With an average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius, Gran Canaria makes a great holiday destination all year round. The island is one of the Canaries, which are ruled by Spain and situated close to North Africa. The Canary Islands are famed for sunshine, superb beaches and volcanoes and Gran Canaria is awash with white sands and black lava.
Hotels in Gran Canaria are perfect for a range of holidays and cater to most holidaymakers. There are family hotels in Gran Canaria, where the food, swimming pools and activities are child-friendly. Beach hotels in Gran Canaria, meanwhile, make the perfect base for a relaxing break, whether you want to stay by the beach or pool, get out and explore, or a combination of both.
Whether you want to dive into the deep blue ocean and discover life underwater or race round rocky terrain on a mountain bike, there’s plenty to do in Gran Canaria. Head out nature-spotting to look for native flora and fauna or visit little villages where the way of life is traditional and the food, simple yet utterly delectable. If you’re into golf, then this island has eight golf courses at your disposal.
Playa del Ingles - literally ‘English beach’ - is the island’s biggest and busiest resort, where life by day involves time on the beach or by the pool, and by night is lively and sociable. Smaller, more secluded resorts such as Puerto Rico, Puerto Mogan and Bahia Feliz offer more space in which to spread out, along with quieter evenings and a more laid-back vibe. New boutique hotels and smart shops are springing up in Meloneras and Playa Taurito, new chic beach resorts that offer a more glamorous, upmarket atmosphere.
If you want a slice of authentic Gran Canaria life, don’t miss the village of Fataga, with its cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings. The island’s interior is worth a look too, featuring rocky cliffs and deep gorges, as well as landscapes scarred by the island’s characteristic black lava.
Freshly-caught fish and seafood feature on Canary Island menus, served simply grilled or as part of a more elaborate meal. Tapas is very popular here, as are other Spanish dishes such as paella and tortilla (Spanish omelette). Larger resorts and hotels feature cuisines from all over the world too - including, of course, British.
If you feel like an African holiday with a distinctly Spanish flavour, have a look at the hotels we offer in Gran Canaria.