Gran Canaria’s vast and varying terrain means that it offers something for everyone who chooses to holiday on the third largest Canary Island. It’s famous for its dramatic coastline with its white-sand beaches, which are perfect for the sun worshippers and the water sports junkies. But venture further inland and you’ll find mountainous landscapes and sights such as Roque Nublo, which are a hiker’s dream come true.

If you’re more interested in finding out about history and culture when you go on holiday, then head to the island’s capital, Las Palmas, and explore Vegueta and the Catedral de Santa Ana. And for those looking for a fun day out for yourselves or the whole family, then Jardin Canario and Palmitos Park should both be high on your list of things to do

1. Spend the day at Palmitos Park

Palmitos Park is an absolute must when on holiday in Gran Canaria. It’s one of the most popular attractions on the island, so much so that it’s currently ranked the number two thing to do out of over 220 attractions, according to people on TripAdvisor.
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2. Bandama Caldera

If you’re a nature lover and enjoy nothing more than getting out and exploring your surroundings while on holiday, then seeing Gran Canaria’s Caldera de Bandama is an absolute must.
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3. Paddle surfing in Gran Canaria

You can’t go to Gran Canaria without spending some time soaking up the year-round sun on the island’s beautiful, golden beaches. But maybe you crave something a little more than just lounging on the sand?
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5. Hike to the impressive Roque Nublo

Standing proud at 80 metres tall, Roque Nublo is an icon of Gran Canaria and actually marks the centre of the island. Looking at photos, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the rock is something that only mountaineers or the most experienced of explorers can visit
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