A coastal road and walkway in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
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Cruise to Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Floating off the west coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is an island where nature's many faces come together. A rocky coastline embraces most of the island, while beaches dot the periphery. Desert-style dunes adorn the south, and leafy mountains crown the center. Outdoor lovers will find spectacular views while they surf, hike, bike or go on a road trip with Canary Islands cruises. Meanwhile, urbanites can stroll through the museum, cafes and town squares of Las Palmas — this cosmopolitan center is the seventh-largest Spanish city, filled to the brim with buildings that make you forget you're on a tiny island.
National Language Spanish
Currency Accepted Euro (EUR)

Things To Do in Gran Canaria

The Santa Ana Square in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Upbeat Urban Center

The Santa Ana Square in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

The Santa Ana Square in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Upbeat Urban Center

Discover Gran Canarias' capital, and feel the eclectic beat of a city that blends African, Indian and Chinese influences. You can sense the Mediterranean vibes as you walk by this international city's port, shopping districts and restaurants. Its most emblematic building? Las Palmas cathedral, which took over 400 years to complete.

Coastal sand dunes in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Saharan Oasis

Coastal sand dunes in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Coastal sand dunes in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Saharan Oasis

Head to the southern part of Gran Canaria to experience a desert-like atmosphere. In Maspalomas, you'll encounter dunes believed to have formed after a tsunami hit this part of the island. While you're there, take a break from the arid landscape and escape to the nearby botanical garden or beach.

Puerto de Morgan coast in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Puerto de Morgan coast in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Coastal Utopia

You have to see Gran Canaria's coastline to believe it. It shifts from rugged and monumental to pristine and sandy. Cruise to Gran Canaria and hop on a car, a bike or a safari-style tour and get to know this tropical destination that's unlike any other.

A plate of grilled octopus
A plate of grilled octopus

Local Cuisine

A combination of African, Spanish and Latin-American dishes appear in Gran Canarias' gastronomy, with original creations like Polvitos Uruguayos (a light cheesecake with dulce de leche), chipirones con mojo verde (grilled squid in a herby sauce) and the popular bienmesabe (a dense pastry made of almonds). And don't miss the ultra-fresh tropical fruits during your Canary Island cruise.

Ceramic mugs for sale in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Ceramic mugs for sale in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Shopping

Las Palmas is the shopping capital of the Canary Islands. The main shopping street is Calle Mayor de Triana, a pedestrians-only boulevard that features a variety of stores offering local souvenirs like Canarian straw hats, pottery based on ancient designs, local rum and cigars. Another great shopping destination is Maspalomas, where El Faro Boulevard and El Tablero offer fashion and souvenirs made by locals.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Be sure to pack sun block — the UV rays aren't messing around in Gran Canaria.
2 If you're planning to head to the mountains, pack a rain jacket: It rains almost every day at higher elevations here.

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