The third-largest of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is an eclectic mini-continent. A territory of Spain off the coast of Africa, its landscape transforms from desert and mountains to beaches and forest.
The outdated image of Gran Canaria as little more than a fly-and-flop sun-trap is thankfully long gone, as the wider world has now realised that the island’s cultural happenings are as varied as its wild, volcanic terrain. Adventure your way through deep forests and up mountains to be rewarded with views through the clouds. Feast on produce flavoured by the landscape, bar-hop your way to a buzzing club and soak up experimental art at slick gallery spaces, all while smiling to yourself about the glorious weather. Here’s our pick of Gran Canaria’s very best activities.