Holiday Guide for Gran Canaria
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Gran Canaria is famous as a beach destination, and rightly so. The island benefits from a great climate as well as some brilliant beaches.
Playa del Ingles is the most famous beach on the island, and probably in the whole Canaries. The golden-sand beach stretches for nearly 3kms, and is lined with bars, restaurants, hotels and shops. Although it boasts all the facilities you could need, the drawback is the large crowds you get especially in summer. Visitors can enjoy a whole range of water sports, including jet-skiing, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing.
Just down the coast one can find the stunning sand dunes of Maspalomas. The white sand stretches for six kilometers, and the beach is divided into different areas: some of the beach is popular with nudists, another part designated for families and another popular with the gay community.
If you want
your beach a bit quieter, but cant do without all the amenities then Playa de los Amadores (Lovers Beach) is
a good option as radios and ball games are banned.
Playa de las Canteras in the north is another popular beach. The beach is a 3km cove of
golden sand and the natural reef provides perfect waters for swimming.
looking to escape the concrete jungle of the busier resorts, a trip to the
If you want to try your hand at windsurfing, there are a number of good beaches. The east coast is the best spot, with Pozo Izquierdo receiving ideal conditions for the sport.
There are a number places to rent the boards and take lessons.
For surfing, there are also some good
spots. La Cicer just down from Playa
de las Canteras often gets some great surfing conditions. Or check out El Alitalla just north of
too, is popular on the island. There are some good dive sites on the island
such as Puerto Morgan, Pasito Blanco Reef and El Carbon Marine Reserve. There are
also some wreck sites: the El Pajar
Wreck and a few around
(or perhaps more accurately kids!) will be excited by Gran Canaria’s three water parks. The biggest on the island
is Aquasur, near Maspalomas: it’s open year round and boasts
130,000 square metres of entertainment, including 33 slides and 13 water rides.
Also in Maspalomas is the
There are also some other parks to entertain the family:
Holiday World is an amusement park with a rollercoaster and 27m high Ferris wheel, as well as shooting stalls, laserdome and amusement arcades.
To learn a bit about the history of the island’s first inhabitants, visitors might want to check out Mundo Aborigen, where there is a reconstruction of life in an ancient Canary village and loads of displays and information of the Guanche people and their customs.
If you fancy
learning a bit more about the island there are a number of good museums to be
visited. The Museo
The Museo de Historia de Aguimes tells the history of the island over the last five centuries, since the Spanish arrived.
The Casa Museo de Colon is also in Las
Palmas and allows visitors a look at the house of the islands first Governors,
the place where Columbus stayed before his voyage to the new world. The museum
display includes contains artifacts from
Go to the
district of Triana for some great
shopping. The city’s Puerto de la Luz
is one of
ferry services from Gran Canaria to other islands in the region. To