Grand Gran Canaria Holidays for 2017 / 2018
They say that on a holiday in Gran Canaria you feel like an astronaut without even leaving the ground, making it a pretty special Canary Island. Sound like something you fancy in 2017/2018? Because of Gran Canaria's varied landscapes, it's as if you can see the entire planet in one place. 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.
Gran Canaria's fascinating interior, made up of 32 Natural Protected Spaces, 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. There are some fantastic package holiday deals and cheap flights available to this dreamlike destination. Discover the delights of Gran Canaria with an island escape this year.
If you're heart is set on a Canary Island holiday, we offer extraordinary deals on flights and all inclusive hotels at some of the best resorts on Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Tenerife. Choose from an exciting range of hotels, with enough freedom to shape your 2017/2018 holidays just the way you'd like.
Top resorts in Gran Canaria
from £162 pp
Puerto Rico (GC)
from £148 pp
Playa del Ingles
from £178 pp
Most popular hotels in Gran Canaria
Vista Flor Bungalow
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
Marina Elite All Inclusive Resort
Arguineguin, Gran Canaria
Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria
Colina Mar Apartments
Puerto Rico (GC), Gran Canaria
San Valentin & Terraflor Park
Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria
Canary Garden Club (ex Rio Maspalomas II)
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Average flight time: 4h 35m
When to go
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If you've already looked into a holiday to Majorca and decided it wasn't for you, or maybe considered Lanzarote, Tenerife or Fuerteventura as alternative Canary Island destinations for 2017 or 2018, read on for some Gran Canaria inspiration.
Home to some of the best natural landscapes in the Canaries, Gran Canaria offers the Roque Nublo, an enormous 80m rock, the painted Cave of Galdar, one of the most important historical sites in the Canaries, and the historic capital Las Palmas, Columbus' stopping point as he returned from the Americas.
If you're here for the beaches, Gran Canaria has plenty. 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.
Tucked in between Puerto Rico and Playa Mogan is the subtler beauty of Taurito. Playa Taurito was designed for the ultimate Gran Canaria holiday experience, with a range of all inclusive hotels, luxury facilities and the fantastic Playa Taurito beach.
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.
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. Well, you’d be right. Top resorts like Playa del Ingles, Meloneras and Masapalomas all have an excellent choice of restaurants. Plus, the seafront restaurants at Playa Amadores serve some delicious seafood.
However there’s so much more to the island’s culinary scene than meets the eye...our top tip is to book an all inclusive Gran Canaria hotel at one of the top resorts and ask the chef for the local cuisine, the staff will love you and you'll get to try some real Canarian treats.
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 Puerto de 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 many 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.
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! With a choice of family-friendly resorts ranging from Meloneras to Playa del Ingles, there's a multitude to choose from whilst booking your 2017/2018 holiday.
Fun is free on this beautiful island destination. There are sandy stretches for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling, the perfect cheap family holiday activities. You may fancy exploring the unique landscapes of Roque Nublo, where the kids can pretend they’re walking across the surface of the moon. For something a bit more adventurous, you can go on camel rides, on submarines, head out to sea in search of dolphins, 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.
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. Almost all of the main coastal resorts offer watersports, but we particularly reccomend windsurfing in Maspalomas with a backdrop of its Canarian beauty. If you’re struggling to find a place to start (we don’t blame you) then the concierge at the desk of your hotel will steer you in the right direction.
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 on the beach. You would've heard of the great beaches on Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife, and Gran Canaria more than holds its own.
Family time on the vast Gran Canaria sandy beaches at Maspalomas, Meloneras 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 Playa Amadores beach in Las Palmas, Playa Amadores is 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 a range of accomodation options from self catering to full board, many offering private beachfronts.
All across Gran Canaria there are numerous of late night bars and clubs to let your hair down across various resorts, but most popular for night is Playa del Ingles. Alternatively, the island’s capital, Las Palmas, is where you’ll find a nightlife scene with a difference. La Guarida del Blues in Las Palmas 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. Puerto Rico is also known for its busy nightlife centred around cocktails and karaoke.
Dunes & Tunes in Maspalomas is a raucous Irish bar where live music, Guinness on tap and a hearty welcome are the norms. Puerto de Mogan is quieter than its raucous neighbours, but here the late night eating and cafe culture of the Spanish and Canary Island's comes to the fore. 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 islands' summer jazz festival is held here. Don’t forget, your all inclusive hotel is likely to have nighttime entertainment!
Glamorous luxury 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, especially in Puerto de Mogan, restaurants to relax in while enjoying some romantic food and drink, plus unique shops to browse and buy special mementos of your holiday. Playa Amadores has a laid-back vibe and a lovely promenade along the picture-perfect beach, in the evening you can make your way from Playa Amadores to Puerto Rico for its awesome nightlife.
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 in one of the top resorts, like Playa Taurito, and let us and the concierge take care of your holiday worries.
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 in Las Palmas 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 2017/2018 holiday to Gran Canaria.