When you think of Gran Canaria, think of buoyant, sunshine-filled holidays bliss. Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s most sought after holiday destinations, and it’s easy to see why. Originally known as the ‘land of the brave’ by the Canarian people, tourists come from all over the world to explore this volcanic landscape and stunning beaches. Loosely translated as the ‘Great Island of Dogs’, life here is as relaxed as it is playful.
Situated just off of the coast of Northern Africa, the island reaches highs of 27 degrees in the summer and lows of a balmy 15 degrees in the winter. The cool sea breeze and relaxing sunshine simply never stops in this tropical paradise.
For the explorers among you, try hiking through the rustic paths of the Agaete Valley. For the adventurous out there, surfing the brisk waves of the shoreline will be the perfect pastime for you. If you want to cut loose, Gran Canaria is very well known for its exciting and lively nightlife. And finally, for those who want to just relax and unwind, Gran Canaria has some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean. Whether you want to join the carnival or take it easy in the shallows, welcome to Gran Canaria.
Playa del Inglés
This is one of Gran Canaria’s most popular destinations. Playa del Inglés gives its visitors a bit of everything. This seaside resort has a shopping mall for all of your home comforts and is surrounded by vast sandy beaches. At night, there are plenty of bars, nightclubs and restaurants that serve food from all over the world. Put simply, this resort is a real all-in-one holiday.
For a more laid back feel to the island, head down to Bahia Feliz. A fantastic destination for a quiet family holiday, many of the hotels offer swimming pools, spa and gym facilities. Not to mention, a range of kids activities to keep the little ones busy whilst you relax by the sea.
Taurito is the perfect place for sunshine, stunning views and a little bit of luxury. A much more popular destination for couples young and old, the atmosphere is quieter than Playa del Ingles or Puerto Rico. And if you fancy having some fun, the hotel is right next to Lago Taurito waterpark, a great place for water babies of all ages.
Exploring Gran Canaria…
Camelback riding in Gran Canaria
If you want to do something a bit out of the ordinary, try a 40-minute tour through the dunes of Maspalomas by camel! You can spend the whole day trekking through rugged landscapes on the back of these fine creatures. It’s an unforgettable way to watch the rolling sands pass you by.
The Roque Nublo is a challenging hike that won’t be for everyone, but the sky-high views are worth the effort for those keen to get the heart pumping. Known by the locals as the ‘Pillar of Heaven’, this volcanic rock is ideal for the budding explorers out there. At about 80 metres tall, it is one of the largest freestanding rocks in the world.
Puerto Rico Beach
Known by the locals as the sunniest spot on the island (which is quite an accomplishment), Puerto Rico’s specially constructed resort plays hosts to the best beach in Gran Canaria. With golf courses, a nearby public pool and lush tropical gardens within walking distance, this spot is surrounded by activities for the whole family.
The Las Palmas Carnival
If you want to capture the true spirit of Spain, then the Las Palmas Carnival is for you. Nowhere else will you find perfect weather and a 6-kilometre parade that crosses through the beaches. Held every year in February, the Cabalgata (the main event) is viewed by over 200,000 people. As one of the largest festivals in Spain, the only thing the carnival asks you to do is ‘live and let live’.
Gran Canaria’s Cuisine
Gran Canaria offers a collection of tasty specialities. Typically using the freshest fish and meat, the classic paella here is a great way to enjoy original Spanish food. For a taste of the local cuisine, the island offers Carajacas (spiced liver cooked in a clay pot), Sancocho (a dry fish stew with sweet potatoes) or the famous Ropa Vieja (shredded chicken or beef with chickpeas, potatoes and fresh garlic). And to drink, the island serves up Tinto del Monte wine (Mountain Red) and the locally brewed beer Tropical.
Gran Canaria restaurants
With a busy capital city and plenty of varying resorts, Gran Canaria is never short of restaurants and eateries. As a holiday hotspot, the island serves food from all over the world. However, the local cuisine is focused on two things, taste and fulfilment. So, it might not look very fancy, but it’s going to be one of the best meals you have ever had. For really authentic cuisine, try the Restaurante Grill Mirador Cuevas Bascamao. Located right next to Santa Maria de Guia's cheese producers, you will find some of the best cheese dishes in Spain here. If its tapas you want, try going down to Las Palmas in the old quarter of Vegueta. Every Thursday, the surrounding tapas bars and restaurants offer deals on food and drinks.
Gran Canaria is a great destination for every kind of person. Whether you’re a young traveller, a full family, or a couple in need of a romantic getaway, the island has something for you. With over 150 beaches, jeep tours and city bike routes, you will be spoilt for choice.
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