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Gran Canaria Holidays

Gran Canaria Holidays

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Magical sand dunes, wild party resorts and gloriously golden sunshine all year round – this is Gran Canaria, and we’re only just getting started. Kick back for a week-long siesta upon one of the island's dazzling beaches, discover pretty narrow streets of harmonious harbourside villages and tuck into ever-so-flavoursome Canarian cuisine, there’s a whole world of wonder to explore upon these sun-soaked shores. So whether you want a cheerful cheap holiday right by the bay or a secluded, romantic adults-only getaway, with Gran Canaria holidays we're sure you'll find the perfect place to stay!

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Best beaches in Gran Canaria

Life is a breeze for beach lovers on this incredible island, with over 60km of shiny gold sands to dip your toes into. The gorgeous Gran Canaria graces its welcomed visitors with both busy buzzing beaches, and heavenly secret coves with magnificent views, you just need to know where to look! Top of the list for many is the island's longest beach, Las Canteras. Take a leisurely stroll along over two kilometres of super-clean sands and fish-filled waters, you’ll discover many local bars, shops and restaurants dotted along the fine fringes of the Las Palmas capital.

Gran Canaria beach

Best hotels in Gran Canaria

Say hello to sunshine and make the most of every moment, with our fantastic selection of Gran Canaria hotels, your perfect package is ready and waiting. From the marvellous Maspalomas with its sun-soaked sand dunes to the lively late-night vibes of Playa del Ingles, there are endless hotels to choose from, offering something special for every holidaymaker. Jetting off on a gran-can adventure for your next family getaway? We’d recommend visiting the Occidental Margaritas, with a jam-packed entertainment programme, two children’s pools and more activities than you can imagine – it’s no surprise this fantastic family-friendly pick always comes out tops. Popular with partygoers, the Neptuno - Adults Only hotel is the perfect pick for those seeking a lively place to rest, with the bright neon lights of the Playa del Ingles party scene a mere 100m away. Dance lovers flock here throughout the whole of the yar to make the most of the thriving party action! Planning a romantic retreat with your loved one? Well, with lavish lagoon pools, stunning open-air terraces and a luxurious spa, the Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort and Thalasso is sure to tick all your boxes.


Looking to celebrate all things LGBTQ in the sunshine this year? Check out our blog on the best hotels for Gran Canaria winter pride!


All Inclusive holidays to Gran Canaria

Gorgeous golden beaches, refreshing sea breezes and sizzling sunny temperatures, what more could you wish for? Well, our All Inclusive holidays holidays to Gran Canaria, are here to take your beach break to the next level. With all your meals and drinks taken care of, you can forget your worries... and your wallet! Enjoy bountiful breakfast buffets, cool off with unlimited drinks at the pool bar and treat the kids to as many ice creams as they can manage, holidaying all-inclusive certainly has its perks. Take the stress out of mealtimes and save some pennies in the process – it’s a win-win in our eyes.

Gran Canaria all-inclusive

2021 holidays to Gran Canaria

Get a date in the diary and set your sights on brighter days by booking your dream 2021 holiday to Gran Canaria. Booking in advance is a great way to guarantee you get the best deal on your getaway and with On the Beach, you can book with confidence knowing all our flight-inclusive package holidays are ATOL protected. Secure your low deposit holiday today and spread the cost with our flexible payment options, making it as easy as possible for you to get to the sunshine. The radiant golden rays of Gran Canaria are just a few clicks away. It's time to get your holiday countdown on the go, because now more than ever, we’re all in need of a well-deserved break.


Seeking some inspo for your Gran Canaria adventure? Have a read of our Gran Canaria travel guide for all you need to know!

Family holidays to Gran Canaria

Jet off on a fun-filled adventure to remember, Family holidays in Gran Canaria are sure to tick the boxes for all ages. Discover the dramatic dunes and secret beaches of Maspalomas, dive headfirst into the hotel pool or set sail for a dolphin-spotting boat tour. Whether you’re seeking exciting action or laid-back relaxing, this incredible island certainly won’t disappoint. Find a hotel that suits the whole gang, with our top-rated family favourites offering both thrilling waterslides and laid-back poolside vibes – everybody’s happy!

Maspalomas beach


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Luxury holidays in Gran Canaria

If living the high life is on the agenda for your next getaway, then Gran Canaria has got a treat for you. The Meloneras resort is this island's answer to all things luxury, and with stylish 5-star hotels dotted along the resort's well taken care of, palm tree-studded streets – it’s hardly a surprise. Dine al-fresco under the moonlight at elegant eateries along the waters, shop till you drop in nearby designer boutiques or give it your best shot at the local 18-hole golf course, with spectacular views and modern clubhouses – this trendy part of town has it all. Take your pick from endless extravagant hotels, with first-class spa facilities, lavish pools and world-class wining and dining, luxury holidays have never sounded so good.

Gran Canaria luxury

Nightlife in Gran Canaria

As the sun sets over this beautiful island, the streets well and truly come alive. From laid-back beachside vibes to all-out party hotspots, discover atmospheres for all walks of life along these charismatic shores. Seeking classy evenings of cocktails, chic bars and Canary cuisine that will take your breath away? Head for the contemporary cafes and bubbly bars of Maspalomas. Stopping over in the bustling capital? Las Palmas is the place to be when it comes to clubs. Known for its late-night jazz venues, energetic DJ sets and live music venues, it’s a heaven for dance lovers – who can get into the groove all night long. Last, but by no means least on the list for legendary nightlife is the party paradise that is Playa del Inglés. Home to an iconic LGBTQ scene, the famous Yumbo centre celebrates pride all year round, with huge parties, fantastic tunes and late-night fun. But that’s not all this vibrant party-loving resort has to offer, head over to Kasbah for cheap cocktail deals, bustling bars and a chance to dance until the early hours of the morn!

Gran Canaria nightlife

Things to eat in Gran Canaria

Get ready for a taste of heaven, because Canarian cuisine mixes mouth-watering Mediterranean tastes with aromatic African influences and it’s a journey your taste buds are bound to remember. The peaceful beach resorts of Gran Canaria are dotted with by-the-sea dining options serving simply the best fresh seafood you can find, with meaty muscles and succulent seabass taking centre stage on many a menu. Fans of Spanish food are also in for a treat, as authentic dishes like paella and tasty tapas delights are also hugely popular. Be sure to tuck into a plate of the local delicacy Papas Arrugadas, a delicious dish that takes a tremendous twist on our favourite carb, serving crisp potatoes with a flavoursome red-pepper sauce.


Fancy finding out more about food on the island? Have a read of our great blog Gran Canaria – our favourite flavours for all you need to know!
Gran Canaria food

Culture in Gran Canaria

What better place to dive into the melting pot of Canary culture than the fascinating Las Palmas capital? Stop the clocks for a trip through Gran Canaria's historic journey with a trip to Columbus House and Casa África, which are just some of the many museums you can find across the island. Festival season here runs, well all year round really, since the friendly locals love an all-singing, all-dancing celebration, meaning there’s hardly ever a month without something exciting happening here. Check out the Canary festival calendar to see what’s on whilst your around, or time your trip in line with one of the many high-energy events here, like the Las Palmas Theatre and Dance Festival.


If you couldnt tell, we really do love it here and we're sure you will too. In fact we're so confident, we wrote a whole blog about the 10 ways you'll loose your heart to Gran Canaria.

Things to do in Gran Canaria

Lap up picturesque Puerto de Mogan

Also known as ‘little Venice’ this quaint harbour town's narrow white-washed streets are draped in beautiful pink flowers and connected by narrow bridges that float peacefully over the ocean below. Like a scene from a romantic dream, you could spend hours here simply watching the world go by. Nab a spot at a local café or open-air restaurant for lunch and admire the impressive yachts and boats bobbing away in the backdrop.

Discover the Dunes of Maspalomas

The mesmerising dunes of Maspalomas are a must-see! Take a scenic stroll along these desert-like sands and let the blue skies lead the way. You'll find yourself surrounded by miles of velvety golden sands that slope of perfectly into the sun. The huge rippling dunes are protected as a nature reserve for their truly fascinating beauty, so it’s certainly one to tick off the list whilst you’re here.

Get your golf on

Gear up for a day of on the green action! Gran Canaria has over 7 different golf courses to try out, and with the glorious year-round sunshine, you can T off here at any time of the year. A golfing day wouldn’t be complete without a well-deserved drink afterwards, but luckily there plenty of exclusive clubs that cater for exactly what you need, meaning you can finish off the day by celebrating in style.

Movie under the moonlight

Spend a cosy evening under the stars for a unique experience at the open-air cinema in Maspalomas. Kick back for a movie experience like no other with your loved ones, there's a great choice of films, cosy seating and even a cocktail service so it’s a great way to end the day. Oh, and did we mention they do pizza too? Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better hey.

What's the weather like in Gran Canria?

Gran Canaria has a warm year-round climate with an average temperature of 18°C in winter and 25°C in summer. The winter is alot cooler, however there's hardly ever much rainfall, in the summer the long days are dry and sunshine is almost guarenteed.

Month

Average temp.

Sea temp.

Hours of sunshine per day

Jan18 °c18 °c6 h
Feb18 °c19 °c7 h
Mar19 °c19 °c7 h
Apr19 °c19 °c7 h
May20 °c20 °c8 h
Jun22 °c21 °c9 h
Jul23 °c22 °c10 h
Aug24 °c23 °c9 h
Sep24 °c23 °c7 h
Oct23 °c23 °c7 h
Nov21 °c22 °c6 h
Dec19 °c20 °c6 h

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Important Information about travelling to Gran Canaria

How long does it take to fly to Gran Canaria?

It takes about four and a half hours to fly to Gran Canaria from the UK.

What’s the time difference between the UK and Gran Canaria?

There is no time difference between Gran Canaria and the UK

What currency do they use in Gran Canaria?

The official currency of Gran Canaria is the Euro.

What language do they speak in Gran Canaria?

The official language spoken in Gran Canaria is Spanish.

Customer reviews

At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Gran Canaria for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

Nazir Ismail:


The booking experience was quiet straight forward and it was very easy. Correspondence and confirmation was also prompt. Will definitely use again.


Jonathan James Beck:


Excellent service - the place was cleaned non-stop. Everyone was helpful and friendly and the clientele were nice. Our cleaner was still cleaning at 10 at night - around the pool.


Donna Ellison:


excellent from start to finish, wouldn't book with anyone else haven't had a single problem in the 5 years ive been booking x


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Top Gran Canaria Hotels

Gran Canaria Princess - Adults Only

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Mogan Princess & Beach Club

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Paradise Taurito Secret

Playa Taurito, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Paradise Lago Taurito & Aqua Park

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Beverly Park

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Gloria Palace Amadores

Amadores, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Melia Tamarindos

San Agustin, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Mogan

Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Nido del Aguila

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Abora Buenaventura by Lopesan Hotels (ex Ifa Buenaventura)

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Riosol

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Abora Interclub Atlantic by Lopesan Hotels

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Ocean Hill - Adult Only

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HD Parque Cristobal Gran Canaria

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Lopesan Baobab

Meloneras, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Idyll Suites - Adults Only

Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canaries

IG Nachosol Atlantic & Yaizasol Hotel by Servatur - Adults Only

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Cala Nova

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort and Thalasso

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Abora Catarina

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Bungalows Miraflor Park

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Servatur Hotel Puerto Azul

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Terraza Amadores

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Altamadores

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Babalu Apartment

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Spa & Casino

Meloneras, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Canary Garden Club

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

MIRADOR MASPALOMAS by Dunas

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Hotel THe Koala Garden

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Marina Apartments

Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canaries

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.

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

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

Once a quiet fishing village, this Gran Canarian gem has developed into an up-and-coming holiday hot-spot. For relaxing days head to the volcanic sand…

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Las Palmas

Las Palmas

Located on the island’s lesser visited northern coast, Las Palmas is Gran Canaria’s original resort and the largest city in the Canary Islands. The ci…

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Maspalomas

Maspalomas

Nestled on Gran Canaria’s south cost, the sunny resort of Maspalomas is ready and waiting to welcome sun-starved holidaymakers of all ages to its shor…

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Meloneras

Meloneras

The stylish and upmarket neighbour of Maspalomas, Meloneras offers nothing but the very best. Dinner by the sea, tranquil beach days and plush afterno…

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Playa Del Ingles

Playa Del Ingles

Sun-kissed and full of fun, this iconic resort has long been a favourite for those who love it lively. Flying the rainbow flag with pride, Playa del I…

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a popular, family-friendly resort on the south-west coast of Gran Canaria. Sheltered between two marinas, Puerto Rico enjoys its own sl…

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San Agustin

San Agustin

The peaceful neighbour of the famous Playa del Ingles, San Agustin is a charming town on the south coast of Gran Canaria. Restaurants, bars and shops…

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Sonnenland

Sonnenland

Located in a quiet corner of Maspalomas, the suburb of Sonnenland (German for land of the sun) awaits weary holiday makers in need of rest and relaxat…

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Amadores

Amadores

A tranquil beach resort located next to the popular town of Puerto Rico, Amadores has everything you need for a laid-back holiday in Gran Canaria. Sam…

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Puerto de Mogan

Puerto de Mogan

Nestled in the southwest of Gran Canaria, Puerto de Mogán is a pretty fishing village that combines Canarian tradition with beach holiday bliss. This…

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