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Gran Canaria – a year-round destination for fun and sun
Gran Canaria, a member of the Canary Islands but part of the Kingdom of Spain, enjoys a wonderful climate with hot summers and mild winters thanks to its position off the coast of north west Africa. This volcanic island has glorious beaches and beautiful natural scenery, with a choice of vibrant or quieter holiday resorts. Gran Canaria has a main city, Las Palmas, but shares its title as capital of the Canary Islands with the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Many people presume Gran Canaria gets its name because of the small yellow birds, but the word canaria actually means dogs. That said, confusingly the dogs referred to in the name were actually seals!
You can head to the area of Maspalomas in the south of the island, close to the busy resort of Playa del Inglés. This area, the Maspalomas Natural Dune Reserve, has a palm tree plantation and pond area where migrating birds stop to rest on their way to Europe, alongside large sweeping sand dunes along the beach. This area is popular for walks and with surfers, as well as with nudists as clothing is optional on some areas of the beach here. Inland, Gran Canaria has a mountainous landscape created by volcanoes. This is a great place to explore if you like to climb, hike or mountain bike along a trail. If you are not a keen sportsperson, however, there are gentler walks where you can just relax and enjoy the scenery, stopping at one of the many mirador, or viewpoints along the way. All this is only an hour from the coast, but there are hotels available in the rural towns and villages.
There are festivals held throughout Spain but some of those in Gran Canaria are quite unusual and lots of fun. In the town of La Aldea de San Nicolás, on the 11th September, people take their baskets into a pond by the beach and try to catch the fish in there with their hands. In Santa Brígida, on the first Saturday in July, a field in town is turned into a muddy mess by the local fire brigade and everyone gets as dirty as they can. In Telde, things are much cleaner as the party here involves a water fight. Anyone who wants to go to these festivities, whether just to watch or join in, is always made welcome. As well as all these traditional parties around the island, Gran Canaria also hosts music concerts, film festivals, sports events and much more throughout the year. Perhaps take a look at what is on offer when you would like to visit and choose the location of your hotel around that.
Close encounters of the marine kind
The calm warm waters surrounding Gran Canaria are ideal for marine life so it is no surprise that you will find bottlenose, striped, spotted and common dolphins here, in addition to whales. There are several companies who offer dolphin safari trips and getting a glimpse of these popular creatures is usually no trouble, as they love to play and leap out of the water alongside the boats. If you would like to be active in the water, windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing are very popular due to the great waves off the beaches. There are plenty of schools who offer lessons if you are a novice. If you do plan on doing lots of water sports, perhaps pick one of the beachside hotels. There are also jet skis, parasailing and banana boating. But if you prefer to relax you can take a cruise on a yacht or catamaran, stopping to snorkel and see the fish, and there are also party boat trips.
Something for everyone
Gran Canaria has a good choice of resorts, so whether you want to party every night or just to get away from it all, there will be somewhere perfect for you. Playa del Inglés is a large busy resort with high rise hotels, shopping centres and lots of bars and clubs. Popular with younger travellers, and with gay-friendly hotels and clubs, Playa del Inglés has something happening whether it is day or night. Puerto de Mogán, in the south, is a smaller resort with a sheltered beach, ideal for families, and is adjacent to a small harbour. Although quieter than Playa del Ingles, there are still bars and restaurants along with a weekly market. In the north, Las Palmas, the co-capital of Gran Canaria along with Santa Cruz, offers the visitor museums, cathedrals, a botanic gardens and great shopping, besides a number of lovely beaches. Make sure you pick a hotel in the capital city if you want a bit of culture with your sunshine.
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Hotel Apartamentos Natural Park Puerto Rico
Apartamentos Natural Park is composed of numerous furnished apartments situated on the Gran Canaria, and is just minutes from the beach. It offers spacious, airy apartment units alongside a central pool and tanning area. All apartments at Apartamentos Natural Park feature a balcony area, television, a fully supplied kitchenette with a microwave, a private bathroom area with hairdryer and walk-in shower, and an electric kettle. Apartamentos Natural Park offers Wi-Fi with daily rates, a games room with billiards, an outdoor pool and terrace, car hire and bicycle rental services, and a tourism desk. Apartamentos Natural Park's in-house restaurant provides evening meals with a unique blend of Spanish and Scandinavian flavours. A small shop is located on-site with packaged foods. Guests can explore the region using cycling trails, hiking paths, boating areas, or coastal roads, and are within range of a golf course, dune stretch, and private cove. more
Hotel Amadores Beach Apartments Puerto Rico
The three star rated Amadores Beach Apartments complex has a beachfront location in the south-west region of Gran Canaria. The 48 air conditioned apartments feature a kitchen area which includes a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. A TV with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi and a balcony or patio, are also included. Communal facilities at the Amadores Beach Apartments include outdoor pools, squash court, garden, free parking and lift. Laundry, dry cleaning and airport shuttle services (24 hours) are also available. A number of restaurants are within easy walking distance. They include Toro Bravo, Picasso and Ciao Ciao Amadores. Nearby convenience stores include Bichai and Centro de Lavado Jose Luis. This is the ‘sunniest’ end of Gran Canaria. The restaurants and shops of Puerto Rico are less than a kilometre away, Las Palmas Airport is a 50km journey and Las Palmas itself, is 70km away. more
Hotel Carolina Puerto Rico
This ApartHotel is situated in the tourist centre of Puerto Rico within a few minutes walk of the town centre. Plenty of shopping venues, boutiques, cafés, bars and a lively nightlife scene are to be discovered in the area surrounding the hotel. The beach is just 1 km away and links to the public transport network lie within walking distance. This basic hotel was built in 1985 and completely renovated in 2003. It offers a total of 72 suites spread over 3 floors. Amongst the facilities count a 24-hour reception desk and bar. Those arriving at the hotel by car may take advantage of the hotel\'s car park and there is a laundry service available to round off the hotel\'s facilities. The functional apartments have an en suite bathroom, a hairdryer, a kitchenette, a minibar, a fridge and a safe. The hotel offers guests use of a pool and a solarium. There is a golf course approximately 15 km away.Apartment complexBalconySafeFridgeKitchenetteMinibarBathroomHairdryerSunbathing TerraceFresh water poolCar parkLaundry serviceBar-s Public transport 300mGolf course 15000mBeach 1000m more
Hotel Hotel Riosol Puerto Rico
The Hotel Hotel Riosol offers spectacular sea views over Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria. Offering a range of hotel rooms and apartments to suit all budgets and group sizes, the hotel is a popular choice with holiday-makers. Standard one bedroom apartments benefit from a television, hairdryer and terrace balcony. Consisting of a separate bedroom, living room and kitchen there is everything a guest needs for a self-catered holiday. Facilities include 24-hour reception, supermarket, laundry and two swimming pools, one of which is heated. The lounge bar at the Hotel Hotel Riosol has an extensive cocktail menu and snacks can be purchased here, as well as meals in the restaurant. Gran Canaria boasts many beautiful beaches, and Puerto Rico is home to two of them. There is a huge choice of bars, shops and restaurants and there is also the option of indulging in some water sports close by. more
Hotel Babalu Apartments Puerto Rico
Babalu Apartments is an aparthotel that sits within two miles of a number of Puerto Rico's best beaches. There are over 100 apartments in this accommodation, each of which includes a flat-screen television with satellite channels, an in-room safe, and a kitchen with a microwave. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool, stroll through the gardens, or enjoy lounging on the terrace. There is also a gift shop on the property, and front-desk staff is available during all hours of the day. The on-site restaurant serves a variety of local and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other dining opportunities can be found within a ten-minute drive of Babalu Apartments. Amadores Beach, Puerto Rico Beach, and Puerto Rico Marina are two miles away from the hotel. Cura Beach and Puerto Rico Shopping Centre are three miles away. more
Hotel Hotel Servatur Puerto Azul Puerto Rico
Hotel Hotel Servatur Puerto Azul Amadores is located on a clifftop above Puerto Rico Bay on the island of Gran Canaria. The modern apartments have a bathroom, kitchenette, and lounge with plasma-screen satellite TV. Many apartments have a view of the Atlantic Ocean from the balcony. There are two-outdoor swimming pools and a large sun terrace, including an area with sunbeds and hot-tubs for adults only. There are tennis courts and a programme of daily activities and entertainment. Hotel Hotel Servatur Puerto Azul Amadores has a buffet restaurant, cafe and pool bar. There is a supermarket on-site and a shopping centre two minutes away. Many restaurants and bars can be found in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a modern, purpose built holiday resort. It has a sandy beach and two small harbours, from where visitors can take boat tours, and there are two busy shopping centres where visitors can shop or browse. more
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