GRAN CANARIA

Year-round sunshine and warm weather combined with stunning golden sand beaches make Gran Canaria the perfect beach destination, 12 months a year.

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Gran Canaria villa Holiday Guide

Often known as the ‘miniature continent’, Gran Canaria more than earns this nickname with varied landscapes from the lush green expanse in the north, through to the mountainous interior and the sand dunes of the south. The resort towns of Maspalomas and Meloneras offer upmarket boutiques, excellent restaurants and chic bars, and are fringed with stunning stretches of golden sand, while the island’s capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is a bustling port city with narrow streets, beautiful architecture and a taste of the real Canaries. In the centre of the island, explore mountains, ravines, and pretty hill towns.

Sightseeing

Tejeda is a pretty hill village, best seen in February when the almond trees are blossoming. The drive through the mountains is incredibly scenic. Barranco de Guayadeque is a stunning ravine in central Gran Canaria with a visitors centre featuring interesting exhibits explaining the geology and history of the ravine, and it’s possible to visit the remains of a settlement of cave houses at Cuevas Bermejas. There are also excellent hiking trails in the area. In the capital, take a stroll around the narrow streets of the old quarter, and visit the neoclassical Catedral de Santa Ana.

Tejeda village

Eating and drinking

Gran Canaria has an abundance of fresh seafood, with fresh sardines and fish soup being particularly popular. Meat lovers are also well catered for with rabbit, pork, beef and poultry all widely consumed. Local specialities to try are papas arrugadas, or wrinkled potatoes, with mojo sauce, or if you’re feeling brave, Gofio, a milled grain which was a staple of the original islanders’ diet and which comes in a number of interesting varieties! Bienmesabe is a traditional dessert made with honey, almonds, eggs and rum, or try huevos made from egg yolks, sugar syrup and cinnamon.

Gofio a typical product of the Canary Islands, made with corn or wheat

Active Pursuits

Gran Canaria has some excellent surf spots, and there are plenty of surf schools should you want to brush up on your skills. The picture perfect sand dunes that lead on to the beach at Maspalomas are worthy of exploration, and what better way to do this than from the back of a camel? Maspalomas beach also offers the usual range of water sports, while the 18 hole golf course overlooking the sand dunes provides a game-distracting view. There are also plenty of hiking and biking trails in the interior of the island.

Surfer carving on a wave in El Confital

Nightlife and entertainment

Playa del Ingles draws a young party crowd and has plenty of bars and clubs, including big name Pacha, while a more relaxed scene can be found in Maspalomas and Meloneras. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has a good selection of cool bars. For daytime entertainment, big kids and little kids alike will love the Aqualand water park, while in February the party takes to the streets for two to three weeks with parades and fancy dress for carnaval.

Water park

History

The island is a volcanic island, and was formed between fourteen and nine million years ago. Gran Canaria was originally populated by the Canarii people, possibly as early as 500 BC. The invading Castillian army founded the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 24th June 1478, and, after many attempts at conquest, the island was finally conquered by the Spanish on 29th April 1483. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is now the joint capital of the Canary Islands.

Cathedral of Saint Ana

Arts and culture

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has a selection of good museums, including the modern art museum Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, with a range of excellent temporary exhibitions, and Museo Canario which covers Gran Canaria’s pre-conquest history and boasts the largest collection of Cro-Magnon skulls in the world. Cueva Pintada Museum and Archaeolgical Park is worth a visit for those interested in history. You are able to visit the painted cave and cave house remains, but prior booking is advised.

Museum Mundo Aborigen in the village Fataga

Towns and Cities

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the island’s capital city with a relaxed but buzzy atmosphere and an excellent city beach Playa de las Canteras. The fashionable old quarter, Vegueta, is full of upmarket boutiques and trendy bars, while there are a selection of interesting museums and art galleries. Maspalomas is Gran Canaria’s most famous holiday resort, with plenty of bars and restaurants but less brash than nearby Playa del Ingles, while Meloneras is quieter and more chic, with high end shops and beachfront seafood restaurants.

Cityscape of Aguimes with landmark Of Parish Church of San Sebastian

Beaches

Playa del Inglés is probably Gran Canaria’s most famous beach – almost 3km of golden sands with ample beach bars and other facilities. This stretch of beach is connected to Maspalomas beach and leads on to Meloneras beach, both equally stunning and slightly quieter.

Amadores beach