Situated off the north western coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is the third largest of the Spanish Canary Islands. It’s a hugely popular holiday destination for a number of different reasons, but in particular for the fact that the island boasts year-round sunshine. This means it’s a great place to visit for either your summer holiday or even a much needed dose of winter sun.
Another one of Gran Canaria’s biggest draws is its impressive coastline, boasting around 80 incredible sandy beaches; perfect for spending the day lazing around in the warm sunshine. The popular southern resorts of Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico have bustling beaches with lots going on. Whereas the quieter resorts of Puerto de Mogán and San Agustin are geared more towards families wanting to relax with the little ones.
The Canary Islands are famous for their volcanic landscapes, and Gran Canaria is no exception to the rule. If you can tear yourself away from your sunlounger, you can explore a variety of different terrains across the island, from the famous sand dunes of Maspalomas to the mountainous scenery surrounding the impressive Roque Nublo. And then, of course, there’s the sea itself. Diving and snorkelling are popular activities for those who want to get a taste of life beyond the island.
History and culture
Gran Canaria isn’t all just about stunning beaches and scenery; there’s a wealth of history and culture to delve into as well. The capital city, Las Palmas, is the place to go if you want to find out everything there is to know about the island. Explore the many museums and galleries and visit the Catedral de Santa Ana in Vegueta, the picturesque old town. You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.