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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!

    Stunning nature

    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.

    Amazing festivals

    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.

    Price range

    from ‎€10to ‎€1,745

    Top hotels

      Hotel Puerto Azul Apartments Puerto Rico
      Comprising a main building and several annexe blocks, this complex was built in 1989, renovated in 2001 and features 385 accommodation units. Guests may make use of the foyer with 24-hour reception desk, lifts and a small supermarket. Dining options include a dining room and a cosy bar and those arriving by car may take advantage of the car park.
      Hotel Apartments Lufesa Puerto Rico
      Apartments Lufesa offers apartment accommodation in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, where the sun shines all year. There are 42 heated, soundproofed and air-conditioned units. All feature equipped kitchenettes with microwave, refrigerator and utensils, as well as a private, furnished terrace/balcony. There are fans and double glazing, to ensure comfort and privacy. There’s a heated outdoor pool, sun terrace, solarium, library and shared TV lounge with satellite channels in this disability-friendly property. Massage services are offered. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. There’s billiards here and golf facilities nearby. The 24-hour reception desk offers currency exchange, tourism, airport/area shuttle, car hire, bicycle rental, business support, and laundry services. There’s a bar lounge, cafe and poolside snack bar. There are many eating options nearby. Apartments Lufesa is close to the beach - just five minutes’ walk. Las Palmas, the island capital, is just an hour’s bus journey. The Lago Oasis Water Park is ten minutes’ drive.
      Hotel Monteparaiso Puerto Rico
      In Puerto Rico, Monteparaiso offers its guests an outdoor pool and 24-hour front desk. Amadores Beach and Puerto Rico Beach are within one and a half miles. Each of the 101 apartments features a furnished balcony, coffee/tea making facilities, sofa bed, Wi-Fi, in-room safe, and daily housekeeping. Stocked kitchenettes and private baths are included. Monteparaiso boasts designated smoking areas, pool sun loungers, playground, laundry facilities, tours/ticket assistance, terrace, and luggage storage. Windsurfing is nearby. Guests can enjoy buffet breakfast every day. Balcón Canario, the in-house eatery, specialises in international culinary. Puerto Rico Shopping Centre and Puerto Rico Marina are less than two miles away.
      Hotel Servatur Terrazamar Sun Suite Puerto Rico
      Servatur Terrazamar Sun Suite is an apartment resort located in a valley of Puerto Rico with panoramic views. Room choices are double apartments that are suites. All suites have private terraces, living rooms with TVs, kitchens, and private baths. Rooms can be upgraded and many are handicap accessible. The resort offers swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, a children's playground, market, and conference room. Air conditioning and WiFi are available, for a fee. Servatur Terrazamar Sun Suite has restaurants, a lounge bar, and snack bars at the pool. The resort is within walking distance to shopping, tourist attractions, and sports opportuniies, like an aqua park. The beach is a 1200-metre walk to a public area. For those who want to explore the local villages, the bus stop is within easy walking distance.
      Hotel Hotel Revoli Puerto Rico
      Aparthotel Hotel Revoli, in Puerto Rico, is a 5 minute walk from the beach and just over 30 minutes’ drive from the airport on Gran Canaria. En-suite apartments at the Hotel Revoli have modern decor and tiled floors.  They are air conditioned with flat screen colour TV.  The lounge area has a sofa bed and the kitchenette includes electric hob, microwave and kettle. Communal facilities feature an outdoor pool,  games room with darts and billiards, entertainment, Wi-Fi (surcharge), hair and beauty salon, car rental, luggage storage, lift and convenience store. Reception is available at all times. Traditional style Mediterranean dishes are served in the restaurant, with drinks and snacks available in the cafe bar.  Nearby restaurant alternatives include the Great Slow Boat and Toto Bravo. The aparthotel is 7 minutes drive from the Anfi Tauro Golf Course and around 20 minutes from Playa del Ingles and the dunes of Maspalomas.
      Hotel XQ Vistamar Puerto Rico
      XQ Vistamar hotel offers self-catering apartments with modern amenities, overlooking the Puerto Rico beach. The Puerto Rico Shopping Centre is a 15-minute walk from the apartment complex. The airy apartments with pool or sea views feature en suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, ceiling fans and living areas with sofa beds. They also feature kitchenettes with fridges, microwaves and breakfast bars. Some apartments have terraces with seating. In-room safes are available for a surcharge. XQ Vistamar features an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, a solarium and shaded sun beds. Wi-Fi access is available for a fee. Luggage storage and laundry facilities are available. The staff is multilingual. The on-site bar serves refreshing drinks and light snacks, There are many restaurants and bars within walking distance from the hotel. Palmitos Park is seven miles from the hotel. Gran Canaria Airport is 23 miles away.