Gran Canaria Travel Guide

Gran Canaria Travel Guide

Gran Canaria as its name suggests is the largest of the Canary islands. Famed for year round sun Gran Canaria is a popular destination for holidaymakers with children and clubbers alike. Playa del Ingles is the largest and liveliest resort on the island. Maspalomas, Puerto Rico and San Augustin are all popular resorts on Gran Canaria

Location

Canary Islands, off the West African coast

Climate

Hot and dry with low rainfall, year round sun, perfect destination for winter sun

Currency

EURO

Time Difference

GMT + 1hr

Transfer Time

Playa Del Ingles, Maspalomas, Puerto Rico and San Augustin are all in the south of the island and take approx. 30-55mins from the airport.

Hotels

Ranging from 2 star self catering appartments to 5 star all inclusive hotels - something to suit every budget and taste. Hotel quality is good and many are newly built or refurbished.

Attractions

Beaches, culture and music festivals, watersports, cathedrals and museums. Beautiful small towns to visit. Puerto de Mogan is highly recommended. Maspalomas beach.

Shopping

Gran Canaria has a big advantage in that the island is duty free. Electrical goods, camcorders, cameras as well as alcohol and tobacco are all available at much cheaper prices than the UK. Gift shops, boutiques, markets and souvenier shops are plentiful throughout the island.

Excursions

Sioux City - Western theme park, Catamaran trip, Jeep Safari, Timanfaya Cruise - Spanish Galleon, and camel rides.

Family

Gran Canaria is well suited to a family holiday. There resorts are large and modern and there are many activities for children of all ages.

Getting Around

Buses operate between the main resorts but to see the best of what Gran Canaria has to offer, car hire is recommended as bus services are limited.