On the northwestern tip of Africa, off the coast of the Iberian Peninsula lies Gran Canaria, one of the three largest islands in the Canaries. This Atlantic beach resort is a fantastic holiday choice whether you're searching for a summer beach break or a spot of winter sun, thanks to its toasty year-round temperatures. In recent years, the island has gained a reputation as one of the most popular gay-friendly destinations in Europe. With a wide variety of resorts on offer, holidays to Gran Canaria are also easy on the pocket. As night falls, the bars, clubs and discos along the southern coast of the island come to life. Gran Canaria is said to have a thriving nightlife, with larger-than-life coastal resorts including Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas offering bars and clubs that are open until the early hours.
You can fly straight from all the major destinations in Europe or take an easy boat ride from the Spanish coast in order to reach the Canaries. The nearest airport to Gran Canaria is Las Palmas at a distance of 48km and the flight time from Manchester to Gran Canaria is 4 hours and 45 minutes.
Gran Canaria holidays have plenty to offer, especially when it comes to sightseeing. Enjoy your time rolling in the yellow, sandy beaches of Playa de las Canteras or brush up your knowledge of history at Casa-Museo de Colon, which documents Columbus’ voyage to the Americas and the history of the island as an important part of the Transatlantic trade. All in all, Gran Canaria will provide you with a holiday you will never forget.
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