Stunning beaches, natural beauty at every turn and a warm climate that includes plenty of sun no matter the time of year.
It isn’t hard to see why Gran Canaria is such a popular destination for a holiday overseas.
As well as the sandy beaches the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic, Gran Canaria is home to a range of different resorts that cater for all tastes and all budgets.
Whether you are looking for a low-cost break in the sun or would prefer to splash out on some five star luxury, you’ll find something to suit.
The south of the island is particularly popular, with the wide dunes around Maspalomas being one of the most visited areas of its kind anywhere in Europe.
You can expect to find buzzing nightlife elsewhere on the island if top class entertainment is what you are looking for, whilst the mountainous regions to the north make up part of a large Biosphere Reserve.
When you put the beaches and the leafy green areas on the island side-by-side, it easy to see why some people regard Gran Canaria as being like a mini continent all of its own.
Whether you want to relax on the beach or have more of desire to explore your surroundings, Gran Canaria ticks plenty of boxes.
Dance the night away in Playa del Ingles
Playa del Ingles is one of the top party destinations on the island of Gran Canaria so there is no shortage of options when it comes to a night out. Head for the Kasbah Centre and you’ll find various night clubs whilst there are plenty of bars where you can dance to live music whilst enjoying a drink. The famous Pacha club can be found within the resort.
Cathedral of Santa Ana
Las Palmas Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Ana, is a catholic church that is located in the capital of Gran Canaria and which is regarded as one of the most important religious buildings to be found anywhere in the Canary Islands. Designed in a gothic style, the cathedral dates back to the 1500s and is one of the landmark structures on the city skyline.
Hit the beach
One of the main attractions of a break in Gran Canaria is the beaches – and there are plenty to chose from. Head for the area around Playa del Ingles and you’ll find miles of golden sands where you can lie back and top up your tan, or you could visit Maspalomas where there are huge dunes waiting to be explored alongside the sea.
Caldera de Bandama
Located less than half an hour away from Las Palmas, the Caldera de Bandama is one of the most dramatic sites to be found on the island of Gran Canaria. Standing more than 3000 feet high, the edge of the Caldera provides stunning views of the surrounding area and on a good day, you can even see as far as Fuerteventura. Should you wish, you can hike down into the crater to explore the green landscapes.
If you have the kids in tow, or if you are still a child at heart yourself, then a visit to Aqualand near Maspalomas is a must. Here, you can enjoy a day of fun on various slides that cater for all ages – from high-speed thrills like Tornado and Kamikaze to a more sedate lazy river. There is also a popular sea lion show.
If you fancy a round of golf during a trip to Gran Canaria, then Maspalomas Golf is a great place to pay a visit. Surrounded by the dunes and with a nice breeze coming in from the sea to keep you cool, the 18 hole course is suitable for players of all levels.