Sweeping beaches, bustling resorts and villages ripe for exploring make holidays to Gran Canaria a failsafe choice year-round.
As far as holiday destinations go, Gran Canaria is part of the world’s vintage collection. The third-largest Canary Island first appeared on the Spain tourism radar as far back as the 19th century, and it’s gone from strength to strength ever since.
Gran Canaria’s enduring appeal begins with its beaches – and it’s not a case of one size fitting all. On one hand, you’ve got the larger-than-life coastal resorts of Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas, where sunbathing is serious business and nightlife is of the neon variety. On the other hand, you’ve got the sleepier towns of Puerto Mogan, Bahia Feliz and Puerto Rico, where the beaches come with more space and the evening entertainment is a little lower-key.
Recently, Gran Canaria has started a collection of more bijoux beach resorts, too. In Meloneras and Playa Taurito, everything comes with a touch of gloss. Shops go down the boutique route and hotels lean towards luxury.
Another reason Gran Canaria’s popularity has stood the test of time is its good-looking interior, where cliffs and gorges wax and wane. If you want to catch a glimpse of traditional island life, there are plenty of hamlets here, too. Just half-an-hour’s drive from Playa del Ingles, you’ll discover Fataga, where car-free cobbled streets are lined with whitewashed houses.
How long does it take to fly to Gran Canaria?
Flights from the UK to Gran Canaria take around four hours, depending on which airport you fly from.
What is the time difference between the UK and Gran Canaria?
There’s no time difference between the UK and Gran Canaria, so you won’t have to adjust your watch.
What currency should I take to Gran Canaria?
Just like mainland Spain, you’ll need to take euros to pay for things in Gran Canaria.
When is a good time to visit Gran Canaria?
You can expect year-round sunshine in Gran Canaria, with hot summers, and winters where the mercury stays above 20°C. August is the hottest month, with temperatures reaching heights of 29°C. The other toastiest months are July, September and October.
What is the best area of Gran Canaria to stay?
For beach resorts with around-the-clock buzz, check out Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas. Puerto Rico treads the tightrope between laidback and lively, and for peaceful getaways there are towns like Bahia Feliz and Puerto Mogan.