A hodgepodge of dramatic terrains, Gran Canaria runs the gamut from lush, leafy forests to arid deserts, often titled a continent in miniature as a result. Each year, families flock to the water parks and beaches of all-encompassing holiday resorts like Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, while the jaw-dropping sand dunes of Maspalomas are popular with sunbathers. However, it’s not all sun, sea and sand – spectacular mountain landscapes, rocky ravines and coastal ruggedness leave subtle reminders of the island’s vivacious volcanic history. Playa del Ingles has wholeheartedly embraced its reputation as a clubbing hotspot for gay travellers, catering to both mainstream and more niche tastes including leather, drag and cabaret. The Pride festival at the start of May each year is one of the biggest in Europe and remains immensely popular with those seeking to show their true colours. Welcoming and friendly, Gran Canaria is truly the island with something for everyone. Book your 2021 holiday today.
Top resorts in Gran Canaria
Puerto Rico (GC)
There is something wonderfully soothing yet pleasingly exciting about life in Puerto Rico. One of the finest Canary Island destinations …From €197 per person
Playa del Ingles
Featuring a large, white sand beach overlooked by spectacular, photo-opportunity hills, Playa del Ingles is one of the most popular …From €189 per person
Puerto de Mogan
Located in the beach-orientated municipality of Mogan, amid a beautiful, steep-sided valley, lies the charming and quintessential Spanish fishing village …From €254 per person
Playa Amadores in Gran Canaria, Canary IslandsFrom €312 per person
Everything about Maspalomas is designed to bring you a holiday that will never be forgotten. From stunning beaches and an …From €205 per person
Playa del Cura
The Canary Islands have long served as an idyllic and iconic beach escape for those in search of the sun, …From €234 per person
Your guide to Gran Canaria holidays
Boasting curiously inhabited cave villages, stunning coastal trails and a wealth of mountainous terrain, our advice for your trip to Gran Canaria would be to give the beach a miss for a day or two, and get back to nature. With such otherworldly rural scenery on offer in this special part of the Canaries, it would almost be a crime to miss out. The best way to explore this spectacular paradise is on wheels, whether two wheels or four, but if you do opt to travel by bike, there’s an abundance of cycle tracks available to suit any strength and ability. Often dubbed the ‘Hawaii of the Atlantic’ by the worldwide surfing community, Gran Canaria has year-round sunshine, warm waters and near-perfect surfing conditions, so is extremely popular with those looking to shred some waves. Simply kick back and enjoy the spectacle as some of the best pro surfers from around the globe do their thing. With a number of surf schools also available, you could even catch some waves yourself.
For an effortlessly diverse trip to Gran Canaria in 2021, check out the resorts on the south side of the island. With their sun-bleached sandy stretches, buzzing nightlife and a host of luxe hotels on offer, there’s no finer selection than the resort of Playa del Ingles. It’s the head honcho of what gorgeous Gran Canaria has to offer, so those looking for the finer things in life should look no further. Elsewhere, Maspalomas next door is another resort with a strong fan base. Somewhat more reserved, you may find the beaches slightly less occupied here and its unique wind-beaten dune formations make for an afternoons lazing about with a difference. The resort also has plenty of classy hotels and scenic restaurants on display, with a rip-roaring water park if you have the little ones in tow. If you want nothing more than a good sizzle with golden stretches of sand as far as the eye can see, then the resort of Puerto Rico is the choice for you.
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Prices last checked at 12:26 AM January 23, 2021