Without a doubt, Gran Canaria is one of the favourite islands of tourists from all over the world. Visitors have endless options to have fun and immerse themselves in its secrets. In this post, we will take you on a magical journey to show you what to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days; you won’t miss a single moment of your trip!
The adventure begins!
If it’s the first day of your holiday in Gran Canaria and you don’t know where to start your sightseeing tour, don’t worry, there are plenty of recreational activities and things to do in Gran Canaria during one week.
On this tour, we will take you to those places that hold the most significant features of the different towns and villages that make up the third-largest island in the archipelago.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the diversity of parks, landscapes and natural enclaves, where you can discover an important part of the best kept secrets in each of its corners. Are you up for discovering them?
Agaete is a town that cannot be missing in your list of what to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days. In this beautiful municipality, you can start your tour and enjoy a pleasant day while visiting emblematic sites such as the botanical garden known as the Huerto de las Flores or the Plaza Tomás Morales.
The botanical garden is a place to connect with the splendour of nature, as you will not only be able to observe the great variety of plant species from the Canary Islands, but also from other parts of the world.
Then, when you go to the Plaza Tomás Morales, which is located in the centre of the town, you will be able to see the church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, surrounded by a grove of laurel trees. This square in Agaete pays homage to the famous Canarian poet Tomás Morales, who lived and practised as a doctor in the town, a place steeped in history!
If on the first day you were surrounded by the natural surroundings and part of the tradition of Agaete, on the second day of the itinerary of what to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days, we recommend you not to leave this picturesque municipality and visit several tourist attractions such as Puerto de las Nieves, Las Salinas and the Archaeological Park of Maipés.
In Puerto de las Nieves you will have the opportunity to see whitewashed, low, whitewashed houses with doors and windows framed in a blue colour similar to the sea that characterizes this coastal town. Several ferries depart from its quay during the day to the island of Tenerife.
You also have the option of resting on its black sand and pebble beach or simply enjoying the unique landscape of the three basins or cliffs that surround this magical place: El Risco, Guayedra and Agaete. On these cliffs you will see how the green and mountainous peaks of the Parque de Tamadaba are cut out against the sea and form incomparable views. Get your camera ready!
Between the cliffs of Agaete towards the village of La Aldea, in the Barranco de Guayedra ravine, is located the Archaeological Park of Maipés. A necropolis where the ancient Canary Islanders buried their dead among volcanic stones, with tombs that in many cases can be up to 1300 years old. It can be visited in approximately one hour.
To round off this second day of your plan of places to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days with a flourish, be sure to take a relaxing bath in Las Salinas. This natural enclave is one of the few natural pools in Gran Canaria that have the advantage of being perfect for children, as they are protected from the open sea.
Another must-see on your itinerary of what to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days is Arucas, the so-called “city of flowers”. Places such as the Municipal Park and the Marquesa Garden showcase the diversity of plant species and flowers native to the island, ideal for spending some quiet time surrounded by nature.
However, Arucas not only stands out for its natural spaces, but also for its historic quarter, where there are several buildings of great historical relevance, such as the church of San Juan Bautista, whose architecture is very similar to that of a cathedral, as it has an imposing façade made of Canarian quarry stone.
On the visit to Arucas in your plan of what to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days, you can take a guided tour of the famous Ron Arehucas Distillery and discover more about the process of creating its drinks, as well as its history and tradition.
During the tour of this distillery you will see the mill, which is a representative symbol of production in the Canary Islands, and you will learn about the origin of Arehucas Rum. During the tour you will have the opportunity to get to know the facilities where the fermentation and distillation rooms and the bottling plant are located.
At the end of the visit, you will have the opportunity to taste the different liqueurs and rums, as well as buy the products of this historic distillery.
In the north of the island is the municipality of Gáldar, which should be included in your checklist of places to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days. Here you will find the Cueva Pintada Archaeological Park, a settlement that is over a thousand years old and was found half-buried underneath the present-day town. Restoration work is still underway.
After visiting the Cueva Pintada park, we suggest you visit the historic centre of Gáldar and stroll through the streets and squares surrounding the Church of Santiago Apóstol, where you can see the traditional architecture of the Canarian houses.
To end the fourth day of your 7-day tour of Gran Canaria, we suggest you visit the Sardina Norte beach, where you can enjoy the calm waters and the wonderful gastronomy of this fishing village.
Continuing with our route of what to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days, we have to mention the charming village of Firgas, also known as the “Balcony of the Atlantic” for its incredible views of the sea.
There is no doubt that this town cannot be left out of your itinerary, as from there you can enjoy a great diversity of impressive natural landscapes and very significant artistic and cultural representations such as its hermitage and convent.
From the water fountains on the Avenida de Gran Canaria, with colourful tiled benches depicting the different municipalities of Gran Canaria, to the relief mosaics representing the different Canary Islands.
To round off the day, we recommend you visit another of the places on our list of places to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days, Teror. Considered one of the most beautiful villages on the island, it has wonderful architecture, with houses with wooden balconies and the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pino, a place of pilgrimage for the islanders. It will leave you open-mouthed!
Another of the essential towns in the centre of the island that you must include in your list of places to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days is Artenara, a town known for having the best viewpoints on the island. In this attractive place you will have the chance to see impressive natural landscapes of volcanic origin such as Bentayga and Roque Nublo from the Mirador de Unamuno viewpoint.
Of course, if you visit Artenara on your tour of places to see in Gran Canaria in 7 days, you should not miss the aforementioned Roque Nublo, an emblematic natural monument of the island that has been declared a World Heritage Site, to be able to observe majestic mountain scenery.
Also, don’t forget to pass through the village of Tejeda and stop off at two spectacular viewpoints on the way up to Roque Nublo: the Degollada de Becerra viewpoint and the Pico de las Nieves viewpoint. If you are not afraid of heights and want to enjoy breathtaking views, you can’t miss them!
And if you want to learn more about the history surrounding this ancient town, you must make a stop at the Casas Cuevas Ethnographic Museum, a simple pre-Hispanic dwelling where you will learn about some of the island’s ancient crafts and objects.
For the last day of your tour of places to see in 7 days in Gran Canaria, we recommend relaxing on the wonderful beaches in the south of the island, including Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas, with its spectacular dunes, similar to a real oasis.
There you will also find a wide variety of leisure and gastronomic options, with some of the best restaurants on the island to end your stay with a “good taste in your mouth”.
Playa del Inglés beach has something for everyone. On its 3 km of fine golden sand and calm turquoise waters you can enjoy a wide range of recreational activities and water sports such as kitesurfing, surfing and beach volleyball, among others, as well as enjoying the best amenities and services that this beach has to offer.
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