Gran Canaria’s Most Scenic Road Trip: The Dragon’s Tail, Vertigo, and a Peaceful Sunset Dinner

A one-hour drive. Three-hundred-something curves. Spectacular panoramic views. And without any doubt the most stunning road trip in Gran Canaria.

The GC-200 is the predestined road where travel writers grab all the power words from their cliché box and fling them on the blank page.

No wonder this road between Mogán and Puerto de las Nieves was used in a Porsche 911 commercial.

Gran Canaria’s west coast drive is jaw-dropping. (Awww…those clichés.)

Starting from Puerto de Mogán, you follow a never-ending series of curves. The last one opens onto a wonderful panoramic view over the island’s only white village, Agaete.

Between those two points you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make stops, which might be an important factor for your passengers. Many people get kind of sea-sick on this road.

Anyway…

Here’s what you can expect (and discover) from the road trip on Gran Canaria’s fabulous west coast.

Mogán. Not Puerto de Mogán

Whilst Puerto de Mogán, as one of the island’s main tourist hotspots, gets visited by almost everybody, Mogán – the actual village – seems to be kind of a secret.

Which is a funny thing, because Mogán is only a stone’s throw away from “Gran Canaria’s little Venice”.

So…when starting your tour around the island’s west coast, make a short stop in Mogán. Stroll around the typical Canarian village with its beautiful houses and have a coffee in one of the tiny bars.

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Souvenirs, freshly made fruit juices, and Canarian dishes

Or, just go ahead for another 15-minute drive through a fantastic mountain world and some little serpentine roads to reach the first restaurant in the middle of nowhere.

Usually, I don’t make stops at these typical tourist-catchers, but the view over this valley is awesome and a fantastic location for shooting some great photos. (It’s the starting scene in the video above – watch it if you haven’t already.)

You can also buy souvenirs, and get some stuff for your way up to the north.

You may try their fresh juices, which are delicious, or sit down and get some real food from their grill. Personally, I haven’t tried it yet, but it smells mouth-watering. (This isn’t a cliché.)

Before you start the real route, wander around the little museum in the restaurant’s backyard, and make a trip back in time to another century.

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La Fuente de los Azulejos

After another 4-kilometre drive, you will see weird green turquoise shades in the otherwise typical mountain environment. And depending on the sun’s altitude, you will see a spectacular play of colors.

Los Azulejos shine in green, blue, yellow, violet. The dominant greenish turquoise shades are due to iron hydroxide. The red parts are iron oxide. The violet to dark areas are evidence of basalt, and the yellow parts are sulfur.

It’s definitely a cool location for some photos.

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El Puerto de la Aldea

Before you reach the actual road I’m talking about here, follow the GC-200 for another half an hour. You will pass a bunch of villages, until you reach Puerto de la Aldea.

There’s a good place to rest at the beach before you start the adventure trip 300–400 meters above sea level. There’s nothing special to see here besides a little park, a restaurant and a marina.

Now, let’s go ahead and follow the sign “GC-200 – Agaete – Gáldar – Las Palmas GC”.

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El Mirador del Balcón

This is your starting line to Gran Canaria’s most popular road.

Located at the west coast’s steep face, the viewpoint 300-something meters above sea level provides extraordinary panorama views.

The Atlantic Ocean, the neighbouring island Tenerife, the dragon’s tail south end, and Andén Verde in the north.

Brave-hearted travelers should walk down the stairs at the parking’s right to reach the little platform. You’ll get an awesome birds-eye view over the ocean and the entire area.

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The “real” GC-200 road trip

Now, fasten your seatbelt. And hopefully, your stomach is empty already.

Depending on your driver’s skills (in case you’re the passenger) you may have some freaky moments on your way up and down along the serpentine curves to Agaete.

The road from the viewpoint above until the romantic fishing village of Agaete is one of the most dangerous roads on the island. That’s official.

So, do not run with the cool kids. The locals know every meter of this road and they are used to cruising around there. But even the skilled locals die on this road occasionally.

Take this road with calm and don’t worry about what’s going on behind you.

I know that lots of folks get nervous when they see a Michael Schumacher wannabe closing in from behind. Just stop when you can and let him or her pass you.

You will stop anyway a hundred times, because after every single curve you will see new fantastic scenery for your stunning holiday photos.

Enjoy your ride and reward yourself with a sunset dinner in Puerto de las Nieves

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By taking this road I promise you an unforgettable day you never expected in your wildest dreams when coming to Gran Canaria.

But the cream topping is the dinner in the romantic fishing village, Agaete. Or better, in Puerto de las Nieves.

There’s no better way to end your day trip than with a nice dinner in this white village in front of the ocean.

And while the sun goes down, you will notice the village’s peaceful energy.

P.S. The fastest way back to your hotel is taking the motorway to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Then, follow the signs that say “Aeropuerto, Telde”. In more or less one hour, you will reach the resorts in the south.

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