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Gran Canaria


Gran Canaria Holidays

The second most populated Canary Island, Gran Canaria is full of natural beauty. Known as the 'miniature continent' due to its variety of climates and terrain, this beautiful island offers opportunities to unwind or experience something new and exciting.

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The Carnival des Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is one of many highlights on the island – and it one of the most famous Carnivals in Spain. Around 200,000 people come to experience the fun that fills a six-kilometre route through the city in February every year. Expect beautiful people, spectacular costumes and a night you're likely to remember for the rest of your life.

Where to stay in Gran Canaria

Playa TauritoView on Map

With many hotels and villages built into the surrounding cliffs, Playa Taurito is one of the most attractive places to stay on the island. More of a quiet-night-in with a glass of wine sort of place than Playa del Ingles, it boasts some excellent attractions, including premier diving spots and an excellent beach.

Puerto RicoView on Map

Shopping and watersports are Puerto Rico's specialities. With three large commercial shopping centres and an expansive beach teeming with water-based activities, this is a family-friendly resort with a variety of experiences in the area.

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  • Spanish
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Charming villages, beautiful towns

Away from the cosmopolitan capital and the tourist-friendly resorts in the south, you'll find well-preserved spots that present an authentic Canarian experience. Picturesque Puetro de Mogan is called 'Little Venice' due to its system of canals linking the marina to the fishing harbour. Although it's a traditional fishing town it's also a charming, welcoming place for foreign visitors. The town of Agüimes, on the eastern side of the island, is also worth a visit. You will see a traditional view of Gran Canaria, walking around the carefully restored old church and the peaceful town square.


Many people travel to Gran Canaria to indulge their favourite sport on some of the best courses in Spain. A total of seven extensive courses are spread across the island, each one designed and maintained to the highest standards. The Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas is the oldest golf club in Spain, and the magnificent setting, next to the crater of an old volcano and with views of mountain tops and the Atlantic Ocean, make it a spectacular destination.

Gran Canarian cuisine

As with all the Canary Islands, if you like fish, you are going to be very pleased with the food on the island. Typical Canarian recipes include its traditional caldo de pescado, or fish soup, and vieja sancochada, a sea bream casserole. Gran Canaria's special climate means its ingredients are first rate, and if you decide to do your own cooking then the markets and variety of produce on offer are a delight.