A ‘miniature continent’ of diverse landscapes and climates, you will be blown away by the breathtaking natural beauty of Gran Canaria. Among the lush plains of banana plantations and spectacular ravines carved into the mountainsides, a host of ancient archaeological sites and strange rock formations are among the many island wonders. Topped off with water parks, buzzing bars, and amazing hotels you won’t know where to begin, or when to stop.
A quieter customer, Masmplomas is the demure next door neighbour, backed by a strip of smart hotels and open-air restaurants. While Masplomas is more cocktails at dawn than rip-roaring raves, a whopper of a water park and its towering, wind-sculpted dunes certainly attract the punters on holidays in Gran Canaria.
Officially the sunniest spot on the island, Puerto Rico is the perfect place to let off some steam on holidays to Gran Canaria. An unassuming harbour town by day, trading on its pretty horseshoe bay, it reveals a lively line-up of bars and discos at night where happy hour seems to go on forever.
Walk in Columbus’ footsteps along the winding, cobbled streets of Las Palmas’ historic centre. A world away from the turmoil of one of Spain’s biggest cities, this is where the new world began. There’s no time to reflect on the golden sands of the city beach. Las Canteras is the protected diving paradise right in the centre of the city.
Among the ancient pine forests and the scattered mountain villages, strange monoliths appear and disappear, as if by magic, in a sea of cloud. Among the cascading palms of spectacular ravines, you will rediscover the ancient island inhabitants through their painted caves and mountain tombs.
With its inhabited cave villages, lake side trails and spectacular mountain scenery, exploring the rural landscapes is one of the best things to do in Gran Canaria and what better way to do it than on wheels. With a huge variety of mountain trails, there a cycle tracks to match any strength.
Described as the "Hawaii of the Atlantic", Gran Canaria attracts surfers from around the world looking to catch the perfect break. On the right day they will put on a free and spectacular display, and with a variety of surf schools around the island, a spot of surfing is a great thing to do in Gran Canaria.
Teeming with an abundance of life, from parrotfish to wrasse, butterfly rays to angel sharks, the crystal clear waters of Gran Canaria make it the perfect diving zone. There are diving spots all around the island but Las Palmas, famous for the biggest wrecks in the Canaries, is the spot that will put you the midst of all the action.