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Holidays on Gran Canaria

The Canary island of Gran Canaria is roughly circular; it has an average diameter of just over 30 miles and raises to the 6,400-ft Pico de las Nieves at its centre. Gran Canaria lies around 120 miles off the west coast of Africa and offers all year sunshine – especially in the south of the Island. The landscape is varied with barren cliffs cut by deep gorges, mountains, desert scenery and tropical valleys.

The capital is Las Palmas and has a major port and airport which connects to the south of island via motorway. The main resort is Playa del Ingles which translated means “the Englishman’s beach” and during the peak season the name is 100% correct. The Brits just love it and keep coming back for more sun, sand and San Miguel’s. It has a wide sandy beach which runs from San Agustin in the north to Maspalomas in the south. Playa del Ingles offers tourist everything they could ever possibly need for a lively holiday including a very busy nightlife, bars, restaurants and ample shops. For those holidaymakers looking for a more sedate experience should opt for either Puerto Morgan or Arguineguin which are both old charming fishing villages. Check out our Gran Canaria holidays including all inclusive holidays in Gran Canaria plus our wide selection of hotels in Gran Canaria.

The main holiday resorts on Gran Canaria are: Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Puerto Rico and San Agustin.

Playa del Ingles

Playa del Ingles is large, loud and lovely and is by far the busiest holiday resort on Gran Canaria. The resort is famous for its café nightlife and some refer to it as the Canaries equivalent to Brighton but in this case it offers sunshine all year round. The resort has a large sandy beach, bars, restaurants (including the famous Hard Rock Café) and nightclubs. There are 11 large shopping centres in the resort with the Kasbah and Metro Centre being the largest making Playa del Ingles an ideal destination for shopaholic’s. If you get tired of the beach, there is an attractive pedestrian promenade for a nice stroll.

The Paseo Costa Canaria is lined with lush tropical flora and luxurious villas and it runs all along the beach linking the Playa de las Burras further east with the point where the natural park of the Maspalomas dunes begins. For a great day out pack the family up and go Go-karting, guaranteed fun in the sun for all ages. There are 2 Go-Karting parks near the resort. The drive from the airport at Las Palmas takes around 35 minutes by car/taxi. If you think that Playa del Ingles is for you then start saving money now and book now.

Our best-selling hotels in Playa del Ingles are the 4-star All-inclusive Labranda Riviera Marina Hotel which is great for families or the 4-star Labranda Playa Bonita which offers half-board.

The number one adult’s only hotel in Playa del Ingles is the 4-star Neptuno Hotel which offers half board or All-inclusive (results from our groups AdultsOnlyHolidays website).


Maspalomas is situated on the south coast of Gran Canaria less than 2 miles from Playa del Ingles and offers over 6 miles (10 km) of beautiful coastline which includes wide sandy beaches, sand dunes and shallow waters which are ideal for families with small children. The promenade is lined with tourist shops, cafes, bars and a good selection of restaurants. There’s plenty to keep everyone happy with water and amusement parks a Go-carting track and one of the largest 18-hole golf courses on the island.

For a good family day out visit the Palmtos Park, with a well kept, ecologically friendly animal focused Zoo, Aquarium and tropical gardens with shows, picnic areas and lots to see there’s a lot for all the family to enjoy. Maspalomas is ideal for families and couples and is located about a 40 minute drive from the airport. If you’re looking for a great year-round family friendly holiday then Maspalomas should tick all your boxes so start saving money now and book all inclusive.

Our best-selling hotels in Maspalomas are the 3-star S/C, B&B or H/B Club Maspalomas Bungalows or a cheap alternative could be the 3-star Turbo Club Apartments. If you're looking for a slightly better value for your money then do atke a look at the 4-star Dunas Suites and Villas Resort which offers either half nboard or all-inclusive.

Puerto Rico

Situated at the mouth of a large valley, in the south western part of Gran Canaria, Puerto Rico started life as a small fishing village but has been developed to become the second largest holiday resort on the island. Its main attraction is its lovely gentle slopping beaches which are ideal for children and offer a wide array of watersports. Puerto Rico has two harbours, two great manmade beaches, two shopping centres and a host of bars and restaurants with many offering the daily catch as part of the menu.

It’s also renowned for having the best year round climate in Europe irrespective of whether you go there in the summer or winter. The only drawback for some is that there are a lot of steep hills and steps around, so this may not be ideal for tourist with mobility problems. Golfers will be happy to know there is a great course just 18 km from the hotel and a 9-hole course within 2 km of the resort. Driving time from the Las Palomas airport is around 45 minutes.

Our best-selling hotels in Puerto Rico are the 3-star Colina Mar Apartments which offers S/C, B&B, H/B or all-inclusive board options. The 4-star all-inclusive Altamadores Aparthotel which offers excellent value.

The number one adult’s only hotel in Puerto Rico is the 4-star Servatur Casablanca which offers S/C, B&B or half board.

San Agustin

San Agustin is a quieter option to its nearby neighbours of Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles and makes an ideal location for holidaymakers who want to relax all day at the beach. The gently slopping beach is well protected from the Atlantic and is ideal for those wishing to snorkel or dive. The resort offers a selection of bars and restaurants that offer Latin music. For a great night out visit the Casino Palace which offers the usual Casino entertainment as well as fabulous restaurant, live music, cabaret shows throughout dinner and lively bars.

For those who are seeking a livelier nightlife then Playa del Ingles is close at hand. Transfer time from the airport at Las Palmas takes around 35 minutes by car/taxi. If you think that San Agustin is for you then stop dreaming and start saving money now and book now.

Our best-selling hotels in San Agustin is the 4-star Dunas Don Gregory which offers H/B or Alll-inclusive. If you're looking for 5-star luxury the do take a look at the Melia Tamarindos Hotel which offers either B&B, H/B or All-inclusie oard options

The number one adult’s only hotel in San Agustin is the 4-star Costa Canaria Hotel which offers Half board or All-inclusive. The hotel is located directly on the sandy beach and the San Agustin seafront promenade. There are also 2 large swimming pools, whirlpool and sun terrace in the extensive. Chill out, theme dinner twice a week. Internet corner and wire-less system (at a charge), well-kept gardens with lush palm groves and a Wellness Centre with Thai Zen Space, massage, sauna, aroma therapy, whirlpool etc. The hotel’s special service: every guest has a specially-reserved sun lounger throughout his or her stay. (results from our groups AdultsOnlyHolidays website).

Gran Canaria is a year-round sun lover’s paradise but popular hotels do sell out quickly so do click here for cheap Gran Canaria holidays & hotels and book one before they’re gone.

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