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Gran Canaria – a year-round destination for fun and sun
Gran Canaria, a member of the Canary Islands but part of the Kingdom of Spain, enjoys a wonderful climate with hot summers and mild winters thanks to its position off the coast of north west Africa. This volcanic island has glorious beaches and beautiful natural scenery, with a choice of vibrant or quieter holiday resorts. Gran Canaria has a main city, Las Palmas, but shares its title as capital of the Canary Islands with the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Many people presume Gran Canaria gets its name because of the small yellow birds, but the word canaria actually means dogs. That said, confusingly the dogs referred to in the name were actually seals!
You can head to the area of Maspalomas in the south of the island, close to the busy resort of Playa del Inglés. This area, the Maspalomas Natural Dune Reserve, has a palm tree plantation and pond area where migrating birds stop to rest on their way to Europe, alongside large sweeping sand dunes along the beach. This area is popular for walks and with surfers, as well as with nudists as clothing is optional on some areas of the beach here. Inland, Gran Canaria has a mountainous landscape created by volcanoes. This is a great place to explore if you like to climb, hike or mountain bike along a trail. If you are not a keen sportsperson, however, there are gentler walks where you can just relax and enjoy the scenery, stopping at one of the many mirador, or viewpoints along the way. All this is only an hour from the coast, but there are hotels available in the rural towns and villages.
There are festivals held throughout Spain but some of those in Gran Canaria are quite unusual and lots of fun. In the town of La Aldea de San Nicolás, on the 11th September, people take their baskets into a pond by the beach and try to catch the fish in there with their hands. In Santa Brígida, on the first Saturday in July, a field in town is turned into a muddy mess by the local fire brigade and everyone gets as dirty as they can. In Telde, things are much cleaner as the party here involves a water fight. Anyone who wants to go to these festivities, whether just to watch or join in, is always made welcome. As well as all these traditional parties around the island, Gran Canaria also hosts music concerts, film festivals, sports events and much more throughout the year. Perhaps take a look at what is on offer when you would like to visit and choose the location of your hotel around that.
Close encounters of the marine kind
The calm warm waters surrounding Gran Canaria are ideal for marine life so it is no surprise that you will find bottlenose, striped, spotted and common dolphins here, in addition to whales. There are several companies who offer dolphin safari trips and getting a glimpse of these popular creatures is usually no trouble, as they love to play and leap out of the water alongside the boats. If you would like to be active in the water, windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing are very popular due to the great waves off the beaches. There are plenty of schools who offer lessons if you are a novice. If you do plan on doing lots of water sports, perhaps pick one of the beachside hotels. There are also jet skis, parasailing and banana boating. But if you prefer to relax you can take a cruise on a yacht or catamaran, stopping to snorkel and see the fish, and there are also party boat trips.
Something for everyone
Gran Canaria has a good choice of resorts, so whether you want to party every night or just to get away from it all, there will be somewhere perfect for you. Playa del Inglés is a large busy resort with high rise hotels, shopping centres and lots of bars and clubs. Popular with younger travellers, and with gay-friendly hotels and clubs, Playa del Inglés has something happening whether it is day or night. Puerto de Mogán, in the south, is a smaller resort with a sheltered beach, ideal for families, and is adjacent to a small harbour. Although quieter than Playa del Ingles, there are still bars and restaurants along with a weekly market. In the north, Las Palmas, the co-capital of Gran Canaria along with Santa Cruz, offers the visitor museums, cathedrals, a botanic gardens and great shopping, besides a number of lovely beaches. Make sure you pick a hotel in the capital city if you want a bit of culture with your sunshine.
Price rangefrom C$13to C$2,295
Hotel Aparthotel Corona Roja Playa del Inglés
Set on the beach, Aparthotel Corona Roja sits in Playa del Inglés. This hotel boasts both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Studios and apartments are decorated simply. These feature balconies, sofas, satellite TVs, and kitchenettes with fridges. Aparthotel Corona Roja prides itself in its sports facilities on site, including a pitch-and-putt, football pitch, and tennis court. The on-location restaurant features buffet and à la carte options. In addition to that, cafes, bars, and restaurants are within 300 metres for guests to grab a bite. Playa del Inglés’ beaches are only 300 metres away. Catch buses from San Fernando which is only a 15-minute stroll away. more
Hotel Hotel HD Parque Cristóbal Gran Canaria Playa del Inglés
Spain’s Playa del Inglés is home to Hotel HD Parque Cristóbal Gran Canaria, a hotel that features four outdoor pool and free airport shuttle. Maspalomas Beach is within one and a half miles. All of the 233 guestrooms are complete with coffee/tea making facilities, fully stocked kitchenette, free Wi-Fi, in-room massage, satellite TV, blackout drapes, in-room safe, balcony, stocked private bathroom, and daily housekeeping. Hotel HD Parque Cristóbal Gran Canaria prides itself in its free water park access. Other amenities include 24-hour front desk, computer station, fitness facilities, luggage storage, rooftop, terrace, sauna, steam room, and free beach shuttle. Breakfast is served daily. With two restaurants on site – and a bar/lounge, coffee shop/café, and poolside bar – guests can never go hungry/thirsty here. Yumbo Shopping Centre is less than a mile away. more
Hotel Gold By Marina Playa del Inglés
Recently renovated, Gold Playa del Ingles – Only Adults is also only a short walk away from the beautiful Playa del Ingles. Each of the stylishly designed guestrooms boasts amenities such as a flat-screen television, free Wi-Fi, and a mini-kitchenette with a microwave, hob, and toaster. All chambers open to a private balcony/terrace, with some of these providing stunning views of the sea. Gold Playa del Ingles – Only Adults has a large pool and patio area – perfect for lounging and relaxing. An airport shuttle is available for guests’ use, and laundry facilities as well as a hot tub are available on site. The hotel's restaurant serves an array of breakfast foods every morning until noon, and it features a variety of dishes for lunch and dinner. The Planetarium chill-out section of the hotel is the ideal place to enjoy a cocktail. This accommodation is a five-minute stroll away from Yumbo Shopping Centre, and it’s a ten-minute walk away from Maspalmomas Sand Dunes. more
Hotel Hotel Rey Carlos Playa del Inglés
Hotel Rey Carlos is located in Playa del Ingles. It is 500 metres from the beach and right by the Maspalomas dunes. Guests to the Hotel Rey Carlos can expect large rooms with a private balcony and en-suite, as well as a kitchenette with fridge, a lounge area with a TV, Wi-Fi, telephone and safe. The hotel has a large pool with wide sundeck as well as a wellness centre for saunas and treatments. Live music and shows happen both day and night for all ages while a TV room will let you unwind in front of the television. There are also transfers to the beach. The hotel restaurant serves a number of buffet theme nights as well as offering an all inclusive deal for meals and drinks. The restaurant also serves a complete breakfast. The pool has a bar to relax by. The Maspalomas Golf Course is just two kilometres away, while shopping is just a short stroll away. more
Hotel Hotel Roca Verde Apartments Playa del Inglés
Offering self catering accommodation, Hotel Roca Verde Apartments puts guests within a five-minute walk of the Playa del Inglés on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. Units located on the fourth and fifth floor of Hotel Roca Verde Apartments offer guests sea views. These simply furnished apartments all have kitchen facilities as well as flat-screen TVs. This complex features two swimming pools plus a children’s pool and a billiards table. Wi-Fi is offered in the property's communal spaces and for those coming by car, parking is available nearby. A selection of light snacks is available on-site, but for main meals, La Roca, the property's in-house restaurant, serves up pizzas and steaks. Nearby eateries include West End Restaurant and Sunset Bay, both of which are within a five-minute walk of the property. The former eatery offers burgers and beers while the latter serves up a mix of European and Asian fare. The Maspalomas Dunes are located just over three kilometres from the property. more
Hotel Servatur Waikiki Playa del Inglés
The RIU Waikiki is an all-inclusive 3 star hotel in the resort of Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria. The hotel consists of five different circular shaped buildings that are 7 storeys high. Between these buildings there is a total of 505 rooms each equipped with either a balcony or terrace, satellite TV, ceiling fan, room safe and an en suite bathroom. Surrounding the hotel there is a large outdoor swimming pool with an adjacent sun terrace and there is also a smaller children's pool. Sun loungers and umbrellas are provided free of charge for guests and there is a pool bar. A further bar is located inside one of the buildings where there is also a buffet style restaurant. For sports enthusiasts there are 2 tennis courts, a selection of racquet sports, table tennis and volleyball available and there is also a gym. For families with children there is an outdoor play area and a miniclub, whilst for the adults there is a hair salon and boutique. Computers with Internet access are available at a surcharge. The RIU Waikiki is located approximately 500 metres from the resort centre and 1.5 kilometres from the beach. A bus stop is located just outside the main entrance. more
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