There’s nothing like a romantic break away with your sweetheart to give your love life a boost. You’ll find everything you need for a blissful, romantic break on the island of Gran Canaria.
From lazy beach days to watching the sun rise on top of one of the island’s highest peaks, Gran Canaria offers the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure. You’ll find plenty of restaurants with sea views for romantic, candlelit dinners and if you’re after a little more excitement, get your glam on and try your luck at one of the island’s casinos.
Lazy beach days with your love
There are a variety of beaches around the island ranging from the popular stretch of sand at Maspalomas – which boasts spectacular sand dunes and offers serviced sunloungers and watersports – to quiet, secluded bays off the beaten track. Wake up before dawn and head to the famous dunes at Maspalomas and watch the sunrise together without a care in the world.
If you’re the kind of couple who prefer a more local feel to your holiday, head to Las Canteras Beach in the middle of Las Palmas. With over three kilometres of gorgeous golden sand and sheltered by a lava rock reef, the whole stretch is a marine reserve making it a great spot for snorkelling. Although it’s tucked away from the resorts, you’ll still find plenty of local bars and restaurants on the beach front.
Playa de Guigui is Gran Canaria’s most famous isolated and unspoilt beach and can only be reached via a 90-minute trek each way or a shuttle boat. Divided into two bays and surrounded by volcanic rock, the beach is a world away from the crowds.
Day trip to Las Palmas
Las Palmas is packed with traditional architecture, picturesque patios and plazas, wooden balconies and cobbled streets. Take a romantic stroll around the historic centre in the popular area of Vegueta and soak up some of the island’s history. Cool down in the chapel of San Antonio Abad and admire the Baroque alter which stands in the same spot where Columbus attended mass before embarking on his journey to the Americas, or walk through the old market which dates back to 1854.
Finish off your day in the capital at the stylish restaurant, Kitchen Lovers, which offers phenomenal sea views. Tucked away at the end of the main promenade, enjoy beautifully presented dishes combining Italian and Spanish flavours in an ambient setting. Make sure you book in advance and, for the best views, request a window table.
Night out at the Casino
To inject some excitement into your trip, get glammed up and try your luck at the casino. You’ll find two main casinos on the island but the show stopper is the Gran Casino Costa Melanores in the south.
You’ll immediately feel like Hollywood stars as you enter the palatial building surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The elegant casino offers all the classics from roulette and poker to an abundance of slot machines and provides live music and dancing on the main hall’s stage. If you tip the dealers after winning a pot you’ll be met with free drinks at the bar.
If you have a keen sense of adventure and love exploring, Gran Canaria offers a whole host of exciting activities.
Take to the sea and kayak around the caves near Taurito and Mogan or if you fancy getting the adrenalin pumping head to the beach and take a kite surfing or scuba diving lesson. Away from the beach you’ll find camel and horse trekking through the enchanting Fataga ravine, off-road buggy tours along uninhabited dirt tracks and climbing excursions on the island’s volcanic rocks.
Take a break from the beach, head inland and climb to the top of Gran Canaria’s most famous volcanic rock, Roque Nublo. After a short 15 minute climb from the car park below, watch the sunset with panoramic views of the island’s diverse centre.
Roque Nublo is on several of the main walking routes and can be reached from Tejeda village or across the top from San Bartolome or Cruz de Terjeda. The drive here is nice and slow, through winding roads with breathtaking scenery offering ample pit stops for photo opportunities along the way. If you haven’t hired a car, many tour operators offer day trips to this area of natural beauty.
Wine and dine at Restaurante la Aquarela, one of Gran Canaria’s smartest restaurants. With Michelin style service and picturesque views of the bay, this fine dining restaurant is worth every penny. Book in advance to guarantee a table, as this is one of the island’s most highly-rated establishments.
If you’re music lovers, head to Garbo’s. You’ll be served by professional singers and dancers at this classy dinner theatre who will provide you with an evening of all around entertainment.
Nestled on the southwest coast of the island, you’ll find the charming fishing village of Puerto Mogan. Easily reached by car, bus or ferry the chic resort is a must–visit spot during your stay. Nicknamed ‘Little Venice’ because of its gorgeous network of canals and bridges, you’ll find pretty streets lined with bougainvillea, palm trees and tropical flowers.
Enjoy a picturesque stroll around the marina which is lined with superb fish restaurants or pop into one of the many boutiques along the pedestrianised streets. The resort also offers a stunning beach covered in golden sand imported from the Sahara. The protected bay provides fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean with a dramatic back drop of rocky mountains towering in the distance.
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Playa Taurito, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain