Located on the northwest coast of Africa, the Spanish island of Gran Canaria is visited by tens of thousands of people every year. Gran Canaria has everything you need for a perfect break, with a beautiful coastline, spectacular scenery, history, and culture that will make you fall in love. Here's how to discover the wonders that Gran Canaria has to offer.
Gran Canaria is safe
The island is as safe as any other tourist area in Spain. As a solo traveller, if you take the same precautions as on the mainland, you'll have a great time. We are not only referring to crime but also health. In the unlikely event of an accident or mishap, the Spanish health service will be there for you offering high-quality care.
Holiday accommodation in Gran Canaria
As an island with great tourist appeal, Gran Canaria holiday accommodation suits all budgets and tastes. There are many hotels in prime locations all over the island, but many prefer villas for their location, exclusivity, and style. Check out holiday accommodation on the island to find yourself a private villa if you're looking to escape the masses.
What to do in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is a continent in miniature. Packed with idyllic beaches, breathtaking hiking trails through incredible landscapes, together with the full range of holiday activities from water sports to sunbathing, Gran Canaria has activities for all types of solos. You can spend a day in the city visiting cultural locations then sunbathe on the beach in the afternoon. For those seeking a more rural adventure in Gran Canaria, here are our tips.
Formed more than 4 million years ago, the Roque Nublo is an emblematic large volcanic rock in the centre of the island. The Canary Islands were shaped by volcanic activity, and Robue Nublo is a product of it.
You will find the rock in the region of Tejeda. You can drive to the rock or take a hike to enjoy the surroundings on foot if you're feeling active. There are several routes to get there, the shortest of which is about five kilometres. Given the mountainous nature, you may have to do a bit of climbing to reach it.
Las Nieves Peak
Las Nieves Peak is the highest point on Gran Canaria. There is a good road that practically takes you to the top. On a clear day, you can see Teide from Las Nieves Peak.
During your visit to Roque Nublo, be sure to stop off in the exquisite town of Tejeda. It's ideal for a day of relaxation and soaking up some of the island's culture. The food here is very famous on the island, so be sure to stop for a tasty snack while you explore the village.
Cenobio de Valerón
Gran Canaria is home to some impressive archaeology, and Cenobio de Valerón is a must-see. The site has 300 caves that can be explored, which in the past were used as farmhouses. The site is quite small, so you can enjoy a quick visit or spend some time getting to know it. Guided tours are available, and it is advisable to arrive early to avoid queues.
Caldera de Bandama
The Caldera de Bandama, possibly one of the best places for hiking in Gran Canaria, is a volcanic crater more than 200 metres deep. Many hikers drive to the top and are greeted by breathtaking views of the whole of Gran Canaria.
If you plan to hike to the bottom, you will need to be physically fit and have plenty of supplies, especially water but it's definitely one for the active solo.
City of Gáldar
Head to the north of Gran Canaria for Gáldar, a small but very pretty town. It is home to the Cueva Pintada, an archaeological site that makes Gáldar worth a visit on its own. It is also nestled between hills, which makes the town interesting and intriguing.
If you're in the mood for some exercise to be rewarded with wonderful views, you can hike up the mountain of Ajodar. There is a generous car park at the base from where you can walk to the top in just 30 minutes before being greeted with a view.
This is just a quick snapshot of the Gran Canaria. It's easy to reach from Spain and the UK and is an amazing Canary Island that offers something for every solo. It's definitely one of our favourite Canaries.