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About Gran Canaria

The tranquil harbour, verdant palm groves and excellent climate of Gran Canaria's lively capital Las Palmas delighted Christopher Columbus when he discovered it on his famous voyage of 1492.

Those same attractions now draw modern travellers keen to explore the atmospheric cobbled streets and leafy courtyards of its old quarter, Vegueta. Cruises to Grand Canaria also bring you close to Playa del Ingles, the liveliest and best-known beach in the Canaries.

Just beyond Las Palmas you can explore the stunning desert scenery of Maspalomas, or tour further afield to explore peaceful old towns like Arucas - famed for its lush banana plantations - and Teror, with its fine collection of traditional houses with intricately carved wooden balconies.

Other highlights of our Grand Canaria cruises include lovely Palmitos Nature Park - set in a canyon inland from Maspalomas and famous for its vivid tropical plants, birds and fish - and Bandama, an extinct volcano set 1,900 feet above sea level, which offers panoramic views over the island.

 

Shore excursions in Gran Canaria

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Aqualand Waterpark

Activity mediumFamily

Duration: 6 hours

Here’s a tour with plenty of sunshine and a whole host of fun water activities!

Aqualand provides fun for every member of the family, especially younger children. There’s a wide variety of slides, the Kamikaze, the Rapids, Aquamania, or for a more relaxing ride, float serenely down the Lazy River run.

Lunch is not included in the price. Restaurant and snack facilities are available at the Park to suit individual choice.

Essential information

Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure. Lockers, sun loungers and umbrellas are available for hire and are payable direct. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel, sunscreen and local currency. There are certain height limits at the Park: under 3 feet 9 inches for the Children’s Play Area; over 4 feet 2 inches is for the Adults’ area.

Leisurely Gran Canaria

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Enjoy the sights of Gran Canaria at a leisurely pace.

Sit back and relax, as you embark on a panoramic drive, heading south towards the main resort of Playa del Ingles. A short stop will be made for you to enjoy the wonderful Maspalomas sand dunes and surrounding coastline views.

Afterwards, you’ll continue to a pleasant viewpoint that overlooks the vibrant and modern resort of Puerto Rico. The resort has many holiday apartments built on the terraces of steep slopes that rise from the sea. A short photo stop will be made for you to enjoy the panoramic view.

You’ll round off your tour with a visit to the smallest and most beautiful southern resort of Puerto Mogan. You’ll have around 1 hour of free time to explore this small, tranquil and friendly resort. Stroll along the harbour, shop for souvenirs or just simply relax in a little café and watch the world go by before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. In order to derive full enjoyment of this tour, some walking is required. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. There is a market in Puerto Mogan on Fridays and coach parking is restricted, which will result in a further than usual walk to the main town. Euros are accepted for purchases. The drive will involve winding roads and is not a suitable option for those who suffer from vertigo. There are no designated comfort stops during this tour; you will need to use facilities in cafés and restaurants in Puerto Mogan if required.

Maspalomas Beach Transfer

Activity mediumFamily

Duration: 5 hours

Simply spend time at the beach in the sunny south of the island.

The Maspalomas dunes stretch out along the southernmost point of Gran Canaria, a stunning miniature ‘Sahara Desert’. The dunes spread as far as the eye can see and are a protected reserve, with no construction permitted.

Spend time on the golden Maspalomas Beach, backed by the biggest sand dunes on the island. The oasis-like combination of palms, lagoon and sand dunes beside the ocean creates the perfect place to relax and swim.

Essential information

This tour is non-guided, a local escort will accompany the tour. The drive to Maspalomas Beach takes approximately 1 hour. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. There are some changing facilities; however there is a charge for these, payable locally. It cannot be guaranteed that these will be open or operational during your stay. Sun beds and umbrellas can be hired and are payable locally. Please note that during the peak season the beach is very popular and we cannot guarantee you will find sufficient sun beds at this time. There are independent suppliers on the beach that may offer water sports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. On Sundays and Bank Holidays, only souvenir shops remain open. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

 

A selection of cruises to Gran Canaria

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