Gran Canaria is situated 130 miles off the west coast of Africa and is one of the largest of the Spanish Canary Islands. Almost in a constant heatwave as temperatures rarely drop below a balmy 20 °C, making it the perfect place for beach lovers. Famous for its diverse landscapes, this beautiful island has so much to explore, from gorgeous sandy beaches, to rugged mountain-tops, to the dramatic dunes of the Maspalomas Desert.

Gran Canaria has a wide selection of resorts to choose from. Those who enjoy the action and nightlife of purpose-built beach resorts can choose one of the island’s livelier destinations, such as Playa del Ingles, while those in search of a quieter, stylish resort will love places like Playa Taurito or Meloneras. Further inland, away from the coast, there are smaller and more traditional rural towns and villages to discover, while the island’s capital, Las Palmas, is the place for culture lovers.

Overview

One of the largest of the Spanish Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is situated 130 miles off the west coast of Africa. Average temperatures rarely drop below a balmy 20 °C, making it the perfect place for beach lovers. Famous for its diverse landscapes, this beautiful island has so much to explore, from gorgeous sandy beaches, to rugged mountain-tops, to the dramatic dunes of the Maspalomas Desert.

Gran Canaria has a wide selection of resorts to choose from. Those who enjoy the action and nightlife of purpose-built beach resorts can choose one of the island’s livelier destinations, such as Playa del Ingles, while those in search of a quieter, stylish resort will love places like Playa Taurito or Meloneras. Further inland, away from the coast, there are smaller and more traditional rural towns and villages to discover, while the island’s capital, Las Palmas, is the place for culture lovers.

Gran Canaria is a great destination for a beach holiday, with miles and miles of stunning coastline to enjoy. There are also lots of activities for anyone preferring a more active holiday. The warm seas are popular with water sports enthusiasts, while the island’s majestic mountain ranges are a big draw for hikers, climbers and mountain bikers. Horse riding, quad biking, and even camel rides through the Maspalomas Desert are all on offer. Gran Canaria’s vibrant capital, Las Palmas, is a fascinating place to explore, with a wealth of cultural sights, restaurants, bars and shops dotted throughout the bustling city. 

Key Facts:

  • Currency: Euro
    Language: Spanish
    Approximate flight from the UK: 4 hours
    Best time to visit: High Season: December-February and May-October
    Time zone: UTC+1h

Great For:

Beach lovers: It's year-round summertime weather and its number of award-winning beaches make Gran Canaria a 'no-brainer' for a beach holiday destination. Sparkling blue waters and white sandy shores are staples on this sub-tropical island, and some of the beaches are so breath-taking you just have to see to believe.
Nature Enthusiasts: From its rugged mountains to the desert-like landscapes and pine forests, Gran Canaria boasts a surprising ecological diversity for such a small island. No matter how you choose to enjoy the island's incredible natural scenery, hiking, horseback riding or cycling, you'll find plenty of it to explore.
Nightlife: Gran Canaria is an island that knows how to kick back and have some fun. Once the sun goes down many of the resorts transform into high-energy party towns. If you are going for a stag or hen party, or just to let loose with some friends, you will have plenty of nightly distractions to choose from.

Roque Nublo

This is an 80 metre high volcanic monolith set on top of a ruggedly beautiful mountain landscape. There are several hiking trails to choose from. Some are more arduous than others, but the views from the top are incredible and make it well worth it.
Address: 35360 Tejeda, Las Palmas, Spain

Puerto de Mogan

This picturesque marina and fishing village is a popular day-trip destination with tourists. The unique use of canals used here have inspired the nickname 'Little Venice'. There are a number of shops to browse and restaurants, bars and cafes around the fringe of the harbour worthy of an afternoon meal. And if you visit on a Friday don't miss the lovely outdoor market.
Address: Edificio Torre de Control, Explanada del Castillete, 351 - 38, 35140 Mogán, Las Palmas, Spain

Casa de Colon

The museum is based in the former governor's house, which Christopher Columbus most likely visited during his voyage in 1492. The brilliantly curated museum is dedicated to the trans-Atlantic voyages of Christopher Columbus, pre-Colombia America and a diverse collection of European archaeology.
Address: C/ Colon, 1, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Spain
Open:Mon - Fri 9:00 - 19:00, Sat - Sun 9:00 - 15:00
Cost: 4Euros Entry

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