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My two friends and I travelled with First Choice to the resort of Playa Amadores in Gran Canaria and everything, as a package holiday, went absolutely brilliantly.

We stayed in the all inclusive Riu Vistamar hotel, and it really was all inclusive! The complex had all of the amenities that you need for a great holiday. The entertainment was second to none and the food was delectable. The Riu Vistamar’s staff were brilliant, very helpful and friendly.

The view of the coastline

We were more than happy with our complex’s pool, so only visited the beach once or twice and when we did, we took advantage of the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service which runs every 30 minutes. Unlike much of the other Canary Islands’ coastlines, Playa Amadores’ beach is a beautiful stretch of white sand set within a calm bay so the sea is a lot safer for swimming in.

We spend 7 brilliant days relaxing by one of our two pools or enjoying the blazing sunshine and gentle Atlantic breeze on the beach. On an evening we took advantage of the all inclusive facilities, then went into Puerto Rico after midnight to sample the commercial centre’s bars and clubs.

We went to the First Choice welcome meeting at the beginning of the week, and took advantage of the excursions they offered us. One was to the incredible Souix City, a western style venue that was the original set of the film Fist Full of Dollars, which starred Clint Eastwood. It only cost 25 Euros or so each and included our of all transport to and from the venue, a live show with horses, a barbecue-style meal, live cattle and magic tricks by the hosts and then afterwards the western style saloon offered live music, line dancing and an all you can drink bar. It was such good value for money, a fantastic day out, and really is an excursion not to be missed. We all really enjoyed ourselves.

Always somewhere quiet to relax!

Gran Canaria is a wonderful island with plenty going on for all sorts of people of all ages. There are loads of places to explore too. I’d like to return in the future, and will be booking the Riu Vistamar when I do. If you decide on a Gran Canaria holiday, I hope you have a great time. You won’t be disappointed.

By Claire