Cheap flights to Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria – a Spanish paradise isle that serves up a tourism treat with its world famous resorts, never ending golden beaches, picturesque mountain villages and desert-like rolling dunes.
It might be located 130 kilometres off the African coast, but the island of Gran Canaria is as Spanish as sangria. Most people choose to come to Gran Canaria for its bustling tourist resorts located along its sunny, southern shores. Here you’ll find the island’s best hotels, best beaches and a nightlife catering for all tastes.
Those who really want to let their hair down should head to Playa del Inglés with its neon lights and good time vibe. But if you’re after something a little more sedate then check out sophisticated Maspalomas, with its beaches backing onto seemingly never ending sand dunes. And for those of you who really do want to push the boat out, there is always classy Meloneras with its stylish hotels and upmarket shops.
At the south east's Hangar 37, you can play at toy soldiers. Kit yourself out in camouflage at Gran Canaria's first airsoft theme park, with laser and paintball warfare military options too. www.hangar37.es
The Carnaval de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria begins on 29 January. The theme of the 2016 extravaganza is the roaring twenties. Expect colourful parades, dancing, drinks, good food, loads of fun. Until 21 February, lpacarnaval.com.
You can easily get lost for a day in Las Palmas strolling around the compact Old Town district of Vegueta. Don't miss the impressive Casa de Colon, Columbus's House (1 Calle de Colon, casadecolon.com), the cathedral and local museum. There are lots of characterful restaurants in which to refuel and some beautiful architecture to admire.
The 15th ENORTE takes place on the streets of Arucas, widely known as the Pearl of Gran Canaria, from 1-3 April. Friday night offers an evening of wine and cheese; Saturday promises Canarian cooking demonstrations and a fashion show; and Sunday a concert of flute music. mancomunidaddelnorte.org
Visit the Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre's Aloe Spa for a day of total relaxation, based on the healing properties of the island's wonder plant, Aloe Vera. For more information visit sheratongrancanaria.com.
The Cocodrilo Park, an animal rescue centre and zoo, is home to more crocodiles than you've probably ever seen in one place before. Entertaining and educational fun for all the family, it's a great place to unleash your inner Bear Grylls (Carretera General Los Corralilios, Km5, Villa de Aguimes, cocodriloparkzoo.com).