Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Gáldar

Cueva Pintada Museum & Archaeological Park

Discovered by a local farmer in the late 19th century, this is one of Gran Canaria's most important pre-Hispanic archaeological sites: a cave adorned with geometric shapes, possibly thought to relate to the lunar...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Casa-Museo de Colón

Casa-Museo de Colón

This fascinating museum documents Columbus’ voyages and features exhibits on the Canary Islands’ historical role as a staging post for transatlantic shipping. Don’t miss the large section of model galleons ('La...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Maspalomas

Dunas de Maspalomas

These fabulous dunes cover 400 hectares and were designated a nature reserve in the 1990s, ensuring that the rapidly multiplying hotels would never encroach on their golden grains. The best view of the dunes is...

Top ChoiceFusion in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Llévame al Huerto

With its blonde-wood tables, plants in baskets, outsize lampshades and colourful cushions, this superb cocina eco fusión place serves a to-die-for 'flexitarian' menu, delivered to your table (with mismatched...

Top ChoiceFusion in Tejeda

Texeda Brewery & Restaurant

With a restaurant supplied with food from its own farm, and its own artisan beers (three of them), Texeda is a terrific addition to Tejeda. We went for the Burger Nublo, served on a traditional roof tile (yes,...

Top ChoiceSpanish in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Deliciosa Marta

This chic place with its exposed stone wall and moody lighting has become one of Las Palmas' prime dining spots over the last decade or so. Chef-owner Pol trained in Barcelona at the famous El Bulli – and it...

Top ChoiceFusion in Maspalomas

Samsara

Samsara is located across from the Palm Beach hotel, with a giant Buddha statue setting an appropriate tone. Dishes blend Canarian and Spanish ingredients with Asian flavours, such as smoked goat's cheese with...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Artenara

Mirador de Unamuno

One of several viewpoints in town, the Mirador de Unamuno looks out onto a sweeping panorama of the vast volcanic caldera beyond – it is a stupefying sight.

Top ChoiceItalian in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Peccôu de Gôa

This superb Italian place in the north of town is so often packed, they may have to shove you in a back room. But it's worth it. The restaurant specialises in fainà, a kind of unleavened flatbread made of...

Top ChoiceBeach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Playa de las Canteras

The fine 3km stretch of yellow sand is magnificent, and is considered by many to be one of the world's best city beaches. There’s an attractive seaside promenade – the Paseo de las Canteras – which allows...

Top ChoiceChurch in Arucas

Iglesia de San Juan Bautista

The extraordinary, neo-Gothic church stands sullen watch over the bright, white houses of Arucas in a striking display of disproportion and contrast. The church has a Sagrada Familia (Gaudí) look with elaborate...

Top ChoiceCanarian in Barranco de Guayadeque

Restaurant Tagoror

There's not much to choose between the numerous cave restaurants in Barranco de Guayadeque, but Tagoror is a welcoming, long-standing and labyrinthine choice with consistently good reviews and good-natured staff....

Top ChoiceGardens in Arucas

Parque Municipal de Arucas de las Flores

These terraced municipal gardens are laid out in French style with fountains, pavilions, sculptures and tropical trees, including the rare evergreen soap bark tree (Quillaja saponaria) and several magnificent...

Top ChoiceChurch in Teror

Basílica Nuestra Señora del Pino

Dominating the square is this neoclassical 18th-century church, home to Gran Canaria’s patron saint. According to legend, the Virgin was spied atop a pine tree in the nearby forest in the 15th century, which...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Barranco de Guayadeque

Centro de Interpretación

Occupying a cave at the entrance of the barranco, this large and excellent museum has very informative exhibits explaining the ravine's geology, fauna and flora and its fascinating history, from the pre-Hispanic...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Artenara

Museo Etnográfico Casas Cuevas

Once inhabited by locals, this cave complex is now home to the village museum, a fascinating place that focuses on village life in times gone by. You could see why someone would want to live here: the cave homes,...

Top ChoiceMountain in Central Gran Canaria

Fortaleza de Ansite

These huge rocks form a natural fortress and constitute one of Gran Canaria's most important pre-Hispanic sites. It was here that the Guanches' last stand took place, with many opting to hurl themselves into the...

Top ChoiceMarket in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Street Market Triana

This super-duper indoor market is an excellent culinary addition to the town. Inside is a line of small outlets selling all manner of foods, plus a bar. Try the Mojos and the Papas for tapas or El Sibarita for...