Situated in the centre of the Canary Islands, the ‘Miniature Continent’ of Gran Canaria is known for its natural splendour and year-round warm climate, an ideal and inexpensive destination for both summer holidays and winter breaks. Steeped in history but by no means antiquated, this beautiful island boasts almost 60 miles of stunning beach, alongside plenty of sports and sightseeing opportunities and a variety of hidden cultural gems. Whatever you’re looking for, a holiday in Gran Canaria is sure to please – and when you cheap prices, across a variety of accommodation and board types, a1travel can help to make it happen!
What's on and where..
Whether you’re staying in the island’s vibrant capital city, on a beach resort, or further inland, Gran Canaria offers a diverse range of attractions to suit all tastes and holiday types. Go windsurfing at Pozo Izquierdo, walk or cycle through lush forests or along dizzying mountain trails, or get up close and personal with an incredible variety of marine life at one of the numerous dive schools scattered along the coast. Those more keen on sightseeing are similarly spoilt for choice: Las Palmas is home to an impressive set of museums, and elsewhere the fascinating site of Cueva Pintada in Gáldar and the cathedral in Vegueta are not to be missed.
For those content to spend a more relaxed holiday in Gran Canaria, fear not: there is plenty to do locally wherever you are. Apart from the colourful array of regional dishes on offer, you’ll find all sorts of international restaurants – and plenty of places to sit down to a hearty English breakfast. Great shopping can be found particularly in the larger cities, and the island is fast becoming known as a top destination for golfers. At dusk, the streets come alive with a lively mix of bars and clubs to ensure a memorable night for all: those looking to party into the small hours should head to the buzzing Playa del Ingles, while Las Palmas, Puerto Rico and others also offer excellent surroundings to unwind.
Where to stay
Families, couples and groups of friends alike are sure to find their ideal holiday destination in Gran Canaria from the numerous accommodation types available: choose from bustling resorts, high-end and spa hotels, self-catered villas and rent-able apartments to suit your needs and budget. While eating out is usually fairly cheap, many hotels offer all-inclusive deals. For a chilled-out beach holiday, head for the golden sands of Puerto Rico, or the dynamic Playa del Ingles for some serious clubbing. The sparkling, family-friendly resort of Maspalomas is also a stone’s throw away, crammed with things to do and considered by many to be home to the most attractive beach in Gran Canaria. Some great last-minute deals are available all year round; at a1travel we’ve hunted down some of the best offers across Gran Canaria’s major resorts, so that whatever the weather back home, you can look forward to some Spanish sunshine in a location that’s just right for you.
Family time in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is also a perfect choice for families looking for excitement, adventure and some much-needed relaxation. Whatever your budget, you’ll find plenty to keep the kids – and teens – amused. In Maspalomas, ride camels, scramble over the dunes or visit the enormous Holiday World leisure complex, complete with fairground attractions, pony rides, bowling and more, for an unforgettable day out. Elsewhere, get soaked at Aqualand or immersed in the Old West at Sioux City, or be enthralled by a huge variety of flora and fauna at Palmitos Park. And for a fun way to explore your surroundings, why not try a glass-bottomed boat tour or Jeep safari? A holiday to Gran Canaria is, in short, the perfect option for families with kids of all ages.
How to get there
If it sounds like a holiday in Gran Canaria is right for you (and really, how could it not be?), a1travel is the place to start. With over 30 years’ experience in the travel industry, we help you find the best deals, at the most exclusive rates, on holidays embarking from over 17 UK airports throughout the year. We are so confident that we can offer among the most competitive rates on the market that, should you find a better deal elsewhere, we can guarantee to match the price. Take advantage of some of our great offers today, and explore the fantastic island of Gran Canaria for yourself!
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