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Gran Canaria Holidays 

With its tropical scenery, volcanic craters, sand dunes and crystal blue waters, Gran Canaria is the perfect place for a sunny escape. It’s an island full of both adventure and tranquility, bursting with exciting things to see and do. For those who want to explore, for grown-ups who want to chill out and for kids who want to have fun, Gran Canaria holidays are perfect for everyone.

25 °C

Hot, hot, hot during the summer months with an average temperature of 25°C. The winter months can be a few degrees cooler but normally sunny and warm.

4.5 hours

Gran Canaria airport is located 18km from the capital of Las Palmas. The resorts of Maspalomas and San Augustin are around a 25 minute journey from the airport.

Book a cheap holiday to Gran Canaria with Airtours and escape from the daily grind to a land of sun, sand and sea. Check out our deals on All Inclusive holidays too, so you don’t have to worry about spending extra on meals and drinks. 

Featured holidays in Gran Canaria

Sol Y Paz

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • 50m from Europa Centre
  • Rectangular swimming pool
  • Occasional evening entertainment

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 391 reviews

Reviews
Based on 30 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 185

Ocean Hill

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Fully refurbished for winter 2016
  • Modern and stylish
  • Adult only

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 204

Castillo de Sol Apartments

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Relaxed, informal atmosphere
  • Near the beach and shopping centre
  • Refurbished, modern apartments

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 422 reviews

Reviews
Based on 9 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 208

Babalu Apartments

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Two outdoor swimming pools
  • Tranquil, hillside location
  • Only 200m away from the Europa centre

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 447 reviews

Reviews
Based on 6 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 259

smartline Koala Garden

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Six outdoor swimming pools
  • Fitness room and sauna
  • Only 500m from the resort centre

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 662 reviews

Reviews
Based on 5 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 262

Feeling slightly exhausted by modern life? The southern resort of Maspalomas may just be your remedy. Or if you’re looking for great nightlife mixed with a relaxing beach break, the resort of San Augustin is connected to Maspalomas from the dunes of the Playa del Ingles and offers plenty for the perfect holiday. 

Gran Canaria combines archeological sites, classic holiday attractions like water parks and a lush green landscape. The ingredients for the best beach holiday will always be warm sun and sea, a touch of relaxation and lots of fun, all of which Gran Canaria is great for. 

The environment and climate in Gran Canaria have created an island full of tropical palms, greenery and natural volcanic structures. For this reason, UNESCO has protected a third of the whole island to preserve it for generations. If you’re a hiker, you’ll like the many walks around the centre including the large volcanic formation of the Tajeda Caldera. Gran Canaria is rich with wildlife and there are animals such as lizards and rabbits living in the forests, along with hundreds of plants which are unique to the island.

For the history buffs, Gran Canaria has just the ticket. Tucked away near Galdar in the north of the island are the brilliant painted caves of Cueva Pintada which tell the stories of the pre-Hispanic natives, known as Aborigines. A tour guide will take you to the site of the settlement and give you the opportunity to see the colourful cave walls. You’ll learn lots more about the traditional Canarian culture before the time of Christopher Columbus.

Gran Canaria is great fun. Theme parks such as Aqualand and Palmitos Park in Maspalomas are fabulous days out for kids. Ever fancied yourself as a cowboy or want to learn line dancing? Sioux City in San Augustin is ideal for all those wannabe dirty Harrys out there. If roller coasters are more your thing, then Holiday World will get your adrenaline running on the Ferris wheel and roller coasters which overlook the whole of the Maspalomas resort. There really is no excuse not to have fun on your holiday in Gran Canaria.

Gran Canaria is best for

Beachgoers: Gran Canaria boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe with its huge beaches and lovely sunshine. For those who love the sea, adventure awaits with scuba diving, surfing or even a spot of dolphin watching.

Nature lovers: With such breath-taking scenery and an environment which has gained Gran Canaria UNESCO Biosphere status, why not take advantage of the many hikes and walks around this island? 

Night owls: Gran Canaria has a vibrant nightlife with something for everyone. A holiday on this island isn’t complete without balmy strolls along the beach at night, people watching in the cafes and bars and long, leisurely evening meals.


Fast facts

Language: Locals in Gran Canaria speak a Canarian dialect of Spanish but, like most of the Canary Islands, many European languages are spoken at the resorts.

Currency: Euros.  

Local time: The same time as the UK (GMT), no need to wind that watch or worry about any jet lag. 

Fly to: Gran Canaria airport is not far from the capital of Las Palmas and around 25 minutes from the main resorts of Maspalomas and San Augustin.

Flight time from UK: Around 4.5 hours from the UK.

Tourist information: Gran Canaria’s tourist information board has a fantastic website. See here for more info.

Visa and health: Gran Canaria is in the EU and no vaccinations are needed.


Weather and climate

Temperatures: An average of 24°C in the summer months.

Best time to visit Gran Canaria: The summer months of May to November are the warmest with very low rainfall and an average of 9 hours of sunshine a day. However, the winter months are slightly cooler but the temperatures remain in the low 20s, with around 6 hours of sunshine.  


Getting Around

By taxi: There are several taxi companies on the island including the official taxi service of Gran Canaria, offering great value journeys. 

By bus: The local bus services around the island is cheap and reliable.

By hire car: There are plenty of car hire businesses and cars can be booked prior to travelling. 

By coach: A great way to see the whole of Gran Canaria is by coach excursion and there are many companies travelling to tourist destinations from all the resorts on the island.


Events

For carnival goers: Springtime brings huge celebrations to Gran Canaria as every town throws themselves into the spirit of Carnival. Lining the streets and the beach with colourful floats, lively music and dancing, the world famous Carnival of Las Palmas celebrates the start of the Easter period and is not to be missed. 

For bank holiday fans: May 30th is a public holiday in the Canary Islands and Gran Canaria is no different. Catch a Canarian play, try some tasty traditional cuisine or even watch the fascinating sport of Lucha Canarian, a type of wrestling native to the islands.


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