One the city's highlights is its Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. After walking through its centre you should visit the top of its mountain La Montaña de Arucas as it has great panoramic views of the area.
You should also visit to the Rum Museum and then drive down to the coast through its banana and sugar cane plantations.
The city itself is not on the coast so you'll have to drive inland to get here. The first thing you'll see as you drive into Arucas is its impressive neo-gothic Cathedral of San Juan Bautista which dates back to the XVII century as it's a popular tourist attraction.
Just before you get to the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista there's a large parking space on the right hand side.
We suggest you just park your car here and walk around the city centre on foot.
To go to the top of the mountain La Montaña de Arucas you'll have to pick up you car again and drive it up as it is not walking distance from the town centre.
Right in front of the Cathedral is the town square Plaza de la Constitución. Here you'll also find a small museum and the tourism office. On the other side of the church there's a beautiful street which is an ideal spot to have a coffee as you'll also be surrounded by flower shops.
We suggest you then drive up to the mountain La Montaña de Arucas. It's got great panoramic views. From here you will easily be able to spot Arehucas Rum factory...and yes it's the same 'rum' we put into our mojitos we're talking about.
This is our local rum factory which makes rum from local sugar cane plantations. You'll be able to see the plantations from up here. There's also a nice restaurant up here.
A great next stop would be the Rum Museum! The museum is actually inside the distillery itself which was built in 1880. In its cellars you'll see all types of rums. You really can't leave without trying both the 'Banana Rum' and the 'Honey Rum'!
La Montaña de Arucas
You can drive back down to the coast through vast banana and sugar cane plantations (the same sugar canes used to make the rum) and stop at La Casa y Jardín de la Marquesa. This building and its gardens were built in 1880.
The north coast of Gran Canaria is famous for its surfing beaches. Especially these here like Playa Quintanilla, Playa Los Enanos and Playa San Andres. They are world class surfing spot where competitions are usually held. But they also very dangerous if your not a surfer as it's got strong sea currents.
In Los Cahrcones though you can find a nice natural swimming pool where you can go for a swim.
Playa Los Charcones
In the beach of El Puertillo you'll also find slightly calmer waters and a sandy beach. This makes it popular with locals during the summer months. However do be VERY careful and remember not swim when there's a red flag. And in Playa Las Salinas you can enjoy freely of nature as it's a nudist (or naturalist) beach.
Playa El Puertillo
As you drive from Las Palmas towards Agaete down the northern motorway (GC-2) along the coast you just have to turn right when you see the road signpost GC-20.
You can either take the 205, 206 or 210 from Las Palmas. We suggest you take the 206 or 210 as they go along the coast and they have nicer views. Buses run every 30 minutes.
Gran Canaria Places to Visit