What to do on Gran Canaria in October

While in the rest of Europe the leaves begin to fall from the trees, the days become shorter and the cold arrives, in Gran Canaria the month of October can be fully enjoyed. Are you looking for more plans on what to do on Gran Canaria in October, apart from celebrating Halloween or the canarian version “Noche de los Finaos”?

With 10 hours of sunshine a day and an average temperature of 26ºC, the mild island climate offers total freedom to choose where to spend your time: strolling by the sea, sunbathing on the beach, hiking, visiting charming places and much more. 

The best things to do in Gran Canaria in October

Although the summer months are the high season in Gran Canaria, and therefore the most popular, for those who want to escape the crowds and enjoy the peace and quiet, October is one of the best months to do so. And there’s plenty to do on the island. Ready for the best things to do in Gran Canaria in october?

Enjoy the Noche de los Finaos, the Canarian Halloween

two pumpkins lighting

In Gran Canaria, as in the whole archipelago, there’s a popular celebration that is a little different from the famous “Day of the Dead” (in Spanish Día de los Muertos) or Halloween. It’s the “Noche de los Finaos” or “finados”, an ancient tradition that is slowly being recovered in many parts of the island.

In the past, the youngest members of the family would go door to door trick or treating and in exchange they would get almonds, walnuts, dried figs or chestnuts which they would then take home.

In their homes they commemorated their deceased while the oldest woman in the family told stories and anecdotes while sharing sweets. Afterwards, they celebrated with a dance in the streets and a feast of roasted chestnuts.

Today, children keep going from door to door trick or treating, but getting sweets and chocolates in return. The Halloween how we know it today is an evolution of the “Noche de los Finaos” of our ancestors.

Discovering the first voyages to the New World in the Columbus House

ship sailing into the sunset

Christopher Columbus arrived in America on 12 October 1492. However, before his great discovery, he made a stop in Gran Canaria to recharge his batteries, stock up and finish preparing his ships: the Pinta, Niña and Santa María.

You can see all the details of his stay and the link between the New World and the Canary Islands on display in the Columbus House (Casa de Colón) in the Vegueta district of the island’s capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

In this city, we can find the trace left by the navigator in this magnificent museum, which conserves original objects of great historical value about the transoceanic voyages that passed through this island straddling Europe, Africa and America. 

Get a taste of the Apple’s Festival in Valleseco

many apples

The green municipality of Valleseco, located in the midlands in the north of the island, is famous for a fruit that has been the absolute protagonist of its agricultural production for centuries. In fact, Valleseco cider wins prizes every year in international competitions.

Gran Canaria in October means apples. Proof of this is that on the first Sunday of the month, the Apple’s Festival (Fiesta de la Manzana) is held in Valleseco. Here, all visitors have the opportunity to taste this fruit in a multitude of ways.

Are you really going to miss the apple party and have a little dance, or would you prefer to see the whole exhibition of countless varieties of apples? No matter how you might decide, we’re sure you won’t regret it. 

Walk around the island with the Gran Canaria Walking Festival

silhouette of man walking with clouds in the background

Every October the island holds the Gran Canaria Walking Festival, an event where hiking enthusiasts can join forces and discover the island as a group, uncovering its secrets while walking along spectacular trails.

This 2021, on its tenth anniversary, a special edition will be held on the occasion of the Jacobean Year along the route that links the south of the island (Maspalomas) with the north (Gáldar).

Participants will receive the Pilgrim’s Credential, which will be stamped at the end of each stage. Those who finish and have stamped all the routes will be able to get the official certificate of having finished the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) of Gran Canaria. 

Have a great time at Holidayworld Maspalomas

family playing bumper cars in water

If there’s something better than everything that was said in this article, and even more varied, then head to the south of Gran Canaria, to the largest entertainment and leisure centre in the Canary Islands: Holidayworld Maspalomas.

Here, and only here, you can ride the best rides, go bowling on a professional bowling lane, sing out loud in a magnificent karaoke room, solve the mysteries of an escape room, taste the flavours of the world in a gastronomic market, and so on. And who knows, they may be organizing Halloween themed events!

It is, in essence, the central point of leisure and entertainment on the island. A magical place where both children and adults will have a great time. There’s no better plan to enjoy Halloween and Gran Canaria in October than at the only amusement park in the Canary Islands: Holidayworld Maspalomas.


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