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Top 5 Day Trips to Try in Gran Canaria

Nicknamed the ‘Continent on an island’, Gran Canaria is a fun-filled destination with plenty to do and see for every age group. If hanging around the pool all day isn’t for you, these action-packed day trips which will keep you busy during your holiday in Gran Canaria. 

Off-Road Day Tour

Discover the Gran Canaria’s diverse landscapes on a full-day 4-wheel drive safari. Marvel at the mix of landscapes and, if you’re brave enough, why not try a camel ride? Traversing dirt roads and rural paths, you’ll visit quaint villages in the heart of the island. On this 7-hour tour, you’ll be picked up from your hotel by your professional guide to learn all about the history, culture and life on the island. You’ll also get a delicious traditional lunch. There’s an optional camel ride where you can feel like a desert scout or Lawrence of Arabia.

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Gran Canaria by Vespa

With pre-planned routes, feel the wind through your hair as you explore Gran Canaria on a vintage Vespa Primavera. Definitely the most adventurous way to see the island! Go at your own pace with plenty of photo stops, as the Vespa is yours for a full day. You can visit the beach, head to the shops and admire the stunning landscapes of Gran Canaria.

The Vespas are easy to ride and easy to park. They have an automatic transmission, come with GPS navigation and will be delivered with a full tank of fuel. You’ll also get free on-site delivery! Some experience driving a motorbike or scooter is required.

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Day Trip to Tenerife

Greece isn’t the only place you can island hop! Explore the island of Tenerife as a day trip from Gran Canaria. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and from there it’s a 1-hour boat crossing to Santa Cruz in Tenerife. In Santa Cruz, you can indulge in some retail therapy, stroll along the beach or:

  • See the beautiful flower clock from the 1950s in García Sanabria Park
  • Take the tram to La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and immerse yourself in this charming colonial city 
  • Check out Santiago Calatrava’s futuristic Auditorio de Tenerife

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Morning Catamaran Cruise

Have an all-inclusive, luxury day out aboard a catamaran. Over 5 hours, sail along the southwestern coastline of Gran Canaria taking in the dramatic cliffs, beautiful beaches and secluded coves. At El Perchel Bay, you can cool down with a refreshing swim. Head out with the captain to enjoy a thrilling speedboat ride. You can also try the banana boat and doughnuts, or jet ski and parasailing experiences. 

As it’s an all-inclusive day out, you’ll have a delicious buffet prepared for you with delicious dishes like traditional potatoes served with mojo sauce, meatballs with sweet sauce and a choice of salads and bread rolls. Drinks, to be enjoyed responsibly, are available throughout the day with sangria, beer, soft drinks, juice and water on offer.

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Adrenaline-Filled Coasteering Experience

Get your adrenaline pumping with a coasteering tour through the southwest coastline and cliffs of Gran Canaria. From zip lining to jumping off heights into the sea, this is an unforgettable experience. 

Once your guide runs through the safety instructions and gets you set up, you’ll start the amazing tour through the cliffs and coastline of Puerto de Mogán where you will combine different activities. You’ll be rock jumping from different heights, trying an exclusive zip line, via ferrata climbing — a method of rock climbing in which you are aided by two steel wires — above the waves, caving, and abseiling to the sea.

The tour includes a picnic, photos galore and a tour of Taurito to finish off.

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