The best sights in Gran Canaria

If you are looking for tips for Gran Canaria, we have put together a list of must-sees just for you.

Sight: Las Palmas
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Las Palmas

Looking for the best sights in Gran Canaria? Most of them can be found in the capital, Las Palmas. The city’s most beautiful buildings are found in the historic La Vegueta neighbourhood, where you can explore the Santa Ana Cathedral with its lovely square, the Casa Consistorial and Columbus’ house (Casa de Colón), one of the best museums on the island.

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Puerto de las Nieves

The fishing village of Puerto de las Nieves is located on the north-west coast of Gran Canaria and owes its name to the winter views there of the snow-topped (or as they say in Spain: ‘nieve’) Teide Volcano on Tenerife. The unique blue-and-white houses are reminiscent of those in Greece and are a truly picturesque sight.

Sight: Dunas de Maspalomas (dunes)
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Dunas de Maspalomas (dunes)

Have you crossed all the sights in Gran Canaria off your to-do list and are you looking to spend a quiet day in nature? The overgrown sand dunes of Maspalomas are located exactly halfway between the popular seaside resorts of Costa Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés. Tip: visit this lovely protected nature area an hour before sunset, when the sun casts a unique light on the rolling dunes.

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Roque Nublo

Take a walk to Roque Nublo, the 80-metre-high basaltic pride of the island that is considered the symbol of Gran Canaria. The plateau at Roque Nublo offers beautiful views of the island, and of Pico del Teide on Tenerife, El Fraile (a rock that resembles a monk) and Pico de las Nieves, the highest point in Gran Canaria. 

Sight: Roque Nublo
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Molino de Viento

Rent a car and drive 10 km inland from the harbour town of Puerto de Mogán to the former artists’ village of Mogán. It’s a fabulous drive that takes you through the Barranco de Mogán, a fertile valley in the volcanic landscape. The nature is a feast for the eyes and along the way you’ll also encounter a lovely windmill, the Molino de Viento. This is without a doubt one of the most unique sights in Gran Canaria.