With great weather and a long shoreline, Gran Canaria is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Travel agencies and local hotels offer great services and family holiday packages in Gran Canaria for UK tourists.
The main touristic areas of Gran Canaria are definitely Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés. Here is where the majority of the tourist attractions and entertainment are located. Therefore, this place is a popular destination for families and tourists who arrive here via holiday packages. The capital city of Gran Canaria is Las Palmas; this is where everyone arrives by plane, which means the 95% of the travellers.
Apart from the main resorts that are crowded, you can easily get around this island, which is a lot less hilly than neighbouring Tenerife or Fuerteventura. The climate here is Oceanic, which means, it never gets too hot, which makes it a great mild holiday resort in the summer until the late autumn months.
Last Minute Gran Canaria Holidays – Things to Do
Gran Canaria is not only the perfect place for a beach holiday but also has a vivid nightlife. It is also a perfect destination for families as Gran Canaria has family holiday resorts, theme parks, picturesque Mediterranean fishing ports and some great attractions all around. Once you visit Gran Canaria, you are guaranteed to return.
Bargain Tips: The most expensive holiday resort of Gran Canaria is definitely Maspalomas. If you want a cheaper stay, look for accommodations a bit further or on other shore of the island.
Flights from UK to Gran Canaria: UK to Gran Canaria flights are frequent especially between late spring and late summer when package tours have their charters in Gran Canaria. TUI, Thomas Cook, Thomson offer great price packages, especially when offered in the beginning or the end of the season or in Last Minute offers. Ryanair has flights to Gran Canaria from Luton Airport all-year long.
Travelling in Gran Canaria: Gran Canaria has a good public transportation network. Buses go to every part of the island and bus tickets are cheap both in town and out of town. Gran Canaria is a bike-friendly place and the cities all have their bike routes, which make biking easy and fun. You can find bike rentals everywhere in the holiday resorts. Car rental companies are everywhere, in case you would like to rent a car for a day or two. Prices are suitable, but always compare more agencies, or book your car online well in advance. Cheap car hire deals in Gran Canaria you will find at Holiday Autos. Check out their deals at Gran Canaria Airport or Las Palmas downtown.
When to visit: Best time to visit is from May to October
Why visit Gran Canaria: Because it is a great and fun place to be, it is perfect for family and beach holidays.
Top Five Places To See in Gran Canaria:
• Holiday World
Holiday World is the largest funfair of the Canary Islands located in Maspalomas on the South. The park is so successful that it does not close down, not even for a day, even in low season as it is so highly visited by both locals and tourists. The open-air park has dozens of shows and amusement possibilities. Holiday World has different themed areas. It has one of the amusement parks for the children where you can find the 27-metre high Ferris wheel, dodgems, rollercoaster, Go-kart, Bowling and features daily parrot shows, seal shows. The other part of the park is the Water Theme Park that includes a boating lake and several pools. Holiday World has several performances, shows and other events that refresh regularly in order to entertain everyone to the fullest.
Opening hours: Specialty of the funfair is that it opens relatively late at 6 pm and closes at midnight on weekdays and 1 am during the weekend.
Aqualand is the biggest water theme park of Gran Canaria, and as such, it has a huge success among locals and tourists. Due to the warm climate here, there is no time you would say “no” for having a good swim, especially if surrounded with some extra rides on special slides such as the Boomerang, which is a so-called vertigo fall. The Tornado slide – another great speed slide, or the Adrenalina, the Rapids or the Mamut, are all specialties of Aqualand itself! In case of smaller children, they can also have a great time; Aqualand has a Minipark and a water playground with baby pool for the toddlers. In case you get hungry, Aqualand has some great bars offering a wide range of sandwiches and ice cream or you can have a proper meal in the restaurant of the Theme Park. The Park is easy to access from all parts of the island.
Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm every day
• Dunes of Maspalomas
If you are up to see something extraordinary, then you should not miss visiting the dunes of Maspalomas, which will make you feel instantly like being in Africa or in the Middle East! The perfect sand dunes look exceptionally beautiful and make a great spot for photo shots. Situated between Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés, this area is so special that today it is a nature reserve. The 4.5 square km area is said to house the sand that arrived here straight from the Sahara via an extra-hard windstorm that resulted in the creation of Gran Canarias’ very own sand dunes! It is a real must-visit site!
• Sioux City
If you are enjoying your holidays in Gran Canaria with family, then you may want to visit the Western Style Sioux City, which is in San Augustin, only a short trip away from Maspalomas. This is a great Western style village on a huge area including ranch, church and a real Western Style Saloon with the suiting music and bartender. The Theme Park has multiple Sioux Indian shows daily, bringing the era of the Wild West to the Canary Islands. It is really a unique experience, and in addition, it contains a little zoo, much to the happiness of the visiting children!
Opening hours: Open from 10 am to 5 pm every day, except Monday.
• Crocodile Park
Opening its doors to the public in 1988, the Cocodrillo Park is the very first animal theme park on Gran Canaria and it is still the one and only of its kind in the Canary Islands, being one of the largest crocodile parks in the world! The park is located in Agüimes and it houses dozens of crocodiles of different kinds. The sight of these dangerous yet beautiful creatures is really capturing. A few years ago, Crocodile Park was working on being able to house other animals and reptiles in its area. It has a fine Aquarium, a Spider House and houses several jaguars and camels in its area. Do not miss the crocodile feeding!
Opening hours: From 10 am to 6 pm, except Saturday. Crocodile feeding: From 12 am, 2pm and/or 4 pm.
Top Three Gran Canaria Beaches to Relax:
Puerto Rico: This beach is especially for those wanting to try water sports and see the beautiful yachts arriving in Gran Canaria.
Puerto de Mogan: Lying on the shore of the resort town, this is one of the most visited beaches with golden sand.
San Augustin: This beautiful beach also attracts those who want to look at the surrounding tropical gardens.
Other Places of attraction:
– Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
– Sioux City
– Mundo Aborigen
– Palmitos Park