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They say that on a holiday in Gran Canaria you can feel like an astronaut without even leaving the ground. Sound like something you fancy in 2017? Book your flights to this extra-terrestrial island now! Spend some time navigating Gran Canaria's rich terrain, ranging from the lush, green surroundings of the north, its dramatic mountainous centre and dry desert of the south.

Choose from an exciting range of hotels, with enough freedom to shape your 2017 summer holidays just the way you'd like. Gran Canaria's fascinating interior is surrounded by white sandy beaches, quaint little coastal towns and all inclusive family resorts. There’s also a great nightlife scene on Playa Del Ingles and Maspalomas, alongside the island’s historic and cosmopolitan capital, Las Palmas. Come and discover the delights of this mini continent contained within one small and accessible island, on your 2017 holiday in Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands.

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Top resorts in Gran Canaria

Maspalomas Gran Canaria Holidays Maspalomas
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Maspalomas

from £138pp

Puerto Rico (GC) Gran Canaria Holidays Puerto Rico (GC)
Deposit from £29 per person

Puerto Rico (GC)

from £132pp

Playa del Ingles Gran Canaria Holidays Playa del Ingles
Deposit from £29 per person

Playa del Ingles

from £130pp

Top hotels in Gran Canaria

Colina Mar Apartments
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Colina Mar Apartments
Colina Mar Apartments

Puerto Rico (GC), Gran Canaria

from £177pp
Vista Oasis
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Vista Oasis
Vista Oasis

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

from £205pp
Duna Beach Bungalows
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Duna Beach Bungalows
Duna Beach Bungalows

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

from £138pp
Nido del Aguila
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Nido del Aguila
Nido del Aguila

Puerto Rico (GC), Gran Canaria

from £161pp
Riosol Hotel
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Riosol Hotel
Riosol Hotel

Puerto Rico (GC), Gran Canaria

from £207pp
Castillo De Sol Apartments
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Castillo De Sol Apartments
Castillo De Sol Apartments

Puerto Rico (GC), Gran Canaria

from £174pp
Green Field
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Green Field
Green Field

Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria

from £225pp
Suite Hotel Jardin Dorado
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Suite Hotel Jardin Dorado
Suite Hotel Jardin Dorado

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

from £321pp

At a glance

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +0
  • Average flight time: 4h 35m

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

This island is awash with magical places, secret playgrounds of the islanders for generations that are now on offer to those taking holidays in Gran Canaria. Worth leaving the all inclusive for!

Amble across the never-ending expanse of golden sand at Dunas de Maspalomas, close to the resort area of Meloneras, a sort of desert by the beach with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Or spend a day wandering the harbour at Puerto de Las Nieves and relaxing at a beachfront café with the distant sound of seagulls to accompany your unspoilt view and cold beer. Head to Roque Nublo, a wild and rocky place that the kids will love due to its resemblance of a lunar landscape, with pine trees cascading down the mountain towards the sea below.

And for something a little livelier make your way to Playa de Las Canteras, a bustling surfer’s beach at Las Palmas and stone’s throw from bars, restaurants and shops of the island’s eccentric capital. Tucked in between Puerto Rico and Playa Mogan is the subtler beauty of Taurito. Remember, staying at one of the hotels on Gran Canaria means you can visit the other Canary Islands, like Lanzarote, Tenerife or Fuerteventura, if any of these Canarian lands seem appealing on your 2017 holidays.

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

When you think of the kind of food and drink you’ll be enjoying on your holidays in Gran Canaria, you probably picture little plates of fried fish, a cold beer and an ocean view. You’d be right, however there’s so much more to the island’s culinary scene than meets the eye. Book an all inclusive and ask for the local cuisine, the staff will love you! Unearth the incredible rum of the town of Arucas, the amazingly sweet sponge cakes of Moya, cheeses of Santa Maria de Guia and sumptuous stews at Artenara. The tuna that is brought ashore at Mogan is so fresh and unlike anything you’ve tried before, so head down there for an evening and tuck into a plate of seafood, washed down with some local wine or beer of course. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes catering to a wide variety of international tastes, so even the fussiest kids will love the food that Gran Canaria offers.

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For Families

For Families

For such a small island, Gran Canaria really does have something for every family. You might just want to relax on the beach (the well serviced Amadores beach is an excellent choice) and that’s fine, this is what all inclusive hotels were designed for! There are sandy stretches for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling. You may fancy exploring the unique landscapes of Roque Nublo, where the kids can pretend they’re walking across the surface of the moon. You can go on camel rides, on submarines, head out to sea in search of dolphin sightings, or hurtle down a waterslide at Aqualand Maspalomas. With a go-kart track, botanical gardens and crocodile reserve on offer as well, families will struggle to get bored on Gran Canaria.

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

Gran Canaria holidays provide opportunities for a whole host of adventurous activities, including rock climbing, hiking, cycling, quad biking and kite surfing. You can go trekking through the rocky canyons of Guayadeque, whale and dolphin watching off the coast of Puerto Rico or even abseil down volcanic ravines. And for the most adventurous amongst you, there’s even a spot of paragliding on offer, a chance to swoop down from mountains into valleys, admiring the incredible views all around. If you’re struggling to find a place to start (we don’t blame you) then the concierge at the desk of your all inclusive hotel will steer you in the right direction.

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

Gran Canaria’s offering of beaches is as varied as the island itself. With an average temperature of around 24 degrees Celsius, all year round, a holiday in Gran Canaria is all about long days spent by the ocean. Family time on the vast sandy beaches at Maspalomas, Meloneras, Taurito or Playa del Ingles is time well spent, with opportunities for walks to historic lighthouses, bird watching, relaxing in the sun and swimming in the sea. You won’t want to return to the hustle and bustle of the real world after unwinding down at Amadores beach, a quiet palm tree-backed place with peaceful beach restaurants and calm seas to dip in. The waves roll in at Playa del Ingles and whilst its huge sandy beach is a great place for kids to play, it’s also the place for lovers of the surf. Choose from a number of resorts along the coast, with the all inclusive hotels offering private beachfronts.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

There are plenty of late night bars and clubs to let your hair down in at Playa del Ingles. The island’s capital, Las Palmas, is where you’ll find a nightlife scene with a difference. La Guarida del Blues plays live rock, jazz and blues music from Thursday till Sunday and the town is also home to Casino las Palmas, ideal for getting dressed up and having a flutter at the tables. Dunes & Tunes in Maspalomas is a raucous Irish bar where live music, Guinness on tap and a hearty welcome are the norms. And for something a bit different the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus is a theatre constructed from volcanic rock, with a huge window and sweeping ocean views. The island’s summer jazz festival is held here. Don’t forget, your all inclusive hotel is likely to have nighttime entertainment!

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For Couples

For Couples

Lush all inclusive hotels, golden sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see, quaint fishing villages, sunset outcrops: what’s not to love about Gran Canaria for couples? On the coast, you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches, restaurants to relax in while enjoying some romantic food and drink, plus unique shops to browse and buy special mementos of your holiday. Inland there are opportunities for remote hikes, to explore ancient towns and villages, go on bike rides together and indulge in cookery courses. The rich experiences of Gran Canaria are ones that will last a lifetime and it is the ideal place for couples to make lasting memories. For the ultimate luxurious experience, book an all inclusive and let us take care of your worries.

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Culture

Culture

People from all over the world have visited or settled in Gran Canaria for centuries, from the original tribes to the all inclusive holidaymakers. Its location in the Atlantic made it a stop off point for intrepid adventurers from both east and west and the cultural influences of those who stayed can still be felt today. Now, with cheap flights from the UK and a superb range of all inclusive hotels, Gran Canaria is known for its tourist draw. A trip to Vegueta is recommended for its ancient cobbled streets and magnificent Hispanic architecture dating back to the 15th century. You’ll discover stone churches, beautifully carved monuments and statues that speak of a distant time. La Cueva Pintada, or the painted cave, offers an insight into indigenous island artwork and a mysterious glimpse of ancient rituals and proceedings. The modern day has given birth to festivals and events aplenty, including the Fiesta de San Juan. This homage to the city’s patron saint sees spectacular firework displays, colourful parades and musical performances and is highly recommended as an atmospheric way to round off your 2017 holiday to Gran Canaria.

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