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They say that on a holiday in Gran Canaria you can feel like an astronaut without even leaving the ground. Spend some time navigating its rich and varied terrain, ranging from the lush, green surroundings of the north, its dramatic mountainous centre and dry desert of the south. It’s fascinating interior is surrounded on all sides by white sandy beaches, quaint little coastal towns and all mod cons 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 holiday in Gran Canaria.

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Top Resorts in Gran Canaria

Maspalomas Gran Canaria Holidays
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Maspalomas

from £133pp

Puerto Rico (GC) Gran Canaria Holidays
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Puerto Rico (GC)

from £120pp

Playa del Ingles Gran Canaria Holidays
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Playa del Ingles

from £140pp

Top Hotels in Gran Canaria

Suite Hotel Jardin Dorado
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Suite Hotel Jardin Dorado

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

from £309pp
Vista Oasis
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Vista Oasis

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

from £138pp
Duna Beach Bungalows
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Duna Beach Bungalows

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

from £138pp
Colina Mar Apartments
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Colina Mar Apartments

Puerto Rico (GC), Gran Canaria

from £158pp
Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort
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Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

from £458pp
Solana
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Solana

Puerto Rico (GC), Gran Canaria

from £123pp
Servatur Montebello
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Servatur Montebello

Puerto Rico (GC), Gran Canaria

from £153pp
Vista Flor Bungalow
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Vista Flor Bungalow

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

from £165pp

At a Glance

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +0
  • Average flight time: 4h 45m

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Top Attractions

This island is awash with magical places and experiences to be had, secret playgrounds of the islanders for generations that are now on offer to those taking holidays in Gran Canaria. Amble across the never-ending expanse of golden sand at Dunas de Maspalomas, a sort of desert by the beach with stunning views of the deep blue Atlantic Ocean beyond. Or spend a lazy 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.

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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. 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 has to offer.

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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 and that’s absolutely fine; 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

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.

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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 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.

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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, a great place 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.

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For Couples

Gentle blue skies, 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.

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Culture

People from all over the world have visited or settled in Gran Canaria for centuries. 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. 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 holiday in Gran Canaria. 

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