Sweeping beaches, bustling resorts and villages ripe for exploring make holidays to Gran Canaria a failsafe choice year-round.
Gran Canaria is often billed as a miniature continent, and it won’t take you long to see why on a Cruise & Stay holiday here. Rolling hills contrast with sandy beaches, while traditional whitewashed villages are paired with purpose-built tourist havens. Such diversity means crowds have flocked here for hundreds of years – and today, the island is as popular as ever.
Sand and sea
Gran Canaria’s made-to-measure beaches offer something for everyone. Secluded coves mingle with vast swathes of sand, stretching out for miles. At the island’s southernmost tip, hop your way along the much-loved Playa del Ingles. Close by, Maspalomas draws the crowds with its never-ending expanse of sandy dunes and 19th-century lighthouse, while families flock to the quieter San Agustín. Further west, Puerto Mogan’s marina is the perfect spot to enjoy dinner with a view.
A touch of class
Stylish Meloneras ramps up the class a bit. Modern shopping malls and designer brands can be found as readily as smaller boutiques. Both Meloneras and Playa Taurito are home to a good smattering of luxury hotels, bars and restaurants, for those in search of chic.
Beaches aside, Gran Canaria is home to some dramatic natural beauty, so it’s easy to take to the hills and explore. Pilancones Natural Park is well within your reach, around an hour’s drive from Maspalomas. The thick pine forests make an ideal habitat for bird and animal life, giving you the chance to glimpse rare and endangered species of flora and fauna at every turn.
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On the southern tip of Gran Canaria, Maspalomas is a quieter, more sophisticated version of its neighbour, Playa del Ingles. Instead of big shopping centres and starry-eyed nightclubs, it serves up first-class restaurants and designer boutiques – all next to a standout strip of beach.
Playa del Ingles►
Playa del Ingles is set on the southernmost tip of Gran Canaria. Sandwiched between the smaller resorts of Maspalomas and San Agustin, it’s brimming with purpose-built apartment complexes and hotels, big-name nightclubs, and a Saharan-sized beach. Come summer, it draws a young crowd looking to party, but with its long list of daytime activities, it’s a certified family favourite, too.
Set on Gran Canaria’s sun-soaked southern coast, Meloneras is a peaceful, purpose-built resort that has class written all over it. Modern shopping malls are filled with high-end boutiques and designer labels, plus an assortment of stylish restaurants and bars. The hotels, meanwhile, fall in line with the town’s upmarket feel. Most of them are sprawling village-like set-ups, with the beachfront right on their doorstep.
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Maspalomas Gay Pride
Gay Pride in Maspalomas is a month-long festival. Celebrations cram in everything from drag queen contests to foam parties,…
Hire a jet ski on Playa del Ingles
This beach sits shoulder-to-shoulder with Maspalomas. The swathe of golden sand is 3 kilometres long and it’s backed by a…
Eyeball the Guanche at Mundo Aborigen
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Work on the tan at Playa De Puerto Rico
This beach on Gran Canaria’s south west coast has the enviable reputation of being the island’s sunniest spot. The sand is…
Try out some watersports
Gran Canaria pulls out all the stops when it comes to watersports. If you want to get hands-on, you can try adventure sports…
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