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Overview

You're probably familiar with the resorts of Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico, which have been pulling in holidaymakers, particularly from the UK, for decades. But outside of these tourist hotspots, how much do you know about the incredible diversity to be found on the rest of the island?

 

Gran Canaria is often described as a miniature continent, thanks partly to its staggering diversity of landscapes; with everything from huge sandy beaches and Saharan like dunes, dense forests and green valleys to impressive mountain ranges, canyons and dusty desert and partly due to the fact that it has many different microclimates dotted around its regions. These unique contrasts and the abundance of unusual fauna (there are more than 100 species of plant that are unique to the island), led to UNESCO declaring almost half of the island to be a World Biosphere Reserve.

 

With all this glorious natural beauty and year-round sunshine, not to mention its numerous beaches, Gran Canaria holidays are perfect for explorers, and those who just want to relax, at any time of the year.

 

Why book Gran Canaria holidays?

 

Dunas de Maspalomas - Without doubt, the most iconic image of Gran Canaria is that of these famous dunes. Simply a must-visit.

 

Roque Nublo - Yes, it’s a rock. This is no ordinary rock. This is a 67 metre tall (220ft) monolith. Best visited in the morning to avoid the crowds.

 

Barranco de las Vacas - A small and picturesque ravine. The colours of the rocks as the sunlight hits make for some amazing photo opportunities.

 

Mirador del Balcon - This viewpoint, in the far west of the island, hangs out over the sea at the top of a steep cliff, giving spectacular views out over the ocean.

 

Guayadeque Ravine - This ravine is one of the island’s best known and eye-catching canyons. 11 kilometers long and with cliffs hundreds of metres high, it’s a good spot for escaping the heat.

 

When to Go

Due to its favorable subtropical climate, any time of year is a good time for a holiday in Gran Canaria. Of course, the winter months are cooler, but you’ll still find temperatures of around 16°C plenty of sunshine and blue skies. If you’re holidaying in Gran Canaria at this time of year, conditions for surfing and windsurfing are optimal. The coolest winter month is February. For the highest temperatures, the best time to visit is between July and September, when you can expect an average daily maximum of 29°C and an average low of 23°C.

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Essential Information

Getting Around

Gran Canaria is easy to navigate, even if you choose not to hire a car. Walking is recommended in the resort, but local buses (guaguas) operate all over the island. Your hotel with have more timetable info. Taxis are also plentiful, and most are metered but agree on a fare first, just to be sure. Ferries and water buses are also available, with services to other Canary Islands, too.


Travelling by bus or car

The bus service that operates on the island is supplied by Global and provides the majority of the island with cheap, convenient and comfortable travel. Most major resorts, towns and cities are connected.


Many people who visit Gran Canaria opt to hire a car to explore the island at their own pace, without having to stick to an excursion timetable. Hire prices are competitive, and you drive on the right.


Passports and Visas For a holiday in Gran Canaria, all you need is a passport that is valid for the duration of your visit. No visas are required. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/


Health and Safety

Make sure that you take out comprehensive travel insurance to protect you while away. This will complement the emergency treatment that an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) entitles you to, so take that too. For more information, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/health


Vaccinations

You shouldn’t need any specific vaccinations for a holiday to Spain, but routine immunisations should be up to date. See your doctor for the latest advice, before you travel.

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Places to go and things to do in Gran Canaria

Top 5 things to do in Gran Canaria

Top 5 things to do in Gran Canaria

Holidays in Gran Canaria are a top choice for those who enjoy nature, watersports enthusiasts, and those that just want to relax on the beach. Here are some of our favourite things to do on the island.


Cenobio de Valerón - resembling a gigantic beehive, these caves were actually an enormous grain store, constructed by the aboriginal natives of the island hundreds of years ago.


Caldera de Bandama - 200 metres deep and more than 1000 metres across, this huge volcanic crater is quite literally the island's biggest attraction.


Los Tilos de Moya Natural Reserve - The last remains of a subtropical jungle that once covered most of the north of Gran Canaria. This mystical laurel forest is extremely popular with hikers.


Pueblo de Tejeda - The prettiest town in all of Spain, and home to the two most important geographical symbols of the island, the Natural Monument of Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga.


Pico de los Pozos de la Nieve - 1,956 metres above sea level, this is the highest point of the island, from where you can see the top of Mount Teide piercing through the clouds.

Best beaches in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria boasts more than 80 beaches and 236km of coastline, so you’re sure to find just the right spot. To help you get started, here are our favourites.


Maspalomas - The most iconic image of the island, no holiday in Gran Canaria is complete without a visit to the incredible sand dunes of Playa de Maspalomas.


Playa de Gui Gui - This remote beach is well hidden and takes a challenging hike to reach. Make the effort and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most beautiful beaches here.


Playa del Ingles - Not the most beautiful, but this beach is plenty of fun. Lots of watersports, lots of amusements on the promenade, and perfectly calm waters.


Playa de Puerto Rico - This spectacular white sand beach fringed with palm trees is right next to the town centre, so couldn’t be more convenient.


Playa de Las Canteras - This is a great beach right in the capital city of Las Palmas. Pack your snorkel for a visit, as there’s abundant marine life here.

Food and drink in Gran Canaria

There are plenty of exciting, imaginative and supremely talented chefs here. Make the most of your Gran Canaria holiday and sample something extraordinary.


La Aquarela Restaurant - For a special treat, try the degustation menus at this fine dining restaurant in Anfi Del Mar. The combinations of textures and flavours are both surprising and delightful.

Deliciosa Marta - Impeccably presented, innovative dishes inspired by the roots of the Catalan chef. The menu is on the small side, but everything on it is cooked to perfection.


El Santo - Another highly recommended fine dining experience in Las Palmas. The menu the chef has devised is imaginative, playful and superbly executed.


Abrasa - Abrasa specialises in grilled meats. The menu includes bone-in ribeye, Wagyu and flatiron steaks, as well as comfort food like burgers and pizzas.


You will not leave dissatisfied!Texeda - Borja Marrero’s restaurant has an emphasis on sustainable produce. Half of all produce is grown and reared on its own farm, the rest all from the local town.

Sightseeing in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria holidays aren’t just for beach-bums; there’s plenty of history and nature to explore. If you can tear yourself away from the beaches, that is.


Cueva Pintada Museum & Archaeological Park - This cave, adorned with a geometric painting thought to relate to lunar cycles, is one of Gran Canaria's most important pre-Hispanic archaeological sites.


Casa de Colon - Christopher Columbus’ house, now turned museum, documents his voyage, and the Canary Islands’ historical role in international shipping routes.


Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo - Nature lovers are sure to appreciate a visit to these botanic gardens, which are home to over 500 species of plants.


GC-200 - What’s a GC-200, we hear you ask. It’s a road. But not just any road; it’s the best coastal drive in Europe. The views are spectacular, if a tad scary.


Catedral de Santa - Building of this impressive Gothic cathedral started in 1497, 15 years after the Spanish defeated the island's Canarii natives. Today, it’s the most visited landmark on the island

Nightlife in Gran Canaria

There is no shortage of evening entertainment in Gran Canaria, whether you want a lively Irish bar or a stylish superclub. Check out our top tips on the best this island's nightlife has to offer.


Yumbo Centrum - The LGBT centre of the island. It’s a shopping centre, but at night you’ll find lots of gay bars, clubs, cabaret shows and more.


La Azotea de Benito - Inventive cocktails are the order of the day (or night) at this chic rooftop bar with views of the mountains and the twinkling lights of the city of Las Palmas.


Pacha - One of Gran Canaria 's biggest clubs, in Playa del Inglés. DJ’s play house music all through the night as holidaymakers show off their moves, and their tans.


Adrenaline Heavy Metal Pub – Located in the basement of a shopping centre, this bar has live bands, arcade games and even a pool. As the name suggests, this is for those who like their music heavy.


Garbo’s – First opened in the 70’s as an opera house, this place was closed for a number of years until reopening as a dinner and show venue. Broadway, Canaries style.

Gran Canaria family holidays

Planning a family holiday in Gran Canaria? Check out our top kid-friendly things to do.


Sioux City Park - Experience the American Wild West in this small town, originally created as a film set. Cowboy shows, BBQs and line dancing. Plus, a small zoo.Yee-haw!


Poema del Mar - The large and impressive aquariums here are divided into three areas: shallow water marine ecosystems, deep water marine ecosystems, and freshwater ecosystems, all teeming with life.


Amadores Fun Park - An inflatable obstacle course in the sea - what could possibly be more fun? A sure-fire hit with the kids.

Hangar 37 - The best airsoft (like paintball, but less painful) theme park in Europe. Put your aim to the test in this huge battle area complete with trenches, cellars and real tanks.


Parque Acuático Oasis Lago Taurito - A family holiday just wouldn’t be right without a visit to a waterpark. Kids young and old will have a blast on the slides and tubes here.

Gran Canaria couples holidays

Check out our pick of the most romantic things to do whilst on holiday in Gran Canaria.


Observatorio Astronomico de Temisas - Feel delightfully disconnected from the modern world together as you gaze at the stars - the Canaries are one of the best locations in the world for stargazing.


Dawn in the desert - Well, in the dunes of Maspalomas. Take a 4wd, plenty of water and some blankets and camp out on the dunes - you’ll experience a magical dawn all to yourselves.


Sunset fizz - Head to one of Gran Canarias many great sunset spots and enjoy a bottle of fizz as the burning orange sun disappears into the horizon.


Unwind - Relax and invigorate you and your special someone in one of Gran Canarias many spas, before making your way to a restaurant for an extra special meal.


Beach picnic - It’s not difficult to find a little nook all to yourselves in Gran Canaria – pack a picnic and stay for the day. Bring a blanket and get snuggly if you want to stay after sunset.

Places to go and things to do in Gran Canaria

Top 5 things to do in Gran Canaria

Top 5 things to do in Gran Canaria

Holidays in Gran Canaria are a top choice for those who enjoy nature, watersports enthusiasts, and those that just want to relax on the beach. Here are some of our favourite things to do on the island.


Cenobio de Valerón - resembling a gigantic beehive, these caves were actually an enormous grain store, constructed by the aboriginal natives of the island hundreds of years ago.


Caldera de Bandama - 200 metres deep and more than 1000 metres across, this huge volcanic crater is quite literally the island's biggest attraction.


Los Tilos de Moya Natural Reserve - The last remains of a subtropical jungle that once covered most of the north of Gran Canaria. This mystical laurel forest is extremely popular with hikers.


Pueblo de Tejeda - The prettiest town in all of Spain, and home to the two most important geographical symbols of the island, the Natural Monument of Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga.


Pico de los Pozos de la Nieve - 1,956 metres above sea level, this is the highest point of the island, from where you can see the top of Mount Teide piercing through the clouds.

Read More
Best beaches in Gran Canaria

Best beaches in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria boasts more than 80 beaches and 236km of coastline, so you’re sure to find just the right spot. To help you get started, here are our favourites.


Maspalomas - The most iconic image of the island, no holiday in Gran Canaria is complete without a visit to the incredible sand dunes of Playa de Maspalomas.


Playa de Gui Gui - This remote beach is well hidden and takes a challenging hike to reach. Make the effort and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most beautiful beaches here.


Playa del Ingles - Not the most beautiful, but this beach is plenty of fun. Lots of watersports, lots of amusements on the promenade, and perfectly calm waters.


Playa de Puerto Rico - This spectacular white sand beach fringed with palm trees is right next to the town centre, so couldn’t be more convenient.


Playa de Las Canteras - This is a great beach right in the capital city of Las Palmas. Pack your snorkel for a visit, as there’s abundant marine life here.

Read More
Food and drink in Gran Canaria

Food and drink in Gran Canaria

There are plenty of exciting, imaginative and supremely talented chefs here. Make the most of your Gran Canaria holiday and sample something extraordinary.


La Aquarela Restaurant - For a special treat, try the degustation menus at this fine dining restaurant in Anfi Del Mar. The combinations of textures and flavours are both surprising and delightful.

Deliciosa Marta - Impeccably presented, innovative dishes inspired by the roots of the Catalan chef. The menu is on the small side, but everything on it is cooked to perfection.


El Santo - Another highly recommended fine dining experience in Las Palmas. The menu the chef has devised is imaginative, playful and superbly executed.


Abrasa - Abrasa specialises in grilled meats. The menu includes bone-in ribeye, Wagyu and flatiron steaks, as well as comfort food like burgers and pizzas.


You will not leave dissatisfied!Texeda - Borja Marrero’s restaurant has an emphasis on sustainable produce. Half of all produce is grown and reared on its own farm, the rest all from the local town.

Read More
Sightseeing in Gran Canaria

Sightseeing in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria holidays aren’t just for beach-bums; there’s plenty of history and nature to explore. If you can tear yourself away from the beaches, that is.


Cueva Pintada Museum & Archaeological Park - This cave, adorned with a geometric painting thought to relate to lunar cycles, is one of Gran Canaria's most important pre-Hispanic archaeological sites.


Casa de Colon - Christopher Columbus’ house, now turned museum, documents his voyage, and the Canary Islands’ historical role in international shipping routes.


Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo - Nature lovers are sure to appreciate a visit to these botanic gardens, which are home to over 500 species of plants.


GC-200 - What’s a GC-200, we hear you ask. It’s a road. But not just any road; it’s the best coastal drive in Europe. The views are spectacular, if a tad scary.


Catedral de Santa - Building of this impressive Gothic cathedral started in 1497, 15 years after the Spanish defeated the island's Canarii natives. Today, it’s the most visited landmark on the island

Read More
Nightlife in Gran Canaria

Nightlife in Gran Canaria

There is no shortage of evening entertainment in Gran Canaria, whether you want a lively Irish bar or a stylish superclub. Check out our top tips on the best this island's nightlife has to offer.


Yumbo Centrum - The LGBT centre of the island. It’s a shopping centre, but at night you’ll find lots of gay bars, clubs, cabaret shows and more.


La Azotea de Benito - Inventive cocktails are the order of the day (or night) at this chic rooftop bar with views of the mountains and the twinkling lights of the city of Las Palmas.


Pacha - One of Gran Canaria 's biggest clubs, in Playa del Inglés. DJ’s play house music all through the night as holidaymakers show off their moves, and their tans.


Adrenaline Heavy Metal Pub – Located in the basement of a shopping centre, this bar has live bands, arcade games and even a pool. As the name suggests, this is for those who like their music heavy.


Garbo’s – First opened in the 70’s as an opera house, this place was closed for a number of years until reopening as a dinner and show venue. Broadway, Canaries style.

Read More
Gran Canaria family holidays

Gran Canaria family holidays

Planning a family holiday in Gran Canaria? Check out our top kid-friendly things to do.


Sioux City Park - Experience the American Wild West in this small town, originally created as a film set. Cowboy shows, BBQs and line dancing. Plus, a small zoo.Yee-haw!


Poema del Mar - The large and impressive aquariums here are divided into three areas: shallow water marine ecosystems, deep water marine ecosystems, and freshwater ecosystems, all teeming with life.


Amadores Fun Park - An inflatable obstacle course in the sea - what could possibly be more fun? A sure-fire hit with the kids.

Hangar 37 - The best airsoft (like paintball, but less painful) theme park in Europe. Put your aim to the test in this huge battle area complete with trenches, cellars and real tanks.


Parque Acuático Oasis Lago Taurito - A family holiday just wouldn’t be right without a visit to a waterpark. Kids young and old will have a blast on the slides and tubes here.

Read More
Gran Canaria couples holidays

Gran Canaria couples holidays

Check out our pick of the most romantic things to do whilst on holiday in Gran Canaria.


Observatorio Astronomico de Temisas - Feel delightfully disconnected from the modern world together as you gaze at the stars - the Canaries are one of the best locations in the world for stargazing.


Dawn in the desert - Well, in the dunes of Maspalomas. Take a 4wd, plenty of water and some blankets and camp out on the dunes - you’ll experience a magical dawn all to yourselves.


Sunset fizz - Head to one of Gran Canarias many great sunset spots and enjoy a bottle of fizz as the burning orange sun disappears into the horizon.


Unwind - Relax and invigorate you and your special someone in one of Gran Canarias many spas, before making your way to a restaurant for an extra special meal.


Beach picnic - It’s not difficult to find a little nook all to yourselves in Gran Canaria – pack a picnic and stay for the day. Bring a blanket and get snuggly if you want to stay after sunset.

Read More

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