Shopping In Gran Canaria
What to do in Gran Canaria besides sunbathing?! May it be at your resort’s poolside or at the beach. Gran Canaria has quite a lot to offer. Though our focus today will be on shopping! We won´t go through all the shopping centres on the Island, as there are way too many of them, but we have selected the best and biggest ones so you can easily find your way to them. And if you are either in January of July here on Gran Canaria, get extra excited as it is sales month!
El Tablero shopping centre is the closest decent shopping centre to Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas area. Shops and a huge Hiperdino Supermarket on the ground floor and some bars and restaurants on the second floor. Easy access for pedestrians and lots of Parking (free) outside and underneath the shopping centre. There is as well a Burger King with a handy interactive game room for the kids. Ideal for a quick visit.
Locals (and tourists alike) call this place the Little Venice of Gran Canaria and it does honour to the name. a small and incredibly picturesque town, beautiful house surrounded with amazing bougainvillea. Relaxing beachfront with shops and restaurants all accounted for. This place is perfect for a day at the beach, followed by lunch in one of the restaurants (all with a Sea view) and some shopping after. Puerto de Mogan is also famous for it Friday Market, packed with mostly tourists coming from all over to do their shopping at the market.
Recently voted Spain’s top outdoor shopping destination, Triana district next to Las Palmas’ Vegueta Old Town is a wonderful mix of old and new. The Calle mayor or High Street has plenty of big-name fashion stores such as H&M, Zara and Mango, Guess and many more. Keep an eye out as well for the little side alley ways, where you can find some hidden gems, such as one of a kind boutiques and, some great restaurants with delicious food.
You can get there either by bus (San Telmo Bus Station) or if you drive, easiest would be the parking right in front of Vegueta. Of course not to mention Vegueta Old Town, lovely streets with great tapas restaurants, the house of Columbus or the Cathedral is a must see when in Vegueta.
Las Arenas has one of the biggest varieties of shops and everything is divided through 3 floors. First two floors are for shops (everything from Zara, Mango, Guess, Stradivarius to Primark and Media Markt). The 3rd floor is set aside for restaurants. Note: In the winter season they put up an ice-skating rink on the third floor for the Christmas time. Plenty of parking indoors and it is free parking for the first 3 hours. As well it is located right at the start of the longest beach of the Island, Las Canteras. Beautiful place to sit and have a drink while watching the sun set after a busy day of shopping in Las Arenas.
The newest and biggest shopping space in Tamaraceite Gran Canaria, Los Alisios is a huge outdoor shopping centre that is designed to feel like a high-end street shopping. It is the only shopping centre now with a Starbucks in it, besides shopping and restaurants (some very exclusive restaurants) it has one of the biggest and newest and modern Cinemas on the Island. Including a room where kids can play around on slides and castles while enjoying a nice kids movie. Free parking and lots of fun activities (usually every weekend and public holidays) for the whole family. Note: Each shop is an experience at itself, as each one is made very big. You can expect to spend a full day here.
Home of El Corte Inglés, the biggest department store in Spain. Mesa y Lopez also has a good selection of fashion stores and even a Marks & Spencer (complete with food hall). The whole street will soon be pedestrian, and we expect it to claim back its rightful place as a top Gran Canaria shopping area. You can use the parking of El Corte Inglés or if you do not mind the walk, you can use the Parking of El Muelle, and from there it is an easy 20 minute walk (and the first 3 hours free parking).
Between Telde and Las Palmas, there are Las Terrazas and El Mirador. Las Terrazas is an outlet centre with outlets like Nike, Asics, Mango, El Corte Inglés. an Indoor Go Kart, Cinema & Media Markt as well as plenty of restaurants. You can find here mostly fast food chains. KFC, Burger King and McDonalds are the most famous ones.
On the other side of the highway you can find El Mirador with right next door to them with some of the biggest DIY Stores. El Mirador is as well mostly known for its huge Primark. Both shopping centres come with lots of free parking. Busiest is usually in the evenings and weekends.
Atlántico is one of the most known shopping centres around the Island. At the moment it is the closest one to the touristic areas and consists of nearly all the famous shops, bowling alley, cinema and restaurants. At the same time, it is home to one of the biggest supermarkets, Carrefour. It has two parking’s, one outside and one underground with plenty of space. Easy to reach by public transfer, the Global busses stop right next to the mall.
In front of the Market in Puerto Rico, will be one of the biggest shopping centres of the Island. Expected to draw well over 5 million visitors in its first year. It is being built right now on what used to be the Waterpark in Puerto Rico. Below a concept of how it will look like. Expected to open for public autumn 2019.