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Holidays to Gran Canaria

With guaranteed sunshine and a mild climate, a holiday to Gran Canaria can be taken at any time of the year. The third-largest Canary island has over 120 miles of coastline and 50 beaches to enjoy and it boasts a number of welcoming resorts to choose from. The capital city Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has a charming old town full of restaurants and a modern shopping street lined with a very Spanish façade. With brilliant sand dunes and seriously fun theme parks, it’s a great place to take the family for a guaranteed sunshine-filled break.

Top Gran Canaria resorts:

Playa del Inglés

  • Great for beaches
  • Upbeat atmosphere 
  • Bordered by stunning sand dunes

San Augustin

  • Laid back atmosphere
  • Excellent restaurants
  • Great beaches
  • Established, quieter resort

Maspalomas

  • Great for beaches
  • Plenty of bars and restaurants
  • Family friendly atmosphere

Puerto Rico

  • Perfect for families and couples
  • Pretty marina hosting luxury yachts
  • Great shops, bars and restaurants 

Gran Canaria highlights

Beaches

  • Maspalomas - famous for its photogenic giant sand dunes, which borders a stunning beach that stretches for 1.2 miles. The white sand is regarded as the most beautiful on Gran Canaria.
  • Playa de las Mujeres – slightly rocky but is great for surfing and windsurfing.
  • La Charca lagoon - an idyllic spot for sunbathing and swimming.
  • Playa de Taurito - this beach rarely gets over-crowded so can be a perfect spot for some quiet relaxation.
  • Playa Amadores - situated near Puerto Rico, this is another great option for relaxing on golden sands.
  • Playa de Meloneras - located near Maspalomas it's popular with those wanting something a little quieter. 
  • Playa de Cura - the beach and the resort itself offers a more peaceful beach holiday.
  • Playa de Balito - waters are great for swimming, snorkelling and paddling.

Water Attractions

  • Watersports - With sea temperatures averaging around 18 degrees even in winter, Gran Canaria is a great destination for enjoying water sports throughout the year including sailing, surfing, pedalos and scuba diving, and you’ll find snorkelling sets sold in touristy shops around the island. There’s also jet skiing and waterskiing on offer.
  • Water parks - Aqualand boasts around 50 flumes, rides and minigolf, guaranteeing a splashtastic day out for all the family. Lago Taurito which has a fast and furious selection of slides as well as a water play jungle gym for the kids, a spa and sports courts and bowling nearby.

Golf

Keen golfers also have something to look forward to with the variety of courses on offer across the island:

  • Maspalomas - home to three magnificent golf courses that have hosted international events. Enjoy the protection of the huge dunes surrounding the long-established Campo de Golf de Maspalomas, marvel at the ravines and volcanic landscape at Salobre Golf, and admire the sea-views from the fairways of Meloneras Golf.
  • For something special, play a game at El Cortijo near Las Palmas, and Spain's oldest golf club!

Shopping

  • Local stores -  Las Palmas has a main shopping street with high street shops. Puerto Mogan is the place for boutique style shops, situated in a quaint marina. 
  • Shopping centres - Las Terrazas is home to a popular, modern shopping centre close to the beach.

Attractions & parks

  • Museums - Enjoy family fun at the Technology Museum with its interactive exhibits.
  • Theme parks and activity parks – Head back to the wild west at Sioux City, a fully-themed park originally built for shooting Western films and prepare for launch at the Angry Birds Activity Park with its jungle gym, pedal carts, crazy croquet and more. Holiday World in Maspalomas is a small theme park with a roller coaster, pirate ship, Ferris wheel and more. 

Hiking

  • Famous for its diverse landscape and micro-climates, Gran Canaria boasts a seductive mixture of a vibrant seaside resorts and picturesque villages littered across a stark desertscape. This is a joy to experience on foot, with well signposted routes criss-crossing the island. Group hikes with English-speaking guides are also popular. 

Alternatively, see our hotels and flights to Gran Canaria