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, we recommend you to visit other Canary Island. The nearest islands from Gran Canaria are Tenerife and Fuerteventura.
How to get from Gran Canaria to another island by ship
You should know that taking the car with you it is possible. There are two shipping companies that operates between the Canary Islands. They are Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas. 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 three airlines that operate between islands: Binter, Canary Fly and Air Europa. 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 our beloved 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 one Canary Island or another. 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 the description we will make will be from our point of view.
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. Not only for the different restaurants with Michelin Stars. Is that there is a network of guachinches where to eat local food at a very good price. Tenerife has everything: mountain, gastronomy, nature, beach … They even have the highest peak in Spain, El Teide and a National Park that protects it. With 3.178 meters of altitude. If we had to “criticize” something from Tenerife, it could be its beaches, because in other islands they are better. However, here there are also incredible beaches like Benijo.
Fuerteventura and Lobos island
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. 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). Take a short boat ride to spend the day on this island. You can not stay overnight, but you can eat at the Chiringuito de Antoñito the lighthouse keeper.
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, 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. 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.
La Graciosa is the Canarian Caribbean. In addition, it is the smallest Canary Island. Until 2018 it was not considered an island, because of its small size. To get to La Graciosa you must first arrive in Lanzarote and then drive to Órzola port, from where the boat departs. As we said, it has no airport. The route is not very long, since the islands are very close, but can be stirred. Concerning La Graciosa beauties, we love with 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 your visit to the Montaña Amarilla beach and the Las Conchas beach.
To get from Gran Canaria to La Gomera we recommend the plane. In summer, there is usually a direct flight. Otherwise, you must fly through Tenerife. La Gomera is also a very small island, but due to its mountainous character and full of ravines, it is difficult to get from one point to another on the island. It is an island sparsely populated and hardly exploited touristically. 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). 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.
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 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 in the Canary Islands. The paradise of trails and good 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 that the oriental ones that are of kilometric beaches and blond sand. We recommend visiting the trails of Marcos and Cordero and the one of La Cascada de Caldera de Taburiente.
We hope that you have now the same desire as us to visit all the Canary Islands again. At least we have put our grain of sand explaining how to get from Gran Canaria to another island. If not, you can always go back to the Islands, you know that in Gran Canaria there is also a lot to see and do.