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Fun things to do in Gran Canaria for free

19 Apr 2024

Are you on the island and don’t want to spend much money? Keep reading!

Do you want to come to Gran Canaria without spending a lot of money? You're in luck, because there are plenty of things you can do in Gran Canaria to have a great time without spending a fortune. 

Ready to have a good time? Here we go!

Top 7 things to do and see for FREE in Gran Canaria

There are several plans for you to enjoy the island of Gran Canaria to the fullest. That's why we've put together a top 7 of the most fun things to do that we think you'll enjoy.

1. Visit the Dunes of Maspalomas 

The Maspalomas Dunes are one of the natural wonders that best represent the island of Gran Canaria. Located in the south of the island, it’s one of the most visited tourist attractions. 

This place offers you a wide variety of things to do for free, from watching the sunset to rolling down the dunes with your family or friends or taking a swim in the beaches that accompany these magnificent dunes. You can also visit the Lighthouse or the natural pond Charca de Maspalomas and watch the different birds.

2. Stroll around Puerto de Mogán

There’s no better cheap plan than to stroll around and enjoy the views that the port of Mogán can offer you, a beautiful village with colourful houses decorated with plants and flowers, giving a spectacular touch to this village. 

Known as “Little Venice”, due to its unique resemblance to the authentic Italian Venice. In addition, you can also enjoy a stroll along the harbour next to this small town, where you can see the fish swimming near the breakwater, which will undoubtedly make this plan one of the best.

3. Enjoy the neighbourhood of Vegueta 

In the island's capital there are also numerous treasures to discover for free. The neighbourhood of Vegueta is a colonial quarter that represents the historical core of Las Palmas and was established in 1478. 

Strolling through its streets, you’ll find typical Canarian houses from the colonial era and other places of interest such as the Casa-Museo Colón, the main square and the Cathedral of Santa Ana

The Casa-Museo Colón is one of the most outstanding museums on the island, offering the opportunity to relive Christopher Columbus' visit to the Canary Islands.

4. Feel like you're on another planet in front of Roque Nublo

Without a doubt, this is one of the best free plans you can enjoy. The Roque Nublo is a rock formation 80 metres high and is one of the best known emblems of the island of Gran Canaria. 

At Roque Nublo you can do a wide variety of activities ranging from hiking to enjoying the sunset from the top of this monument. 

5. The Pico de las Nieves viewpoint

The Pico de las Nieves viewpoint, on the highest peak of Gran Canaria, at 1,949 metres, offers panoramic views of the island. From here you can see mountains such as the emblematic Pico de las Nieves and Roque Nublo, as well as valleys such as Barranco de Tejeda.

On clear days, you can see the coast from north to south and the neighbouring islands of Tenerife, La Gomera and La Palma. It’s the perfect place to disconnect and enjoy the Canarian landscape for free.

6. Free museums in Gran Canaria

Entering museums and enjoying the history they convey doesn’t always involve a great deal of expense. In Gran Canaria there are a number of museums which are free to visit and enjoy. 

If you want to know more about the history of the aborigines who inhabited the island and their way of life or about the evolution of Gran Canaria, we recommend museums such as the Antonio Padrón House-Museum, the León y Castillo House-Museum or the Pérez Galdós House-Museum.

Museums for less than 10 €:

Here are a few options for less than 10 €: 


  • Cueva Pintada: a journey to pre-Hispanic times (Price: €3, under 12s free).

  • Casa de Colón (Price: Adults €5, children [6 to 12 years] and over 65s €2.50.) Under 6s free.

  • Museo Elder of Science and Technology (Price: Adults 7€, children from 4 to 12 years old and over 65 years old 5€.) Children under 4 years old free.

7. Saltwater natural pools in Gran Canaria

One of the best plans, if not the best, is to enjoy the incredible natural pools that identify not only the island of Gran Canaria, but most of the islands of the archipelago. 

Some of the most popular natural pools you can enjoy are:


  • Charco de San Lorenzo

  • Las Salinas (Agaete) 

  • Roque Prieto Pools (Santa María de Guía) 

  • El Agujero (Gáldar)

  • La Furnia (Gáldar) 


Are you convinced by any of the things to do in Gran Canaria for free?

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the best free plans and the best experience that the magical island of Gran Canaria has to offer. 

Don't forget that you can enjoy the best accommodation at unbeatable prices by booking now with Dunas Hotels & Resorts in any of our four hotels, whether it's Suites & Villas by Dunas 4*, a charming place in Gran Canaria, or Don Gregory by Dunas 4*, your getaway with sea views at Maspalomas Resorts by Dunas 4*, a different home with its own personality or at Mirador Maspalomas by Dunas 3*, a hotel full of experiences. Don't wait any longer and book now!