Top 5 resorts in Gran Canaria
Fragrant pine forests, sugary sands, cloud-scraping mountains and cosmopolitan resorts have kept Gran Canaria top of the holiday destinations for years. Whether you’re holidaying to relax, party, get adventurous or make the most of the local food and drink, take a look at five of the best places to base yourself while on this diverse Canary Isle.
Playa Del Ingles
As Gran Canaria’s largest and busiest resort you know that Playa del Ingles has got to be special to keep tourists coming back year after year. The 3km white sand beach and water sports facilities could go someway to explaining the attraction, but that would be leaving out the many souvenir and duty free shops, dolphin watching and fish suppers. In the summer the younger crowd flock here for the nightlife, but thanks to the wealth of daytime activities, it’s a firm favourite with families too.
The marina is the focal point in Puerto Mogan; it’s where the locals and tourists come to enjoy a drink on the fancy harbour to enjoy the sea breeze. This is one of Gran Canaria’s most charming resorts, filled with craft shops, flower-filled walkways, tiny canals and pretty painted houses. Puerto Mogan is nicknamed as Little Venice, thanks to the Italian-style footbridges criss-crossing across the romantic canal in the traffic-free centre. The yellow submarine trip here is a winner with all ages!
The unique attraction about Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, is the fact that it’s built into a cliffside. The self-contained resort overlooks a sandy beach so you can take in the incredible natural beauty of the bay. You’ll find quite a few bars, discos and restaurants following the rough waterline of the Barranco de Puerto Rico all the way down to the shore, making it a great resort for a fun night out. By day you can make the most of the water sports on offer from pedalos to jet skis.
The literal translation of ‘Bahia Feliz’ is ‘Happy Bay’, so you know you’re going to have a good time in this small resort in Gran Canaria. The village square is surrounded by restaurants, cafes and people relaxing with a glass of wine in hand, just enjoying the atmosphere. The breezy, dark-sand beach is perfect for wind surfing, among other water sports. The pace of life here is slow, making it the perfect destination to relax in style. And if all that tranquility and peace gets too much for you, you’re just a short bus ride away from the other more lively resorts.
The Amadores resort is based around the wooden promenade of beach bars and the restaurants lining the curved shore. There’s not actually that much to do here, making it the perfect place to relax and keep life low-key. The sand on this Blue Flag beach has been bought over from the Caribbean and crushed from coral and if you’re looking for the most relaxing place in Gran Canaria, this is the resort for you.
Whichever resort suits you best, you can fly to Gran Canaria in just over four and half hours from Ireland, with flights operating from Dublin year round, and from Cork and Belfast during the summer.
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