The Canary Islands might seem a bit remote for a weekend trip. If you are based in Europe though or even just traveling long term in Europe, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to check out the islands. A long weekend in Gran Canaria is especially doable thanks to super cheap budget airline flights.
Gran Canaria is not the largest of the Canary Islands but it is home to one of the archipelago’s capital cities – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Therefore, it is one of the best places to look to score a cheap flight.
A number of budget airlines fly directly to Gran Canaria with extra flights for long weekend holidays. Ryanair, easyJet, and Vueling all offer incredible deals with roundtrip flights sometimes coming for under $100.
With such amazing deals on the flight, once you land consider splurging a bit with private airport transfers in Gran Canaria. This will get you out of the airport fast and enjoying your long weekend in Gran Canaria.
Gran Canaria is small but the island is packed with things to see and do. If you only have a long weekend in Gran Canaria, it’s best to plan out your time to make sure you see the best of the best. Here are our top picks on what not to miss.
1. Explore Las Palmas City
Give yourself at least a few hours to wander and explore the capital city – Las Palmas. The city has plenty of history, culture, and good food.
Check out the historic Barrio Vegueta or stop by the Christopher Columbus museum for a bit of history. If you’d rather shop, head to Ciudad Jardin, a neighborhood of the city known for great boutique shops and lots of green space.
You can find great restaurants all over the city. If you want a bit of a view or a sunset dining experience, head down to the restaurants on the boardwalk at Playa de las Canteras.
2. Head Inland
You could spend a whole long weekend in Gran Canaria on the beach and no judgement if you decide to do just that. If you are looking to mix things up a bit though, head inland for a day trip.
If you want to do some shopping, the small town of Ingenio is well known for ceramics and embroidery. The area around Cruz de Tejeda also has some cute villages worth checking out.
The rugged interior of Gran Canaria has some great hiking options. Check out the trails in Parque Natural de Tamadaba or Parque Natural de Pilancones. For some great views, don’t miss the volcanic crater of Caldera de Bandama.
3. Relax on the Beach!
No trip to the Canary Islands is complete without some time spent lounging on the beach. Even with just a long weekend in Gran Canaria you can definitely get some beach rays.
In fact, beaches actually make up over a quarter of the 147-mile long coastline of the island.
On the north coast, you’ll find rugged beaches like El Puertillo. The east coast beaches are the place to head for surfing and windsurfing. The south coast has some of the island’s top beach resorts while the west coast beaches are wild and remote.
Thanks to super cheap flights and a laid back island vibe, Gran Canaria really is a perfect option for any long weekend trip from Europe.