Welcoming, tolerant Gran Canaria has something to offer for each and everyone. Families rush to the exciting water parks and the beach of Puerto Rico. Those seeking peaceful escape scamper to Mogan's quiet fishing village to enjoy the picturesque little romantic restaurants in the harbour .
Gay visitors crowd the bars, restaurants of the Yumbo centre and the famous beach of Playa del Ingles attract thousands of visitors enjoying water-sports and sun bathing. Urban attractions are on offer in Las Palmas with its tax free shopping on the Messa y Lopez street and it´s cosy little tapas bars of the Vegueta area.
Around the island
If you have a car you can drive around the island of Gran Canaria easily in one day. The roads are very well maintained on the island and the laid-back and peaceful attitude of the Canary locals makes driving a very easy and pleasant experience, even a bit slow since it seems that nobody has stress here or is in a hurry to get on time.
Three main highways open up the island for those with a rental car or a bus schedule.
Cool places to visit on the Island are the dunes of Maspalomas, the little fishing village of Mogan, the beautifull mountain in the inland and the remote GUI GUI beach. Gran Canaria with its mild climate its tolerance and quality of life is a perfect holiday destination for everyone.
Gran Canaria is well connected and cheap to travel to cheap flights can be found regularly and therefore an excellent weekend or holiday destination.
Muelle deportivo las palmas
The CapitalLas Palmas
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital of the island, is located in the north-eastern part of the island composed of two bays and beaches of Playa de las Canteras and Playa de las Alcaravaneras.
There is lots to keep you busy in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Whether you stay in the city or travel to the capital from elsewhere on the island, Las Palmas is definitely worth to spend a day of your holiday. In Las Palmas you will find the best of both worlds, a long stretch of sandy beach and the hectic city life.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has a bit of spain mainland feel to it. Restaurants, banks, shops and large shopping malls but also local shops, hotels and much more can be found here in the capital of the island. In the center of this shopping area is the eponymous shopping Avenida Jose Mesa y Lopez passing from the Plaza de España in Calle José López Mesa. Plaza de España is known for its numerous bars and cafes.
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Gran CanariaWatersports & Beach Paradise
There are many things to do on the island, tax free shopping in Las Palmas, roaming in the beautiful mountains of la Cumbre, dolphin trips from Mogan, hiking, water parks, sky diving, karting, or riding jet skis on the beach of Playa del Ingles. The island has something to offer for each and everyone.
The mild climate of Gran Canaria all year round has made the islands beaches as the best in Europe. Watersports can be enjoyed almost on every beach and are extremely popular.
Banana rides, parasailing or jet ski rentals can be found everywhere around the island. The Atlantic ocean has a steady 20 degree temperature all year round here due to the Canary current. This makes the Canary islands a watersport heaven.
Playa del Ingles
Gran Canaria gained its reputation as a beach paradise because of two joined beaches on the south of the island. Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas beach . Located on the southern tip of the island of Gran Canaria, not only spoiled with sunshine, they also give the impression of never ending towards the horizon.
Places of Interest
Here are some of the places you cross whilst driving around the island of Gran Canaria
Playa del Ingles
The dunes of Maspalomas
Most of the major European airlines have a flight going to Gran Canaria so cheap flights from and to the island can be easily found on the internet.
You have here a nice little handy tool to check the latest cheap deals and flight prices
With this tool you can compare all airlines that are going to the island at once so you can find the best price for your next escape to the sun.
The lighthouse " El Faro" de Maspalomas
Always fresh fish in the cofradia de pescadores in the little fishing village of Arguineguin. The cofradia is situated in the harbor of the village and is one of the best places to buy your fresh fish as the fishing boats arrive daily.
Fresh Fish in Gran Canaria
The Atlantic ocean around the island is rich in al kinds of delicious fish. A la plancha or on the bbq the canarios are masters in preparing fresh fish.
papas arrugadas con mojo
Papas arrugadas is a traditional boiled potato dish eaten in the Canary Islands. They arepepared with a chili pepper garlic sauce, called mojo rojo.
The dish is made from little new potatoes that grow in the volcanic soil of the island which then boiled in salt water with lemon. Seawater was used before, but today it is more common to use normal tap water with a big amount of salt added to it. After cooking, the cooking water is removed and the potatoes are briefly left in the pot on the stove to dry off, until they become shrivelled with a fine salt crust.