Gran Canaria’s top five attractions

While Ben and I explore a new destination (hint for those of you not on Twitter: lots of fjords), frequent traveler Sean from Antler Luggage steps in to highlight someplace we’ve never visited: Spain’s Gran Canaria island.

 

With so much to see and do in Gran Canaria, and especially if you’re off on a two week holiday with the kids, it’s often difficult to fit everything in the suitcase whilst staying under the dreaded baggage allowance. Remember to pack only your lightest clothing in coordinating colors for maximum benefit, follow the “less is more” rule, and be smart about the luggage you’re carrying. (It goes without saying that yesterday’s bulky luggage is no longer practical. We craft the lightweight luggage from Antler with travelers like you in mind, so you have all the space you need without worrying about any unwanted charges.)

 

The endless activities available on the island also make it important to plan ahead, prioritizing the attractions you’ll visit. After all, you want to make sure you allow time for pure relaxation! Our guide below outlines Gran Canaria’s top five attractions, providing a well-rounded experience with something for everybody: adventure, history, nature,  and – of course – aquatic fun.

 

Sioux City

 

If you’re a lover of the Wild West then make sure you make a visit to Sioux City. Here you will witness gunfights, enjoy time in saloons or relax at a western barbeque. Numerous live performances happen in the theme park to keep the family entertained across the once western film set, giving a real feel of authenticity to time spent here.

 

SIOUX CITY : Lugar Cañón del Águila / San Bart...

SIOUX CITY: Gran Canaria (Photo credit: EDUARDO GAVIÑA MARAÑÓN)

 

Casa de Colon

 

If you want to get a feel for some history during your holiday to Gran Canaria then why not make a visit to Casa de Colon? Housed in the historical quarter of Vegueta in Las Palmas, Christopher Columbus is believed to have stayed here for various periods on his way to the Americas. Now serving as a museum which displays relics of early transatlantic voyages this is a great place to visit.

 

English: Christopher Columbus House & Pilar Nu...

English: Christopher Columbus House & Pilar Nuevo Square, Vegueta Quarter in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Gran Canaria). Canary Islands, Spain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Palmitos Park

 

One of the most popular family attractions in Gran Canaria is Palmitos Park. Located in this subtropical environment is over 200 different species of bird and some of the most unique flora and fauna on the island. Perhaps the most breathtaking site of all to be found here is some of the animals as the park is home to Komodo Dragons, alligators, eagles and falcons and an island community of white-handed gibbons.

 

Birds flying in freedom in the zoological “Pal...

Birds flying in freedom in the zoological “Palmitos Park” (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Main Museum (Museo Canario), Las Palmas

 

If you really want to get a feel for the lives of the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands, the Guanche people, then a trip to the main museum in Las Palmas may be well up your street. Giving a comprehensive overview of the life and times of the original inhabitants the museum is well worth a visit. Also being home to the world’s largest collection of Cro-Magnon skulls and a few mummies this may well prove an extremely interesting day out.

 

Cráneos guanches en el Museo Canario

Guanche skulls in the Museo Canario (Photo credit: Roberto Cacho)

 

Hitting the beach

 

With all the different things to see on the island you may be forgiven for forgetting one of the best attributes and the reason so many people enjoy Gran Canaria holidays, the beaches. Almost 60km of the 236km coastal line of the island is made up of beaches such as the unique Maspalomas beach with its stunning sand dunes to the sumptuous city beach of Las Canteras.

 

A view of Las Canteras Beach from La Puntilla....

A view of Las Canteras Beach from La Puntilla. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Gran Canaria), Canary Islands. Spain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

About the author

Sean, a writer for and devotee of Antler Luggage, understands what it means to travel well (and gets to write about it afterwards).

 

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Comments

  1. Hi Sean, we are planning for a trip to Canary Island, the Museum is catching my attention because my daughter like to explore historical stuffs, can i know how can i get there and is this far away from Tenerife?

    Simon

  2. Hi Simon, Gran Canaria and Tenerife both form part of the Canary Islands and are next to each other. You can travel from one to the other by plane, ferry or catamaran, and find the museum in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at Doctor Verneau 2 in the old-town historic district of Vegueta.

  3. Hi Jenna,
    Thanks for the information:)

    Simon

  4. Some good suggestions here, Sean. For a litle bit more variety, I would choose Galdár’s La Cueva Pintada, http://www.cuevapintada.org/portal/cueva_pintada.cueva?codcontenido=17640&codidioma=11, over the Museo Canario, though. And when it comes to beaches, how can you overlook GuiGui, http://www.matthewhirtes.com/guigui?

  5. Nice ones, Matthew! I’m sure readers that stumble over here will appreciate your insider tips. Thanks!

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