Cheap Holidays to Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is the third largest island in the canaries containing the capital of the Canary Islands, Las Palmas. Gran Canaria is jam packed with friendly seaside resorts, glittering sands and bustling nightlife so whatever you are looking for in a holiday, Gran Canaria is sure to offer it. It's not all go, there are sleepy little resorts which are just great for getting a glimpse at the traditional Gran Canaria.

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Map of Gran Canaria

Map of where Gran Canaria is located in the world
Map view of Gran Canaria in Canary Islands
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How Hot?

Gran Canaria enjoys a year round mild climate, with the summer months averaging high temperatures in the mid to late seventies. The south of the island gets the hotter and drier weather, while the north still warm receives more rain and clouds.

The weather becomes cooler at higher altitudes and the mountainous region in the centre of the island, with snow occurring during winter on the higher peaks.

Out and About

The traditional towns and villages of Agaete, Aguimes, Anzor de Galda, Arucas, Cruz de Tejeda, La Aldea, San Bartolome de Tirajana, San Mateo, Santa Brigida, Telde and Vecindario are perfect for an authentic taste of Gran Canaria. These towns are ideal as your gateway to the mountains and national parks, nature reserves and archaeological sites, remote and secluded beaches.

Of the beach resorts, Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico are the biggest and liveliest. The harbours and marinas at Arguineguin, Las Meloneras, Puerto Mogan and Puerto Rico provide easy access to sport fishing, glass-bottom ferries and underwater subs. For lazing on gorgeous family friendly beaches, try Amadores or Taurito; for golf visit Las Meloneras, Salobre Golf or Playa del Cura and; for surfing, Patalavaca, Playa del Aguila and Bahia Feliz are ideal.

The beach-lined city of Las Palmas offers a cosmopolitan city centre and a beautiful historic quarter, museums and parks, marinas and watersports. The city is well placed to explore the interior of the island as well as the coastal towns and beach resorts.

The golf courses on Gran Canaria are well equipped with practice greens and instruction available. Some also have additional facilities such as riding schools, tennis courts and 9 hole courses. Golf courses in the north of the island include Las Palmeras Golf in Las Palmas, El Cortijo near Telde and Real Club de Golf near Santa Brigida. Golf courses along the south coast include Maspalomas Golf, Salobre Golf, Meloneras Golf and Anfi Tauro Golf, near Playa del Cura.

Street markets take place throughout the week all around the island and some of the most popular with tourists include Arguineguin on Tuesdays and Puerto Mogan on Fridays. There is an evening market at Playa del Ingles throughout the week and a weekend market at Maspalomas. For local food products and craftware try the weekend markets at Santa Brigida, Teror or San Mateo.

Water parks are always a popular day out and on Gran Canaria you can find Aqualand just outside Maspalomas, Lago Oasis at Taurito and Atlantida in Puerto Rico. Other family friendly visitor attractions close to the south coast include Palmitos Parque, Mundo Aborigen and Sioux City

Out for Lunch!

The cuisine in Gran Canaria tends to be traditional Spanish with African and Latin-American influences to it. The most essential part of a Canarian diet is Gofio a stone ground flour. A great dessert to try out is Bienmesabe made from ground almonds, sugar, eggs and lemon rind, definitely worth a try. Fish is a big seller on the menus in the local restaurants. The main produce in Gran Canaria includes fish, pork, bananas, olives and tomatoes.

If its typical Gran Canarian cuisine you are after then you will need to head further inland into the more residential areas. You will find a majority of people still eating at 11pm. The tourist areas have a wide choice of snack bars, restaurants and hotels serving all sorts of cuisines.

Quick Facts

Flight Time - From Glasgow 4 hours 40 mins, 4 hours 30 min from Manchester, 4 hours 20 from London

Currency - Euro

Nightlife - Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs and Cafes - mixed with good options for a varied choice of things to do.

Best Time to Visit: All year round. Gran Canaria offers a year round holiday destination.

Top Hotels In Gran Canaria

Here's a list of our top accommodations in Gran Canaria, ranked by our customer ratings and reviews.

Puerto Rico
The Eden Apartments is a superb apartment complex, the perfect place to enjoy a family holiday....

4.3 / 5 from 97 reviews

Puerto Rico
Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso Hotel is set into the cliffs with a panoramic elevator to the promenade linking the beaches of Amadores and Puerto Rico. The rooms and suites have tasteful styling and ...

4.6 / 5 from 61 reviews

Puerto Rico
The Nido Del Aguila Apartments is situated on a hill top offering views of the surrounding area of Puerto Rico and offers easy access to the town's facilities including bars, restaurants and its night...

3.7 / 5 from 55 reviews

Puerto Rico
Although this resort may not favour those with walking difficulties, it is an ideal location for families and couples alike looking for a quiet retreat with lots of culture and breathtaking views....

4.1 / 5 from 53 reviews

Playa del Ingles
Bungalows Santa Clara has a relaxing atmosphere whilst being located in the heart of Playa del Ingles with shops, restaurants and bars on your doorstep....

4.1 / 5 from 48 reviews

Playa del Ingles
This lively hotel is an ideal base for those couples looking for quality accommodation and a fun packed holiday. This hotel has been described as having a 'club like' feel due to the endless activiti...

4.2 / 5 from 46 reviews

Playa del Ingles
Comfortable apartment complex with a wide range of facilities and close to the local amenities making this the perfect relaxing holiday location....

4.3 / 5 from 41 reviews

Puerto Rico
Altamar Aparthotel is set into the cliffs overlooking Amadores and Puerto Rico. Accommodation comprises well equipped one bedroom apartments all with views over the Atlantic Ocean, accommodating famil...

4.1 / 5 from 41 reviews

The Cordial Green Golf Bungalows are located next to the golf course and just minutes from the Maspalomas sand dunes and the Faro II shopping area. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to the beach an...

4.4 / 5 from 39 reviews

Puerto Rico
The Colina Mar Apartments are situated in the lively resort of Puerto Rico, giving guests easy access to the gorgeous golden beach and variety of bars, restaurants and a great night life, the hotel of...

3.9 / 5 from 38 reviews



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