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, the island offers opportunities to unwind or experience something new and exciting.
Most visitors to Gran Canaria head to the south of the island to experience its year-round warm climate and the many bustling beach resorts on the coast. With its pale, rolling dunes made of sand from the Sahara Desert, this is the area to go All Inclusive if you want to soak up the sun and experience some of the most beautiful beaches in the Canary Islands.
One third of Gran Canaria is under protection from UNESCO World Heritage as a Biosphere Reserve. This means unspoilt landscapes filled with interesting plant and animal life – and the opportunity for experiences that make an interesting contrast to a lazy day on the beach. Take a trip to the famous bird park Palmitos Park in the south, or visit one of the Special Nature Reserves and see species unique to Gran Canaria.
This resort offers a quiet, relaxed stay and has some of the best beaches to be found on the island. A stylish, modern setting means an interesting contrast to the cathedrals and squares of Las Palmas, only a 40-minute drive away. Bahia Feliz's small size means that a wealth of facilities are always nearby.
Maspalomas's Blue Flag stretch of beach is made all the more special by its backdrop of stunning sand dunes. Another stand-out feature is the 68-metre lighthouse at the beach's edge. Maspalomas is where you'll find excellent restaurants and a range of designer shops.
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.