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Gran Canaria – a year-round destination for fun and sun

Gran Canaria, a member of the Canary Islands but part of the Kingdom of Spain, enjoys a wonderful climate with hot summers and mild winters thanks to its position off the coast of north west Africa. This volcanic island has glorious beaches and beautiful natural scenery, with a choice of vibrant or quieter holiday resorts. Gran Canaria has a main city, Las Palmas, but shares its title as capital of the Canary Islands with the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Many people presume Gran Canaria gets its name because of the small yellow birds, but the word canaria actually means dogs. That said, confusingly the dogs referred to in the name were actually seals!

Stunning nature

You can head to the area of Maspalomas in the south of the island, close to the busy resort of Playa del Inglés. This area, the Maspalomas Natural Dune Reserve, has a palm tree plantation and pond area where migrating birds stop to rest on their way to Europe, alongside large sweeping sand dunes along the beach. This area is popular for walks and with surfers, as well as with nudists as clothing is optional on some areas of the beach here. Inland, Gran Canaria has a mountainous landscape created by volcanoes. This is a great place to explore if you like to climb, hike or mountain bike along a trail. If you are not a keen sportsperson, however, there are gentler walks where you can just relax and enjoy the scenery, stopping at one of the many mirador, or viewpoints along the way. All this is only an hour from the coast, but there are hotels available in the rural towns and villages.

Amazing festivals

There are festivals held throughout Spain but some of those in Gran Canaria are quite unusual and lots of fun. In the town of La Aldea de San Nicolás, on the 11th September, people take their baskets into a pond by the beach and try to catch the fish in there with their hands. In Santa Brígida, on the first Saturday in July, a field in town is turned into a muddy mess by the local fire brigade and everyone gets as dirty as they can. In Telde, things are much cleaner as the party here involves a water fight. Anyone who wants to go to these festivities, whether just to watch or join in, is always made welcome. As well as all these traditional parties around the island, Gran Canaria also hosts music concerts, film festivals, sports events and much more throughout the year. Perhaps take a look at what is on offer when you would like to visit and choose the location of your hotel around that.

Close encounters of the marine kind

The calm warm waters surrounding Gran Canaria are ideal for marine life so it is no surprise that you will find bottlenose, striped, spotted and common dolphins here, in addition to whales. There are several companies who offer dolphin safari trips and getting a glimpse of these popular creatures is usually no trouble, as they love to play and leap out of the water alongside the boats. If you would like to be active in the water, windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing are very popular due to the great waves off the beaches. There are plenty of schools who offer lessons if you are a novice. If you do plan on doing lots of water sports, perhaps pick one of the beachside hotels. There are also jet skis, parasailing and banana boating. But if you prefer to relax you can take a cruise on a yacht or catamaran, stopping to snorkel and see the fish, and there are also party boat trips.

Something for everyone

Gran Canaria has a good choice of resorts, so whether you want to party every night or just to get away from it all, there will be somewhere perfect for you. Playa del Inglés is a large busy resort with high rise hotels, shopping centres and lots of bars and clubs. Popular with younger travellers, and with gay-friendly hotels and clubs, Playa del Inglés has something happening whether it is day or night. Puerto de Mogán, in the south, is a smaller resort with a sheltered beach, ideal for families, and is adjacent to a small harbour. Although quieter than Playa del Ingles, there are still bars and restaurants along with a weekly market. In the north, Las Palmas, the co-capital of Gran Canaria along with Santa Cruz, offers the visitor museums, cathedrals, a botanic gardens and great shopping, besides a number of lovely beaches. Make sure you pick a hotel in the capital city if you want a bit of culture with your sunshine.

Price range

from ‎£9to ‎£1,548

Top hotels

    Hotel Servatur Waikiki Playa del Inglés
    The RIU Waikiki is an all-inclusive 3 star hotel in the resort of Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria. The hotel consists of five different circular shaped buildings that are 7 storeys high. Between these buildings there is a total of 505 rooms each equipped with either a balcony or terrace, satellite TV, ceiling fan, room safe and an en suite bathroom. Surrounding the hotel there is a large outdoor swimming pool with an adjacent sun terrace and there is also a smaller children's pool. Sun loungers and umbrellas are provided free of charge for guests and there is a pool bar. A further bar is located inside one of the buildings where there is also a buffet style restaurant. For sports enthusiasts there are 2 tennis courts, a selection of racquet sports, table tennis and volleyball available and there is also a gym. For families with children there is an outdoor play area and a miniclub, whilst for the adults there is a hair salon and boutique. Computers with Internet access are available at a surcharge. The RIU Waikiki is located approximately 500 metres from the resort centre and 1.5 kilometres from the beach. A bus stop is located just outside the main entrance.
    Hotel Sol Barbacan Apartamentos & Bungalows Playa del Inglés
    Sol Barbacan Apartamentos & Bungalows is located in Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria. All of the apartments and bungalows have a fully equipped kitchen, LCD television, bathroom with hairdryer, and furnished terrace. There are two outdoor heated pools and a children's pool set in gardens with sun terraces. The varied entertainment program includes evening shows. There are two tennis courts, Wi-Fi, mini golf and free parking. There is a buffet restaurant, poolside snack bar, and an a la carte restaurant specialising in traditional Basque cuisine. There is also a pool bar and two lounge bars with a wider choice of bars and restaurants nearby. Sol Barbacan Apartamentos & Bungalows is only a short distance from Playa del Ingles beach and a few kilometres from Playa Maspalomas beach where visitors can enjoy activities such as snorkeling, fishing, and dolphin watching. Playa del Ingles is a popular resort with a large choice of bars, restaurants and entertainment.
    Hotel Apartamentos Jardín Del Atlántico Playa del Inglés
    Apartamentos Jardín Del Atlántico boasts comfortable, self-catering apartments within walking distance of the Kasbah Shopping Centre, and just steps from the beach. Each flat boasts a private, furnished balcony or terrace, kitchen, and a living and dining area. Additional amenities include a personal safe, and a telephone. The complex boasts a lovely outdoor pool, tennis courts, mini-golf, and a games room with billiards. Children have a separate pool area, and a playground to enjoy. For convenience, the 24-hour front desk offers tour and ticket assistance, shuttle arrangements, currency exchange, and luggage storage. Dining is possible at the onsite buffet-style restaurant, and drinks can be enjoyed at the casual poolside bar. Apartamentos Jardín Del Atlántico is located less than two miles from the Maspalomas Golf Course, Yumbo Centrum, and Cita Centre, and three miles from Aqualand Maspalomas.
    Hotel Sunprime Atlantic View Playa del Inglés
    Sunprime Atlantic View is an all-inclusive 229-room hotel with stunning views of Maspalomas Beach. All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a satellite TV, safe and terrace. Each room also comes standard with a private bathroom, hairdryer and ironing set. The kitchenette includes a minibar, refrigerator, microwave, cooker and coffee/tea making facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas and parking is possible onsite. Amenities include a game room, currency exchange, conference and fitness facilities as well as a sauna and sun terrace. The hotel also has three outdoor swimming pools, tennis court and football pitch. Sunprime Atlantic View Playa has a mini-market onsite, as well as a bar, restaurant and cafe. The property is located minutes away from the town centre, transport stations and Maspalomas Beach. Also nearby is the Maspalomas Golf Club, Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse and Necoprolis de Arteara.
    Hotel Hotel Riu Don Miguel Playa del Inglés
    Situated close to the center of Playa del Inglés and only a 30-minute drive from the airport,  the Hotel Riu Don Miguel is an adults-only hotel that's been recently refurbished. 1.5km from the beach, the hotel offers a free shuttle bus service for those guests who wish to explore what this thriving resort has to offer. With 251 rooms, each are equipped with air conditioning, a flat screen satellite television and a ceiling fan. Guests can also request a minibar, at an additional cost. Guests can unwind in the fresh-water pool that's also heated in winter, or make use of the jacuzzi or on-site gym. The hotel operates on a half board basis, with the main restaurant offering buffet breakfast and dinner (with themed nights twice a week). The a la carte restaurant "Body's" offers a more formal setting for dinner. Lunch can be purchased from the pool snack-bar. The Hotel Riu Don Miguel is just 200m from Playa Del Inglés and the Yumbo Center - a shopping center with bars and restaurants within. The hotel is close to a bus stop should guests wish to further explore the island.
    Hotel Corralium Dunamar by Lopesan Hotels Playa del Inglés
    The IFA Dunamar hotel stands 100 metres from the sandy beach near the centre of Playa des Ingles. The pyramid shaped modern building holds 257 guestrooms including 8 suites which are equipped with modern four star facilities such as satellite TV, mini bar, air conditioning, safe rental and room service is provided. Each room has a balcony or terrace with views over the golden dunes and ocean. The hotel restaurant serves regional, national and International cuisines and breakfast offers a range of dietetic products. There are four bars at the hotel, a piano bar on the 7th floor with ocean views, the sixth floor bar has evening shows and animations and the other two bars are situated around the swimming pools and serve snacks and buffet lunches. Leisure activities include 3 swimming pools, Jacuzzis, solarium and nearby there is water skiing, surfing, tennis and golf. The hotel has a conference room of 45m2, seating up to 50 persons. Other services include 24 hour reception, currency exchange, ticket reservation, Internet in the hall and the health centre offers massages and cosmetic treatments.