Breathtaking interior landscapes, 120 miles of coastline and whitewashed villages – a holiday to Gran Canaria promises unforgettable experiences.
Island of many charms
The third-largest island of the Canaries, Gran Canaria is part of the world’s vintage collection, because it’s been attracting holidaymakers since the 19th century. And, with its collection of long, sandy beaches and hidden coves, its legendary, round-the-clock nightlife and its traditional hamlets, it seems that this spot will be a popular holiday destination for years to come.
Beaches, beaches, beaches
Gran Canaria’s coastline spans 250 miles. Along the way it serves up some truly memorable beaches – from long, lively swathes of sand, such as Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles to more secluded and quieter stretches, like Playa de Amadores and Bahia Feliz. So, whether you’re in the mood for a massive beach with plenty of watersports, restaurants and bars nearby or an almost undisturbed stretch of sand, where you can escape from the crowds – Gran Canaria has you covered.
Dramatic interior scenery
For those who enjoy experiencing nature at its most authentic and untouched, you’ll love exploring the landscape of Gran Canaria’s interior. Guaranteed to please everyone from dedicated hikers to leisurely walkers, there are tonnes of footpaths that crisscross the island – including the ancient caminos reales. They offer an excellent way to discover the desert-like scenery of the south, complete with ravines and cacti, as well as the lush countryside of the north, filled with eucalyptus and citrus trees. You can also check out the dramatic mountain range of Pico de las Nieves with its snow caps and cooler temperatures.
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Meloneras is like an upmarket suburb of Gran Canaria’s southern heavyweights, Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles. It’s got the luxe hotels, the golf club and the smart prom, while the other two top it up with family-friendly facilities and razzle-dazzle nightlife.
The hillside town of Amadores perches on Gran Canaria’s coast. And, if you’re looking for a laidback getaway, this is the place for you – it runs on R&R. You can plant your parasol on the Blue Flag beach, or lace up your trainers and take a leisurely clifftop stroll. Long, low-key evenings are on the cards in the waterfront bars and restaurants, too.
Maspalomas has an Ant and Dec-style double act going with neighbouring Playa del Ingles. It’s impossible to mention one without the other in the same breath, and together they’re major crowd-pleasers. Maspalomas cut its teeth in the family holiday game, and brings al fresco cafés and waterparks to the table. Historic sites like the Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse elbow their way in, too. Playa del Ingles, meanwhile, smashes the getaway essentials – a big beach, home-from-home cuisine and attention-seeking nightlife.
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