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Gran Canaria


Gran Canaria Holidays

Whether you're looking for sun, sea and sand, a bustling city break or to explore natural volcanic craters and wooded valleys, Gran Canaria holidays tick all of the boxes.

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A versatile island

Gran Canaria is the third largest island in the Canaries archipelago, and is the most developed of these seven Spanish sisters. It's nicknamed the 'miniature continent', owing to the island's dramatic variety of terrain that ranges from the lush green north to the desert south.

The bustling capital, Las Palmas, is located on the northeast tip of the island, lying between the beaches of Las Caletas and Alcaravaneras, but most visitors are drawn to the golden sands of the southern coastline and its abundance of fantastic holiday resorts.

Where to stay in Gran Canaria

Bahia Feliz
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A quiet resort on the south coast which is a short distance away from busier destinations, Bahia Feliz can offer a Moroccan feel beach holiday as well as some great days out.

Some of the activities enjoyed on Bahia Feliz's doorstep are the skydiving centre, Sioux City and Aqualand. All of them making for fantastic, exciting days out before you slink back to the resort's quiet setting and enjoy the calm offerings of the serene sunshine surroundings.

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This resort's most iconic land is its large expanse of golden sand dunes which stretch for miles. While the dunes are great for exploration inland, it backs onto the ocean meaning that you'll be able to find your own patch of private beach relaxation.

Maspalomas enjoys a fun nightlife and is a short distance away from the lively Playa Del Ingles meaning that days and nights in this resort can be as exciting or as laidback as you want them to be.

Playa Del Ingles
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The most popular resort in all of Gran Canaria, Playa Del Ingles is home to a number of great day time attractions, beautiful beaches and some of the most exciting nightspots in all of the Canarys.

The resort has the tools to cater for everyone's holidays making this destination busy throughout the year. What better place to enjoy the Canary Island sunshine than on the Playa Del Ingles beaches or the Maspalomas dunes which hug the edge of the town.

The party never stops here with 24 hour entertainment, great atmospheres and plenty of shops and restaurants. This resort offers a holiday you will never forget.

Playa Taurito
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The antithesis of the bustling nightclub resorts, Playa Taurito is a quiet family destination where you and your loved ones can enjoy a relaxing getaway in peaceful surroundings on the southwest coast of Gran Canaria.

A rocky town where many of the hotels and villas are built into the cliffs meaning that you can enjoy great views down onto the beach from your accommodation or you can enjoy the spectacle of seeing an entire community seemingly indented into the rock face of the cliffs.

Puerto Mogan
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With a personality that is unmatched in Gran Canaria, Puerto Mogan offers a relaxing holiday environment where you can sit back and enjoy this quirky beach town.

Known as the Venice of the Canaries thanks to its stylish architecture and sea water inlets into the town, these unique surroundings make for a beautiful getaway in a resort that is miles away from the clichéd party atmosphere that some of the Canary Islands enjoy.

Puerto Rico
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Centred around a large golden crescent beach, this resort can offer excitement and relaxation in equal measures.

There are also plenty of commercial centres where you can enjoy dozens of quality shops, delicious restaurants and exciting bars. While Puerto Rico is not as popular as some of the better known destinations of Gran Canaria, it can still pack a punch in terms of holiday fun and excitement.


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Discover Gran Canaria’s history

If you prefer sight-seeing to shopping then the fascinating Museo Canario in Las Palmas contains the world's biggest collection of Cro-Mangan skulls and the Casa de Colon in the historic quarter of Vegueta was once home to Christopher Columbus but today is a historic house-come-maritime museum. The Elder Museum also has loads of hand-on science exhibits to play with.

Variation of family days out

Golf is very popular in the Canaries, and we're sure we don't need to remind any golf fanatic that El Cortijo in Gran Canaria played host to the 2002 Spanish Open. For families there are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. Cool off at one of three water parks, or watch the dolphin show at Palmitos Park aquarium and zoo.

Holiday World fun park in Playa Del Ingles has dodgems, a rollercoaster, a pirate ship, bowling, parrot shows and a playground. Sioux City in San Agustin is a great day out, and is like stepping straight into a Wild West movie. The kids' imaginations will run wild as they watch real cowboy and Indian fights, and horseback stunts on saloon-lined streets.

Combined shopping and nightlife

Shopaholics can swap sand for shopping bags in Maspalomas' Yumbo Centre or Playa del Ingles' Kasbah Centre. There's a good range of shops, and you can often pick up better duty free deals here than at the airport.

These two leisure complexes are also home to a whole host of restaurants, bars, clubs and casinos. The Yumbo centre is a popular gay party scene but it's also really family friendly and quite low-key, especially before midnight.

Waiters fuss over children and entertainment caters for visitors of all ages. Drag shows here have quite a reputation, so if you're going to tick that off your bucket list then holidays in Gran Canaria is the time to finally do it.

Wild night out

If you're looking for a wild night out to compare with the likes of Ibiza and Magaluf, the Kasbah Centre is the place to go. Here you'll be able to boogie the night away at the likes of Pacha and Ministry of Sound. Entry to most clubs is free, but before you order that double vodka just be aware that the drinks can be quite expensive.

Nightlife in Las Palmas is concentrated in the Plaza de Espana, where the party is in full swing from dusk 'til dawn. The capital Las Palmas has its own fair share of shops too. The 13-storey El Carte Ingles is Spain's largest national department store, and with duty free prices it's a shopping Mecca.

Quieter evenings

If you're looking to stay somewhere a little quieter, the southern coastal town of Puerto Rico or the picturesque village of Puerto de Mogán, known as 'Little Venice' on account of its numerous canals, may be good options.

Further west along the south coast there is the fishing village of Arguineguin. Each Tuesday you can pop along to the market here and grab a bargain or two. Embroidered goods and banana leaf baskets are popular hand-crafted souvenirs.

Traditional island food

Several of the resorts on the south coast provide idyllic coastal settings where you can enjoy a candle lit meal supported by a gorgeous ocean view. The food provided is internationally varied across the many towns but you'll find that traditional Canary Island and Spanish cuisine are a proud specialty of many establishments.

The island's most interesting dining hotspot is Garbo's, a highly popular dinner and show venue found in Bahia Felize. The restaurant offers quality three course meals and brilliant entertainment where your waiting staff turn into the star performers.

Getting around

If you do fancy venturing out from your resort, then the cheap and reliable public bus service is a lovely, scenic way to get from A to B. Taxis are an affordable option too, especially if you're travelling as a group or experiencing the nightlife of a neighbouring resort. For ultimate travelling freedom then car hire services are always available from the airport.

If driving by car or taxi, no resort should take longer than 30 minutes to arrive at when travelling from the airport, of course coach transfer times may take longer. If you want to visit the capital La Palma then a journey from any southern resorts will take less than an hour.

The diversity of Gran Canaria holidays includes the opportunity to explore mountains, forests, sand dunes and spectacular beaches all within the confines of a relatively small island. Day trips via taxis and tour busses can help you discover the beauty hidden in the centre of this island.