Gran Canaria Holidays

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Holidays to Gran Canaria promise a mix of great weather, friendly locals and delicious food and drink. The mix of popular and lesser-known beaches and a handful of attractions make this Canary Island a no brainer when it comes to fun-filled family holidays.

Beaches
With over 60km of coastline, Gran Canaria is practically made up of beaches. The largest and most popular of these is Maspalomas beach; its vast size means it rarely feels crowded. Playa del Ingles beach is also particularly popular, being over 6km long and boasting calm water and huge sand dunes.

Culture
Gran Canaria pulls out all the stops when it comes to holding its annual carnival. Taking place in Parque de Santa Catalina, Las Palmas, the celebration continues for a number of weeks, including live music, fancy dress and a parade. An annual film festival also takes place at the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas. The event lasts for 10 days and shows over 100 films including the acclaimed The Vanished Dream, The Visit and A Minute of Glory.

Food & Drink
The cuisine of Gran Canaria consists of fresh fish such as seabass and sargos, fruit including bananas and papayas and home-grown vegetables such as Canarian potaoes. Famous dishes include Sancocho, a dry and salty fish stew served with sweet potatoes and truchas, a small pie flavoured with almond and cinnamon. Finish your meal with a glass of the local red wine, Tinto del Monte.

Nightlife
Plaza de Espana in Las Palmas is the most popular area with the 18-30 crowd as clubs such as Tres x Uno remain open until the early hours. Resorts on the south of the island are just as lively with popular resorts such as Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles boasting hundreds of bars, pubs and clubs.

Important Information
Flight Time: 4h40
Time Difference: +0
Currency: Euro
Official Language: Spanish

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Top Gran Canaria Hotels

Jardin del Atlantico

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Occidental Margaritas

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Turbo Club

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Green Field

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Vista Oasis Bungalows

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Eden Apartments

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

IFA Buenaventura

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Riosol

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Maspalomas Oasis Club

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Marina Bayview - Adult Only

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Nido del Aguila

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Colina Mar

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

IFA Interclub Atlantic

San Agustin, Gran Canaria, Canaries

THe - The Koala Garden Apartments

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Paradise Costa Taurito & Aqua Park

Playa Taurito, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Dunas Mirador

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Hotel Labranda Marieta

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Cordial Mogan Valle

Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Marina Elite All Inclusive Resort

Playa De Balito, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Eugenia Victoria

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Dunabeach

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Servatur Hotel Puerto Azul

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

HD Parque Cristobal Gran Canaria

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Marina Suites

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Buenos Aires

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Maracaibo

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Solana

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Monteparaiso

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Casa de los Camellos

Aguimes, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Las Calas

San Mateo, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Gran Canaria Weather

Due to its location just off the west coast of Africa, Gran Canaria enjoys sunshine all year round. Temperatures in summer reach the high 20s with a peak of 28°C in August. Winter months are slightly cooler with an average of 22°C.

Jan 22ºC
Feb 22ºC
Mar 24ºC
Apr 25ºC
May 25ºC
Jun 27ºC
Jul 28ºC
Aug 28ºC
Sep 27ºC
Oct 25ºC
Nov 23ºC
Dec 23ºC

Things To Do on Gran Canaria Holidays

Theme Parks
Ocean Park near Maspalomas, Aquapark near Puerto Rico and Lago Oasis Waterpark in Taurito, are all great water park options located in the south of Gran Canaria. Sioux City Park is a cowboy-themed park featuring live shows, music and animals.

Sand Dunes
Situated between the towns of Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria’s sand dunes are an essential part of any trip to the island. Enjoy a stroll, take in the sights, or if you’re feeling brave enough, book a camel ride.

Museo Canario
For something slightly different, Museo Canario hosts a large collection of prehistoric artefacts and is a must for those wanting to learn about the history of the Canaries. You’ll also find a selection of skeletons and mummies in this Las Palmas museum.

Who goes to Gran Canaria?

Fly direct to Gran Canaria from the following airports:
Bournemouth, Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Stanstead, Manchester

Gran Canaria Resorts

Arguineguin

Arguineguin

When Europeans first landed on the Canary Islands they named one of their very special retreats on Gran Canaria "Quiet Water," or in their language: A…

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Las Palmas

Las Palmas

Sitting pretty at the tip of Gran Canaria, a hemisphere away from the crowded and searing beaches of the southern coastline, Las Palmas is the biggest…

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Maspalomas

Maspalomas

Sunny Maspalomas holidays in southern Gran Canaria are famous for its picture-perfect giant sand dunes, which provide a glorious backdrop for the reso…

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Meloneras

Meloneras

When you are seeking absolutely nothing but the very best in your Gran Canaria holiday, then Meloneras is the place to go. Relatively untarnished from…

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Playa Del Ingles

Playa Del Ingles

Playa del Ingles holidays are all about days on the beach and nights on the town. In Gran Canaria's biggest and most famous resort, it's all about sun…

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Situated in the south west corner of Gran Canaria, Puerto Rico is renowned for its beautiful beaches. There is an excellent selection of shops, bars a…

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San Agustin

San Agustin

The first thing you notice about Playa de San Agustin is that the sand is considerably darker here than at other resort areas on Gran Canaria. The vol…

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Sonnenland

Sonnenland

Located on the extreme southern tip of Gran Canaria, Sonnenland has more hotels per square mile than anywhere else on the island. Sonnenland has a nic…

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