Mountains (half day)
You head up to the small town of Vega de San Mateo (commonly called San Mateo), an agricultural centre located in a fertile, green valley. Here you can visit the flower and local food market. Continue through Cueva Grande, where you can see chestnut trees, broom, buttercup, sweet pea and the famous Canarian pines.
You drive up to 1,800 metres in the Tejeda Valley to stop at the viewpoint of ‘Degollada de Becerra’. Here you can see the Roque Nublo, a huge basalt stone in the form of a monolith. Next to it is El Fraile (The Friar), another monolithic rock. There is an observation point, from where, weather permitting, there are views all over the island.
The tour continues through Cruz de Tejeda, via the municipal town of Velleseco to Teror, a village famous for the church dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Pino – Our Lady of the Pine Tree.
Highlights of the South (half day)
This tour begins with a visit to Telde, the second largest town in Gran Canaria. This historical town, which was one of the two pre-Hispanic Guanche kingdoms, along with Gáldar, boasts an attractive old town that was declared a national monument in 1981.
You continue from Telde down the Barranco de Guayadeque, a magnificent valley of the island, where more than 80 species of plants thrive on the steep slopes. You visit some of the famous Guayadeque caves that date back to prehistoric times.
The tour continues to Puerto de Mogán, an attractive fishing village and yacht marina consisting of Mediterranean-style houses decorated with colourful window boxes. This small port is criss-crossed by a network of pretty seawater canals.
Your excursion concludes with a visit to Maspalomas, on the south-east coast. The resort is most famous for its sand dunes and its long sandy beach, which stretches for six kilometres.
Villages of the North (half day)
Drive along the north coast to Arucas, the third-largest town on Gran Canaria after Las Palmas and Telde. The cathedral of St John the Baptist, built in 1909, is in an ornate neo-Gothic style.
You then move inland slightly for a visit to the quaint village of Firgas. Running through the centre of Firgas is one of the most beautifully decorated streets on the island.
The Paseo de Gran Canaria is a steeply inclined walkway with a cascading central waterfall. Along the main street is the restored building of the old grain mill, a common feature in the smaller, more typical Canarian towns and villages. The example in Firgas is now a museum.
Nearby is a museum dedicated to Mr Alemán, a farmer from the village. The tour continues along the top of the west coast to the small fishing port of Agaete, with its narrow streets and whitewashed houses.
V.I.P. tour (half day)
(Lunch included) - Drive down the east coast, go into the mountains from the south, various coffee stops and mountain views. Mogan and Veneguera to reach Valley "San Nicolas de Tolentino", the area with most tomato plantations.
Take a narrow road towards the centre of the island, passing deep valleys, dammed lakes, palm trees and small villages. Pico de las Nierves, Roque Nublo, Valleseco (lunch), continue to "Camino de las Flores" , Teror and back.
Markets (half day)
Visit the market of Santa Brigida. Next go to San Mateo market, famous for cheese and vegetables. Then we will visit Teror market, famous for typical local village products.
Tenerife (Loro Parque) (full day)
Ferry to Tenerife and transfer to Puerto de la Cruz and full day in Loro Parque
Tenerife (Teide and Loro Parque) (full day)
Ferry to Tenerife. Morning up the volcano of Mount Teide, afternoon in Loro Parque.