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Holidays to Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Gran Canaria is a classic holiday location. In fact, holidaymakers have been travelling to Gran Canaria on their spring and summer holidays for years, dating right back to the 19th century.

Soak up the sun at one of many majestic beaches or paddle in the clear waters, which gradually seep into the golden sands. You’ll certainly want to capture the immersive scenery on your camera over and over again, either as you sunbathe or as you eat at beachfront bars.

Add some Caribbean flavour to your Gran Canaria holiday in popular Puerto Rico, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the busy beach attractions and truly relax. Puerto Rico is famous for its tranquil surroundings, so immerse yourself in the atmosphere; listen to the palm trees dotted along the sandy coastline, as they gently sway side to side. Or, choose unique items from many of the interesting shops that can be found here.

LANGUAGE Spanish
CURRENCY Euro
TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +0
FLIGHT TIME 4-5 hrs
COST OF A BEER €3
3 COURSE MEAL From €30
  • Creative culture

    Each year, Gran Canaria hosts the charismatic Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival – a real highlight when visiting this exotic Spanish Island. The Carnival is filled with fantastical fancy dress outfits, talented street dancers, fanciful fire breathers and live music to dance along to, all night long.

  • Multi coloured beaches

    Sandy beaches aren’t just golden in Gran Canaria, they’re white, black and grey, too. In fact, the different coloured beaches of Gran Canaria are what make this sunny island so unique. Cliffs and coves sit behind the exotic beaches and glistening waters and bright flashes of pink flowers add extra colour to the heavenly palette at popular Anfi del Mar Beach.

  • Shop ‘til you drop

    Shopping is a treat for those visiting Gran Canaria, as holidaymakers can enjoy duty-free shopping all day long. Las Palmas offers an array of unique shops to explore, where you can purchase anything, from intricate souvenirs to fashionable yet affordable items. The shopping journey doesn’t stop there; three new shopping plazas are planning to arrive in Gran Canaria very soon, two in Puerto Rico and one in Meloneras.

Activities

Gran Canaria is home to a wide variety of unique activities and exciting adventures. There is something for everyone when it comes to watersports on the island, whether you’re into surfing, jet-skiing, kayaking or sailing. Fly over land and sea in a helicopter and get a birds-eye view of the dramatic scenery this beautiful island has to offer.

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Aqualand Waterpark

Aqualand Maspalomas is the biggest water park in Gran Canaria and is open all year round. This water park’s pools alone cover an area of 5,300 sqm.

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Botanical Gardens of Maspalomas

At the beginning of the 50s, the Swedish botanist Eric Ragnor Sventenius, who had been living on the island for several years, wanted to create a…

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Beaches

Beaches in Gran Canaria offer tourists a calming sunbathing experience. Relax at two of the most popular beachside resorts, Puerto Rico and Playa del Ingles, where you can stroll through fine sands and dip your toes in the cool blue waves. A lively atmosphere fills the air at every beach in Gran Canaria, echoing from the neighbouring shops, bars and delicious eateries.

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Bahia Feliz

Bahia Feliz (the bay of happiness) can only be accessed by going through the hotel complex it is actually named after. The beach is pebbly.

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Maspalomas Dunes

The sand dunes are to be found behind the magnificent beaches that run from the Faro lighthouse at Maspalomas to the far end of Playa del Ingles.

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Food and Drink

Gourmet eateries are dotted along the streets of Gran Canaria, cooking up fresh seafood platters, sizzling tapas dishes and fine red wine. The sophisticated Puerto Rican bar, Amadores Beach Club is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing drink, serving exquisite looking and zesty tasting cocktails, with accompanying adornments of fruit and herbs sitting on the side of the ice cold glass.

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Beachfront Bars

There are many beachfront bars lining the promenades of most of the seaside resorts in Gran Canaria. Paddy’s Beach Bar – perfectly situated on the…

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Brit Bars

If you are getting homesick for a good old British bar then you are sure to be able to find at least one wherever you are staying in Gran Canaria.

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Sights

As well as majestic beaches, sparkling waters, soaring cliffs and clear blue skies, Gran Canaria offers some of the best sights in the whole of the Canaries. Experience unforgettable views of Gran Canaria, from the highest peak at Pico de las Nieves in Las Palmas. For those looking to dive deep into rich culture and study the fascinating history, venture over to El Museo Canario.

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Barranco de Guayadeque

The evergreen Barranco de Guayadeque is one of the most magnificent valleys of the island. Growing in abundance on the steep slopes of the valley…

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Bodegas Las Tirajanas

Located in Tunte in the south of Gran Canaria, Bodegas Las Tirajanas makes wines from grapes contributed by growers from all over the island.

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Top Resorts in Gran Canaria

Amadores

A fairly new resort, Amadores is a peaceful bay popular with couples and families. The beach is man-made, with beautiful golden sand transported all the way from the Caribbean.

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Las Palmas

Las Palmas is the island capital of Gran Canaria, a busy resort town with plenty to keep you busy! Of course when you’re tired out from all the activities, there are also two gorgeous beaches to relax on.

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Maspalomas

Miles of sweeping sand give way to towering sand dunes in the paradise resort of Maspalomas on the south coast of Gran Canaria.

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Meloneras

Meloneras has recently benefited from renovations to spruce up the hotels and add a huge shopping mall. Meloneras is a quiet resort, but conveniently located near the buzz of Maspalomas!

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Playa del Ingles

The largest and busiest of the resorts on Gran Canaria, Playa del Ingles is a favourite for the younger crowd with an abundance of bars, cafes and lively clubs.

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Playa Taurito

Playa Taurito is a peaceful resort, a secret haven where visitors can really embrace the luxury of having nothing to except lay on the beach, cocktail in hand!

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Puerto Rico

The modern resort of Puerto Rico nestles high into the hillside, providing excellent views of the beach. An ideal base for anyone looking for a great choice of evening entertainment or just a lazy holiday soaking up the sun on the wide sandy beach.

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San Agustin

San Agustin is a small resort, often overlooked in favour of the loud, brash towns of Maspalomas and Playa Del Ingles. However a holiday stay here is a guarantee of quality rest and relaxation!

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Location of Gran Canaria

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