Gran Canaria is a winner all year round, with beautiful stretches of sandy beaches neighboured by crystal-clear waters all within stunning resorts to suit all ages. This sunny hotspot makes relaxing or seeking adventure easy! From picture perfect beaches to water-sports or adventure parks. Its volcanic landscape grants lots of dramatic scenery to walk among whilst its restaurants lure you in with delicious local delicacies and family favourites.
If you’re on a budget, you may be wanting to know what you can do to experience the island without breaking the bank! So we’ve rounded up some of the best FREE things to do in Gran Canaria.
Walk the Maspalomas dunes
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The stunning dunes of Maspalomas can be accessed from the RIU Palace Hotel in Playa del Ingles, where the Dunes Visitor Centre is actually situated. You can enter the hotel free of charge and find out all about the origins of the dunes and their ecological importance. There is also an excellent view point of the dunes from the hotel that connects with the promenade of Playa del Ingles!
Hike the Bandama Crater
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This natural wonder is the work of a supernova explosion, when all the remaining energy of the volcano released in one big almighty blow. After which the volcano collapsed into its now empty chamber leaving behind a crater surface that extends for miles.
This volcanic crater is 1000 meters in diameter and 200 meters deep! Despite its relatively low height, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the entire north and east coasts and of mountains to the west. If you’re the adventuring type, you can even climb down into the crater via a formed steep path which will take you around 30 minutes.
Today the area is surrounded by palms and fig trees and is also close by to some of the best wine tasting facilities in the region. – You may well feel ready for a drink after your hike.
Hit the Beach
Playa del Ingles Beach
Cost: FREE. *Water sport activities will be chargeable
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Probably one of the most popular resorts of Gran Canaria, especially with the English, this stretch of beach boasts toe sinking sands and stunning clear blue waters. If you want to get out of your hotels resort but still relax, beach days make one of the best free things to do in Gran Canaria. Almost three kilometres of sand offers everything from relaxation to all sorts of leisure activities including jet-skiing, windsurfing, water-skiing and much more!
Playa del Ingles beach has plenty of facilities in close proximity, including showers and toilets but also kiosks selling cold drinks and ice creams for some much needed refreshments.
Explore Vegueta Old Town
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If you love history and beautiful architecture and you’re staying close to Las Palmas, a trip to the old town of Vegueta will be time well spent! You’ll feel consumed by its charm from the minute you step onto these old streets.
Amidst the old town stands the Santa Ana Cathedral – 360 degree views of las Palmas await you at the top of the cathedral towers! After a nice walk around the town, you can slip away from any crowds into a more peaceful square plaza. The Plaza de Santo Domingo is nearby, this old square with a stunning 18th century fountain is the perfect place to relax before retreating back to your hotel.
Discover the Botanical Gardens
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Jardin Botanico Canario is Spain’s biggest botanical garden. Completely free to enter, there’s over 66 acres of gardens to explore! Fun for all ages, there’s so much to see that you can’t help but be fascinated within this world of complete tranquillity.
Over 500 different species of indigenous plants are protected within these grounds and with so much going on, you’re guaranteed some amazing photo opportunities at every turn.
A luscious way to see and appreciate some of Gran Canaria’s gorgeous landscape, the botanical gardens are a lovely way to spend part of your day.
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You can find even more things to do in Gran Canaria right here, although some of these do come with a charge.