Our Offers for a shore excursion in Gran Canaria
In the following you will find our offers for a shore excursion on and around Gran Canaria. Choose and book the best option for your stay on this unique island.
Small groupsExcursions in a family atmosphere
Great servicePick up directly at the harbor
High reliabilityOn-time-back-to-ship warranty
Effective time managementBook your activities in advance
Cheap shore excursionSave money by self organising
High individualityArrange activities and times freely
Useful information for a shore excursion in Gran Canaria
We have compiled information about the most beautiful sights, the cruise port, as well as many useful information for a shore excursion on Gran Canaria bellow.
The most beautiful sights in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is known by many for its spectacular scenery. The volcanic origin has given the island an unmistakable profile. Here, hikers truly get their money’s worth.
But also the capital Las Palmas and the coasts keep some sights and exciting destinations ready. Some of the most beautiful can be found here!
Trip to Roque Nublo
The Roque Nublo, a boulder at an altitude of 5,905 ft, is the landmark of Gran Canaria. It is shaped like a hand ax, and is emblazoned 5,906 ft high on a table mountain. It is pretty much in the middle of the island.
From the plateau of Roque Nublo you will have a great view of Gran Canaria and to Tenerife, if there are good weather conditions. And if you look closely you may recognize the shape of a monk and a frog in the two surrounding (That’s why they are called “Fraile” and “Rana”).
From Las Palmas you can reach the Roque Nublo in an hour by car. From the parking lot it is a good 30 minutes walk. If you follow the road uphill, you get to a picnic area, that is also very popular with local people.
Dunas de Maspalomas
The dunes of Maspalomas are located in the south of Gran Canaria and are one of the largest natural sensations of the island. Partially up to 1 mile wide, more than 988 acres of sand dunes extend here, giving the viewer a feeling of Sahara.
A marked path leads through the dunes, so you do not have to worry about getting lost. In the east, Playa del Inglés joins, a notorious party hot spot. But this place has a great sandy beach as well. Don’t forget your bathing suit!
Although it is located 37 miles south of the capital, Maspalomas is easily accessible from Las Palmas. You can reach the “Dunas” within an hour’s drive.
Catedral de Santa Ana
The main church of Las Palmas dates from the 15th century, but was completed only 400 years after construction began. Similar to many other monumental building that have been built over such a long period of time, this fact is reflected in various architectural styles (Gothic, Neoclassic, Baroque) that can be identified in the interior of the Cathedral of Santa Ana.
Playa de las Canteras
Just a stone’s throw away (1,640 ft west after leaving the port area) from your pier there is Las Palmas’ city beach, Playa de las Canteras.
The beach stretches over 2 miles in length and offers everything for a perfect beach day with a range of connected restaurants and shopping options. However, the Playa de las Canteras is also very popular with locals, so it can be very busy especially on weekends and holidays. Tip: be there early and better decided for a walk through the city in the afternoon.
Visit to an aloe vera plantation
The aloe vera is considered the “queen of medicinal plants” and the knowledge of people about their effectiveness goes back more than 5,000 years. In the Canary Islands, the plant finds ideal growing conditions, the Canary Aloe Vera is therefore one of the best in the world!
In Gran Canaria you can learn more about the cultivation, processing and use of aloe vera on an aloe vera plantation. Various fincas offer corresponding tours on their premises.
Map of the cruise port in Las Palmas
The cruise port of Las Palmas is located in the northeast of Gran Canaria. The Santa Catalina Cruise Terminal is just a few hundred miles from the northern part of the city and Playa de las Canteras. Its central location also makes it possible to go on a Las Palmas shore excursions on your own. For the inland exploration, however, an organized cruise excursion is recommended.
Worth knowing for shore excursions in and around Las Palmas
Shipping companies and routes
The numbers of visitors in the cruise port of Las Palmas have increased steadily in recent years. Today Gran Canaria is one of the major ports for shore excursions in the Canaries. Cruise ships from Royal Caribbean, MSC, Celebrity and many more call at Las Palmas. More and more shipping companies are also proceeding to station ships throughout the year in the Canary Islands.
Entry and visa
The Canary Islands belongs to Spain and thus to the Schengen area and the EU. Canadian, US and UK citizens do not require a visa to enter the schengen area of countries in Europe for tourism business stays under ninety (90) days.
Please make sure, to bring a valid passport with you, which extends at least 90 days after your initial arrival in the schengen area.
If in doubt, it is advisable to find out about the specific entry requirements of your route at the cruise line shipping company. Where appropriate, calls outside the EU (eg Morocco) may require the carrying of a passport.
Cruise terminal Las Palmas
The cruise terminal of Las Palmas (Muelle Santa Catalina) is the only pier for cruise ships and is very centrally located, only about 1,640 ft away from the Parque Santa Catalina and the bus terminal Santa Catalina.
From the pier it is only a few miles to the exit of the cruise terminal and the harbor area.
Taxi and public transport
The transport connection of the cruise terminal in Las Palmas is very good: directly opposite the pier is the intercity bus terminal Santa Catalina. From here, busses are going to the south of the island every hour on the hour, e.g. to the dunes of Maspalomas or to the airport.
Also in the immediate vicinity of the exit from the port facilities there are taxi ranks.
However, none of these means of transport are necessary for a trip through the city of Las Palmas or to the beach of Las Canteras. The central location of the cruise terminal also allows shore excursions on foot.
In Spain, the Euro is used as currency. A currency exchange is therefore required. (1 dollar = 0.86 euro and 1 pound = 1.11 euro)
The Canaries have become a year-round destination for the cruise lines. This is also and especially due to the year-round mild and dry climate that characterizes the archipelago.
It can get hot during the midsummer. If you can, switch to the mid season which is March to May or October to November. Often the prices are cheaper and the weather is more pleasant than in the absolute high season.
Even in thewinter months of December to February you can experience very stable weather and mild temperatures on the Canary Islands cruise. However, there is a chance it might be raining when you get there.
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