Gran Canaria Island, a beautiful Atlantic Ocean isle in the Canaries off the coast of North Africa, is a great destination for a beach break in the sun. Its name meaning “Great Island of Dogs”, the second-most populous of the Canary Islands offers long stretches of white sandy beaches and dunes along its coastline, a dramatic mountainous inland landscape speckled with picturesque whitewashed villages and much more, all bathed in a warm climate. Little wonder that visitors from all over Europe take holidays on Gran Canaria Island. As well as being perfect for family holidays, Gran Canaria is also very popular among those seeking fun and nightlife, including those on group holidays. Welcoming resorts at the likes of capital Las Palmas, Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Bahia Feliz, Meloneras, San Agustin, Puerto Rico and elsewhere provide a range of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other nightspots for entertaining evenings here.
Unspoiled towns such as Arucas, Firgas, Bandama, Galdar, Teror, Ingenia and Agaete offer visitors a glimpse of traditional Canarian life. Kids will love family attractions such as the Crocodile Park in Aguimes; the Sioux City Wild West theme park in San Agustin, and the Aqualand water park, Holiday World funfair, and Palmitos Park nature park in Maspalomas. If you visit, you’ll see sights such as Castillo de la Fortaleza, Santa Ana Cathedral, the Maspalomas Dunes (great for camel rides), and the Inglesia de San Juan. Lots of airlines fly to Gran Canaria Las Palmas Airport (LPA) and Gran Canaria holidays can be affordable and enjoyable. With departures offered from airports throughout the UK, you can fly from your nearest airport and save on travel to and from the airport, too.