If you’re after a holiday with plenty of fun in the sun, a Gran Canaria holiday could be right up your street. Based just off the west coast of Africa within the popular, sun-drenched Canary Islands archipelago, Gran Canaria promises plenty of sunshine and a fabulous escape that’s as diverse as they come.
Thanks to its location, the island benefits from a wonderfully warm year-round climate that’s scorching hot in the summer and pleasantly warm in the winter. So it makes a great place to visit if you’re hoping to top up your tan during the cold damp days of the British winter.
Gran Canaria is a haven for any type of relaxing holiday, including family trips, and you’ll find plenty of bustling beach resorts around the coastline that have many fun activities and watersports to enjoy. While you’re there, head to Maspalomas, a large bustling resort on the south coast, to enjoy its gorgeous beaches and nightlife. Discover the famous sand dunes, and make your way over to neighbouring Playa del Ingles for a knockout stretch of sand and a vibrant party atmosphere.
Whether you’re here for the beach, the sunshine, the watersports, or any one of Gran Canaria’s other star attractions, you’ll probably notice a medley of traditions and influences of the location’s distinctive culture. Despite where you can find Gan Canaria, which is closer to Africa than it is to Europe, the island is Spanish-owned. That means you can expect a pleasantly familiar Mediterranean vibe and tasty Spanish cuisine, along with various influences that have made their way over from North Africa and the Middle East.
Gran Canaria has a fascinating heritage too. Christopher Columbus arrived here in 1492 and anchored in the port town of Las Palmas, now Gran Canaria’s capital, so it’s well worth spending time exploring the city and finding out much more about its heritage as part of a day trip.