Sometimes you just want to get away – leave the hustle and bustle behind and head to the great outdoors. You don’t want crowds of people and you certainly don’t want to queue for dinner at a busy hotel buffet. Queue, Gran Canaria. A beautiful Canary Island with plenty of character, tons of luxury hotels and jam-packed with activities to take you ‘off-grid’. It’s time to pack a bag and head to sunny Spanish shores. So, whether you’re a family of mountain ramblers or a couple of secluded beach lovers, we’ve got the perfect holiday for you. Read on to check out some of Gran Caranias’ most scenic spots and luxury stays.
What to do
Feel like your on top of the world
Nothing quite clears your head more than getting out into nature. Add in the glorious Gran Canaria sun and spectacular mountain views and you’re onto a winner. Take a hike (or a drive) up to the stunning Pico de la Nieves – Gran Canaria’s second-highest peak and enjoy views for days at the top. Or, head to the unique volcanic rock formation of Roque Nublo. Perched high up in the centre of Gran Canaria, this rock formation is a sight to behold.
Take a wander through an old village
We all love wandering the cobbled streets of quaint little villages when we’re on holiday. But have you ever just wished that it wasn’t as busy? Take an early morning stroll around Vegueta historical quarter in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or head up to the centre to the picturesque Terror village and discover the Canarian charm that this island is famous for. Time it with the sunrise for a truly romantic stroll or get there in time to grab a peaceful breakfast with a great coffee.
Hit the beach
Beach days are the ultimate relaxation days. The sun on your skin, the sand between your toes and the calming sound of the waves lapping against the shore. Gran Canaria is brimming with gorgeous golden sands just waiting to be discovered. Head to the unspoilt beach of Gui Gui for a romantic day out with your significant other or take the family to the famous dunes of Maspalomas, where there are so many to choose from that you can have a whole sand dune to yourself. You can also take a private boat trip from many of the main beaches and head out to sea dolphin and whale spotting.
Head out on a road trip like no other
Gran Canaria’s famous West Coast Road or the CG-200 starts in the south of the island and takes a meandering route along the west coast. From steep mountainsides to turquoise waves, the scenery on this trip is outstanding. Why not pack a picnic and stop for lunch with a view?
Where to stay
So, you’ve got your gameplan together and you’re all set for a well deserved Spanish break, but where are you going to stay whilst you’re there? If a break from the rat race is what you’re after then we think that we have the perfect hotels for you. Located in the southern part of the island and easily accessible from the GC-200, these luxury picks are just what you need for the perfect relaxing break.
Set just 15 minutes inland from Maspalomas, the Salobre Hotel Resort & Serenity is a luxury oasis set in a desert landscape. Featuring a tranquil spa, a choice of restaurant and an on-site golf course, this hotel is a perfect choice for a relaxing break. Designed with wellbeing and peacefulness in mind, a stay here will leave you feeling rejuvenated and free from worries.
Located in the beautiful town of Amadores and perched on a cliffside overlooking the ocean, the Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso & Hotel is a chic and stylish hotel guaranteed to make your holiday feel special. With an ocean-facing infinity pool, full thalassotherapy centre and a range of relaxing treatments, it’s a perfect couples’ choice.
A super-stylish hotel offering everything you could need for an indulgent break in Gran Canaria. The Lopesan Baobab Resort is inspired by nature and takes influence from the landscape around. With luxury rooms, a huge free-form swimming pool area and plenty of activities on offer, you’re sure to find your slice of heaven in Gran Canaria.
Inspired by the world-famous architect Antonio Gaudi, the H10 Playa Meloneras Palace is as interesting as it is luxurious. With a central location, gorgeous swimming pool areas and an ultimate 24-hour All Inclusive service, a stay here is a one-of-a-kind experience. Leave your worries at the door and indulge in pure relaxation.
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