Nestled between steep volcanic valleys, the purpose-built resort of Puerto Rico on Gran Canarias southwest coast is a year-round haven for tourists seeking a bit of sunshine. Fun-loving and filled to bursting with shopping complexes, bars, restaurants, and whitewashed high-rise hotels, Puerto Rico has a real contemporary feel.
The heart of the action surrounds the ‘Centro Commercial Puerto Rico’. This 2-storey complex overlooking the marina boasts over 100 shops, restaurants and bars. The resorts only night club 'Joker' resides here too, open ‘til 7am, 365 days of the year!
If you like to take things easy when abroad, Puerto Rico has a choice of 2 spectacular beaches where you can kick back, relax and simply enjoy the fantastic Canarian weather.
The main beach is the crescent shaped bay of Puerto Rico. Backed by tropical gardens and public swimming pools, this delightful beach is favoured by families, whereas blue-flag award winning Amadores beach to the north of Puerto Rico is an 800km stretch of heavenly white sand where a floating soft play adventure park takes pride of place!
It’s hard to believe when looking at the stunning beaches in Puerto Rico, that they were not naturally there to begin with. The powdery sand associated with Puerto Rico has actually been imported from the Sahara Desert, to purpose build the perfect tourist beachfront. The adjoining beaches of Puerto Rico and Amadores are popular with water sports enthusiasts, offering kayaking, surfing, sailing, scuba diving and much more.
Central to all entertainment in the resort, the marina at Puerto Rico, with its gigantic shopping centres and abundance of excellent restaurants, is also home to a flotilla of designer yachts and quaint fishing boats. Catamarans and ferries operate out of this harbour taking curious tourists out to sea on deep sea fishing excursions, or sightseeing tours to explore the coastline and (hopefully!) spot some of the Canary Islands’ native whales and dolphins.
If you prefer your thrills on dry land however, the hugely popular Angry Birds video game takes physical form in Puerto Rico, in the shape of a themed activity park, perfect for a day out with the kids. With mini-golf facilities and amusements, there is plenty to keep the whole family happy!
The gigantic ‘Centro Commercial’ (shopping) centres in Puerto Rico house a wide variety of restaurants and eateries, offering culinary styling’s from across the globe. Everything from Italian, to Japanese, to Indian, to traditional Spanish can be found here, there are even British pubs offering full Sunday dinners if you so fancy!
When in Gran Canaria however, it would be a crime not to try some Papas Arrugadas or ‘wrinkled potatoes’. A national favourite, small new potatoes are crystallised with sea salt, crisped up, and then served with a choice of red or green spicy mojos (sauces). Hot stuff!
The temperate, volcanic climate makes Gran Canaria an ideal destination for grapevine growing. Although Gran Canaria is not usually one of the top destinations associated with the wine industry, the art of wine-making on the island dates back centuries. Why not take a walking tour through the Canarian wine trails? There’s always a sample or two on offer!