Gran Canaria Travel Guide
Holidays to Gran Canaria are enjoyed by millions each year
Gran Canaria has long been a hotspot for holidaymakers in search for sun and sea. It is a land of much contrast – the epic mountainous scenery, found towards the centre of this round-shaped island, is enclosed by an outer ring of sprawling beaches and majestic cliffs.
Gran Canaria’s fusion of modern Spanish and traditional Guanche has created an island steeped in history, culture and humanitarian beauty – a perfect invitation for exploration.
To give you some idea of the popularity of the Gran Canaries the airport is one of the busiest in Spain and a gateway for millions of holiday makers, sun worshippers and travellers who flock to the Island each year to enjoy sun kissed Gran Canaria family holidays.
The Gran Canaria international airport handled an incredible 9.892.288 passengers on over 100.390 flight operations in 2012, proof that holidays to this special island are as popular as ever.
A wealth of beach resorts can be found on the sun-blessed south – the most attractive part of the island. Don’t forget to visit the spectacular golden sand dunes of Maspalomas, a true testament to the pristine wilderness of the region. Take the opportunity to visit the Palmitos bird park, and don’t miss out on the town of Aguimes, on the eastern flank of the island: a wonderfully charming place where you can enjoy local delights and venture beneath the sea in the island’s most popular scuba-diving area.
To really get the most out of your holidays to Gran Canaria, you should set aside at least on day to exploring the stunning inland regions. A network of roads will lead you into a different world – one dotted with picturesque white villages and natural retreats. What better than to truly indulge in the traditional culture of the island? I really recommend exploring these uncovered lands, a place which few tourists know exists, and a place that is sure to reach your heart.
Reasons to enjoy holidays to Gran Canaria
The Canary Islands are an excellent holiday destination ideal for families. It has a proven track record when it comes to offering everything a family needs to have a great time. The island has some of the best family friendly beaches in Spain including a vast area of protected dunes at Maspalomas and a number of small quaint coves dotted along the Mogan coast. This includes the lively beach at Las Canteras and the very smallest beaches tucked away in the north of the island.
The Canary Islands enjoy an enviable climate with plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures all year round. With warm winters and summers without excessive heat Gran Canaria is a perfect holiday destination any time of the year.
Surf, Windsurfing and Kitesurf are becoming popular pastimes all around the island. There are a number of kite and windsurf schools offering courses for every level. The Island has the perfect beaches to practice these exciting and fun water sports. Once you have tried them you will undoubtedly crave more.
Explore the deep blue sea on numerous boats which sail the port of Puerto Rico, Pasito Blanco, Puerto Mogán, Anfi del Mar and the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. There are numerous organised trips on yachts, catamarans and mini cruises from private charters to group trips. This offers visitors a chance to explore the coastline and local marine life including dolphin trips.
Gran Canaria is home to some extraordinary terrains, reminiscent of a Martian surface or a Luna landscape Trekking around these extraordinary parts of the island is fun, exciting and a perfect pastime if you wish to take time out from other beach and sea activities.
Watch a perfect sunset over Puerto de Mogan. This town is a popular place to enjoy a quiet evening drink or evening meal in one of the nice local restaurants set amongst the colourful houses which line the streets around this pretty harbour.
Scuba dive amongst the hundreds of species which inhabit the sea around the islands. There are a good selection of officially recognised scuba diving schools around the island willing to help you explore the amazing crystal blue waters home to reefs, walls, and wrecks.
There are plenty of other activities on offer to suit all family members including, water sports, trekking, jeep safaris, golf, shopping, diving, fishing and water fun parks.
Where to stay?
San Agustine Beach Club
The hotel offers stylish accommodation and all the amenities to ensure perfect family holidays. Facilities include a jacuzzi, sauna, swimming pool, bike rental, fitness centre, sports room, BBQ and picnic area.
The hotel is in a privileged location close by to many of the areas top attractions, restaurants and bars.
Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort
This luxury hotel complex offers large comfortable with private terraces and views over the nearby golf course and surrounding mountains.
This luxury 5-star resort provides a range of superior amenities, such as a limousine service. It offers family-friendly facilities, with room layouts and services for families of any size, as well as a kids pool and a playground.
The Sheraton Solobre is a popular destination for golfers who can enjoy the nearby golf courses.
The Seaside Palm Beach Gran Canaria offers luxury accommodation and first class amenities including a golf course, outdoor tennis courts, jacuzzi and steam bath.
There are lots of activities for the kids with a purpose built play area and fun activities organised by the hotels friendly entertainment staff. Every chic room at the Seaside Palm Beach comes with a mini bar, slippers, hair dryer and bathrobes.
Seaside Palm Beach Hotel Gran Canaria is located within a 10-minute walk of Faro de Maspalomas.
The helpful staff at the tour desk are always available to organise tours and activities in Maspalomas and around the Island.