Monarca Butterfly Farm

I haven't been here but it sounds like fun! You get to see a butterfly breeding programme in a butterfly house.

Open: Mondays and Thursdays. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, entrance to the park is only available through the excursion organised by the Monarca Butterfly Farm team. The excursion organised by the Monarca Butterfly Farm, includes, a personal English Speaking guide, botanical exhibitions, an exclusive visit to the butterfly breeding house, and 1 free drink.

Las Palmas

You can get a bus for around 12 euros per person return from Plays del Ingles.

This is the capital city. It has some old building relating to Christopher Colombus and there is a lovely beach here to relax on but be warned, it does get crowded as its not very big. There is a castle not far from this beach in the north part of the city but its not really worth viewing if you ask me as it was under construction when I went in 2013 so you physically can't see it to get a good photo as you can see..........

Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo

I didn't go here but there is another Botanical garden just north of Dunas de Maspalomas which was very nice and pretty. This one's near Tafira Alta. It is 27 hectares.

Buses 301, 302 and 303 all pass by the garden's upper entrance. By car, take the C-811 road from Las Palmas.

Top beaches

Beaches to visit: Playa de las Canteras – Playa de las Alcaravaneras – San Agustín – Playa del Inglés – Maspalomas – Playa de Puerto Rico – Playa de los Amadores – Puerto Mogán – Playa Meloneras

Dunas de Maspalomas

In 1994 the fabulous Dunas de Maspalomas were designated a national park. There is a nudist beach right next to them be warned!!

Although the dunes look like you've stepped foot in the sahara you will see lots of people around. You can walk on the sand, but do respect the signs and keep to the designated trails. Alternatively, you can go the full Sahara and opt for a camel trip.

Roque Nublo

I didn't go here as looking at the pictures its basically an upright rock surrounded by lunar landscapes.

Puerto de Mogán

We were told this was one of the nice port towns to visit in Gran Canaria and can easily be reached by bus from the resort but we didn't go as we couldn't be bothered to be honest.


Teror is right at the centre of the island and is reached via steep winding roads. The town of Teror, with its typical buildings, balconies and rural island life.

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