From jet skiers to stand-up-paddlers, Gran Canaria is paradise for salt water freaks of all types. The east coast roars during the summer and you can't move for wind and kite surfers while the North Shore holds some of Europe's top waves. The sheltered south is perfect for stand-up paddle and there's great wreck and reef dives all around the coast.
If you want to learn to surf or perfect your kiteloop, then this is your island. Of course, if you'd rather just rent a pedalo or a kayak and fool about by the beach you can do that too.
From all-day treks through the fragrant pine forests to peaceful strolls between beaches, there's great walks in Gran Canaria for everyone.
We focus on walks that are circular or have good transport links because we find that many of the recommended mountain hikes in Gran Canaria are hard to do unless you have two cars or pay for long taxi rides.
Walking season in Gran Canaria runs from September to May but you can walk throughout the year. During the summer it's best to start at dawn and finish before midday. Always check the weather conditions before setting out as Gran Canaria almost 2000 metres high and the weather in the highlands varies from below freezing up to 40ºC.
Gran Canaria is the best winter road biking destination in Europe. Local expert Ray, from Cycle Gran Canaria, presents the island's best cycling routes and lots of tips for getting the most out of your Gran Canaria biking.