Famed for its scorching hot summers and warm winters, it’s no surprise that this Canary Island favourite is hailed as a top destination for Spanish getaways. From topping up your tan on the beach to making a splash in its shimmering seas, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to uncover its striking natural beauty, offering a fantastic beach break for families and couples.
Expect magnificent sand dunes in Maspaolomas, a thriving nightlife in Playa del Ingles and beautifully diverse landscapes everywhere you look – you’ll be hard-pressed to run out of things to do on Gran Canaria holidays.
Aside from spending your time soaking up the sunshine on the beach, there are numerous activities to take part in on your holidays in Gran Canaria. Las Palmas, the island’s vibrant capital, was founded in 1478 and as a result, has a wealth of history to be discovered. Head to the some of the fascinating museums dotted around the area or venture further into the city centre to experience the Vegueta and Triana neighbourhoods – UNESCO World Heritage Sites in their own right.
If you’d rather embrace a more laid-back destination, Puerto Rico is your best bet. Renowned for its spectacular beaches, it’s a firm favourite with families for offering a safe place for children to splash around and play. Head to one of the bars on the promenade or stroll around one of the area’s tropical gardens.
Of course, Gran Canaria holidays aren’t just reserved for those craving a laid-back beach getaway. If you like holidays with a bit more adrenaline packed into them, it’s well worth taking advantage of the high-octane things to do on the island. A paradise for bikers, you’ll find many meandering trails curving around mountains and taking in stunning scenery as well as places to rent mountain bikes. If you’d rather experience Gran Canaria on foot, it’s a good excuse to don your hiking boots and take a few photos while you’re at it. Cave villages, lakeside settings and mountainous backdrops make for awe-inspiring views for a hike, with many off-the-beaten track trails for adventurous types.
One of the main focuses of holidays in Gran Canaria is its shimmering waters and with a myriad of marine life to uncover, scuba-diving is particularly popular. You’ll find some great dive spots surrounding the island – from Sardina del Norte, famed for its Manta Rays, to Las Palmas, a setting known for its shipwrecks. If you’re keen on taking the plunge with no experience, head to one of the diving schools in Gran Canaria – you’ll be shimmying into your wetsuit in no time!