Go exploring in a 4x4 Jeep. Relax on a scenic camel ride and then sail
off to search for dolphins.
With snorkeling and scuba diving available for all abilities, it is an
ideal way to see the best of the island.
Choose from about 80 sandy beaches.
Language:The language spoken in Gran
Canaria is Spanish.
Currency:The currency used in Gran
Canaria is Euro (€).
Local time:Gran Canaria has the same
time as 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 de
Flight time from UK:About 4.5
Tourist Information:Further Gran
Canaria tourist information can be found here.
Visa & Health:Before you travel, click herefor
recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Gran Canaria.
Weather & Climate
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.
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.
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
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 de Gran Canaria and partying goes on through the night.
Gran Canarias year round sunshine makes it perfect for summer or winter
holidays. The island is filled with a variety of landscapes, great beaches and plenty of
activities. For a fantastic day out, head south to Aqualand. 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.
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
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
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.
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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