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Gran Canaria

Small but perfectly formed, Gran Canaria manages to pack a lot onto a little island. Plus one of the advantages of choosing a smaller island as your holiday escape is that everywhere is within easy reach - so you don't have to miss out on a thing! Whatever you're into, you'll find it in Gran Canaria - from beaches and

waterparks to golf courses, museums and shopping centres, there's something for everyone. If you like to mix up your holiday itinerary, you can stay at any of the Gran Canaria resorts and enjoy a different activity or attraction each day.

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Playa del Ingles is the most popular holiday spot on the island, with shopping centres, cafe and bar lined streets, lively nightlife and a vast golden beach. Next door, Maspalomas is a little quieter, and the amazing sand dunes are one of its biggest draws. This resort is super family-friendly, with a 6km long Blue Flag beach and its own mini theme park! Puerto Rico boasts calm waters, a horseshoe shaped harbour and three fantastic malls crammed with places to eat, drink and shop! Nearby Amadores Beach is well worth a visit - it's earned the moniker 'Lovers' Beach' for its beauty.

Whichever resort you choose, no trip to Gran Canaria would be complete without spending some time in its capital, Las Palmas. Think cosmopolitan city meets historic old town with glamorous high streets and winding back alleyways. For a holiday of sun, sea and sightseeing, book your flights to Gran Canaria with, and discover why good things really do come in small packages.

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Top 5 things to do in Gran Canaria

10 facts about Gran Canaria


There are some brilliant beaches in Las Palmas. Playa de Las Canteras is an amazing city beach, allowing you the best of a city break and beach holiday at once.


Book your holiday between January and April to see the fantastic Burial of the Sardine tradition, the most exciting of the island’s festival events.


Many older inhabitants of the island believe that the Canary Islands are actually the lost lands of Atlantis – they’re certainly beautiful enough!


Gran Canaria’s restaurants are the perfect places to try some of the island’s best seafood. Fresh fish dishes and shellfish delights are all on the menu.


The island is one of the most biodiverse natural places in the world and was granted the status of Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.


Gran Canaria is brimming with wildlife. Take a diving trip to try and spot the rare and endangered Loggerhead turtles that live in the area.


Look out for the flavoursome La Gomera banana. This sweet fruit doesn’t grow on mainland Spain, so is a rare treat.


Not just a pretty face, the island boasts some fantastic museums like the Science and Technology Museum and the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art.


Christopher Columbus discovered Gran Canaria in 1492. You can visit his house, the Casa de Colón in Las Palmas to find out more.


Gran Canaria attracts a wide range of visitors for its golden beaches, sand dunes and mountains, rocky craters and ravines, and lush sub-tropical vegetation.