Gran Canaria Holiday Guide

Gran Canaria Holiday Guide

Gran Canaria is a beautiful island in the Canary Islands archipelago, located off the northwest coast of Africa.

Known for its diverse landscapes, stunning beaches, and pleasant climate, Gran Canaria attracts millions of tourists each year.

Here is a brief overview of Gran Canaria:

For more in-depth information to this marvellous island look at the other sections in this web site.

Quick island Overview:

The best weather is found in the South of the island. This is where most of the tourist towns and accommodation found. The centre of the island rises up to almost 2.000 meters and has a much cooler climate.

The landscape and weather across Gran Canaria changes dramatically. Inland is higher with pine forests. The North is greener and the South is warmer.

Playa del Inglés:

One of the most popular tourist areas in Gran Canaria, Playa del Inglés offers beautiful sandy beaches, a vibrant nightlife scene, and a wide range of restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s a hub of entertainment and is particularly popular among young travelers.


Located next to Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas is famous for its impressive sand dunes, which are a protected natural reserve. The area also features a lighthouse, stunning beaches, and a picturesque promenade known as Meloneras.

Puerto de Mogán:

Often referred to as “Little Venice,” Puerto de Mogán is a charming fishing village with a network of canals, colorful buildings, and a marina. Visitors can enjoy the beach, explore the local market, and dine in the waterfront restaurants.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria:

The capital city of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas offers a mix of historical and modern attractions. Visit the charming old town of Vegueta, home to narrow streets, colonial architecture, and important landmarks like the Santa Ana Cathedral and Casa de Colón. Las Canteras Beach, one of the best urban beaches in Europe, is also located in Las Palmas.

Roque Nublo:

A symbol of Gran Canaria, Roque Nublo is a dramatic rock formation located in the center of the island. It offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and is a popular spot for hiking and photography.


Nestled in the mountains, the picturesque village of Tejeda is known for its stunning views, charming streets, and traditional Canarian architecture. It’s an excellent place to explore the island’s rural beauty and enjoy local cuisine.


Teror is a historic town known for its Basilica of Our Lady of the Pine. The town features colorful buildings, cobbled streets, and a popular Sunday market where you can find local produce, crafts, and souvenirs.


Located on the northwest coast, Agaete is a coastal town known for its natural beauty, including the picturesque Agaete Valley and the natural pools of Las Salinas. The town also hosts the Fiesta de la Rama, a traditional celebration held every August.

Adventure and Outdoor Activities:

Gran Canaria offers various outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, water sports, and golfing. The island’s diverse landscapes provide opportunities for exploring mountains, ravines, forests, and coastal areas.

Local Cuisine:

Don’t miss the chance to savor the local Canarian cuisine. Try dishes like papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes), mojo sauce, fresh fish and seafood, and traditional desserts like bienmesabe and quesillo. Gran Canaria also produces its own rum, so tasting local rum is a must.

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