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Things to do in Gran Canaria

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Gym
“The best city beach by far, with natural reef which keeps the beach safe and easy to swim in. Lots of bars and restaurants around. Can see Tenerife (and El Teide, highest mountain in Spain) on good days. ”
  • 151 locals recommend
Shop & Service
“Has everything including shade. On the hottest days it is a great escape from the beach. Carrefour, Primark, McDonalds, 100 Montaditios, are just a few of the many shops to try out. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“On the other end of the city with the majestic views of Las Canteras, stands the Alfredo Kraus auditorium. In the popular neighborhood of Guanarteme where it is filled of young people and vibrant life.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Nature
“A piece of the Sahara desert that must not be missed. Best views from the Hotel Riu pathway. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
History Museum
“For a gateway into Gran Canaria's past, why not visit one of GC's museums? Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Casa de Cólon (Columbus House) museum chronicles the adventures of Christopher Columbus whilst Gáldar's Cueva Pintada (Painted Cave) museum reveals the island's pre-Spanish history.”
  • 63 locals recommend
History Museum
“amazing Museum about the history of the Guances (natives from Canary Islands before the hispanic conquer)”
  • 49 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Grab the picnic basket and walk up to Roque Nublo, where you can see the breathtaking view of Tenerife and enjoy your picnic. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Park
“ This is a must see place with many walks in the aria, and fantastic views over the island.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Food Court
“The Vegueta neighborhood was declared a National Artistic Historic Site by Decree of April 5, 1973. Vegueta was the founding nucleus of the city, the place where in 1478 the troops of the conqueror Juan Rejón erected the Real de las Palmas, a name he would receive from the palm trees that rose there. It was the first Castilian site in the Atlantic, as well as the place where the Crown of Castile began the Conquest of the Canary Islands.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Science Museum
“An absolute must. They do charge for entry. Locals get a different price then tourists. Well worth it. Most displays in English as well. MUSTS: The Gyroscope, The Flight Simulator, The Virtual Reality Experiences, The Boat Simulator, the Shows... All of it Great for kids too, WIFI is free, washrooms are clean. Sorry for all the Science Stuff they DO NOT HAVE A PUBLIC DRINKING FOUNTAIN nor PUBLIC ACCESS Toilets or Free Entry which is a real shame for the amount of tourism dollars arriving to the island everyday and that it is supposed to be a SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY Museum. Last time we checked public drinking fountains used to exist in society. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“EL MUELLE commercial center big and nice location 10 minutes walking from home nice view from the 4th floor also Padel Tennis courts ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Hotel
“Playa del Inglés is one of the longest beaches on Gran Canaria. Its sand is the colour of vanilla ice cream. No matter how busy it is, there's always room for another towel.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Park
“It's accessible by public transport and is a great place to spend a day. Take food with you and have a picnic or eat in a restaurant on top of the garden - it's great food!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Fund Grube a choice of perfumes, cigarettes and alcohols with a reduction of 40% Chez Funny Boys Shows every evening Shops with leather goods ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Accessories Store
“Es un Centro comercial donde encontrarás tiendas de todo tipo con las últimas tendencias. Es un lugar ideal para pasar un día familiar. It is a Shopping Centre where you can find all kind of stores with the latest trends. It is a perfect place to spend a family day.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Climb all the way up Santa Ana Cathedral: you'll get the best 360 views over Las Palmas.”
  • 34 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Un lugar donde poder degustar pescado fresco y amplia variedad de arroces y marisco. / A place where you can taste fresh fish and a wide variety of rice and seafood.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sea-front small cozy restaurant with international food and cocktails. Grabbing a table can be challenging on busy days.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“best fresh fish, watch the kids bring in fresh fish from the sea then its cooked in the beach resteraunt in front of you, you cant get fresher than that !”
  • 16 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Delicious food, reasonably priced. The "rubia gallega" is exquisite. It attracts a good mix of people, including some tourists.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Bar/ Pub of leisure for the night , near the beach, all in terrace, nice views. Good ambience! Open Friday and Sunday 22:00 until 4:00 Google Maps: 27.745854, -15.611965 ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“A unique restaurant where you feel like sitting in an oriental museum. Lovely fusion eastern food. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Argentinian Restaurant
“A bit pricey but the best meat I have ever had. Despite being so near to the beach, very few tourists go here.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Excellent breakfast spot at the top of Las Canteras beach. Order a 'bocadillo calamares' and watch the joggers go past from the terrace. Great juices too!”
  • 20 locals recommend

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