Gran Canaria Holidays

Gran Canaria

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The history of the Canary Islands is shadowed in myths and legends. Early settlers believed the islands were the mythical, disappeared land of Atlantis. There are a handful of theories about its early settlers, but it is widely believed that Gran Canaria was populated by 500 BC. The natives, known as Guanches, are widely thought to have migrated from North Africa. They had primitive tools and weapons and lived mostly in caves.

After the Roman Empire collapsed, Europe neglected the Canary Islands for about 1,000 years. Mediterranean sailors rediscovered the region at the beginning of the 14th century. Until this time, 30,000 Guanches had been living peacefully. Then the Europeans travelled to the islands to obtain slaves and furs.

The Guanches successfully fought off Spanish invasion until Pedro de Vera, the leader of the Spanish forces, completed his country’s conquest of Gran Canaria by 1483. The Spanish killed many Guanches during this period, and the majority of the native survivors were forced to become slaves.

Calls for the independence of the Canary Islands began toward the end of the 19th century after Cuba won independence from Spain. In 1912, the Island Council’s Law brought about many infrastructural projects including the airport, a motorway network, and reservoirs. These projects led to the establishment of the tourism industry.

In 1927, the archipelago was divided into two separate provinces, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

In 1982, the Canary Islands passed the Autonomous Government Statutes.

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Gran Canaria Holidays

Riu Vistamar All Inclusive

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews
Situated on a cliff top beside the sea, in the town of Puerto Rico in the south of Gran Canaria; as well as the impressive views, in the Clubhotel Riu Vistamar you will be able to enjoy the convenience of the "All inclusive" system.
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Riu Waikiki All Inclusive

3 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews
In the south of the sunny island of Gran Canaria, stands the Hotel Riu Waikiki, with 3 stars. An ideal destination for those who love sun and sea, and one where they can enjoy the particularly friendly, personal service that characterises all Riu hotels.
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Marina Suites Gran Canaria

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews
Modern aparthotel with stunning outdoor pool overlooking the seaThe Marina Suites is a four-star aparthotel that is set beside the Puerto Rico Marina within Gran Canaria. The infinity pool overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. There is also a sunset terrace and a kids' pool for the guests. Leisure facilities include a hydro-massage pool, Jacuzzi, massage facilities, and mini-golf course. Other amenities include tourist info, meeting rooms, currency exchange, multilingual staff, 24-hour front desk, bar, restaurant, facilities and rooms for disabled guests, newspapers, and Wi-Fi Internet access (some fees may apply). 3 Reasons To Stay: Facilities include a hydro-massage pool, Jacuzzi, and massage The outdoors swimming pool offers spectacular Atlantic Ocean views Close to the beaches, shops, and restaurants Marina Suites Aparthotel Gran Canaria Island RoomsThere are 214 air-conditioned guest rooms at the Marina Suites. These include the Standard Suite, the Deluxe Suite, the Double Suite, and the Select Suite. There is a balcony on most of the suites with views of the sea or of the marina. One suite on each of the four floors has been adapted to cater for persons who have impaired mobility. The tastefully decorated suites are in wood and marble and have a maritime theme. The suites range in sizes from 764 square-feet to 1,100 square-feet. The terrace or balcony space adds on an extra 100 square-feet. The bed linen is changed and daily cleaning is completed several times throughout the week. Shampoo and soap are provided to guests on their arrival. Key features in the Marina Suites rooms include a kitchenette, living room with TV, armchair/sofa bed, a bathroom with hair-dryer, and welcome amenities, and bedrooms with twin beds, night curtain, carrier bag, writing desk, phone, and safe. The sailor decoration kitchenette comprises a microwave, two burners, fridge, coffee machine, table with four chairs, toaster, kettle, coffee machine, plates and cutlery, iron, and high chair. Things To Do: Beach (0.12 miles/0.2 km) Shops (0.3 mi/.5 km) Amadores Beach (1.2 mi/2 km) Maspalomas (12.4 mi/20 km)
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Riu Don Miguel Adults Only Hotel

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews
You can find this hotel on Playa del Ingls very near the town center. The ideal place to enjoy the island of Gran Canaria a small continent where you'll discover contrasting scenery from desert to lush vegetation.
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Bahia Blanca Apartments Resort Gran Canaria

3 stars
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Bahia Blanca is a self-catering holiday apartment resort on the island of Gran Canaria. We are proud of our friendly and helpful staff who's aim is to make your holiday as relaxing and memorable as possible. Bahia Blanca has been established for over 20 years and we have won many Awards for customer service.Bahia Blanca is located above the cliffs on the south coast of Gran Canaria, just a 30 minute drive or taxi ride from Las Palmas International Airport. Bahia Blanca is an ideal base, being central to all that you could want on Gran Canaria. All of our 108 self-catering apartments have great sea views over the Atlantic Ocean and are south facing, catching the sun for most hours of the day
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AxelBeach Maspalomas - Apartments & Lounge Club

3 stars
3.0 / 5 2 reviews
The new AxelBeach Maspalomas - Apartments & Lounge Club offers the best experience and fun of the island with the best atmosphere, facilities and leisure so you can enjoy your holiday in Gran Canaria, both day and night.Located in Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, just 1.5 km from the sea, the new AxelBeach Maspalomas has 92 modern apartments, distributed over 4 floors and perfectly equipped to provide the maximum comfort and convenience. The heterofriendly complex, for adults only, has also several leisure areas conceived and designed exclusively for you to find the Axel cool atmosphere and the most cospomolitan meeting.
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Paradise Lago Taurito Hotel Gran Canaria

3 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews
The Hotel Paradise Lago Taurito is a three stars hotel perfect for couples and also for families: 128 spacious double rooms and 132 family rooms with separate bedrooms which provide enough space up to 5 persons. The swimming pool, separate childrens pool, solarium and Jacuzzi are located at the first level, with views to the Waterpark. There is also a wide offer at the restaurant with show cooking, theme evenings, pizza corner and Asian cuisine. The waterpark Lago Oasis will be closed for refurbishment from 21st April until 18th May
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Marina Bayview

4 stars
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Two-star hotel has a panoramic elevator with beautiful viewsThe Ipanema Park Apartments is a four-level hotel built on a hillside with beautiful views of the ocean, along with a panoramic elevator to access the different levels. Various amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar/lounge, currency exchange, conference and meeting rooms, airport shuttle, private beach access, and 24-hour desk service. A pool bar serves breakfast and lunch all day, and there's a nearby golf course. A water park, tennis, mini-golf, fitness center, clubs, and restaurants can all be found in the nearby town center. 3 Reasons To Stay: There are views of the sea from all of the apartments Close to the beaches and busy marina Close to the town center with its water park, tennis, mini-golf, fitness center, clubs, and restaurants Ipanema Park Apartments RoomsThere are 114 units at the Ipanema Park Apartments complex. These include the Apartments with a Balcony, and Apartments with a Terrace. All rooms at the Ipanema Park Apartments comprise two twin beds and one sofa bed. Each apartment has a kitchen that is fully furnished and includes a kettle, coffee and tea making facilities, and refrigerator. Other facilities include a private en-suite bathroom with shower, washbasin, and hair-dryer, high-speed Internet access (some fees may apply), satellite color TV, a full-size work desk, personal safe (paid locally), telephone, wake-up services, and housekeeping services. The cleaning service is completed once a week. Things To Do: Beach (1 mi/1.6 km) Marina (4.2 mi/6.7 km) Palmitos Park (6.6 mi/10.6 km)
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Riu Flamingo

4 stars
4.8 / 5
During the day: sun, beaches, sand dunes, beautiful gardens... When night falls: restaurants, bars and discos where you are sure to have fun. Next to Playa del Ingls and in the comfort and independence that makes a perfect holiday.
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Gloria Palace San Agustin Hotel Gran Canaria

4 stars
4.5 / 5
Located in two of the most popular areas in the south of Gran Canaria - San Agustin and Amadores - the 4-star Gloria Palace San Agustin and Gloria Palace Amadores hotels are noted for their outstanding locations and fantastic views, spaciousness, family-style welcome, their cuisine and their involvement with health through the seawater treatments provided at their renowned thalassotherapy centres. Located in San Agustin, Gloria Palace San Agustin Thalasso & Hotel is a 4-star establishment built in 1989 and fully refurbished in 2007. The hotel amenities are: banquet facilities, bar, bar, billiards, children's facilities, conference facilities, gift shop, gym / fitness facilities, gym / fitness facilities, lift / elevator, lobby, parking facilities - free, pets allowed (only dog and with extra charge, reception, restaurant, room service, safe deposit box, spa services (massage, facial, steam room, etc.), swimming pool - outdoor, table tennis, tennis court, tour desk (extra charged). Breakfast included.
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Gran Canaria Hotels

Riu Vistamar All Inclusive

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews
Situated on a cliff top beside the sea, in the town of Puerto Rico in the south of Gran Canaria; as well as the impressive views, in the Clubhotel Riu Vistamar you will be able to enjoy the convenience of the "All inclusive" system.
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Riu Waikiki All Inclusive

3 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews
In the south of the sunny island of Gran Canaria, stands the Hotel Riu Waikiki, with 3 stars. An ideal destination for those who love sun and sea, and one where they can enjoy the particularly friendly, personal service that characterises all Riu hotels.
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Marina Suites Gran Canaria

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews
Modern aparthotel with stunning outdoor pool overlooking the seaThe Marina Suites is a four-star aparthotel that is set beside the Puerto Rico Marina within Gran Canaria. The infinity pool overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. There is also a sunset terrace and a kids' pool for the guests. Leisure facilities include a hydro-massage pool, Jacuzzi, massage facilities, and mini-golf course. Other amenities include tourist info, meeting rooms, currency exchange, multilingual staff, 24-hour front desk, bar, restaurant, facilities and rooms for disabled guests, newspapers, and Wi-Fi Internet access (some fees may apply). 3 Reasons To Stay: Facilities include a hydro-massage pool, Jacuzzi, and massage The outdoors swimming pool offers spectacular Atlantic Ocean views Close to the beaches, shops, and restaurants Marina Suites Aparthotel Gran Canaria Island RoomsThere are 214 air-conditioned guest rooms at the Marina Suites. These include the Standard Suite, the Deluxe Suite, the Double Suite, and the Select Suite. There is a balcony on most of the suites with views of the sea or of the marina. One suite on each of the four floors has been adapted to cater for persons who have impaired mobility. The tastefully decorated suites are in wood and marble and have a maritime theme. The suites range in sizes from 764 square-feet to 1,100 square-feet. The terrace or balcony space adds on an extra 100 square-feet. The bed linen is changed and daily cleaning is completed several times throughout the week. Shampoo and soap are provided to guests on their arrival. Key features in the Marina Suites rooms include a kitchenette, living room with TV, armchair/sofa bed, a bathroom with hair-dryer, and welcome amenities, and bedrooms with twin beds, night curtain, carrier bag, writing desk, phone, and safe. The sailor decoration kitchenette comprises a microwave, two burners, fridge, coffee machine, table with four chairs, toaster, kettle, coffee machine, plates and cutlery, iron, and high chair. Things To Do: Beach (0.12 miles/0.2 km) Shops (0.3 mi/.5 km) Amadores Beach (1.2 mi/2 km) Maspalomas (12.4 mi/20 km)
Nightly rates from €73.68

Riu Don Miguel Adults Only Hotel

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews
You can find this hotel on Playa del Ingls very near the town center. The ideal place to enjoy the island of Gran Canaria a small continent where you'll discover contrasting scenery from desert to lush vegetation.
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Bahia Blanca Apartments Resort Gran Canaria

3 stars
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Bahia Blanca is a self-catering holiday apartment resort on the island of Gran Canaria. We are proud of our friendly and helpful staff who's aim is to make your holiday as relaxing and memorable as possible. Bahia Blanca has been established for over 20 years and we have won many Awards for customer service.Bahia Blanca is located above the cliffs on the south coast of Gran Canaria, just a 30 minute drive or taxi ride from Las Palmas International Airport. Bahia Blanca is an ideal base, being central to all that you could want on Gran Canaria. All of our 108 self-catering apartments have great sea views over the Atlantic Ocean and are south facing, catching the sun for most hours of the day
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Flights

Flights to Gran Canaria

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
Dublin Gran Canaria Tue 27 May - Tue 3 Jun €194
Cairo Gran Canaria Fri 25 Apr - Fri 2 May Check rates
Madrid Gran Canaria Mon 19 May - Mon 26 May €231
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Gran Canaria highlights

  • Play a Round of Golf

    The weather is always great on Gran Canaria, so a round of golf can be enjoyed any day. The island’s golf history is impressive; the first course opened in Las Palmas in 1891. Today there are nine golf courses, including Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas—the oldest course, at its new location since 1956--El Cortijo Club de Campo and Las Plameras Golf.

    Spend a Day at the Beach

    Gorgeous beaches and water sports are plentiful on the island. Amadores Beach is a smaller manmade beach that is ideal for families. There are many restaurants and cafés close by. Maspalomas Beach has fine sand that is almost white with dunes behind it. Stretched over several kilometres, one end is for nudists and the other one is for families with children. This is a perfect beach for windsurfing, sailing, and surfing.

    Climb the Rocks

    This is a popular activity and the island offers many great spots in its mountains. Roque Nublo has 12 routes with varying difficulty. There is also El Palmes in El Toscan de Tejeda and Betancuria located in Ayacata. In the northwest, Tamadaba boasts cliffs of up to 1,000 meters.

    Watch for Dolphins

    Boat trips can be taken from Puerto Rico in the south to look for dolphins. There are about 27 different species of dolphines in the waters around the coastline.

    Hike in Nature

    The island’s terrain is ideal for those who would like to enjoy nature while getting some exercise. There is a large network of trails and guidebooks you can find locally so that you will never get bored of walking around in the great outdoors of Gran Canaria.

    Scuba Dive

    Gran Canaria is a perfect place for diving because the water is clean and clear and bursting with many species of marine life; it is listed as one of the world’s top 100 diving destinations. It is perfect for recreational diving because a shelf about 20 metres deep surrounds most of the island. You can even go on exciting night dives!

Top Gran Canaria attractions

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    Campo Safari Park La Baranda

    This park has 70 camels and a Swim with Sea Lions attraction. The beautiful property is full of avocado and citrus trees. There is also a bar and restaurant and small zoo on the property.

    Salinas de Tenefé

    The Saltpans located here were originally known as the “Salinas de los Tres Molinos”, meaning “saltpans of the three windmills”. This is because when the saltpans were built at the end of the 18th century, there were three windmills that pumped the salt water to a higher level. It used to supply the fishing fleet as well as the locals. Today, visitors visit the saltpans and learn about the production process. Afterwards, they go to the Interpretive Centre where they learn about the importance of salt throughout history. The Interpretive Centre is housed where the salt workers used to live. Entry is free.

    Museo de La Zafra

    Learn about the agricultural history of the Santa Lucia region, especially the importance of the tomato crop, at this Gran Canaria museum. There are also exhibitions depicting the agricultural way of life and an original well that is 85 metres deep, as well as well-maintained equipment that is used to demonstrate how the well functions. Visitors can view the whole process of the packing and labelling of tomatoes.

    Casa de Colón

    Columbus’ house celebrates the Canary Islands’ role in the explorer’s European discovery of the Americas and the development of the transatlantic trade. The building is over 500 years old and exemplifies Canarian architecture.

    Canary Garden

    The beaches are not the only natural wonder of Gran Canaria. Enjoy the lovely flora and fauna on the 27 hectares this garden has to offer. It is within walking distance from any of the downtown hotels. Conservation work has been carried out in order the preserve the area’s natural beauty.

    The Museum and Archaeological Park Cueva Pintada

    Visitors will gain an idea of Gran Canaria’s prehistoric years by exploring this Site of National Interest. Visitors can get a sense of the daily life and culture of ancient villagers through prehistoric cave murals and archaeological remains such as utensils, pots and pans, and other items.

    Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday

     

Gran Canaria holiday travel tips

  • To and from Gran Canaria

    There are two airports on Tenerife, but Gando Airport in Gran Canaria is the islands’ major airport. It is located 16 kilometres from Las Palmas. There are plenty of taxis at the airport and there are also Gran Canaria car hire offices. There is also a shuttle bus that travels from the airport to the major hotels and resorts on the island.

    There are ferries and jetfoils that connect Gran Canaria with nearby Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote by the ports in Agaete and Las Palmas.

    Getting around Town

    There is a network of air-conditioned buses on the island, although service to rural areas is not very reliable. There are turquoise, green, and blue Global buses and yellow buses in Las Palmas that provide efficient service within the city. To travel between Maspalomas and Las Palmas, the quickest bus route is the 50. Discounted bus passes are available and provide for ten trips.

    There are many taxis in Las Palmas and in tourist areas. Fares are relatively cheap for local trips.

    There are also day trips that can be planned through your hotel or a local operator so that you do not have to worry about navigation.

Where to stay in Gran Canaria

  • Barcelo Margaritas Hotel is a magnificent hotel that is just perfect for couples and families. The beautiful structure has 490 guestrooms with balconies overlooking the stunning tropical garden or a turquoise swimming pool. There is a buffet restaurant, four bars to relax in, a miniclub and a playground for the children. There is a beauty centre and an entertainment program, as well as a nudist rooftop terrace for the adults.

    Blue Bay Beach Club is the perfect holiday hotel, overlooking the sea. After you come back from the beach, you can soak in the Jacuzzi or lounge by the pool and then have dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, La Hacienda. The apartments are fully equipped and have terraces. There is also a health club and supermarket on site.

    Iberostar Costa Canaria Hotel is a luxurious beachside resort. The adults-only hotel is perfect for couples and provides plenty of outlets for relaxation sans children, such as a spa and beauty centre and swimming pools. The Playa de San Agustín beach, with its fine sand, is just steps away. Since it is naturally protected from high tides, it is an ideal location for snorkelling and diving. The hotel also provides a wide array of entertainment options for adults.

    Bahia Blanca Apartments Resort Hotel is a beautiful holiday resort. It has earned awards for its customer service and it is ideally located a short drive from the airport above the cliffs on the south coast of the island. All 108 apartments have breathtaking views of the sea and are fully furnished. For your convenience, there is wireless Internet, a swimming pool, and a restaurant.

    So book a Gran Canaria hotel today!

Gran Canaria restaurants

  • Photos of Spanish celebrities adorn the walls at Casa Pablo (Calle Tomás Miller 73) who come for its delicious, traditional Spanish cuisine. There is a wonderful tapas menu to satisfy desires for something light and fresh.

    The vegetarian restaurant Hipócrates (Calle Colón 4) is a hit with vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. In a picturesque old cottage, surrounded by a gurgling fountain and pristine green and white décor, enjoy scrumptious fresh vegetarian lasagne, unique salads, seitan kebabs, or the hearty set menu.

    For delectable seafood, look no further than Restaurante Casa Montesdeoca (Calle Montesdeoca 10 S). The restaurant is housed in a lovely old 16th century home, setting a romantic ambiance that is perfect for couples. There is also a beautiful patio surrounded by lush greenery and charming wooden balconies. All of the meat and seafood dishes are divine.

    A memorable meal fit for royalty will certainly be had at Restaurante Amaiur (Calle Pérez Galdós 2), which adjoins a 19th century palace. The elegant high-ceilinged dining rooms are the perfect setting in which to savour codfish-stuffed peppers, caviar, and monkfish served with prawns.

    For authentic Italian cuisine, head to Molinet (Paseo Canteras 6), which is owned by Italians. The restaurant features originals like ostrich enhanced with muscatel sauce or homemade pasta topped with porcini mushrooms. Enjoy the amazing view of the sea from the tables outside.

Health & Safety

  • Health and Hygiene

    There are no compulsory vaccinations. Recommended vaccinations include boosters for: tetanus, pertussis, polio and diphtheria, measles. For travellers over 25 who are not vaccinated, the risk should be assessed on a case-by-case basis, including hepatitis A only for risky journeys. Rabies vaccinations are not recommended, but post-exposure treatment is necessary in the case of a bite or scratch from a suspect animal.

    Children should be given boosters for vaccinations in the vaccination schedule, but sooner: They should have measles in combination with mumps and rubella (for babies aged nine months, a booster should be given six months later).

    The water is potable. Bottled water is recommended, especially for infants. The health infrastructure is very good. Before you leave, ask your local Social Security centre for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

    In case of emergency, dial 122 for all emergency services. Dial 091 for the police of Santa Cruz or Tenerife.

    Safety and Security

    Do not walk alone at night or in poorly lit areas wearing expensive jewellery or carrying large quantities of cash. Do not leave personal belongings in parked vehicles and do not accept food or drinks from strangers in bars.

    Avoid driving at night and do not pick up hitchhikers.

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