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Gran Canaria holidays

Gran Canaria is a winner for all ages, with its swathes of sandy beach, crystal-clear Atlantic waters and resorts to suit all tastes. Its year-round climate makes the search for sun an easy endeavour, but you’ve also got dramatic scenery, adventure parks and traditional eateries all at your disposal.

Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

GMT

Cost of a beer

from €3 a bottle

3 course meal

from around €20

Flight times

4-5hrs

An old favourite

British holidaymakers have been coming to Gran Canaria 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. Bahia Feliz and Puerto de Mogán are all about sleepy, traditional charm. Meloneras and Playa Taurito have the 5-star market covered.

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Agaete

This wonderful white town in north west Gran Canaria has got a whole lot going on!

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Tauro

It’s time to relax, and Tauro’s just the place for it. Its peaceful mountainside setting means you’ll be in the thick of nature, with wowing sights to behold.

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San Agustín

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

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, while Playa del Ingles is best for beach bars and watersports. 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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Bahia Feliz Beach

Bahia Feliz Beach

Bahia Feliz, Gran Canaria

Bahia Feliz Beach has a mix of dark sand and pebbles with inviting blue waters. It’s smaller than some of the other beaches and has some secluded spots. It’s a perfect place to enjoy the view, relax and lose...
Maspalomas Dunes

Maspalomas Dunes

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Upmarket Maspalomas is home to luxury hotels and the biggest golf course on Gran Canaria. It's also got 400 hecatres of magnificent golden sand dunes which have wow factor in bucket loads . Do it by camel and...

Sights

Las Palmas’s 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 on camelback or climb into the heart of the Caldera de Bandama, a dormant volcanic crater.

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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...
Bogeda Las Tirajanas

Bogeda Las Tirajanas

Gran Canaria

On a guided tour of the Bogeda Las Tirajanas winery, your English-speaking guide will explain how winemaking in Gran Canaria has evolved. You’ll see how the white, rosé and red varieties are made there today....

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...
Blue Marlin deep-sea fishing

Blue Marlin deep-sea fishing

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

Deep sea fishing off the coast of Puerto Rico gives you a different perspective on the Gran Canaria coastline. The Blue Marlin 3 takes no more than ten fishers at a time and is fully equipped with all the kit...

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 does a strong line in fresh fish! The best restaurants tend to be in the commercial centres, where you can feast on...
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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Boulevard Lopesan El Faro

Boulevard Lopesan El Faro

Meloneras, Gran Canaria

High-street and designer brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Mango feature at the new Boulevard Lopesan El Faro shopping centre - and there are chic boutiques to browse there too. You'll find this shoppers' oasis...
CC Varadero Comercial Center

CC Varadero Comercial Center

Meloneras, Gran Canaria

Upmarket boutiques rub shoulders with souvenir stores at the CC Varadero shopping centre. When you've finished browsing the jewellery, clothes and perfume you can take time to have a drink on the boulevard...

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 and Bahia Feliz are picturesque spots to settle outside with a bottle of wine and ocean views.

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Amadores Beach Club

Amadores Beach Club

Amadores, Gran Canaria

It's ever so sophisticated at this Puerto Rico bar. Be waited on hand and foot as you lounge on double sunbeds by day, and sip on cocktails in front of the stunning sunset at night, before the music and dancing...
Bars and cafés in the main square

Bars and cafés in the main square

Bahia Feliz, Gran Canaria

In Bahia Feliz, the nightlife is laid back. You can expect to spend the evening in one of the low-key open-air bars and cafes in the main square. Forget thumping music, here it’s more about sipping a glass of...
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