Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria and the largest city in the Canary Islands. There are many things to do in the city depending on the type of trip you want. You can go to the beach of Las Canteras, walk the streets of the old town of Vegueta, as well as visit the Las Palmas Cathedral.
Playa del Ingles & Maspalomas
Maspalomas is home to two of the best attractions in Gran Canaria. This is where I stayed for the balance of the beach, natural attractions, and nightlife. You can spend the day on the beach then wander into the desert. Although if you are walking along the desert as an American and not used to nude beaches, just be warned that the section of the beach right around the desert has many nudists along the beach. At night you can go to Playa Del Ingles with fun nightlife and a large gay community.
A little north of Maspalomas, Roque Nublo is a great hike to take and capture views of Gran Canaria. On a good day, you will be able to see Mount Teide on Tenerife. The hike itself begins from the parking lot below. The hike is a relatively easy, but long loop. It will take around 2 and a half hours, make sure to incorporate breaks as there are many views on the way.
This volcano is on the most popular island, Tenerife. Mount Teide is the highest point above sea level in Spain. It will be an adventure even to the base of the volcano, but once you’re there, you can take a cable car up to the top. Standing at 24,600 ft, Teide is the fourth tallest volcano in the world. I suggest Mt. Teide and surrounding parks to be a whole day trip and be prepared for the day with snacks and food.
Timanfaya National Park
On the beautiful island of Lanzarote, you must go to see all of the beautiful landscapes and nature. Much of that resides within Timanfaya National Park. The entire park consists of highs and lows of mountains. The large variety of rocks and minerals, as well as shadows, creates lots of color variation in the views of the island.
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