Heavenly beach days and sensational seaside nights await on a holiday to Gran Canaria.
Holidays in Gran Canaria
Hemmed with ribbons of golden sands, Gran Canaria welcomes warm weather and weary travellers looking to unwind. Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic spot, a family in need of a beach break, or a solo traveller looking to explore; this island has the perfect spot for everyone.
Where is the best place to stay in Gran Canaria?
The most famous of Gran Canaria’s resorts, Playa del Ingles is alive with beach bars, live music, and trendy activities. Perfect for families looking for a mix of fun in the sun and bouncing beach days, this resort has over two miles of golden sands to keep the little ones busy.
Looking for a little more luxury, where boulevards are lined with world-class restaurants and chic boutiques? Then Gran Canaria offers up two showstopping resorts - Maspalomas and Meloneras. A stay at Maspalomas is all about sophisticated family-friendly hotels and powder-soft sand beaches. Just a short drive from Gran Canaria’s buzzing capital Las Palmas; you’ll be free to choose between calm shores, epic dunes, and historic culture. Meloneras takes the same sophistication and adds a bit more sparkle. Think designer shopping and classy seafood restaurants where relaxation is a given.
Blissfully warm all year round, Gran Canaria is perfect for a sunny getaway or to escape the cold at home, with temperatures up to 28°C in summer and 21°C in winter.
- Best time to visit: April-October
- Average temp: 24°C/75°F
- Average flight time: 5 Hours
- Most suited for: Families, Couples, Friends
- Currency: Euro
- Time Difference: 0 hours
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Things to see and do on Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria holidays are about more than just sunbathing. Boasting water sports and boat trips galore, Gran Canaria offers travellers the chance to see whales and dolphins in the island's crystal waters. Not a lover of the sea. Why not take a glimpse into life under the waves with a trip to Poema del Mar - a wondrous aquarium packed with spectacular wildlife?
Back on dry land, there’s plenty to enjoy. Head to the island’s bronzed dunes for a thrilling adventure. Feel like you’ve been transported to the distant lands of Egypt as you race dune buggies or ride camels across the sands. Explore the mountainous terrain on a hiking trip or practice your putt on one of the island's eight golf courses. For retail therapy, head to the department stores and chic boutiques of Las Palmas or pick up a bargain at a Sunday morning market.
Food & Drink on Gran Canaria
In the main resorts, international dishes are the order of the day, with a great choice of international and British restaurants. Gran Canaria's traditional cuisine combines Spanish influences with African flavours.
You're most likely to find these fusion dishes in local restaurants throughout the island. One unique dish you might want to try is Chorizo de Teror Las Nueces. This version of chorizo is made with salt and paprika; soft, creamy, and bursting with flavour.
Gran Canaria's Weather
Average monthly temperature on Gran Canaria (°C)
- Jan 21°C
- Feb 21°C
- Mar 23°C
- Apr 23°C
- May 24°C
- Jun 26°C
- Jul 27°C
- Aug 28°C
- Sep 27°C
- Oct 26°C
- Nov 24°C
- Dec 22°C