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.
Change things up with a short trip to Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Maspalomas, experience the excitement of Motos Tivoli Gran Canaria, observe the fascinating underwater world at Palmitos Park, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Maspalomas visit planning app.

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, expect Maspalomas to be much warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Las Canteras Beach, Mirador del Guriete, Scuba & Snorkeling
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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 Wineries

Side Trips

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

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