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Scenery lovers:

Go exploring in a 4x4 Jeep. Relax on a scenic camel ride and then sail off to search for dolphins.

Watersports fans:

With snorkeling and scuba diving available for all abilities, it is an ideal way to see the best of the island.

Sun Worshippers: 

Choose from about 80 sandy beaches.

FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Gran Canaria is Spanish.

Currency: The currency used in Gran Canaria is Euro (€).

Local time: Gran Canaria is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The only airport in Gran Canaria is on the eastern side of the island about 19km south of the capital city Las Palmas.

Flight time from UK: About 4.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Gran Canaria tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health:Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Gran Canaria.

Weather & Climate

Temperature: Summer temperatures regularly in the 30s (°C).

Best time to visit Gran Canaria: Spring or autumn when temperatures are very pleasant and are usually in the early to mid-20s (°C)

Summers in Gran Canaria are dry and hot. The drier weather in Gran Canaria is often found in the southern part of the island, where Puerto Rico calls itself one of the sunniest places in Spain.

Getting Around

By bus: A good network of bus routes has made getting around in Gran Canaria easy. Many of the best places in Gran Canaria can be reached using public transport and taxis.

By hire car: You will need a hire car if you want to explore some of the villages in the centre of the island.

Events

February carnival: Parties and parades are held all over the island for the giant February carnival.

Arrival of spring: February’s Festival of Almond Blossom heralds the arrival of spring with folk dancing and feasting.

Easter: Gran Canaria joins the rest of the Canary Islands with lively celebrations during Easter.

Gay Pride: Maspalomas erupts in a rainbow of colour every May during Gay Pride parades and drag queen contests.

Summer partying: One of the island’s biggest festivals is July’s Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, when flowers and people fill the streets of Las Palmas and partying goes on through the night.

Holidays in Gran Canaria

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An island with a variety of landscapes, Gran Canaria holidays offer great beaches and plenty of activities. For a fantastic day out, head south to Aqualand, Ocean Park and Aqua Park. Youngsters will enjoy Maspalomas Holiday World and the Wild West-themed Sioux City. On the island of Gran Canaria, modern coastal resorts blend with picturesque towns full of history. Head to the heart of this Canary Island for an unforgettable drive through dramatic mountains.

Prices start from £200

Head south if you want to stay in Gran Canaria’s most popular resorts. Playa Del Ingles and San Agustin are among the villages that cluster together to form Maspalomas. Carry on eastwards to reach a string of bustling resorts – Arguineguin, Puerto Rico and Mogan – before the more peaceful beach at Playa de los Amadores. Artists have colonised the north-western coastal village of Agaete, turning many of the whitewashed houses into galleries. If you want a dose of culture and history to go with the beaches, wander the winding streets of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Playa Del Ingles

Playa Del Ingles in Gran Canaria

The purpose-built tourist resort of Playa Del Ingles has two square miles of bars, restaurants, nightlife and accommodation, and is home to Gay Pride every May. The 7km stretch of golden sandy beach and rolling dunes offers watersports and leads to nearby Maspalomas.

Amadores

Amadores in Gran Canaria

Backed by dramatic mountains, the main attraction in Playa Amadores is undoubtedly the large, sweeping man-made beach. The atmosphere is one of relaxation, and you’ll find a handful of restaurants and bars to enjoy. Book an Amadores hotel to don your snorkel mask and explore a magical underwater world.

Mogan

Mogan in Gran Canaria

The charming old fishing village of Puerto de Mogan centres around its traffic-free harbour with pretty, local-style houses. There are several cafés and bars on the marina where you can watch the sun set. A hotel in Mogan means you can take an exhilarating boat ride and sail past dozens of playful dolphins.



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