Gran Canaria Holidays

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

Paradise Lago Taurito & Aqua Park

Playa Taurito, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Maspalomas Oasis Club

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Lopesan Baobab

Meloneras, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Gloria Palace San Agustin

San Agustin, Gran Canaria, Canaries

HD Parque Cristobal Gran Canaria

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Caybeach Meloneras

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Jardin del Atlantico

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Vista Oasis Bungalows

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Los Veleros

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Nido del Aguila

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Colina Mar

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

SUITES & VILLAS by Dunas

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Blue Bay Beach Club

Tarajalillo, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Riosol

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Cordial Mogan Valle

Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Abora Catarina

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Servatur Hotel Puerto Azul

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Palm Oasis Apartments

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Servatur Terrazamar

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Eden Apartments

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

MASPALOMAS RESORT by Dunas

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Sol Barbacan

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

IFA Interclub Atlantic

San Agustin, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Marina Elite

Playa De Balito, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Roslara Apartment

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

MIRADOR MASPALOMAS by Dunas

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Marina Apartments

Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Green Park

Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Lara Apartments - Adults Only

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canaries

Paradise Taurito Secret

Playa Taurito, 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

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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