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Have grand holidays in Gran Canaria!

The microclimates of Gran Canaria create an island of stunning diversity. Whether you’re venturing through arid desert dunes or hiking into ravines of deep tropical green, you’ll soon understand why Gran Canaria is often called the ‘Miniature Continent.’

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Natural beauty, golden beaches and hot nightlife
Despite the variation in the climate, Gran Canaria stays sunny and warm throughout the seasons, clocking up almost 3,000 sunshine hours over the year. So when choosing where to have your holidays in Gran Canaria, all you need to do is decide how hot you want it to be!

 

The popular resorts in the south are hotter in both their weather and their nature. Nights in Playa del Ingles really heat up, as huge commercial centres hold lots of vibrant bars and clubs that stay open till the early hours. Even Heaven and Pacha have a presence here! But days are best spent on its incredibly long arc of golden sand that stretches all the way into Maspalomas and San Agustin.

 

On the subject of Maspalomas – it’s here you’ll find the incredible sand dunes blown all the way from the Sahara. But a waterpark, zoo and two golf courses ensure there’s plenty more to do than just exploring the resort’s miniature desert.

 

Westward bound from Maspalomas brings you to Puerto Rico, which as the sunniest resort on the island is eternally bathed in a bright golden glow. Its white beaches created with soft coral sand from the Caribbean create the perfect place to make the most of the sunshine, whilst a yacht harbour amidst densely lined palm trees and a rising mountainside create a picture perfect backdrop.

 

But perhaps the best of Gran Canaria lies even further west. The pretty fishing port of Puerto Mogan has a series of canals that criss-cross the harbour, lined by whitewashed houses and vibrant purple bougainvillea, leading it to be called ‘Little Venice.’ If you think this sounds idyllic, you can choose to stay within the resort itself, or at Playa Taurito just moments away. It has a dusky beach backed by sheer grey-gold mountains, and the resort comprises of numerous hotels including the all inclusive Paradise Lago Taurito & Waterpark as part of our Experience More range, giving you unlimited access to its exciting waterpark!

Great sights in Gran Canaria

Just as the temperature varies as you venture from one part of Gran Canaria to another, so does the landscape. This makes you feel like a real intrepid explorer, as you witness the majesty of giant sand dunes, ancient caves and volcanic mountains, just hours away from each other.

 

Thanks to its close proximity to the beautiful beach resort of Maspalomas, the Dunas de Maspalomas is one of the most popular attractions for holidays in Gran Canaria. Blown over from the Western Sahara, around 100 miles away, this southern tip of Gran Canaria has been coated in the rising and falling dunes of golden sand. It’s a strange sensation to feel like you’re wondering in a desert across a huge expanse of sand, especially when civilisation is just moments away! Plus, it’s a great attraction for sunbathing, as the lack of shade ensures it’s always extremely bright.

 

Conveniently, Maspalomas is also close to two fun family activities. The Palmitos Park Zoo is incredibly popular because it features a wide range of animals, including monkeys, parrots and a huge dolphin auditorium. Its setting is pretty special too, as it’s nestled amongst dense fields of pine in a deep mountain valley. Plus, Aqualand Maspalomas is one of the largest waterparks in Gran Canaria and offers colourful slides and rides, a sea lion show and super-cool pools!

 

But more on that drastically different terrain – holidays in Gran Canaria can take you into arid brown landscapes such as the Nublo Rural Park (which has the island’s national symbol, the craggy formations of Roque Nublo), the endless green laurels and natural springs of Azuaje Ravine and the cactus-lined trails and deep mountains of Pino Santo. At its heart, Gran Canaria reaches its highest point – the Pozo de las Nieves reaches 2,000ft skywards, a place where the clouds sit amongst the pine trees and you can see the terracotta coloured earth for miles around.

 

Gran Canaria has many outstanding natural sights, but to truly discover ancient man-made attractions, you’ll need to head to the far north of the island in Galdar. It’s well worth your journey, as the Cueva Pintada, or Painted  Cave, is an incredibly well preserved artefact of how the Guanche people, the original natives of the Canary Islands, used to live. You’ll be able to stand up close to the painting – a series of patterns in vibrant red, black and white. You’ll also get an idea of how the Guanche used to literally carve furniture out of the rock in the caves they used as homes. There’s a great museum here too, detailing how the cave was almost lost after the Spanish conquers built over Galdar in the 16th century.

 

As a continuation of Gran Canaria’s history, the Santa Ana Cathedral in the capital Las Palmas also reveals the Spanish intention to drive out the Guanche. It was ordered to be built in 1478, after the Spanish invasion, yet incredibly it took four centuries to complete. If anything, the dusky brown stonework of the cathedral serves as an example of perseverance, and there’s a range of architectural styles to match the changing periods, from gothic to renaissance and neo-classic.

 

Christopher Columbus used the capital as a stopping point before continuing his exploration of America. This has since led to his house in Gran Canaria being converted into an atmospheric museum named Casa de Colon. It features a reconstruction of the ship Columbus used to sail, as well as an idyllic leafy courtyard complete with friendly macaws! The rustic wooden interior has been left just as it was, giving you a glimpse into the 15th century.

 

But should you just wish to relax on your holidays in Gran Canaria, you’ll be more than catered for too. In particular, the coastlines of Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico are really something special. Anfi Beach and Playa de los Amadores were both created with cotton-soft white coral sand imported from the Caribbean. Playa de los Amadores is literally translated as ‘Lover’s Beach’ and you’ll certainly adore the sight of it brilliantly bright shores leading into turquoise tones of the Atlantic. Pure bliss for unwinding on your holidays in Gran Canaria.

Ideal for families
Puerto Rico and Maspalomas are perfect for family holidays in Gran Canaria. Both feature some of the best beaches on the island, while Maspalomas has a zoo and theme park nearby. Playa Taurito is also fabulous for families, thanks to the incredible waterpark hotel based here.

 

Ideal for friends
If you’re looking for lively holidays in Gran Canaria, Playa del Ingles will be ideal for you. It has a cluster of vibrant commercial centres filled with bars and clubs. Famous clubbing brands like Heaven and Pacha are here too.

 

Ideal for couples
Playa Taurito is in a pretty mountainside location on the quieter part of the southwestern coast. Stroll into the neighbouring Puerto Mogan and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and calm canals. You could also opt for San Agustin as a peaceful paradise to enjoy together.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Situated in the south west corner of the island, holidays to Puerto Rico are renowned for their all year round sunshine and outstanding choice of activities.

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Playa Del Ingles

Playa Del Ingles

“Englishman’s Beach” as it translates couldn’t be a truer statement for Playa Del Ingles on the south coast of Gran Canaria. It is the feel-good, purpose built resort that keeps holidaymakers returning to Gran Canaria each year. Expect plenty of opportunities for prime position on the beaches and convenient bars and restaurants to quench your thirst.

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Maspalomas

Maspalomas

The south coast of the island is where all the thrill seekers head on an exciting holiday in Gran Canaria and Maspalomas is the up-market resort that dazzles in the midday sun and illuminates the night sky after the sun goes down.

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Maspalomas

Vista Oasis

Clean and simple accommodation in a beautiful hillside location on the outskirts of Maspalomas in Sonnenland; an ideal base for guests of all ages seeking a pleasant and relaxing holiday.

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7-nights Self Catering

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Bahia Feliz

Monte Feliz Aparthotel

These great value, family-friendly apartments are situated in the quaint and quiet resort of Bahia Feliz. In a privileged hilltop location a short distance from the beach and resort centre, the Monte Feliz Aparthotel enjoys spectacular views of the bay. The traditional style complex is set within lu...

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Puerto Rico

Eden Apartments

In a hillside location but still close enough to shops and amenities, this attractive complex with stunning sea views makes a great base for a fun holiday. With spacious two bedroom apartments plus a warm and friendly atmosphere, it's a great value choice for a simple and pleasant family holiday...

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Playa Del Ingles

Corona Blanca

In a great central location set back from the street and surrounded by palm gardens, the Corona Blanca Apartments offer simple but comfortable accommodation; great if you want to be close to all the action.

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7-nights Self Catering

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Puerto Mogan

Cordial Mogan Valle Apartments

Offering modern, high quality accommodation the Cordial Mogan Valle Apartments are in a great location close to the beach, picturesque marina and resort centre. The complex will appeal to families and couples alike and feature a great choice of facilities.

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Meloneras

Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Corallium Spa & Casino

The Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa and Casino is located directly on the beachfront, with the natural dunes of Maspalomas nearby. The hotel offers a high standard of service and is surrounded by large tropical gardens, waterfalls and several themed courtyards. With excellent facilities and activ...

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7-nights Bed and Breakfast

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Puerto Mogan

Cordial Mogan Playa

Close to the beach and the pretty fishing harbour, this traditional Canarian style hotel is in a fabulous location whether you want to explore or simply soak up the sunshine. This charming hotel has a high standard of service and excellent facilities with plenty of activities to suit everyone.

Belfast

7-nights Half Board

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Meloneras

H10 Playa Meloneras Palace

This luxury, five-star hotel is situated on the seafront in the upmarket resort of Meloneras.The spacious H10 Playa Meloneras Palace is a perfect choice for families and couples alike as one side provides a more lively atmosphere with activities for the kids, whereas the other is much more peaceful ...

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7-nights Half Board

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Playa Del Ingles

Corona Blanca

In a great central location set back from the street and surrounded by palm gardens, the Corona Blanca Apartments offer simple but comfortable accommodation; great if you want to be close to all the action.

East Midlands

7-nights Self Catering

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Playa Del Ingles

Green Field Aparthotel

This modern complex places you in the heart of party-mad Playa del Ingles! The large swimming pool gives you a great option for chilling out by day, while its Old Irish Tavern ups the atmosphere for a few drinks before a night out on the town. As you’re just 400m from the stunning seafront, Green Fi...

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Playa Del Ingles

Servatur Barbados Apartments

Set yourself amongst the swaying palm trees of the Servatur Barbados Apartments! You’ll love lounging by the two lagoon-like swimming pools, and there’s even a handy supermarket onsite for picking up any essentials. Step outside, and you’ll be right in the resort centre, greeted by the party paradis...

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Playa Del Ingles

Axel Beach Maspalomas

This recently refurbished, adult only property is strategically located just minutes away from the famous Yumbo centre in the heart of the lively resort of Playa Del Ingles. The latest edition to the Axel Hotels chain offers an ultra cool, unique place to stay within walking distance of the gay dis...

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San Agustin

San Agustin Beach Club

Located in the tranquil area of San Agustin, the San Agustin Beach Club has an enviable beachfront location and offers elegant surroundings, comfortable accommodation with stunning sea views and a high standard of service. Throw in excellent cuisine and top class facilities including a relaxing heal...

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San Agustin

Dunas Don Gregory

The elegant Dunas Don Gregory is ideally situated directly on the secluded beach of Las Burras in the tranquil resort of San Agustín. Relax and enjoy the panoramic sea views and peaceful ambience at this sophisticated hotel or take a leisurely stroll along the pretty promenade to the nearby caf...

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San Agustin

Melia Tamarindos

Situated directly alongside the beach of San Agustin, this luxurious hotel offers spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. Its architecture is full of light and colour, providing the hotel with a unique and warm atmosphere. Surrounded by subtropical gardens that lead on to the beach, the Melia Tam...

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