Top things to do in Gran Canaria

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…
Top Choice Modern Spanish in Puerto de Mogán

Qué Tal by Stena

With contemporary paintings from local artists hanging on the walls, white tablecloths and an exquisite set menu that changes regularly, Qué Tal is the place to come for a special dinner. Opt for the wine pairing op…
Top Choice Spanish in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Deliciosa Marta

This chic place with its exposed stone wall and moody lighting has become one of the prime dining spots in town since it opened in 2007. The chef-cum-owner Pol trained in Barcelona at the famous El Bulli – and it sh…
Top Choice Seafood in Agaete & Puerto de las Nieves

Cofradía de Pescadores

Next to the port, with an outdoor terrace, you can dine on the catch of the day along with the fishermen – and there’s no better recommendation than that. Try the parrilla de pescado y marisco (seafood mixed grill) …
Top Choice Fusion in Maspalomas

Samsara

Located across from the Palm Beach Hotel, a giant Buddha statue sets an appropriate tone. Dishes blend Canarian and Spanish ingredients with Asian flavours – think smoked goats' cheese with wasabi or seafood pasta s…
Top Choice Bakery in Tejeda

Dulceria Nublo Tejeda

The gastronomic highlight in town is this sublime pastry shop with delicious local treats freshly baked on the premises. Try the almond cakes coated in chocolate and take home a jar of delicious bienmesabe (a sickly…