8 days in Canary Islands & Santorini Itinerary

8 days in Canary Islands & Santorini Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Maspalomas, Spain
— 2 nights
2
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights

2
nights
Maspalomas, Spain

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mirador del Guriete (in Santa Lucia) and Las Canteras Beach (in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). There's much more to do: stroll through Playa de Maspalomas, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Palmitos Park, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Maspalomas trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Maspalomas is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get much warmer in Maspalomas: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mirador del Guriete, Helicopter Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling, Las Canteras Beach
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Las Canteras Beach ©
Las Canteras Beach
Playa de Maspalomas ©
Playa de Maspalomas

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step out of Fira to go to Oia and see Naval Maritime Museum, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and stop by Sand Lily Boutique.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fira travel route planner.

You can fly from Maspalomas to Fira in 13 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Maspalomas to Fira due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Maspalomas in January; daily highs in Fira reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Imerovigli, Oia, Akrotiri, Ancient Thera, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail

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