Gran Canaria

Guest Post: Holiday in Gran Canaria

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Holiday in Gran Canaria, The Canary Islands

Thanks to its geographical location off the northwest coast of Africa, Gran Canaria has established itself as a popular holiday destination for those seeking out mild temperatures and blazing sunshine all year round. Even so, this small yet spellbinding island has plenty of other strings to its bow, which every traveller or tourist appreciates.

And when you take into account the fact that there are affordable flights to Gran Canaria throughout the colder northern hemisphere months, this appealing and alluring destination becomes even more attractive. But if you’re still not convinced, here are some additional reasons to visit:

1. The beaches

Boasting nearly 76 miles of coastline, Gran Canaria has a plethora of beaches to choose from. However, it is difficult to beat the incredibly inviting golden sands of Maspalomas, found at the very south of the island. Elsewhere, Playa del Ingles benefits from a bustling promenade full of cafes, bars and shops, but the tranquil sea at Amadores is perfect for families.

2. The scenery 

Go to Gran Canaria for the beaches, but stay for the scenery. In spite of its diminutive nature, this particular Canary Island has stunning mountain ranges, magnificent pine forests and sweeping deserts. Intrepid ramblers looking for more adventure than just relaxing on the beach have the opportunity to explore all of these marvelous landscapes.

3. The nightlife

After a day relaxing on the beach or discovering Gran Canaria’s unique scenery, a few drinks will be gladly received. Thankfully, the capital city of Las Palmas has an energetic nightlife to take advantage of. Visit a traditional restaurant, drink with the locals at a couple of bars then head to a club and dance the night away.

4. The resorts

Owing to the fact Gran Canaria attracts scores of tourists each year, numerous resorts for all types of travelers are available. From boutique accommodation in the mountains to all-inclusive hotels by the beach, both luxurious and cheap options can be found.

5. The culture

In the face of increasing tourist activity, Gran Canaria still manages to keep hold of traditions and customs that date back hundreds of years, making it a culturally rich destination too. Visit the island’s museums to learn about its history, gaze at the Moroccan-influenced architecture, take a stroll down the cobblestone streets or try and coincide your trip with one of Gran Canaria’s famous festivals, such as events at the International Film Festival of Las Palmas.

6. The sports

Referred to as a fine-weather open-air gymnasium, Gran Canaria is the perfect place for a number of sporting pursuits. On the water, activities such as surfing, diving and sailing can all be enjoyed regardless of ability. It is also possible to play golf next to a volcano, go running along the coast or cycle down challenging terrain.

7. The weather

Despite touching upon Gran Canaria’s weather before, it deserves another mention. In the peak of summer, visitors benefit from average temperatures of around 80 degrees (F) all over the island. But even in the coolest month of January, it rarely drops below 60 degrees. Even so, an extra lightweight layer for occasional chilly evenings is recommended.

It seems no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here, in the second most populated island in the Canary Islands. And the holidays are just around the corner.

Have you been to Gran Canaria? Tell us in the comments! 

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