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Gran Canaria Shore Excursions: Beaches & City Sights

When docking in Las Palmas, the cruise port and capital city of Gran Canaria, shore excursions are available to make your time ashore especially memorable. Gran Canaria, the third largest and most populous island of the Canaries, features miles of golden sand beaches, abundant sunshine, volcanic landscapes, and dense pine forests.

Popular Gran Canaria shore excursions include beach breaks at Maspalomas Beach at the southern end of the island where you can enjoy spectacular coastal views, swim in crystal-clear ocean waters, bask in the sun, or cool down in the shade of a swaying palm tree. Take a bracing walk along the extensive sand dunes, a protected nature reserve, and stroll the Promenade that leads to the island’s only lighthouse, built in 1890 and still an active guiding light.

For a great family adventure from your cruise to Gran Canaria, set sail on a whale of a tour to spot gentle dolphins, flying fish, and maybe even whales. Explore the Atlantic waters around Gran Canaria with a marine biologist guide, who will share tales and tidbits about the area’s rich marine life.

Book Gran Canaria cruise excursions that will whisk you away on a scenic drive to two of the island’s most breathtaking resorts, Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogan. Arrive at Puerto Rico to enjoy a swim in cool, deep water and a snack at one of the many snack stands. At Puerto de Mogan, nicknamed “little Venice of Gran Canaria,” enjoy the bridged waterways, white-washed, colorfully trimmed villas at harborside, wrought iron balconies, and floral lanes. The combination creates a decidedly opulent atmosphere, as does the array of boutiques and moored yachts. From your European cruise, sip a drink at one of the many cafes, or dine in style at restaurants with Mediterranean, seafood, or barbecue menus.

Gran Canaria shore excursions can take you to the north coast of the island to visit the fertile green valley area, dotted with papaya, citrus trees, and the striking Strelitzia flowers. Visit a typical island farm and vineyard and taste the fruits of their labor, including wine, cheeses, fruits, and coffee.

Take a guided tour of the island and you’ll see miles of natural beauty and centuries of rich cultural history, including unique architecture. Visit Teror and its famous Basilica, which stands in stark contrast to the small houses in the surrounding area. Be thrilled at the sight of the crater of Bandama, a 2,000-foot high extinct volcano.

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