Gran Canaria is the third largest of the Canary Islands and is just 130 miles form the African Coast. Holidays to Gran Canaria are ideal for families, couples and groups as there is something for everyone to enjoy. From the cooler north to the sunnier south, this perfect holiday island has gorgeous beaches, great scenery and a fantastic climate. The south side of Gran Canaria is the most popular of the island with its brilliant resorts such as Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas and Puerto Rico. A holiday to Gran Canaria is perfect for those that want to relax, soak up the sun and admire all that this fantastic island has to offer. Its close proximity to Fuerteventura means that it is possible to discover the beauty of another Canary Island whilst staying in Gran Canaria. If Gran Canaria sounds like the place for your holidays in the sun, then why not take a look at our fantastic holiday offers and last minute deals for your dream holiday at a bargain price!
The Canary Islands cuisine combines traditional Spanish recipes with African and Latin American influences. Local cuisine that you might like to try is the Papas Arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes), which consist of potatoes boiled in their skin in seawater. A lot of the food available in the centre of Playa del Ingles in the south of the island is fast food or international cuisine and you will have no problems finding an English breakfast. But venture outside to nearby San Agustin and Meloneras to find some more exclusive places to dine. If you fancy something more exotic whilst on holiday many of the resorts also have Chinese, Indian, Mexican and Italian restaurants.
As the sun starts to set there are still plenty of things to do in Gran Canaria! There is a huge variety bars and nightclubs as well as a large selection of restaurants to choose from. Venues stay open late, with most bars closing around 02:00 and nightclubs anytime around 05:00 or later! Puerto Rico and Maspalomas are quite busy with plenty of venues aimed at tourists including themed bars such as English and German establishments as well as a variety of dance clubs. If you are looking for a more subdued kind of night there are plenty of small bars and restaurants that provide live entertainment, as well as the bars in the hotels.
Gran Canaria has something for everyone to see and do whether you prefer to lounge on a beautiful beach or explore this island of contrast. The island has some fantastic beaches that are always popular and many water sports are available. However if you can drag yourself away from the beach you will find that there is plenty of other stuff to do and see. There are 3 water parks with some brilliant flumes, slides and rides as well as a great selection of theme parks and amusement parks. The islands capital Las Palmas is home to some intriguing museums and monuments and shops and makes a great day out. Caldera de Bandama is one of the biggest extinct craters on the island and offers spectacular views over Gran Canaria. With so much to see and do, Gran Canaria really is a place that everyone will love!