnival. They are characterized above all by the great participation of the people of the island. Different events are held throughout the day: parades, contests, concerts, etc. that last approximately two weeks, in different parts of the island (on different dates, so we can be in carnival for a whole month perfectly ?). The Maspalomas Carnival is celebrated mainly in the Yumbo shopping centre and its surroundings (Playa del Inglés), although you can find carnival atmosphere almost anywhere during those dates ??
- Cine “Moonlight”: It is an open-air cinema. A very different experience, especially if enjoyed during winter time.
- Parks and Gardens in San Bartolomé: San Bartolomé de Tirajana is the name of the municipality where some of the main tourist centres are located, such as San Agustín, Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas. It has 3 parks where I recommend you to take a walk with the kids, go for a bike ride, do some sport or simply lie down on the grass and have an snack: Parque Urbano del Sur and the Tony Gallardo Park (recently restored). If you love vegetation and plants, then you can take a pleasant walk through the Maspalomas Botanical Park, full of species of native plants and cactus, butterflies and birds.
- Paseo de las Meloneras (Meloneras): It is a beautiful promenade by the sea that goes from Maspalomas beach to Meloneras beach, a little more than 3 km. (about 45 minutes walking). In the area where the emblematic lighthouse of Maspalomas is located, there are a lot of restaurants and bars ideal for having a drink or dinner or enjoying an artisan ice cream watching the sunset. It must be said that it is one of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen with unique and impressive colours.
- Our beaches: In general, the island is full of great beaches, almost all of them ideal to enjoy with the family, but if I had to make a selection of the ones that are more comfortable and safe, they would be the ones with sand, without much waves and easily accessible. In the southern area we have (in order if we go from the airport to the south): Bahía Feliz, San Agustín, Las Burras, Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Meloneras, Pasito Blanco, Patalavaca, Anfi del Mar, Puerto Rico, Amadores and Tauro.
- Dolphins Watching: There are several private companies with which you can do this activity. The probability of seeing them is quite high, but, equally if you don’t see them, it is a great boat trip that will offer you a beautiful view of the south-west coast of Gran Canaria from the sea. If you are lucky enough to see them, the faces and reactions of your little ones will be the real spectacle ?
- Mogán Mall (Puerto Rico): It is an open-air shopping center. I’m not a big fan of spending time with the family in the shopping malls, but this one in particular has a very nice atmosphere. Being outdoors it is really nice to take a walk, eat an ice cream, sit relaxing on a terrace and contemplate its great fountain…while your little ones can be running around safely. They also used to organize activities for kids in the afternoon once a week. They have a huge fountain too with a light show on the weekends which the little ones will love ⛲
- Puerto de Mogán: This is actually an apartment complex that recreates a picturesque coastal village, with canals in some of its streets that are crossed by beautiful bridges, hence its nickname “the little Venice”. Ideal for a family walk and take some nice pictures as a souvenir ?
As of today, August 6, 2020, some of the establishments or activities mentioned may still be closed due to COVID-19. I advise you to visit their websites for more information.
I hope you find this post useful, and that it helps you to enjoy even more our beautiful island, Gran Canaria.