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Holidays to Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Just a 4-hour flight from the UK, Gran Canaria is a year-round destination that boasts average temperature of 24⁰C. With warm winters, and summers without extreme temperatures, it’s the perfect place to soak up the sun no matter what time of year you choose to visit.

Located off the north-western coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is one of the Spanish Canary Islands. Known as a ‘Continent in miniature’, this beautiful island has everything from lush green landscapes and gorges to desert and mountainous terrain, making it a great place to explore.

Holidays here combine beach life on the 60km of golden sand beaches and the well-known Maspalomas Dunes that run parallel to the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, with a wealth of heritage, a thriving local culture and delicious gastronomy that’s a mix of Spanish, North African and Mediterranean cuisine – not forgetting Gran Canaria’s signature Honey Rum.

Although the island of Gran Canaria provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy a much-needed break in the sun, its home to a wide variety of unique activities and memorable adventures, including water parks and zoos, guaranteed to even keep the little ones engaged during your holiday. There are also plenty of lively bars and clubs to keep the adults entertained when the sun goes down.

They say a picture says a thousand words, so here’s a video to show you how Gran Canaria really is a fairytale island…

A Timeless Destination

Gran Canaria is a popular holiday destination for Brits dating back to the 19th Century, thanks to its perfect climate, year-round sunshine and wide range of spas.

Since then, new resorts like Meloneras, Amadores and beautiful Puerto Mogán have been born, all of which have modern hotels along the long oceanfront promenades and golden sand beaches, as well as excellent wellness and golf facilities. Whilst the popular resort of Playa del Inglés simply redeveloped its traditional hotels into the ultra-modern properties with stunning design and high-tech features.

For a combination of a beach and sightseeing holiday, you may want to head to the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, famous for being the biggest city in the Canaries. Holidaymakers, city breakers and even cruisers are drawn here for the beautiful Las Canteras Beach, the ever-charming old quarter Vegueta, the brand new Aquarium “Poem to the Sea”, the unrivalled shopping scene and the abundance of award-winning bars and eateries.

For the completely different experience, escape the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in the dramatic nature of this island. You’ll certainly want to capture the immersive scenery on your camera as you journey into its interior to discover its amazing volcanic origins. Enjoy long hikes in the areas protected from development and stop off to take in breath-taking views, stroll around interesting archaeological sites, take to the seas for a spot of diving or snorkelling, or camp under the stars and see if UNESCO are right to consider Gran Canaria a ‘window to the sky’.

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

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 de Gran Canaria

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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 in Gran Canaria

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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