This post shows a Gran Canaria mountain tour from Maspalomas. We headed north from Maspalomas to the southern Gran Canarian mountains and returned along the coastal road.
This is a half-day tour from Maspalomas that gives you great mountain views and you will also see pretty Gran Canaria villages that are very different from the villages you can see on the coast.
The first roadside stop is at a former guanche village that is a sight all families should see, an interesting museum for both kids and adults.
Gran Canaria mountain roads are good but very winding so reserve time for the trip. After you leave Maspalomas the road starts to climb and soon you can enjoy views back to the Maspalomas sand dunes and Atlantic Ocean.
Map of Gran Canaria Mountain Tour from Maspalomas
You can see the Gran Canaria mountain tour route map here.
If you like you can extend this trip to Roque Nublo and Tejeda. But that means a lot more driving on Gran Canaria mountain roads and you will absolutely need the whole day for that. Another alternative: on your way back to Maspalomas take the longer way through Temisas and Aguimes.
After you have climbed up to the mountains you can see a roadside guanche exhibition that is the first stop.
The guanches were the people that lived in the Canaries before the Spanish came. The guances lived here for centuries in a stone age culture. They carved their houses in caves or made simple stone houses.
From the guance village drive north to Fátaga. Fataga is a tiny village with a lot of spirit. There are just a few streets but some of them look so pretty. And you can find nice cafés in Fataga. So we enjoyed a cappuccino with cake in an outdoor cafe. That was good!
San Bartolomé de Tirajana
San Bartolomé de Tirajana is the next stop. This pretty town lies high up in the mountains, almost in the clouds.
And San Bartolome de Tirajana streets are so narrow and steep!. Too narrow for bigger rental cars and maybe too scary to drive along. Our photographer was screaming so she hardly got any photos of San Bartolomé. A better idea would be to park your car and walk around. But think about that the weather is chilly at these heights and the clouds can be hanging on the mountains.
Santa Lucía de Tirajana
Santa Lucía de Tirajana is a village that delights Scandinavians like us – they have built a statue of Santa Lucia here!
Otherwise there is not much to see in this very little village. So continue driving and look at the big Canarian pines on the roadside.
Back to the Coast
After Santa Lucia drive east until you come to the coast at Vecindario. Now just take the main coastal road to Maspalomas (or to Las Palmas if you started your trip from there).
The dry mountain scenery in this part of Gran Canaria looks dramatic, at least in evening light.
So this was our Gran Canaria mountain tour from Maspalomas. And if you are travelling to Gran Canaria remember to check out my other Gran Canaria trip ideas.