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Gran Canaria holidays offer everything that's special about the Canary Islands. From the sandy dunes of Maspalomas and the fauna adorned central mountains, to the thick forests of the north, the stunning landscapes of Gran Canaria are hard to beat.
Ideal for a calming and rejuvenating getaway, holidays to Gran Canaria have a good selection of blue flag beaches and low-key excursions on offer. Whichever resort you choose as a base for your break, you'll never be too far from restaurants, bars, and other convenient facilities.
Those who do like to turn the pace up a notch can find a livelier scene towards the south of the island. Playa del Ingles boasts plenty of clubs and pubs to help ensure your night on the tiles is simply unforgettable.
Even the best Gran Canaria holiday deals aren't complete without a trip to a waterpark. With enough action to keep the family occupied for the day, Aqualand's snack bars and refreshment areas are bound to come in handy. Slides including the Boomerang and Tornado are fabulous fun for older kids, while any youngsters can try the splash play-parks out for size.
Although lasers and neon lights are available in abundance throughout Playa del Ingles, it's well worth getting into a different swing of things over in Puerto Rico. Crank up the glamour and enjoy a weekend evening in some of the more refined late night bars and restaurants in the resort, where themed nights and cabarets often bring in the crowds. Make a day of it and spend a few hours relaxing on the horseshoe Puerto Rico bay before heading out for the evening.
Also based in Maspalomas, Palmitos Park is a small wildlife and marinelife centre to the south of Gran Canaria. Take the little ones to look at dolphins and reptiles, as well as some mini mammals including meerkats and wallabies.
Try out Sport Fishing
Perk up your Gran Canaria package holidays with a spot of sport fishing. Grab your fishing rod and head out to sea to try your luck at plucking some beauties out of the ocean. Typical catches include tuna and barracuda, and your on-board instructor will be able to advise you on any more exotic finds.
Bathe on Blue Flag Beaches
It is not unusual to jet off on holidays to Gran Canaria with the primary purpose of chilling out. Although many of the Canary Island beaches are by nature black, areas that are popular with tourists are enhanced with sands shipped straight from the Sahara. Take your pick from as many as 13 blue flag beaches including Maspalomas, Las Canteras and El Confital.
Jump aboard Aphrodite
Take some time out on Aphrodite, the Turkish gullet (a traditional wooden sailing boat) that blissfully transports you across the west seas of Gran Canaria. With little to do but enjoy the trip, take in the scenery and lay back on your lounger. A trip on the Aphrodite is a fantastic opportunity to safely top up your tan, relax, and enjoy the on board catering.
Gran Canaria holiday deals to Maspalomas are popular with many types of travellers. Not far from the hustle and bustle of Playa del Ingles, yet situated next to the infamous secluded sand dunes, Maspalomas is the best of all worlds. As well as benefiting from the blue flag beaches, children and active holiday enthusiasts will be impressed with the range of nearby attractions including Aqualand and Palmitos Park.
Next door to the long-standing favourite resort of Puerto Rico, Playa Amadores is a relatively new, calm and collected area of Gran Canaria. If you hope to spend your days on the beach, pottering over to a beachside bar now and then, you'll find that Gran Canaria holidays in Amadores are right up your street.
Playa del Ingles
It's electric! Playa del Ingles is the place to be if you enjoy an evening or two on the tiles, a great range of dining options, and plenty of fun in the sun. Built solely with the purpose of please tourists, Playa del Ingles is a home away from home, with plenty of contemporary facilities and amenities conveniently placed right on your doorstep.
A quaint fishing village to the south west of Gran Canaria, Puerto Rico is steadily undergoing developments to enhance this charming area of the island. Puerto Rico is the high-class middle ground of the Gran Canaria resorts, with a laid-back vibe at daybreak and a friendly feel to the evening's entertainment.
It may not be the largest of the Canary Islands, but it definitely makes a big impression - could Gran Canaria be the ideal destination for your next stint in the sun?