Jean goes to the beach Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Christopher Columbus came across Gran Canaria in 1492 and he instantly liked the verdant palm groves and excellent climate. The harbour may be tranquil but just a bus ride away is a world famous beach. Jean shows you where to get the bus and the journey to Maspalomas Beach. A busy beach where the bars and restaurants beach are full at lunch time.


We got a bus from the bus garage just opposite the port. The buses are cheap and easy to use. Maspalomas is about a 45 minute bus ride away so make sure you allow for that when coming back. There are many restaurants there on the beach and it is very commercialized.  The sand dunes look like a film set. You can imagine Lawrence of Arabia riding out of them on a camel. Set in a canyon inland from Maspalomas is the Palmitos Nature Park, famous for its vivid tropical plants, birds and fish. Don’t forget your sun cream. The sun was very hot and I was glad I remembered my bottle of water!

Playa del Ingles is the liveliest and best-known beach in the Canaries and is not far from the port. Just turn left off the ship and you will come to it after a 5 minute walk. Just beyond Las Palmas you can explore the stunning desert scenery of Maspalomas.

Further afield explorers will find 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. Or, Bandama, an extinct volcano set 1,900 feet above sea level, which offers panoramic views over the island.

Tours available from your ship will probably include

  1. Leisurely Gran Canaria
  2. Submarine Dive
  3. Two Stop on your own
  4. Highlights of Gran Canaria
  5. Walking Trails and Wine
  6. 4×4 Adventure
  7. Paddle Boarding (bathing wear)
  8. Maspalomas Beach Transfer

Click here for another list of tours and see what Gran Canaria has to offer.

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SOLO CRUISER BOOK SERIES started here in the Canaries – for a romantic read based on this very cruise, yes, Sally Katz used these films to base the first book on! With permission. Violet goes to the beach, on the bus, as on our film. This is a good read that shows off a typical canary island cruise, the romance is added and made up. READ THE CRUISE BEFORE YOU CRUISE THE SEA. In the book charts, SOLO CRUISER BOOK SERIES. Violet Becket has never cruised. In fact, she has been nowhere in a long time. Too long. Book 1, Virgin Voyage has been in the book charts for some weeks now.

Violet has never had romance, never ever. As an older woman time is running out and she needs to make a change. This romantic read is based around cruises because once she cruises she loves it. That is her romance, well, there is a little more. Sally Katz used the films on Doris Visits to peg her books on! With permission. Each book takes place over a cruise! Book 1 is a Canary Islands cruise, Book 2 is in the Baltic, Book 3 is in the Caribbean, and Book 4 goes from the ABC islands through the Panama Canal.