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Gran Canaria – a year-round destination for fun and sun
Gran Canaria, a member of the Canary Islands but part of the Kingdom of Spain, enjoys a wonderful climate with hot summers and mild winters thanks to its position off the coast of north west Africa. This volcanic island has glorious beaches and beautiful natural scenery, with a choice of vibrant or quieter holiday resorts. Gran Canaria has a main city, Las Palmas, but shares its title as capital of the Canary Islands with the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Many people presume Gran Canaria gets its name because of the small yellow birds, but the word canaria actually means dogs. That said, confusingly the dogs referred to in the name were actually seals!
You can head to the area of Maspalomas in the south of the island, close to the busy resort of Playa del Inglés. This area, the Maspalomas Natural Dune Reserve, has a palm tree plantation and pond area where migrating birds stop to rest on their way to Europe, alongside large sweeping sand dunes along the beach. This area is popular for walks and with surfers, as well as with nudists as clothing is optional on some areas of the beach here. Inland, Gran Canaria has a mountainous landscape created by volcanoes. This is a great place to explore if you like to climb, hike or mountain bike along a trail. If you are not a keen sportsperson, however, there are gentler walks where you can just relax and enjoy the scenery, stopping at one of the many mirador, or viewpoints along the way. All this is only an hour from the coast, but there are hotels available in the rural towns and villages.
There are festivals held throughout Spain but some of those in Gran Canaria are quite unusual and lots of fun. In the town of La Aldea de San Nicolás, on the 11th September, people take their baskets into a pond by the beach and try to catch the fish in there with their hands. In Santa Brígida, on the first Saturday in July, a field in town is turned into a muddy mess by the local fire brigade and everyone gets as dirty as they can. In Telde, things are much cleaner as the party here involves a water fight. Anyone who wants to go to these festivities, whether just to watch or join in, is always made welcome. As well as all these traditional parties around the island, Gran Canaria also hosts music concerts, film festivals, sports events and much more throughout the year. Perhaps take a look at what is on offer when you would like to visit and choose the location of your hotel around that.
Close encounters of the marine kind
The calm warm waters surrounding Gran Canaria are ideal for marine life so it is no surprise that you will find bottlenose, striped, spotted and common dolphins here, in addition to whales. There are several companies who offer dolphin safari trips and getting a glimpse of these popular creatures is usually no trouble, as they love to play and leap out of the water alongside the boats. If you would like to be active in the water, windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing are very popular due to the great waves off the beaches. There are plenty of schools who offer lessons if you are a novice. If you do plan on doing lots of water sports, perhaps pick one of the beachside hotels. There are also jet skis, parasailing and banana boating. But if you prefer to relax you can take a cruise on a yacht or catamaran, stopping to snorkel and see the fish, and there are also party boat trips.
Something for everyone
Gran Canaria has a good choice of resorts, so whether you want to party every night or just to get away from it all, there will be somewhere perfect for you. Playa del Inglés is a large busy resort with high rise hotels, shopping centres and lots of bars and clubs. Popular with younger travellers, and with gay-friendly hotels and clubs, Playa del Inglés has something happening whether it is day or night. Puerto de Mogán, in the south, is a smaller resort with a sheltered beach, ideal for families, and is adjacent to a small harbour. Although quieter than Playa del Ingles, there are still bars and restaurants along with a weekly market. In the north, Las Palmas, the co-capital of Gran Canaria along with Santa Cruz, offers the visitor museums, cathedrals, a botanic gardens and great shopping, besides a number of lovely beaches. Make sure you pick a hotel in the capital city if you want a bit of culture with your sunshine.
Price rangefrom S$16to S$2,798
Hotel MUR Buenos Aires Playa del Inglés
MUR Buenos Aires apartments are ultra modern and overlook a grand swimming pool area. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel's close proximity to the beach and choose to either enjoy a refreshing swim, laze in the sunshine or walk along the water's edge. Standard double and triple apartments that a sofa bed, a private bathroom, and LCD and satellite TV are available. All accommodation comes with a kitchenette, tea and coffee making facilities and daily housekeeping. With multilingual staff and 150 apartments, MUR Buenos Aires caters to a vast number of guests. On-site car rental and a laundry service, as well as free Wi-Fi are other features of the hotel. A poolside tapas bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alternatively, guests can elect to dine at local restaurants and cafes. Yumbo the Kasbah Shopping Centres are within walking distance, and Maspolmas Beach is situated 1.1 miles away. more
Hotel IFA Buenaventura Hotel Playa del Inglés
IFA Buenaventura Hotel is a resort near Playa del Ingles. It's perfect for all ages and features three pools, several bars, and an opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports and activities. Spacious rooms have large windows and balconies. A safe and hairdryer are included and some have views of the garden or pool. Reception is open 24-hours and a team of medics are on site. Childcare service and Wi-Fi are available and entertainment, including karaoke and live shows, occurs nightly. Guests have access to a complimentary buffet at La Guitarra which offers a wide range of local and international options throughout the day. Several bars, including Honolulu, Banana and Bar Meeting, are on site and offer snacks and beverages. Several beaches are a ten to 15-minute drive from IFA Buenaventura Hotel, including Las Burras Beach, Maspalomas Beach and Playa de San Agustín. Nearby attractions include Aqualand Maspalomas, which is a waterpark, and Maspalomas Lighthouse. Both are a 15-minute drive away. more
Hotel Hotel Rey Carlos Playa del Inglés
Hotel Rey Carlos is located in Playa del Ingles. It is 500 metres from the beach and right by the Maspalomas dunes. Guests to the Hotel Rey Carlos can expect large rooms with a private balcony and en-suite, as well as a kitchenette with fridge, a lounge area with a TV, Wi-Fi, telephone and safe. The hotel has a large pool with wide sundeck as well as a wellness centre for saunas and treatments. Live music and shows happen both day and night for all ages while a TV room will let you unwind in front of the television. There are also transfers to the beach. The hotel restaurant serves a number of buffet theme nights as well as offering an all inclusive deal for meals and drinks. The restaurant also serves a complete breakfast. The pool has a bar to relax by. The Maspalomas Golf Course is just two kilometres away, while shopping is just a short stroll away. more
Hotel San Valentin & Terraflor Park Playa del Inglés
San Valentin & Terraflor Park is an idyllic Gran Canaria oasis located a 10-minute walk from Playa del Ingles and 300 metres from the Yumbo shopping complex. Featuring two outdoor pools and tropical gardens, fun in the sun starts here. Guests can stay in either two or three bedroom bungalows, a villa with three bedrooms, or smaller studio accommodation. Each unit has a private terrace, living area and kitchen equipped with a fridge and toaster, plus a full bathroom. A TV and safe are available on request. There's no shortage of things to do, with ping pong, tennis, billiards, and 18-hole mini golf. A washer and dryer is also available for guest use. The restaurant has a BBQ grill area and theme nights, and two bars keep the drinks flowing. Palmitos Park, with dolphins and botanical gardens is a 20-minute drive from San Valentin & Terraflor Park. more
Hotel Servatur Waikiki Playa del Inglés
The RIU Waikiki is an all-inclusive 3 star hotel in the resort of Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria. The hotel consists of five different circular shaped buildings that are 7 storeys high. Between these buildings there is a total of 505 rooms each equipped with either a balcony or terrace, satellite TV, ceiling fan, room safe and an en suite bathroom. Surrounding the hotel there is a large outdoor swimming pool with an adjacent sun terrace and there is also a smaller children's pool. Sun loungers and umbrellas are provided free of charge for guests and there is a pool bar. A further bar is located inside one of the buildings where there is also a buffet style restaurant. For sports enthusiasts there are 2 tennis courts, a selection of racquet sports, table tennis and volleyball available and there is also a gym. For families with children there is an outdoor play area and a miniclub, whilst for the adults there is a hair salon and boutique. Computers with Internet access are available at a surcharge. The RIU Waikiki is located approximately 500 metres from the resort centre and 1.5 kilometres from the beach. A bus stop is located just outside the main entrance. more
Hotel Green Park Playa del Inglés
Situated in the popular Playa Del Inglés area of southern Gran Canaria, Green Park is a friendly resort with a lively atmosphere just a three-minute stroll from the beach. All 119 bright apartments feature balconies, living rooms with kitchenettes, separate bedrooms and TVs. Wi-Fi is available for an additional charge. Operating a 24-hour reception, this apart-hotel also boasts an outdoor pool with separate children’s pool and a sun deck with loungers. A safety deposit box and on-site parking are also available at additional costs. Guests can enjoy meals, snacks and drinks at the on-site restaurant and pool bar, or choose to prepare food and drinks in the apartments. There is a supermarket just a one-minute walk away. Maspalomas Golf is just over two miles from Green Park and Yumbo Centrum is one mile away. Aqualand Maspalomas is a 13-minute drive away from this apart-hotel. more
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