Gran Canaria

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, 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. Bahia Feliz and Puerto Mogan are all about sleepy, traditional charm. Melonerasnand 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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Maspalomas Dunes

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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El Faro Lighthouse

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

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 food...
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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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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Yumbo Centre

Yumbo Centre

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria

With its park and square, Yumbo is where the resort's carnivals and Maspalomas Gay Pride take place. Visitors also flock to its 200 shops, bars and restaurants. You can eat everything from Canarian specialities...
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...
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