If you're looking for an exciting holiday with glorious sunshine at any time of year, head to the picturesque Gran Canaria. The second largest of the Canary Islands, there's lots to keep you entertained, from gorgeous sandy beaches to bustling bars and restaurants. You'll be pleased to know that it's blissfully warm in Gran Canaria even outside of the summer months, with temperatures up to 28°C in the summer and 21°C in the winter - so whether you're looking for a summer sun getaway or an escape from the cold, a holiday in Gran Canaria could be just what you're looking for.
Gran Canaria holidays are about more than just sunbathing, however! Take part in the beach watersports and boat trips, or play golf on one of the island's eight courses. If you're feeling adventurous, why not explore the mountainous terrain on a hiking trip. If you fancy a shopping spree, head to Gran Canaria's capital Las Palmas for the designer boutiques and high street favourites. Seeing as shopping is thirsty work, why not reward yourself with a refreshing glass of sangria or beer before you head back! Restaurants in Gran Canaria cater for everyone, and you'll find Canarian, Italian, Chinese and British cuisine. Why not try the delicious locally produced wines or sangria. Gran Canaria is famous for its Arucas rum, too!
There are three fantastic main resorts in southern Gran Canaria - Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas and Puerto Rico. Party animals will love Playa del Ingles, with the amazing sandy beaches and legendary nightlife. Translating to 'Englishman’s Beach’, Playa del Ingles is extremely popular with British tourists, particularly during the summer. It's a bustling resort but quieter from November-April, making it ideal for couples, families and single travellers searching for winter sun.
Maspalomas is peaceful and you can take a camel trip through the breathtaking dunes, or enjoy jazz bars and trendy nightspots. Stroll through San Fernando market and find some Canarian bargains. Then there's Puerto Rico, which is perfect if you're looking for a lively holiday. Hugely popular with families and groups of friends, you can explore the rocky terrain, or experience the happy hour bars and clubs which stay open to the very early hours.
There's something for every type of holidaymaker in Gran Canaria, so call Hays Travel today to book a memorable trip that's just to your tastes. We have over 37 years of experience in booking holidays to Spain and the Canary Islands and we have been voted the UK's Best High Street Travel Agent - so you can trust us to book an unforgettable trip!See more
Holidays in Gran Canaria are packed with things to see and do. As you'd expect from a sunshine holiday island, Gran Canaria boasts water sports and boat trips galore, but there's plenty going on on dry land too. Explore the mountainous terrain on a hiking trip, or play a round of golf on one of the island's eight courses. Don't miss a camel trip through the breathtaking Maspalomas Dunes; you'll feel like you're in the Sahara. Great family days out include Aqua Sur Waterpark with its many pools and chutes, Crocodile Park zoo and Palmitos Park, home to exotic birds, fish and cacti. For retail therapy, head to the department stores and boutiques of capital Las Palmas, or pick up a bargain at a Sunday morning market. Gran Canaria holidays are about more than just sunbathing! Gran Canaria's wide range of resorts mean that there's a type of evening entertainment to suit every visitor. The entertainment complexes in the more developed resorts put bars, restaurants and clubs in one place. Playa del Ingles is a must for partyanimals in search nonstop parties and busy bars. For trendy nightspots, jazz bars and casinos head for Maspalomas. Puerto Rico is a family favourite, but its happy hour bars and discos attract groups of friends, especially in the summer months. In the capital Las Palmas, experience tapas cafs and salsa clubs. Many familyfriendly hotels offer onsite entertainment with little ones in mind. For true relaxation, spend evenings simply sitting on your balcony and taking in the beautiful island sunsets.
Restaurants and cafs on Gran Canaria cater for most tastes. Youll find typical Canarian cuisine and fish restaurants alongside Italian, Chinese and British fare. Try the locally produced wines and sangria, or sample the famous Arucas rum. All inclusive hotels offer good value for money with food and drink thrown in and larger resorts have the fast food chains you'd expect.
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