Gran Canaria Holidays
Gran Canaria Holidays for Everyone
Holidays in Gran Canaria appeal to the whole family as there’s lots to do for all ages. Gran Canaria is an island of contrasts, from the white sandy beaches and tranquil blue seas, to tree covered ravines and traditional villages. The range of scenery and landscapes provides opportunities for all types of outdoor activity. Try snorkeling or water skiing, or hire a bicycle and see parts of the island that many visitors miss out on. Whether you have an interest in the history and culture of this Spanish island, or whether the excellent shopping and vibrant nightlife is more to your taste, with an all-inclusive holiday to Gran Canaria you won’t have to worry about anything other than enjoying yourself.
The Beautiful Island of Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria holidays are the perfect getaway at all times of year. The unique micro climate of the island means that the temperature rarely drops below 20C and with an average summer temperature of 26C it’s never unbearably hot either which makes it a great choice for a family holiday. Located off the northwest coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands. These friendly Atlantic ocean islands have long been popular with holidaymakers, and choosing an all-inclusive holiday means that you can relax and really enjoy the wonderful weather and beautiful scenery. The resort areas of Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas are well known for having some of the best accommodation, beaches, entertainment, activities and nightlife.
Playa del Ingles
The purpose built resort of Playa del Ingles is the perfect choice for a family holiday. Miles of golden sand make the clean, safe beaches great for children and there are lots of stalls and kiosks selling cold drinks and ice cream. The resort boasts several top entertainment complexes including the Kasbah Centre and the Cita Centre and there are lots of good restaurants, shops, cafes, bars and much more on offer in both. The Yumba Centre is where you’ll find the resorts gay scene, with friendly bars and clubs where everyone is welcome. An all-inclusive holiday in Playa del Ingles means that you won’t have to worry about things like shopping for food or cooking. Everything is laid on and choosing Playa del Ingles as the base for your Gran Canaria holiday means you’ll be ideally situated for seeing some of the island’s other attractions.
What to do in Gran Canaria
No Gran Canaria holidays are complete without a trip to Palmitos Park. This thrilling park is home to hundreds of different animals and birds, as well as many of the plants and flowers which symbolise the Canary Islands. See the bird of prey shows at the amphitheatre and marvel at the antics of eagles, falcons macaws and parrots. You’ll also be able to see meerkats, orangutans and other animals, plus the park has lots of places for refreshments so it’s ideal for a day out. Those with an interest in the past must visit Vegueta, the Christopher Colombus museum and Santa Ana Cathedral in Las Palmas the island’s capital. Mundo Aborigen is a village constructed exactly as it was in the times of native aborigines. See everyday scenes from an ancient civilisation in this beautiful setting which overlooks the island’s biggest gorge, Barranco de Fatago, or take an excursion to a present day cave village in the Guayadeque ravine where you can see real homes which are built right into the rock face and which the owners may let you have a look around if you ask politely. See the flower covered houses and canals of Puerto de Mogan with its arched bridges, it makes a nice, relaxing excursion on a family holiday. Sometimes called ‘little Venice’ it’s a really beautiful setting and well worth a visit.
The acclaimed Maspalomas Dunes have been assigned the status of protected area and this stretch of sandy hills is magnificent. The dunes have their own eco system and support a variety of life including plants and certain species of lizard. A family holiday really must include a visit to Aqualand water park. Filled with water slides and flumes it will keep older children happy all day long. Maspalomas has a wide range of entertainment and facilities for holidaymakers and there’s good shopping and nightlife to be found at the Faro II centre. Shoppers will adore the Rastro flea market which takes place each Saturday morning. With its pretty bungalows and apartments, Maspalomas is a great choice when it comes to choosing the perfect place to stay on Gran Canaria.
Who Goes to Gran Canaria
Canarian cuisine is a tasty fusion of Spanish Mediterranean and local tradition and papas arragudas, potatoes cooked in sea water, or at least water salty enough to make the potato skin wrinkle as the salt crystals draw out any moisture, are one of the most widely found specialities. You might also try Ropa Vieja a dish made from chicken or beef with vegetables and rice. Mojo sauce, either red or green is the favoured accompaniment to many dishes. Gran Canaria holidays attract many visitors to the island each year and it’s a great destination for all ages. An all-inclusive holiday is the way for you to enjoy star treatment in this paradise setting. Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, Sting and Jennifer Lopez have all visited Gran Canaria for its wonderful Gulf Stream climate and for the spectacular scenery and nightlife. Book your family holiday to see for yourself the many charms and attractions of this lovely island.
The Perfect Destination
Gran Canaria holidays are fun for all the family. Relaxing and rejuvenating breaks are the ideal choice in today’s busy world, and this island with its varied scenery, landscapes and vegetation is the perfect location. Warm weather is guaranteed throughout the year due to the close proximity of the Gulf Stream and it makes Gran Canaria a great place to enjoy a round of golf or horse riding through its ravines and valleys. Nightlife and entertainment from music, fine dining, dancing and clubs, as well as a lively gay scene make this an island with a welcome for everyone. For a really special break, an all-inclusive holiday is the answer. With everything laid on and organised you’re certain to have a vacation to remember in Gran Canaria.
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