Gran Canaria Holidays
A holiday to Gran Canaria promises year-round warm and dry weather, great beaches, great night life and great people. The island is the third largest, and most populous of the Canary Islands, situated off the African coast in the Atlantic Ocean between Tenerife and Fuerteventura. Gran Canaria is well established as a favourite holiday destination among Brits, with developed holiday resorts in the south, and the bustling, modern capital of Las Palmas in the north.
Gran Canaria has consistently great weather, giving it all-year-round appeal. Whether you're looking for a family holiday, romantic break or group holiday, On the Beach offers the best deals on cheap flights and accommodation in Gran Canaria, making it easy for you to tailor make your perfect beach break!
In Las Palmas the best sights are to be found in the historical quarter of Vegueta, including Casa de Colon, a house that Christopher Columbus was believed to have stayed at during his travels to the Americas, where you can see a display of relics from early transatlantic voyages. The main museum in Las Palmas is the Museo Canario that boasts the world's largest collection of Cro-Magnon skulls and describes the lives of the Guanche people, Gran Canaria's first inhabitants.
To the southwest of the capital is the Jardin Botanico Canario Viera y Clavijo, a vast botanical garden, the largest in Spain, with an extraordinary range of plant species. There are three big water parks in the south of the island, all excellent for a family day out: Aquasur and Ocean Park both near Maspalomas, and Aqua park near Puerto Rico. Gran Canaria's towns and villages host interesting markets that sell a mixture of tourist goods and local produce, the best of these are to be found at Puerto de Mogan, San Fernando, Arguineguin, Teror and Vega de San Mateo.
Gran Canaria is also a solid choice for those looking to party into the night. Most of the bars and clubs in the towns and resorts stay open late, with many venues keeping the party going until dawn. In Las Palmas the best place to experience the nightlife is Plaza de Espana in the Mesa y Lopez district.
The towns and resorts on the south coast are even livelier than the capital, with hundreds of bars, clubs and discos to choose from, especially in Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas. You can find most nightspots around the main shopping centres in each town so head there and take your pick of where to dance the night away.
Holidays in Gran Canaria don't all have to be about dancing late through the night. For a more relaxing evening the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas is a spectacular auditorium with great ocean views that hosts concerts, orchestral performances and the Gran Canaria film festival.
Over 60km of Gran Canaria’s 236 kilometre coastline is made up of beaches, so if you are looking to spend days relaxing and topping up your tan, you'll be spoilt for choice in Gran Canaria. Whether you are looking for an exciting and busy beach with watersports and activities or quiet coves away from any hustle and bustle, then you will find the perfect beach for you.
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Gran Canaria Weather
Gran Canaria has a mild climate with pleasant temperatures all year round; the weather conditions on the beach feel like spring or summer whatever time you visit. Prevailing trade winds and the mountainous terrain give the island a range of microclimates, earning Gran Canaria its nickname a 'continent in miniature'. The mountain peaks are sometimes capped with snow, while other parts see continental or tropical climates.
The kind of temperatures you can expect on a holiday to Gran Canaria range from about 26° Celsius to 30° Celsius in the summer, while in the winter months they are around 22° Celsius and 24° Celsius. You can expect warm sun at any time, but in the winter you may want to wrap up if you are heading to the mountains.
Gran Canaria is a beautiful, volcanically formed island with a rugged interior and stunning coastline which is perfect for exploring. There are great beaches all round the island, including the golden sands of Playa de las Canteras near Las Palmas, but the best are to be found on the south coast. Stretches of soft sands sweep all along the coast with the bustling beach at Playa del Ingles, the horse shoe-shaped bay at Puerto Rico and the volcanic sands at Puerto Morgan. The highlight of holidays in Gran Canaria has to be the breathtaking rolling dunes at Maspalomas that have now been declared a nature reserve. Take a camel ride to explore these dunes, or find a quiet spot and soak up the sun in this sandy paradise.
The island's interior is arid and rugged, but it is well worth exploring the mountains and charming hamlets if you want a break from the bustle of the towns and resorts.
Like the other Canary Islands, Gran Canaria celebrates Carnaval in style, with three to four weeks of partying and fancy dress. In Las Palmas the action mainly takes place around Parque de Santa Catalina. Las Palmas honours its patron saint with the Fiesta de San Juan on midsummer's day in June, with cultural events, concerts and a firework display. Corpus Christi is also marked in June with the capital's streets carpeted with flowers. Festivals to mark saints' days take place in towns and villages across the island; there should be a chance to experience fiestas with your family whatever time you holiday in Gran Canaria.
There are a number of notable international festivals that take place in Las Palmas including the Festival de Musica de Canarias in January and February, Festival de Opera in Febuary and March, and Festival de Ballet y Danza in May.
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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 …
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 …
Sunny Maspalomas holidays in southern Gran Canaria are famous for its picture-perfect giant sand dunes, which provide a glorious backdrop for the reso …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …