Diverse landscape and fantastic resorts
Visiting this fantastic island you will see a diverse landscape ranging from remarkable sand dunes in the south to craggy cliff faces and inland mountainous regions in the north. Gran Canarias west coast is beautiful, rugged and untouched apart from the tourist spot of the National Park.
The islands capital Las Palmas has roots dating back to the 16th century, you can also visit Christopher Columbus' house. The majority of tourists tend to holiday in the southern part of the island. The main resorts on the Island are Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas and Puerto Rico, giving a splendid array of choices on your holiday in Gran Canaria.
Playa del Ingles is the largest tourist resort on the island and is incredibly popular with holidaymakers of all ages. It has five miles of stunning sandy beach that stretches toward the famous sand dunes of Maspalomas. It has an attractive promenade with over two square miles of accommodation, restaurants, bars and discos which provide great entertainment for all. The resort is also home to super clubs Pacha and Cream making it popular with the 18 - 30 crowd.
There are plenty of open air restaurants and bars offering a diverse range of cuisine from tapas and seafood specialities to your traditional British food. Playa del Ingles is a well developed resort with plenty of accommodation to suit every budget. There is a wide variety of water activities spanning the miles of sandy beaches between Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas.
Away from the beach there's a host of activities available including golf, tennis, go carting and horse riding. Every year Playa del Ingles also plays host to a variety of colourful carnivals.
Quick Gran Canaria Tips
The currency used in Gran Canaria is the Euro as it is across all of the Canary Islands
There are no Visa requirements for Gran Canaria
There is no time difference between the UK GMT, and Gran Canaria
Flying time between the UK and Gran Canaria is approximately 4 hours 15 minutes
Golf, colourful carnivals, lively nightlife
Maspalomas is the oldest tourist resort in south Gran Canaria. It's famous for its 68m tall lighthouse and its sand dunes which are a protected wildlife sanctuary and are home to some remarkable plants and wildlife. Maspalomas is more upmarket and low key than its neighbour Playa del Ingles .
With breathtaking sand dunes and a relaxing atmosphere this resort is perfect for families and couples.
Away from the beach you'll find plenty of attractions from two water parks, shopping centres and boutiques to the island largest 18 hole golf course. Eating out in Maspalomas is relaxed with open air restaurants and bars playing live music.
Puerto Rico was originally a fishing village that has now been developed into a lively modern tourist resort. Its harbour is lined with luxury yachts, pleasure boats and fishing vessels. The resort is built along and up the high side of a valley and is therefore not suitable for people with walking difficulties, however there is a selection of accommodation and entertainment on the lower flatter area.
The beach is very popular due to the fantastic water sports on offer here. You can always take advantage of a public area which is home to two swimming pools and is set in picturesque tropical gardens with an abundance of beautiful flowers and plants. Eating out in Puerto Rico offers you a diverse range of restaurants that serves traditional and international menus to suit every taste. Gran Canaria holidays are bookable here online at Latedeals.co.uk
Top Places to Visit
Step right into your very own Wild West adventure at Sioux City with cowboy shoot outs, cattle ranching, bank raiding bandits, knife throwing displays and more. Visit on a Friday evening and you’ll also be treated to a Wild West themed barbeque.
Relatively overlooked, except perhaps when needing the airport, Las Palmas is the Canary Islands largest city by population, and following a cultural morning in its many museums, it has no fewer than five beaches to relax on.
Set in a desert canyon near Maspalomas, Palmitos Park is home to everything from fish and birds to Orang-utans and Komodo Dragons. Wander jungle paths through palms and cacti for a fun and educational day out for the whole family.