About Gran Canaria
Sweeping sand dunes. Neon-lit nightlife. And a surprisingly beautiful interior. Gran Canaria’s got holidays all sewn up.’
The mere mention of Gran Canaria summons up visions of sun, fun and sands. And for good reason. The south coast of this sun-shaped island is fringed with great beaches. When you’re packing your suitcase you’ll need little more than your cossie, suncream and shades.
Think huge swathes of golden sands and Lawrence of Arabia-like dunes. And all along the coast the sands come with something else in tow - big, buzzing holiday resorts.
Take Playa Del Ingles. This rip-roaring resort is a favourite with Brits thanks to its winning formula of beach, malls and bars. Up next is Maspalomas. Next door to Playa Del Ingles, this lower-key resort has sophisticated eateries, emerald fairways and Saharan-style sand dunes.
And then there’s Puerto Rico - a family magnet with a horseshoe bay, sleek marina and waterpark. There are less hedonistic spots along this pleasure-seeking coast. In pretty Puerto Mogan, you’ll find whitewashed Canarian houses lining miniature canals.
And in Amadores, snow-white sands perfect for getting away from it all. And stylish enclaves like Salobre Golf Resort and Campo International, where life’s all about gentle sports, quiet days and starlit dinners.
This may be the Canaries’ most developed island, but head inland and you’ll find highlands, craters and gorges painted with pine forests, cacti and Canarian villages. It’s a semi-tropical paradise ripe for exploring along serpentine roads and wooded walking trails.
And then there’s the capital, Las Palmas. This elegant city once waved Christopher Columbus off on his transatlantic travels and is packed with churches, museums, shops and lively squares.
Beaches don’t come much bigger or better than those in Gran Canaria. Pure and simple. Mother Nature definitely set her sights on the south coast when it came to doling them out. And many come just a flip-flop away from restaurants, shops and refreshment stops. For sheer size and oomph, Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas take the trophies. At Playa del Ingles, the sands seem to run forever. Zooming off into the distance like a golden conveyor belt, they take an endless row of amusements, bars and eateries right along with them. Follow the sands south and they merge into Maspalomas beach easily up there with the island’s best. This stellar stretch extends for six long kilometres and slowly morphs into Maspalomas’ magnificent sand dunes. Like big, plumped-up pillows of sand, they’re the ultimate spot for some serious sunning and snoozing. Another beach favourite is Puerto Mogan. Sheltered by cliffs, it’s a real bobby dazzler, with a half-moon of sands lapped by crystal-clear waters. Puerto Rico and Playa Taurito are the same, with wide expanses of cashmere-soft sands shelving into sparkling seas. And the story goes on. In San Agustin, grab your towel and doze on the dark sand beach, dipping into the refreshing waves and beachside cafes when you need time out. And in Bahia Feliz, you’ll find a lovely main beach and pebbly coves brushed by the kind of cooling breezes windsurfers dream about. For show-stopping beauty though, it’s hard to beat Amadores. Carpeted in silky white sands, its man-made beach has got the Caribbean written all over it.
Listed below are all the links you need, to book your holiday directly:
- Click here for Sightseeing Tours in Gran Canaria
- Click here for Car Rental
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