There’s plenty more to Gran Canaria than fun nightlife, luxury hotels and brilliant beaches – though those are all compelling reasons to book a trip. The third-largest island in the Canaries archipelago is a land of complete contrasts – there's upscale resort life but also great natural diversity, from the green and leafy north to the verdant, mountainous interior right down to the desert environment of the south.
Gran Canaria holidays offer something for all tastes. Adrenaline-fuelled activities such as cycling, scuba diving, sailing, waterskiing and windsurfing keep thrill-seekers happy, historical cities like the capital of Las Palmas and Vegueta old town will satisfy culture vultures, and the glitzy south coast resorts are a haven for luxury-loving couples and families alike.
Food fans will be delighted by a vast array of global and local cuisine, from fine-dining restaurants and authentic tavernas in old-town Las Palmas to beachside seafood snack bars, with balmy ocean breezes and pink-streaked sunset views as a backdrop. You might decide to book your holidays to Gran Canaria with some serious beach action in mind, but if you look just a little further afield, the island opens up into a multi-faceted destination with plenty of unusual and enthralling corners to explore.
This hilltop village is situated on the eastern edge of the Caldera de Tejeda, a huge volcanic basin. You get there via winding streets with dramatic views over rugged landscapes.
The second longest beach in Gran Canaria is home to vast, dramatic dunes and a beautiful lagoon with crystal-clear water. On an island legendary for its beaches, it’s a standout.
Take on the 80-metre Roque Nublo, a famous landmark of the island that’s a Unesco-protected natural monument. You’ll be rewarded with wonderful views of Tejeda mountain.