Winter Getaway in Gran Canaria – the Perfect 3 Days Itinerary

Winter Getaway in Gran Canaria – the Perfect 3 Days Itinerary

Gran Canaria offers not just an escape from colder climates in winter, but also many natural wonders waiting to be explored. This Spanish island located off the coast of West Africa in the Canary Islands, offers diverse landscapes, pristine beaches and rich cultural heritage. Thanks to it’s unique location, Grand Canaria has a mild climate whole year round making it an idyllic destination any time of the year. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, this island paradise has something for everyone. In this article, we’ll show you the perfect 3 days itinerary for a winter getaway in Gran Canaria.

Itinerary Day 1: Natural Wonders and Hidden Beaches of Gran Canaria

Morning: Start your adventure early by witnessing the sunrise over the Maspalomas Dunes. This striking expanse of golden sands that stretch into the horizon, mimics a miniature desert by the sea. This early start will allow you to witness the spectacle of the sun casting its first light over the dunes, creating a myriad of changing colours and shadows.

Midday: After soaking in the sunrise, embark on a short hike to Charcos Azules . This hidden gem is known for its stunning blue pools carved into the rocky coastline. It offers a refreshing dip and a less crowded alternative to the island’s popular beaches. The journey itself, through rugged terrain and alongside the ocean, is as rewarding as the destination.

Afternoon: Pack up some sandwiches for an energising afternoon hike to Playa de Güigüí. It’s one of Gran Canaria’s most secluded beaches. Accessible only by foot or boat, this black sand beach rewards those who make the effort with its untouched beauty, clear waters, and tranquil ambiance. The hike, though quite challenging, offers breathtaking views of the island’s west coast and the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 2: Exploring the Heart of Gran Canaria

Morning: Begin your second day with a scenic drive on the famous GC200 road. This route offers breathtaking views and a deep dive into Gran Canaria’s rugged landscapes. Make a stop at Mirador del Balcón. A lookout point that provides stunning vistas of the west coast’s steep cliffs and the vast Atlantic Ocean. Continue your drive to Puerto de las Nieves, a charming fishing village known for its white houses, pebble beaches, and clear waters.

Afternoon: From the coast, venture into the heart of Gran Canaria for a hike to Roque Nublo, one of the island’s most iconic natural monuments. Standing tall at an altitude of about 1,813 meters, this massive volcanic rock is not only a symbol of Gran Canaria. It also offers one of the most spectacular viewpoints on the island. The trail to Roque Nublo is easy and rewards hikers with unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains. On a clear day you can even see the neighbouring islands in the distance.

 TIP: En route to Roque Nublo, make sure to stop at the famous Dulceria Nublo. This local sweet shop is well-known for its traditional Canarian desserts.

Afternoon: Drive to Cruz de Tejeda, a crossroads in the mountains that marks the geographic center of Gran Canaria. From here, embark on a hike to Mirador Pico de la Gorra. This is yet another breathtaking viewpoint that offers sweeping vistas of the island’s rugged terrain and the caldera below.

Evening: Cap off an exhilarating day with an easy 20-minute hike to Ventana del Nublo for sunset. This unique spot is known for its natural window-like formation in the rocks, framing the setting sun as it dips below the horizon. It’s a serene and picturesque way to end your day.

Day 3

Morning: Start early with a hike to Pico de los Pozos viewpoint to catch the sunrise. This lesser-known spot offers a serene and breathtaking start to the day, with panoramic views of the island bathed in the early morning light. After the sunrise, make your way to San Bartolomé de Tirajana, a charming village offering stunning views. Stop at a local café for a traditional Canarian breakfast.

Afternoon: Drive to Barranco de Las Vacas, a striking ravine that’s often compared to the Antelope Canyon in the United States due to its smooth, wave-like rock formations. Continue your journey to the Barranco de Guayadeque, where you’ll find one of the most important archaeological sites in Gran Canaria. The ravine is home to cave dwellings that were once inhabited by the island’s pre-Hispanic inhabitants. Today, you can find restaurants and museums in some of these caves offering a unique glimpse into the island’s history. Enjoy lunch in one of these cave restaurants for a truly unique dining experience.

Evening: As your day comes to an end drive to the airport for your evening flight out.

Best Time to Visit

Gran Canaria enjoys a mild climat year round. It especially makes it a wonderful winter getaway between October and April. During these months, the island enjoys pleasant temperatures ranging from 18°C to 24°C are perfect for exploring its natural wonders. During the winter season, there are also fewer tourists, allowing for a more serene experience.

Getting Around

Renting a car is the most convenient way to explore this 3 days itinerary of Gran Canaria. It offers the flexibility to visit remote beaches, mountainous areas, and hidden villages at your own pace. For 3 days car rental with Surprice we payed 87 Eur.

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Where to stay

Start with a night by the sea, followed by 2 nights in the mountains. By staying at a different hotel each night, you’ll get to explore everything what Gran Canaria has to offer.

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