Attracting an annual count of over 2 million visitors, Gran Canaria is one of the most popular isles in the Canary Islands archipelago. Affectionately known as the ‘miniature continent’ due to its diverse range of climates and landscapes, Gran Canaria definitely isn’t short on tourist attractions.

From the lush green forest of the mountainous hinterland to the eclectic vibrancy of port side Las Palmas, the picturesque Spanish island has something unique to offer every traveller. To help get you inspired, we’ve compiled a list of the top reasons to visit!

Breath-taking beaches

With 122km of coastline to its name, Gran Canaria is peppered with stunning beaches. Maspalomas enjoys worldwide fame and graces the cover of countless postcards and guidebooks.

The beautiful Playa del Ingles is accompanied by a lively promenade strewn with cafes, restaurants, bars and shops while the calm waters of Amadores are perfect for families with young children.

Majestic mountains

If you have a taste for adventure, the rugged mountains of Gran Canaria are calling your name. With remote villages, hidden lakes, winding trails and an abundance of native flora and fauna, they’re an explorer’s paradise. If you’re a keen hiker you can get out and explore the landscape on your own. If not, guided walks and expeditions are also available from tour operators located in the main towns.

Luxurious resorts

One of the best things about Gran Canaria is its fantastic selection of deluxe resorts at amazingly affordable prices. Whether you’re looking for an intimate boutique style experience, rustic mountain getaway or large scale all-inclusive beachside retreat, you’re guaranteed to find an accommodation option that perfectly suits your tastes and budget.

Lively nightlife

No holiday to Gran Canaria is complete without a visit to the bustling capital city of Las Palmas. The tourism hub is located in the far north of the island and is packed full of bars, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and other entertainment venues. Whether you want to enjoy local cuisine or dance the night away at one of the many clubs, Gran Canaria is the place to be. If you prefer a quieter scene, most of the major beaches and their neighbouring resorts offer smaller and slightly more relaxed nightlife options.

Rich in culture

While Gran Canaria is a modern day tourism magnet, the Spanish island has managed to retain a strong sense of its national culture and history. Cobblestone streets and Moroccan style architecture can be found across the island while Las Palmas is home to a collection of fascinating galleries and museums.

Gran Canaria also plays host to a number of world famous festivals including the International Film Festival of Las Palmas and its very own World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) celebrations.

Fabulous weather

At the end of the day, the major draw card of Gran Canaria is without a doubt its magnificent weather. The island enjoys a delightfully warm climate throughout the year, with summer temperatures averaging around 27 degrees.

Whether you’re there for the beaches, the scenery, the nightlife, the weather or a bit of everything, Gran Canaria does not disappoint when it comes to world class attractions and experiences.