Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological 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 sites: a cave adorned with geometric shapes, thought to relate to the lunar and solar calendars. It is…
Top Choice Museum in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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 model galleon on the ground floor, which …
Top Choice Beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Playa de las Canteras

The fine 3km stretch of yellow sand is magnificent, and 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 walkers, cycl…
Top Choice Museum in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnología

This 21st-century museum is full of things that whirr, clank and hum. In a revamped dockside warehouse in Parque Santa Catalina, it's a great space to spend a few hours. You can pilot a supersonic fighter plane, see…
Top Choice Church 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. The church has a Sagrada Familia (Gaudí) look with elaborate pointed spires and…
Cathedral in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Catedral de Santa Ana & Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro

The spiritual heart of the city, this brooding, grey cathedral was begun in the early 15th century, soon after the Spanish conquest, but took 350 years to complete. The neoclassical facade contrasts with the interio…
Church in Teror

Basílica de la Virgen 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 turned …
Zoo in Playa Del Inglés & Maspalomas

Palmitos Park

Palmitos is a subtropical park crammed with exotic flora and 1500 species of birds, along with an aquarium, orchid exhibit, petting farm and animals such as wallabies and orang-utans. There is a discount for online …
Gallery in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno

The city’s main modern art museum is housed in a tastefully rejuvenated 18th-century building. There are no permanent collections but the galleries, flooded with natural light, host some superb temporary exhibitions…
Gardens in The East

Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo

About 9km southwest of Las Palmas, this vast botanical garden – Spain’s largest, encompassing 27 hectares – hosts a broad range of Macronesian flora from across the Canary Islands, including many species on the verg…