Jump on a plane and in just 4 ½ hours you can be in the sunshine, strolling along the promenade or heading for one of the many soft, sandy beaches which are scattered around the Island- Gran Canaria’s raison d’etre. Unlike Tenerife, the Canary Islands’ largest island that sits north west of Gran Canaria, the beaches are not volcanic black sand but rather powder white, with magnificent dunes in Maspalomas.
Daytime highs on average range from 20°C in winter to 26°C in the summer months, making Gran Canaria a pleasing escape from the British weather whatever time of year.
It’s not a case of one-size fits all here. Inland, the sweeping beaches give way to lush green landscapes, gorges and picturesque villages where you can catch a glimpse of real island life. Whether you want lively resorts where the action doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, or quiet towns for a serious dose of R&R, Gran Canaria delivers.
Gran Canaria’s beaches are the island’s real draw. Maspalomas’ is the biggest and most popular beach and runs over 6km, from Maspolomas to Playa del Ingles. Here you’ll find Gran Canaria’s famous dunes in Maspalomas’ Natural Dune Reserve. Rising up in enormous golden hills, the dunes run parallel to the calm, clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and stretch for miles, making you feel like you’re in the middle of a desert.
Playa del Ingles is the place to go if you have a penchant for watersports. Diving, jet skiing, windsurfing and even the good old banana boats are available to get your pulses racing. Also offering exciting nightlife, Playa del Ingles’s lively bars and clubs will keep you entertained when the sun goes down.
One thing you will find no matter where you are in the Canaries are Tapas bars, and Gran Canaria is no different. You’ll find these tiny treats almost everywhere on the Island; the perfect sampling size.
There’s an amazing variety of fish and seafood on offer and can be found in most restaurants. There are many European style cafe bars and restaurants where you can eat al fresco while watching the people go about their business, while sipping on a cool beer.
Miles of sweeping sand give way to towering sand dunes in the paradise resort of Maspalomas on the south coast of Gran Canaria.
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.
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.