In this post we are going to explain you how to get from Gran Canaria to another island. If you have more than a week of holidays you have the option of visiting another Canary Island. Below we will mention you the transfer options and a little about each island, we have been to all of them already 🙂
How to get from Gran Canaria to another island by ship
The nearest islands from Gran Canaria are Tenerife and Fuerteventura. There are two shipping companies that operates between the Canary Islands: Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas. Moreover, you can take your hired car. In the bottom photo we see the Fred Olsen ferry departing from the town of Agaete towards Tenerife.
How to get from Gran Canaria to another island by plane
On the other hand, if you want to know how to get from Gran Canaria to another island and save time, we recommend you the plane. Currently, there are two airlines that operate between islands: Binter and Canary Fly. In addition, you can reach all the Canary Islands by plane. Well, except for La Graciosa. The easiest way to compare prices and flight departure times is with the search engine Skyscanner.
On the other hand, a question that you can make yourself is: how to go from Gran Canaria to La Gomera? Or, how to go from Gran Canaria to El Hierro? There is no direct boat between these islands and Gran Canaria, and neither with La Palma and La Graciosa. Therefore, if you are thinking of going by boat, it is possible. However, you would have to take several boats and travel by car within the same island to reach another port.
Consequently, the best option to travel to the most distant and, without direct maritime connection, would be the plane. The distance between choosing to fly to a Canary Island or another will be of just 10-15 minutes. As we said, the only exception is La Graciosa. This must be reached always by boat since it does not have an airport.
Visit other Canary Islands from Gran Canaria
Once you know how to get from Gran Canaria to another island, we are going to describe them all. It is difficult to decide ourselves and recommend you the best Canary Island. However, we will make for you a short description of each of them so that you can decide for yourself. We know them all, some more than others, but we will try to make the description we make as objective as possible.
✔ Travel from Gran Canaria to Tenerife
Tenerife can be reached either by direct boat or by plane. It is the most populated and largest island in surface. We can say that on this island is the best gastronomic offer since it has several restaurants with Michelin Stars and there is a wide offer of guachinches. What is a guachinche? Here you can basically eat yummy local food at a very good price. Tenerife has everything: mountain, gastronomy, nature, beaches… They even have the highest peak of Spain, El Teide, with 3.178m in Las Cañadas National Park. If we had to say something “bad” from Tenerife, it could be its beaches, because in other islands are considered better.
One of the biggest claims of Tenerife is the Loro Parque theme park, considered the best zoo in the world. Also the whale watching. If you want to discover the island on your own, have a look at our post about things to do in Tenerife.
✔ Travel from Gran Canaria to Fuerteventura and Lobos
Fuerteventura can also be reached either by direct boat or by plane. It is the second largest island of the Canary Islands. It stands out for its kilometers long beaches that have nothing to envy to those of the Caribbean. If you want to know more about this island, we have a very complete post about the best things to do in Fuerteventura.
However, it is a quite windy island and, therefore, it is the paradise of windsurfing and kite surfing. In Northern Fuerteventura there is a hidden jewel, it is the island of Lobos (wolves). You can take a boat ride to Lobos and spend the day there. It is not possible to stay overnight, but you can eat at the Chiringuito de Antoñito the lighthouse keeper.
✔ Travel from Gran Canaria to Lanzarote
You can also get to Lanzarote by plane and boat. Many islanders agree that Lanzarote is the most beautiful island of the Canary Islands. Why? Well, because it has spectacular beaches and coves, because the island is perfectly maintained and due to its volcanic and unique character. It also stands out for the quality of its wines. In Lanzarote you can visit the Timanfaya National Park with more than 25 volcanoes inside and the Jameos del Agua.
An experience to understand how the Canary Islands were formed. We also recommend visiting the Foundation of the Canarian artist César Manrique. This man was especially concerned about the environmental preservation of Lanzarote. And so it has remained until then with its white houses in each town.
✔ Travel from Gran Canaria to La Graciosa
La Graciosa is the 8th Canary Island and the smallest one. It is also the Canarian Caribbean and a hidden secret. To get to La Graciosa you must first arrive to Lanzarote and then drive to Órzola port, from where the boat departs. The route is not very long, since the islands are very close, but can be wavy.
Concerning La Graciosa beauties, we love its people, its gastronomy, its virgin beaches, its white houses, its tranquility… In the same way, you should know that in La Graciosa the few cars that are circulating they do it by dirt or sand roads, there are no paved roads. Here you must move on foot, by bicycle or by 4×4 taxis. You can not miss a visit to the Montaña Amarilla beach and Las Conchas beach.
✔ Travel from Gran Canaria to La Gomera
We recommend flying from Gran Canaria to La Gomera. This island is one of the smallest, but due to its mountainous nature, full of ravines, it is difficult to get from one point of the island to another. It is not very populated, nor is it exploited for tourism, making it a paradise to disconnect. In this article we tell you all the things to do in La Gomera and many tips if you want to discover it on your own.
If you like trails in the middle of nature, this may be your island. In the heart of La Gomera is located the Garajonay National Park (World Heritage) and we share here with you the hiking excursion through it. Here runs water by streams and their forests are green all year. We also recommend you visit Valle Gran Rey. A town where a hippie commune has settled. Most of the beaches on this island are made of stones or black sand.
✔ Travel from Gran Canaria to El Hierro
You can also get to El Hierro by direct flight from Gran Canaria. Let’s say this island it’s a mix of La Gomera, Lanzarote and Tenerife. Why? Because it is very volcanic, it also has many cliffs and most of its beaches are with black sand or stones. In addition, it is characterized by having many more natural swimming pool areas with seawater. It also has a beautiful pine forest in the interior of the island. But if there is something that stands out in El Hierro, it’s its ocean. It is idyllic for diving.
Here you will also eat very yummy. You should try the fresh fish from the area in La Restinga, the tropical pineapple from El Hierro and the quesadillas. As La Gomera, it is an island sparsely populated and not massively touristic. It is the second smallest after La Graciosa. We recommend you our post with 15 things to do in El Hierro and places to eat.
✔ Travel from Gran Canaria to La Palma
We ended up on the island of La Palma and not the least beautiful. In fact they call it “the beautiful island”. La Palma is the greenest island of the Canary Islands. The paradise of trails and good local food. It also has spectacular volcanic and coastal areas, but in general the western islands are more of black sand beaches and stones. On the contrary the oriental ones are of kilometric beaches and blond sand. In La Palma we recommend visiting the trail of Roque de Los Muchachos and La Caldera de Taburiente so as a visit to the city of Santa Cruz de La Palma.
We hope that you have now the same desire as us to visit all the Canary Islands again. At least we have tried our best to explaina how to get from Gran Canaria to another island. If you do not have time enough, you can always come back to the Islands, you know that in Gran Canaria there is also a lot to see and do as we tell you in our local Gran Canaria Guides. If you want to know more, click on the next photo!
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