Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria holidays

The sun shines year-round on this lovely island, where you’ll enjoy a welcome as warm as the weather. And good times are always go around the fun-loving beach resorts. The bar-filled commercial centres of popular Playa del Ingles are fun day or night, while Meloneras is the place for swish boutiques and waterside dining. You can slow the pace among the leafy boulevards of Maspalomas, with its family-flavoured attractions and sensational sand dunes. But it’s well worth exploring inland too. Authentic towns will greet you with coffee-drinking locals and peaceful town squares, and rugged rock formations call for adventure. 

Popular Gran Canaria Holiday Resorts

Ocean Hill
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£476pp
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  • London Stansted, Fri 19 May 2023
  • 7 Nights, Self Catering
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Ocean Hill

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

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  • Infinity pool
  • Stunning ocean views
  • Chic and stylish decor
  • Swim-up rooms available
  • Close to the resort centre
LIVVO Hotels Lago Taurito & Waterpark formerly Paradise Lago Taurito & Waterpark
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£544pp
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  • Manchester, Wed 26 Apr 2023
  • 7 Nights, All Inclusive
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

LIVVO Hotels Lago Taurito & Waterpark formerly Paradise Lago Taurito & Waterpark

Playa Taurito, Gran Canaria

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Based on 2915 reviews

  • Unlimited Lago Taurito Waterpark entry included
  • Family Favourites
  • All Inclusive package
  • Close to the beach
  • Wide range of facilities
Abora Interclub Atlantic By Lopesan Hotels
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£556pp
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  • Birmingham, Sat 29 Apr 2023
  • 7 Nights, All Inclusive
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Abora Interclub Atlantic By Lopesan Hotels

San Agustín, Gran Canaria

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  • 24hr All Inclusive
  • Daily entertainment
  • Adults only pool
  • Children's splash park
  • Expansive gardens
Altamar Hotel
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£435pp
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  • Birmingham, Sat 20 May 2023
  • 7 Nights, Self Catering
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Altamar Hotel

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

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Based on 2510 reviews

  • Stunning views
  • Range of board options
  • Great for all ages
  • Pool areas set in tropical gardens
  • Entertainment programme
Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa & Casino
Luxe Collection
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£777pp
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  • London Stansted, Fri 12 May 2023
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa & Casino

Meloneras, Gran Canaria

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Based on 7769 reviews

  • Simply Luxe
  • Excellent spa
  • Close to the beach
  • Direct access to the promenade
  • Upgrade to UNIQUE rooms for VIP extras
Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso and Hotel
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£585pp
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  • Manchester, Wed 26 Apr 2023
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso and Hotel

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

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Based on 8408 reviews

  • Hillside location with stunning ocean views
  • Thalasso circuit
  • Excellent service
  • Infinity pool
  • Rooms including Thalasso pool entrance available
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Spanish

Currency

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Time difference

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Local beer

£1.80

Meal for two

£30

Average flight time

4.5hrs

An old favourite

British holidaymakers have been coming to Gran Canaria, the third largest of the Canary Islands, since the 19th century and it’s easy to see why. The sun shines on its sandy shores practically all year round, all set against a dramatic backdrop of volcanic cliffs. There’s plenty to keep explorers happy too, with gardens, historical sights and natural wonders aplenty.


Beaches in black, white and gold

The island’s beaches come in all shapes, sizes and even colours. Take your pick between sheltered bays and windswept shorelines blanketed in golden, white or black volcanic sand. The surrounding backdrop makes Gran Canaria a picture-perfect spot, with traditional towns, rugged mountains and lush greenery.


Dream holidays for everyone

Whatever your idea of the perfect holiday, Gran Canaria is sure to have a resort that’s just right for you. Playa Del Ingles is built for serious sunbathing by day and hard partying at night. Puerto Mogan is all about sleepy, traditional charm while Meloneras has the five-star market covered.

Gran Canaria resorts

Puerto Rico Holidays

Puerto Rico

With its big sandy beach and round-the-clock fun, Puerto Rico caters to families and party-seekers alike.

Playa Del Ingles

The most famous of Gran Can’s resorts is all lit up and ready to go. Think sun, sea and style with its broad beach, trendy clubs and a top-notch shopping scene.

Maspalomas

Sophisticated Maspalomas serves up first-class restaurants and designer boutiques alongside all the soft, golden sand you could dream of.

Playa Taurito

Secure yourself a spot on the warm sands and enjoy the gleaming sunshine of Gran Canaria away from the hustle and bustle from the bigger beaches.

San Agustin Holidays

San Agustín

Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of San Agustín’s quiet beach, calming spa facilities and sprinkling of Swedish influence.

Meloneras Holidays

Meloneras

The upmarket charm of Meloneras really catches the eye along the glittering south-eastern part of the island. Imagine days filled with exclusive boutiques, leading restaurants and world-class beaches.

Puerto Mogan

This old fishing village is now a modern-day spectacle with a rustic resort feel.

Amadores

Showcasing swoon-worthy views of Gran Can's most photogenic beach, Amadores is a hillside hideaway promising peace and wow factor aplenty.

El Salobre

If golf’s your game, get ready to be blown away by the epic setting of this luxury resort.

Playa Del Cura Holidays

Playa Del Cura

A cliffside decorated with perched buildings looks down on the bronze sands of this resort.

Arguineguín Holidays

Arguineguín

Embrace traditions as you explore the colourful boats all moored by the shoreline.

La Playa Del Tauro

La Playa del Tauro has all the trappings of a film set: sky-high peaks in one direction and sweeping sea vistas in the other.

Beaches

Puerto Rico is home to one of the prettiest beaches on the island, and its calm, shallow waters make it the perfect choice for families. If you prefer beach bars and water sports, Playa Del Ingles is your best bet. Many of Gran Canaria’s beaches are lined with shops and cafés, meaning you won’t have to travel far if you forget your towel!

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Maspalomas Dunes

Sights

Las Palmas' colonial streets are dotted with palaces, churches, cafés and boutiques, and there’s a beautiful botanical garden just outside town. If you’re feeling adventurous, trek across the Maspalomas sand dunes or climb into the heart of the Caldera de Bandama, a dormant volcanic crater.

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El Faro Lighthouse

El Faro Lighthouse

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

The third highest lighthouse in Spain used to provide a beacon guiding ships from Africa and America. Now it's well worth the climb to the top for the fantastic views of Maspalomas.
Barranco de Guayadeque

Barranco de Guayadeque

Gran Canaria

Barranco de Guayadeque is a beautiful ravine with a fascinating history. Hidden in the cliffside is a warren of natural and manmade caves, once ancient burial sites and later homes - many of the caverns are...

Activities

If sitting still isn’t your thing, then Gran Canaria might just be. If you like to keep fit, activities such as hiking, cycling and water sports are sure to keep you busy. Check out the nature tours and boat trips too – you’re sure to find something to suit you and your holiday.

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Aqualand Waterpark

Aqualand Waterpark

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

The kids - and you - will have a whale of a time at Aqualand, with a host of fun slides and water chutes to satisfy thrill-seekers and little ones alike. Kids will be entertained in the children's area and...
Puerto Rico Marina

Puerto Rico Marina

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

This upmarket marina has grown in recent years, attracting loads of holidaymakers and sailing types. It’s the gateway to the world beyond the shore, as lots of boat excursions leave from here. The marina is...

Eating and drinking

You’ll find first-class international cuisine all over the island, but the local dishes are not to be missed. Tuck into fresh seafood and top-notch tapas in one of the island’s many waterfront restaurants. The local wines aren’t bad either – Tinto del Monte is one of the best reds.

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Beachfront restaurants

Beachfront restaurants

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria

With the Atlantic Ocean right on the doorstep, it’s no surprise that Playa del Ingles offers a strong line in fresh fish! You’ll find the coastline is sprinkled with a range of cuisines too, from Indian to...
Eat on the seafront

Eat on the seafront

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Dine al fresco at one of the promenade restaurants on Maspalomas' pretty seafront. This is a favourite with locals and you'll see why, when you delve into a freshly baked parrot fish. Enjoy a side of...

Shopping

The Canary Islands have special status as a free trade zone, which means shopping in Gran Canaria is duty-free. The island’s vast shopping malls come well-stocked with everything from designer clothes to electronic goods. For traditional souvenirs, make for the local markets where you can get great deals on pottery, lace, coffee and more.

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The Market Puerto Rico

The Market Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

This forward-thinking shopping centre is not only interesting to look at, it also has a great range of shops! With a focus on the environment and responsible shopping, you can browse the stores, enjoy a bite to...
Shopping Center Puerto Rico

Shopping Center Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

Visit Puerto Rico’s open air Shopping Center for a wide range of independent businesses. From clothes shops and restaurants to souvenirs and leather goods, you can be a part of the life and soul of this Gran...

Nightlife

Playa Del Ingles is the island’s party hotspot, with big-name clubs staying open until the early hours. Puerto Rico does a strong line in family-friendly live shows, while Puerto Mogan is a picturesque spot to settle outside with a bottle of wine and ocean views.

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