Although its popularity among tourists might put you off to begin with, this poat should show you that it’s actually pretty easy to find fun and unique things to do in Gran Canaria! Transfersand flights are plentiful, and there’s a wide range of accommodation available, with overlooked sites and hidden gems rarely too far from resorts. So, you can still benefit from tourism without needing to stay on the most well-travelled paths.
In this article, we’ll run through some of the best things to see and do in the quiet southwestern town of Playa Taurito. Read on to learn more.
See the Sights, Relax and Adventure
Once you arrive at your holiday accommodation, you’ll probably be keen to get out and about. Luckily, especially for those feeling tired after flights to Gran Canaria, transfers from the airport and checking in, Playa Taurito has a range of relaxing and fun activities from which to choose.
Relax on the Beach
Playa Taurito’s beach has everything you’d expect from a popular resort, including banana boat rides for some wet and wild fun. It also has some rather unique and interesting features, such as its dark, volcanic sand and the unpredictable winds that make it a challenge for some water sports.
Take a Buggy Adventure
If you’re looking for a thrill, I recommend you check out these small but powerful vehicles and enjoy a two and a half hour tour around the town, racing through the natural beauty of the mountains to the south. You’ll come out bumped around and dusty, but the experience is such a thrill that it’s definitely worth it.
Visit Puerto de Mogán
Finally, the nearby fishing port of Mogán offers a chance to see some local culture. The markets, held every Friday, are especially good, offering the chance to pick up local produce and handcrafted goods. White houses and canals give the town a unique ambiance, and boat trips are available from the beach, including visits to nearby Puerto Rico.
Top Tip: Book a trip on the ‘Yellow Submarine’ to get up close and personal with undersea life. It’s a great experience, even if it’s not officially endorsed by The Beatles.
Eat and Be Merry
Of course, when you’re away from home you also want to sample the food on offer. The tourist industry is again your friend here: in addition to the grilled meats and fish typical of Gran Canaria, transfers of knowledge, money and people have brought a variety of international cuisines to the area.
Marina Pool Bar Restaurant
Start with something typical of the island at this excellent, all-day restaurant. Breakfasts here are good, but come at sunset for a beer on the terrace for the best atmosphere. Food-wise, the paella is the Marina’s standout, reflecting the Spanish influence on Canarian culture. It’s a hearty, filling dish, and one well worth trying while you’re on the island.
Lola Ville Burger & Chillout
We move now from typical Canarian cuisine to a classic popular around the world: the humble, ever-enjoyable burger. The selection here is as good as you’d expect from a mid-range specialist place, but as the name suggests Lola Ville is also a great place to just hang out, with music playing and an excellent selection of cocktails available.
Buffet Wok Europe
The best thing about this Chinese restaurant is its variety: a huge range of dishes are on offer, from more authentic Chinese staples and Asian fusions to popular international variations. Even better, it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet, meaning you can stock up on as much food as you need after a busy day exploring and adventuring.
Bonus Extra Eatery: Bacio Pastifrulligelleria
While most restaurants offer decent dessert menus, we have to give a special mention to Bacio. While the name is enormously fun to say, it’s not even the most remarkable thing about this place: the variety of ice cream on offer here is absolutely breath-taking. If you like to sit down and cool off with a sweet treat, this is a must-visit.
Where to Stay
Villas de Taurito – Air-conditioned rooms here offer a flat-screen TV along with washing and coffee machines and a kitchen, and guests also get access to facilities including a hot tub and a terrace. At just 200 yards from the beach and a little over a half-mile from Mogán, it’s also located perfectly to serve as a home base for your travels.
Paradise Costa Taurito – In Taurito Valley, just a five-minute drive from Mogán, this hotel is once again well located. The rooms offer all the amenities you’d expect, including a private balcony and minibar. Even better, though, is the restaurant, which offers themed evenings and show cooking, as well as providing great Mediterranean food.
How to Get There
Flights form the UK to the airport at Las Palmas are often very affordable. Prices climb in the busy period, but if you’re more flexible, you can grab a fantastically priced ticket. Ten airlines offer approximately 28 flights a week, so you have a lot of choice when it comes to timings.
Once you’ve landed, Shuttle Direct Gran Canaria transfers can take you the 54km into town in good time and without hassle.
- UK to LPA Flight Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
- LPA to Playa Taurito Distance: 54 kilometres
- Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 42 minutes
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