There are many places that are worthwhile to see in Gran Canaria. However, visitors frequently go to the most touristic spots, such as Maspalomas and many other places located at the south of the island. Today at Villa Gran Canaria, we are going to talk about the 7 best places that you have to visit and discover in the north of Gran Canaria.
We always give you advice about what to do and see in Gran Canaria. Hence, we strongly recommend you to take a look at our blog in order to get all the information necessary for your trip. For instance:
- What is the best time of the year to go to Gran Canaria?
- The 6 things in Gran Canaria that you must see during your trip
- Bus Services, a little guide to travel in Gran Canaria
Typical villages on the North of Gran Canaria
We know that you have already heard about the capital of Gran Canaria — Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. That is the reason why today we want to show you some different spots at the north of Gran Canaria. Down below, you will find some of the typical and the most popular villages among all the places that you can find at the north of Gran Canaria.
Agaete is a fishing village located at Puerto de las Nieves. It has one of the most beautiful and charming views on the whole island. Part of the landscape is made of blue and white houses right next to the sea.
In addition to the stunning views and its amazing landscapes, this small town has many other things to offer! These are our recommendations:
- The necropolis of Maipes.
- Las Salinas de Agaete, one of the best natural pools of Gran Canaria where you can swim.
Firgas is a little town located 25 kilometres from Gran Canarias’s capital known as the “balcony of the Atlantic”. It lies at an altitude of 465 metres above the sea-level and it has the best viewpoint on the ocean and the entire northern part of the island.
The town centre of Firgas counts on plenty of cultural and religious places. Thus, we strongly recommend you to visit:
- The Parish Church of San Roque. It was built over the ruins of the first Hermitage of San Juan Ortega — which was first built in 1502. It is one of the most important works of religious art.
- The monument to San Juan de Ortega. He was the first patron saint of the municipal town.
It is said that Artenara is the village with the best views from Gran Canaria. That is probably due to it is the highest city of the island, as well as the perfect spot to rest from the beaches of the coast.
Artenara is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and it has a lot of things to offer! We strongly recommend you to visit:
- Tamadaba Natural Park
- The caves of the Guanches
- Acusa Archaeological Park
- Astronomical observatory Vega de Acusa
Beaches in the North of Gran Canaria
There are a lot of local beaches situated all around the north coast of Gran Canaria. If you don’t like long crowded sandy beaches in Gran Canaria covered in parasols and sun loungers, then you must visit one of these secret spots. All of these beaches are also the perfect spot for snorkelling. Let’s dive in!
Las Canteras Beach
Las Canteras beach is the largest one in Las Palmas, covering 4 kilometres of coast. It is situated right by the city, and it is the central hub for local life. Furthermore, we could say it is the favourite spot for practicing surf in the whole Gran Canaria.
Moreover, if you don’t want to spend all day just lying on the beach or swimming, you also have the chance to hang out on one of the many restaurants, cafes and shops located in its huge promenade right by the sand.
Güi Güi Beach
As we have already mentioned in another post of our blog, Güi Güi is one of the most famous and secluded beaches located on the northwest side of Gran Canaria. There is a long walk to Güi Güi, but it is worth it due to the astonishing views and the breath-taking scenery along the way. It is as impressive as the destination itself — an unspoiled paradise where you can spend the whole day and, if you want, you can even spend the night.
Nature attractions in the North of Gran Canaria
These are some of our favourite nature attractions located in the north of Gran Canaria:
Tamadaba Natural Park
The Natural Park of Tamadaba if located quite close to Agaete, Artenara and San Nicolas de Tolentino. At Tamadaba, you will find the oldest and the best-preserved pine forest on the island, which has been named as a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO.
Along the park, you can enjoy some stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Teide (from Tenerife Island), amazing valleys, and beautiful little old villages. It is also a great spot to enjoy hiking and walking.
Rural Park del Nublo
Right in the centre of the island is the Rural Park del Nublo, a natural wonder also classified by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Moreover, it is one of the best hiking spots in Gran Canaria.
We hope that you have enjoyed this post about the best places to discover at the north of Gran Canaria. We hope that you finally come to the island and visit these new and amazing places. Remember that if you need more information or if you are looking for the best accommodation for your stay in the island, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are waiting for you!