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Jandia: Cofete Beach and Villa Winter Tour with Transfer

1. Jandia: Cofete Beach and Villa Winter Tour with Transfer

Travel through the Jandia Peninsula and take in its striking coastal views on a guided tour in Fuerteventura. Relax on the untouched Cofete Beach, visit its nearby traditional village, and explore the mysterious abandoned building of Villa Winter. Get picked up from your accommodation and head out on a scenic adventure on the Jandia Peninsula. Take advantage of the panoramic photo ops along the way and stop at the remote Cofete Beach. Enjoy some time to relax and sunbathe before moving on to the next stop. Drive along a gravel road over the highest peaks of Fuerteventura for a dreamlike experience. Discover the mysteries of the abandoned Villa Winter, built in the 19th century by German engineer Gustav Winter. Learn about the site's history from your guide. Finally, stroll through the tiny village of Cofete for a glimpse into the laidback lifestyle of its inhabitants.

Lanzarote Coast-2-Coast Tour

2. Lanzarote Coast-2-Coast Tour

Admire two emblematic places of art and nature conceived by the artist César Manrique on this full-day trip in Lanzarote to the LagOmar Museum and the Cactus Garden. Take a ferry to La Graciosa and indulge yourself with a savory paella and free time to discover the island.  Begin your tour in the morning with pickup near your accommodation in Lanzarote. Hop on the air-conditioned bus and travel to LagOmar where your multilingual guide will take you to explore the house of the famous Hollywood actor Omar Sharif, its "lagoon", tunnels, and caves carved in the mountain. Enjoy this Arabian Nights-inspired dream situated in the village of Oasis de Nazaret. Legend has it that the actor lost the house in a card game and never returned to Lanzarote. Head to the Cactus Garden, a magnificent example of an architectonic intervention perfectly integrated into the landscape. Cesar Manrique created this audacious artistic complex where you can find over 450 different cactus species from around the world and an traditional windmill. Board a ferry to the island of La Graciosa. Marvel at the breath-taking views of the north coast of Lanzarote on the open upper deck. Once you arrive on the island, explore the small fishermen's village, its peculiar church, and "the smallest museum in the world" before enjoying paella and drinks aboard a docked ferry. Experience the charm of local life or join in activities like hiking, cycling, swimming at pristine beaches, or take a jeep tour around the island in your free time after lunch. Take the ferry back to Lanzarote and transfer back to your hotel at the end of your tour. 

Las Palmas: Old City Private Walking Tour

3. Las Palmas: Old City Private Walking Tour

Visit your choice of great tourist places, combining culture and fun, such as the Columbus House, cathedral and shopping area.  Get a personal service from a real live local, official, and professional guide. They will help guide you to the local secret and best-loved places of Las Palmas and answer all your questions.

Maspalomas: Rental E-Scooter Chopper 2 seat

4. Maspalomas: Rental E-Scooter Chopper 2 seat

Explore the island independently and without the stress of keeping up with a tour group with this easy rental. The Harley-style electric scooters are a convenient and ecologically-friendly way to effortlessly explore the south of Gran Canaria with your partner, family or friends during your holidays – only a driver's license is required. Worried about getting lost in the streets, or need inspiration on the best places to visit? That’s no problem — you’ll receive a map with mobile phone support that will show you different routes you can follow. For example, you could discover the spectacular dunes of golden sand at Maspalomas, a natural reserve. Or, you could visit the Maspalomas Botanical Park, which covers an area of 12,000 square meters and holds more than 500 tropical plant species. Another point of interest is the incredible Oasis of Maspalomas, also known as “Charca”, a small lagoon used as a migration destination for almost 40 species of birds. It’s recommended to complete your amazing experience by visiting the Meloneras promenade, considered the most beautiful promenade in the south of Gran Canaria and with excellent views of the sea.

Arrecife: North Lanzarote Half-Day Trip

5. Arrecife: North Lanzarote Half-Day Trip

See the most beautiful sites in the northern part of Lanzarote by bus. Visit breathtaking caves and cliffs with your tour guide. Start off by admiring the church and cobblestone streets in the old village of Teguise. Cross through the town of Los Valles and head toward Haría to take in wonderful views of the palm grove known as "The Valley of a Thousand Palms." Arrive at Mirador del Río on the steep Famara Cliff and catch a glimpse of Graciosa Island. Admire the rest of the Chinijo Archipelago from a spectacular perspective. Make a final stop at Jameos del Agua, a cave of undeniable beauty whose landscape was formed by volcanic eruptions.

Maspalomas: E-Scooter Chopper Sunset Tour or Morning Tour

6. Maspalomas: E-Scooter Chopper Sunset Tour or Morning Tour

Your tour will begin as you meet with your local guide at the rental center before being assigned your e-scooter chopper. From here you will depart the facility, embarking on your way to discover the amazing panoramic sunset view of Playa del Inglés. You will travel along the Campo Internacional bike path until you reach the old Maspalomas Lighthouse.By choosing the option of the morning tour you will have an hour of free time to visit the old Maspalomas lighthouse and its interesting ethnographic museum located inside the lighthouse. By choosing the option of the sunset tour, the stop at the lighthouse will be short of maximum 10 minutes. You will then visit the most exclusive area of the south, which is the beautiful promenade of Meloneras. It will be from here that you will enjoy a splendid ocean sunset view. You will then park your electric scooters for 15 minutes to relax a bit, before sampling a non-alcoholic drink at one of the most exclusive VIP bars in Meloneras.

Maspalomas: 4-Hour Southern Coast E-Bike Tour with Tapas

7. Maspalomas: 4-Hour Southern Coast E-Bike Tour with Tapas

Explore the southern coast of Gran Canaria by electric bike. See the most spectacular sights and discover the island with a multilingual guide. Your 4-hour adventure begins with a visit to the natural reserve of Maspalomas Dunes, a small desert area made up of golden sand dunes. Stop at the Botanical Garden of Maspalomas for a short walking tour to see local flora. Then ride along beside the Atlantic Ocean, passing Meloneras Beach and Pasito Blanco Port. Stop to admire one of the few banana plantations in the south of the island. Follow the promenade until reaching the old lighthouse of Maspalomas, working since 1890 and declared a monument of historical interest by the Canary Islands Government You’ll arrive in the old fishing village of "El Pajar". Stop to visit to the village and its pretty volcanic beach. Afterwards, enjoy a lunch (for people that choose the option with tapas included) of local cuisine overlooking the sea. Later on, take the chance to admire "La Charca", a small lagoon adjacent to the dunes of Maspalomas. In this protected area there are up to 40 species of migratory birds - an ideal spot for birdswatching. Attention : the tour is not off-road.

Maspalomas: E-Bike Sightseeing Sunset Tour or Morning Tour

8. Maspalomas: E-Bike Sightseeing Sunset Tour or Morning Tour

Marvel at the most spectacular panoramic points of views in Gran Canaria on an e-bike tour, and enjoy an unforgettable outdoor adventure. You can choose to take the 4-hour morning tour or you can choose to try the 3-hour sunset tour option. First stop: Maspalomas Dunes. Admire the impressive dunes of this nature reserve and a variety of native plants. Second stop: visit the beautiful Maspalomas Botanical Garden and learn to recognize the endemic plants and cacti of the canary islands. Then, try your hand at some birdwatching at the Maspalomas Oasis. Hear local history as you explore the Punta Mujeres Archaeological Site from your expert guide. Then, continue to the old Maspalomas Lighthouse, a national monument located at the southernmost point of the island. On the sunset tour option, the visit to the lighthouse will last a maximum of 10 minutes. Only If you choose the Morning Tour option you will have an hour of free time to visit the old Masapalomas lighthouse and its interesting Ethnogracio Museum located inside. Next, turn onto the Meloneras Promenade and ride beside the sea before hopping off your bike for 20-minutes to relax. Step into a cool bar with ocean views and try some delicious soft drink.

Maspalomas: E-Bike Tour with Camel Ride

9. Maspalomas: E-Bike Tour with Camel Ride

Take this 4-hour adventure tour and experience Maspalomas by e-bike, then cross the sand dunes on the back of a camel. Enjoy a fun tour, suitable for all ages. Discover the area along quiet pedestrian routes with a local guide. First you'll cycle to the Botanical Park of Maspalomas. Stop for a short walking tour to see some of the 500 species of plant within the park. Afterwards, ride a camel through the Dunes of Maspalomas to visit the most spectacular parts of this nature reserve. Stop to admire the oasis, a small lagoon where migrating birds nest. Along the route you'll also see the statue of Christopher Columbus and the Maspalomas lighthouse. Visit the famous promenade in Meloneras, considered the most beautiful in the south of Gran Canaria. Stop at an archaeological site to see houses built by the first inhabitants of the island, before the Spanish conquest. After visiting the promenade, stop for a soft drink at a bar with panoramic sea views. The return journey follows bike lanes through Parque de la Paz, back to the original starting point.

Gran Canaria: Banana Plantation Guided Tour & Tasting

10. Gran Canaria: Banana Plantation Guided Tour & Tasting

Discover the delicious banana crop at the Hacienda La ReKompensa Banana Plantation and Museum in Gran Canaria. Take a tour of the grounds with a guide to learn about the history of the farm, and try the banana crop as well as other products like jams, juices, and wines. Start your tour of the Hacienda La ReKompensa grounds by seeing the farmland which grows more than 7,000 banana plants, 150 avocado trees, and many other fruit trees. Explore all the highlights of the grounds spanning over 56,000 square meters. At the Banana Museum, learn about the cultivation techniques and the history of banana production in the Canary Islands. Make sure to take in the museum's beautiful views over the ocean and the island's farmland. Finally, visit the Interpretation Center and shop, which are housed in a restored Canarian house dating back to 1804. Try a selection of local artisanal products containing Canarian bananas, such as jams, banana quince, and banana wine, as well as cosmetic products.

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4.5 / 5

based on 465 reviews

Our guide Marcel is an extremely friendly and cheerful guy. He knows Cofete and Villa Winter like the back of his hand and you can see his enthusiasm for this tour every second. It was a fantastically beautiful trip and was definitely worth it. The breathtaking beach of Cofete, the incredibly exciting story of Villa Winter and finally a beautiful sunset with a view of Gran Canaria make our trip into the top 3 to-dos on Fuerteventura. We were very happy that we had such an experienced guide, because the "road" (more of a gravel road) is very difficult to drive on. So to all those who are still considering whether to drive their own rental car: don't do it :D Many thanks to Marcel for the great afternoon/evening!

Because you can only give 5 stars, but we are so enthusiastic, we give 6 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Super friendly guide, it was super interesting and never got boring with Marcel thanks to a lot of background knowledge and humor. The nature was impressive and Villa Winter was more than worth the visit. All in one, highly recommended, great tour and worth every penny!! Djisbs

Ideal excursion to get an overview of the island while taking the time to visit the 3 stages of the day with a toddler. Our guide Rachel was perfect and taught us a lot, and the paella was very good!

Really enjoyed the e scooter! Good and friendly service with clear instructions. Definitely recommend the Mountain route!

Marcel made the experience very interesting and fun. Worth!