Stylish rural accommodation in Gran Canaria

Exploring the interior of Gran Canaria, the third largest of the seven major islands in the Canary Islands, is rather like finding yourself on a collection of assorted film sets. I love exploring this diverse island!

Some areas of Gran Canaria are lush, others lunar-like

Rural Gran Canaria, a photographer's Mecca

You’ll find a kaleidoscope of landscapes… volcanic craters, mountains, deep ravines, oddly shaped basalt rocks, desert features, dunes, and archaeological sites as well as 100-year old pine tree forests, thick palm groves, sub-tropical vegetation, exotic plants and fruits.

Miles of sand dunes at Maspolomas

Visit Gran Canaria for yourself and you’ll see exactly why it is called a “miniature continent”. You’ll also understand why UNESCO reckons it’s a “natural treasure of the world”. I’ll certainly vouch for that.

Agapanthus thrive in Gran Canaria

Colourful strata near Artenara

Lush ferns in Gran Canaria pine forest

Fortunately I discovered some stylish rural accommodation in Gran Canaria and was really lucky in finding an excellent English-speaking walking guide in Gran Canaria who is also a knowledgeable wildflower guide in Gran Canaria too. I’m not selfish – so I’ll share them with you….

… read on and you’ll also find some travel tips for your Gran Canaria rural holiday:

Intimate rural accommodation in Gran Canaria

Hotel Rural Las Calas, San Mateo: large nine-room B&B Canarian house dating from 1800. Telephone: 0034 928 66 14 36, email:,

Chic holiday rental apartments in Gran Canaria

El Borbullón, Teror: Canarian house within walled garden with three separate very chic apartments, swimming pool and immaculate gardens. Telephone: 0034 928 23 02 86, email:, 

Stylish rural accommodation in a Gran Canaria banana plantation

La Hacienda del Buen Sucesso: located in the midst of a banana plantation, this 18th century estate has eighteen stylish rooms, a gym and heated pool. Telephone: 0034 928 62 29 45, email:,

Hiking vacations in Gran Canaria with an English speaking guide / Wildflower walking holidays with an English speaking guide in Gran Canaria

Armando Sosa Matos is an English-speaking guide with a great sense of humour as well as an in-depth knowledge of walks and flora. Telephone:  0034 686 71 34 75, email:

Gran Canaria travel tips

  • Staying in rural accommodation in Gran Canaria? Then take a Spanish-English phrase book with you, you’ll probably need it.
  • Make sure you have adequate insurance on your rental car in Gran Canaria – roads can be narrow and you’ll notice lots of scrapes down the side of cars.
  • If you don’t like driving on steep winding mountain roads, take someone with you who does!
  • Keen photographer? You’ll find lots to photograph in Gran Canaria so take plenty of memory cards with you.
  • Thinking about taking a hiking holiday in Gran Canaria? Hire a good Gran Canaria English-speaking hiking guide, he/she will be worth every penny.

For more information of Gran Canaria walking holidays and rural vacations in Gran Canaria, contact the Gran Canaria Tourist Office: 0034 928 219 600,

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