GC-503, Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria Road GC 503

If you want to take a short (a few hours) trip from Maspalomas or Playa del Inglés and explore a bit of Gran Canaria inlands, you can drive on the road GC 503 towards Ayagaures. The narrow road will take you to the hills overlooking the south coast resorts and you will have many opportunities to watch the Atlantic coast and maybe you’ll also see your Maspalomas hotel.

GC 503, Gran Canaria

GC-503 above Montaña la Data, a few kilometres from Maspalomas (in the background).

GC 503, Gran Canaria

Road GC-503 heading inlands Gran Canaria – and uphill.

Gran Canaria is a big island and various places have different micro-climate and different vegetation. Most hills above Maspalomas are arid with very little vegetation, but occasionally you will find groups of trees or rural houses with gardens.

GC 503, Gran Canaria

Cycling on GC-503 above Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés.

GC 503, Gran Canaria

Road GC 503 in Roca Negra, 7 km from Maspalomas.

GC 503, Gran Canaria

Serpentines and Gran Canaria south coast in the background.

GC 503, Gran Canaria

There are sharp curves all the time and the speed limit is 40 km/h on most of GC-503 (and in fact, on most Gran Canaria roads).

Gran Canaria is a volcanic island and its surface is dominated by rocks, mountains, barrancos, and cliffs. Building a road on such a landscape is not easy and many Gran Canaria roads are very narrow and quite challenging for a driver. In many places you need to drive very slowly when meeting another car in the opposite direction, let alone a bus or a truck.

GC 503, Gran Canaria

A very typical scenery on road GC-503. Rocks on one side and a deep valley on the other.

GC 503, Gran Canaria

There are quite frequent parking places, where you can stop and enjoy Gran Canaria landscape.

GC 503, Gran Canaria

Serpentines on GC-503 – descending to Ayagaures, where the road ends. You can take road GC-504 on your way back to Maspalomas – it runs parallel to GC-503, but down in the valley (Barranco de Ayagaures).