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Gran Canaria

The most scenic of the Canary Islands, on a Gran Canaria holiday, you'll find a dramatic mountainous interior full of canyons, ravines and crags. In the south, desert scenes stretch as far as the eye can see, while to the north, lush, green valleys carve their way through the landscape.

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A fascinating mix of natural splendour and fun-filled resorts with year round sunshine, make a holiday to Gran Canaria a popular choice at any time of year. From the sand dunes of Maspalomas beach to vibrant resorts like Playa del Ingles, there is something to suit everyone on a Gran Canaria holiday.

Whilst on holiday in Gran Canaria, why not spend a day away from the beach? Hire a car and head inland to explore the extinct volcano crater at Caldera de Banarra and drive through banana plantations, fragrant vineyards and stunning wildflowers. Exploring the mountains by car can be tiring – but the views are definitely worth it. Gnarled mountains, sheer cliffs, almond groves and pine forests, and a village, Teror, that appears to float in mid-air.

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Whilst on holiday in Gran Canaria, you should certainly spend some time in the capital city, Las Palmas, the largest city in the Canaries. Stroll through the streets, steeped in history, dine in the many restaurants serving both traditional and international cuisine and make the most of the excellent duty-free shops. Its famous square, Parque Santa Catalina, provides the perfect location for a retail therapy rest break. Like a huge outdoor café, it positively buzzes all day and night, and it is only a short walk to the superb beach at Playa de las Canteras.

Exploring
In addition to the volcano crater at Caldera de Banarra, there are plenty of sights to be see on your holiday to Gran Canaria. You should also take a trip to the Guanche Caves at Guyadeque, La Luz Castle and the picturesque fishing village of Puerto de Mogan. Set between two bays, Las Palmas on the northern tip of the island is the capital and although known for its shopping, it has a long sandy beach and plenty of attractions with museums, a cathedral, theatres and concert halls.

Shopping
For those looking to spend some money whilst on holiday in Gran Canaria, the biggest array of department stores are to be found in Las Palmas. Visit the Yumbo Commercial Centre at Playa del Ingles for tax-free goods. There is a good choice of boutiques and shops at all the main resorts. If you’re looking for local crafts, make time to visit Ingenio or the market at Arguineguin. There’s a pearl factory on the island for a special momento of your holiday to Gran Canaria. Other Canarian specialties include hand-crafted pottery.

Eating Out
Make time to visit Puerto Mogan and sample some fresh sea food in this fishing port town. Or try tuna, grouper, parrot fish or calamari at one of the local fishing villages. Other local fare includes puchero, a combination of beef and pork with vegetables, chorizo, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Other things to look out for are locally produced cured cheeses, and fresh fruits such as papaya, melon, grapes and bananas. The island also offers a good range of local and imported wines and spirits, to complement any meal.

NB Gran Canaria is a hilly island and therefore many properties are located on slopes. As such, many may be unsuitable for those with mobility difficulties.

Many tour operators offer traditional package holidays to Gran Canaria, which can represent excellent value for money. However, for a more flexible trip to Gran Canaria, you may prefer to choose one of the hotels in Gran Canaria from the selection available, and add this to a flight to Gran Canaria, to create a more tailored Gran Canaria holiday experience. Please use the search form here to find your ideal Gran Canaria holiday.