Walking in Gran Canaria is an excellent choice if you want to discover in depth an island also known as the ‘miniature continent’ by its diversity of landscapes. In fact, here you can enjoy the mountain and the beach whenever you want thanks to its amazing climate with more than 300 days of sunshine every year.
Once you get away from the most populated places, you’ll find spectacular landscapes that combine cool pine forests with outcrops, and sunken calderas with breathtaking ocean views. Therefore, the best way to discover this paradise is on foot. But, as not everyone is up to a hiking route, there are also peaceful strolls in Gran Canaria.
Probably, the best part of it is that Gran Canaria is located just a couple hours flight away from the main European cities, so in almost no time you’ll understand why this is one of the Fortunate Islands, as the Canary Islands were known in ancient times. However, if you’re more into other interests such as golf, cycling or whale watching, this is your place!
In addition, as the Canary Islands are part of Spain, they’re also are part of the Schengen area. Thus, European citizens don’t have any restrictions to move freely around the island. Sunburn is the most likely risk you'll encounter when traveling to the Canaries, so make sure to slather on the sunscreen and hydrate with water whenever you are.
Walking routes in Gran Canaria
What makes a walk in Gran Canaria exceptional is that the island has one of the highest levels of biodiversity on Earth. Due to the micro-climatic nature of the island, it’s full of indigenous species, unique to Gran Canaria. Not in vain, over half the island is protected as a natural area.
But you don’t have to go to the inland to enjoy a beautiful stroll in Gran Canaria. There are great walks for everyone in Gran Canaria, so pay attention because below are some of the most stunning strolls on the island that will make you feel unforgettable memories. Shall we begin?
1. Maspalomas Dunes
A stunning stroll around the impressive Dunes of Maspalomas located next to Playa del Inglés is something you shouldn’t miss. Whilst most of the tourists confine themselves to walking and sunbathing along the narrow area of beach next to the ocean, the sand is not so limited in its extent.
In fact, just a few metres away, it rises up in a rolling series of 400 hectares of great golden sand dunes, and in certain places stretches more than a kilometre back from the shore. Although Maspalomas has a great appeal for tourists, it’s also important to the natural ecology of the region.
Not for nothing, its wonderful lagoon is home to many flora and wildlife. Indeed, it’s an important refuge for many species of migratory birds en route to and from Africa. And all of this under the watch of its magnificent lighthouse. Walking in Gran Canaria will be an experience you won’t forget in a lifetime!
The best way to enjoy this wonder of nature is staying at the best hotels in the Canary Islands. In that way, Dunas Hotels & Resorts offers unique experiences no matter what of their lodgings you choose, all of them very close to Maspalomas Dunes.
Don Gregory by Dunas, located in San Agustín next to Las Burras, is an only adults hotel specially made for true relax and wellness thanks to its spa, infinity pool and incredible solarium where guests can enjoy a tasty cocktail under the sun.
Mirador Maspalomas by Dunas is an all inclusive hotel located in Maspalomas near Meloneras where families can make the most their holidays in Gran Canaria, as it’s a child friendly hotel with a super professional animation team and the funny hotel mascots.
Suite & Villas by Dunas and Maspalomas Resort by Dunas are two great alternatives if what you’re looking is complete privacy. The reason is their amazing bungalows and villas located in the middle of a lush village with wonderful swimming pools.
2. Las Canteras Beach
Las Canteras, one of the best urban beaches in the world, is another great option for walking in Gran Canaria. Who wouldn’t want to stroll along its wonderful promenade that runs from La Puntilla on the easternmost side to the Alfredo Kraus auditorium the westernmost part?
The beach is guarded by a natural reef, called La Barra, that protects it from the strong waves and currents of the Atlantic Ocean. But if you’re into surf, La Cícer is for you. This area is well known by surfing lovers of all ages, and there even are many surf schools around.
3. Arguineguín-Anfi del Mar
A lovely stroll along the Gran Canaria’s southern litoral is a very good decision. This walk can be made through the promenade or via the rugged coastline, starting in the charming town of Arguineguín (eating at the Fisherman's Association is a must!), passing through the beach of Patalavaca and ending in the tourist Anfi del Mar beach with its heart-shaped island and its beautiful marina.
One particularly pleasant visit is a stroll through Puerto de Las Nieves, the coastal area of the municipality of Agaete. This is an ideal place through which to walk and have a swim in the clean waters of the Atlantic Ocean in its natural swimming pools, and a place to return at sunset to contemplate the majesty of the Teide, the highest peak in Spain with 3,718 metres above sea level located in the neighbouring island of Tenerife.
No matter the day of the week, a stroll around the Little Venice is always worthwhile. Watching its houses fulls of flowers and plants on the canals and having a drink at its beautiful marina is an amazing experience. Don’t miss the sun setting on the horizon and get your camera ready to immortalise the moment!
In short, walking in Gran Canaria can be a great choice to enjoy this beautiful island in a different way and to get the most out of your holidays in the Canary Islands. What are you waiting for to come to the Gran Canaria to enjoy your vacation to the fullest?