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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.
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Hotel Alcaravaneras Las Palmas
Located in the centre of Las Playas de Gran Canaria, Alcaravaneras offers budget hostel accommodation near the beach for travellers to the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. Its location close to the beach and town centre makes it an ideal choice. All 15 rooms feature either a private balcony or a patio. Free Wi-Fi is available. The rooms are simply decorated in attractive colours and feature a hairdryer. Some rooms have en suite bathrooms, others have shared facilities. The hostel offers free Wi-Fi. It is well located for beach, nightlife and the town centre. Nearby activities include surfing and scuba diving, which can be arranged by the staff of the hostel. There are some shared kitchen facilities. The hostel also has a restaurant on site. Places of interest near Alcaravaneras include Alcaravaneras Beach, just a two-minute walk away, and Las Canteras Beach, fifteen minutes’ walk away. more
Hotel RK Luz Playa Suites Las Palmas
Luz Playa is located in the first line of Las Canteras beach, in the core of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this building is ready to suit any kind of leisure necessity. With 20 studios with balcony facing the sea, 2 attics with terrace facing the sea, and 12 inner apartments with independent kitchen they all have a complete bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, TV, telephone and safe. The reception is open 24/7 and we also offer a wide solarium with fabulous views to the beach. more
Hotel Downtown House Las Palmas
Downtown House is a tourist accommodation with the classification of Emblematic House. It has been remodeled in 2014, preserving and respecting its original charm. It has also been adapted for the new traveler of the 21st century. The house is located on the first floor of a building protected by the Historical Heritage of the Canaries. Built in 1922 by the architect Fernando Navarro, designer also of the Gabinete Literario building. It is situated in a pedestrian area, next to San Telmo´s Park and only 40 meters away from Triana Street, which is the main commercial area of the city, where you can walk, go shopping and enjoy many terraces, cafes and restaurants. If you want, you can lose yourself in the old quarter of Vegueta with its labyrinthine streets and visit its plazas, churches, museums and theaters. At night, you can enjoy tapas, wines and beers in a great atmosphere, especially on Thursdays. On Sunday morning in the back of the Cathedral a handicrafts, food and pastries market is set up. You can also enjoy some Canarian folklore. Central Bus Station of San Telmo (also known as “Estación de Guaguas”) is just two minutes' walk and connects the whole island: the airport, the port and all corners of the city. If you prefer, you can rent a bike for cycling through the Maritime Avenue and get to Las Canteras beach easily. Or enjoy the best fresh fish in the seaside district of San Cristobal. The first Sunday of each month, all shops and restaurants in the area of Triana-Vegueta are open. Stay here and enjoy the experience of having everything close: the sun, the sea, the culture, the gastronomy and nightlife. more
Hotel Design Plus Bex Hotel Las Palmas
DESIGN PLUS BEX is a city hotel perfect for business and leisure alike with easy access to the capital’s business center, banks, shopping areas, malls, museums and sandy beaches alike. Ideally located in the heart of Las Palmas, the capital of the island of Gran Canaria, DESIGN PLUS BEX is a 4-star, bed & breakfast hotel encompassing 97 new and modern designed rooms. Guests staying at this centrally located hotel can enjoy access to the famous Las Canteras beach that is a mere 6 minutes’ walk away or can choose to shop at “El Muelle” shopping center, visit the Museum of Science and Technology, the new Aquarium “Poema del Mar” or the Casino that are all a few steps away. Design plus is a new brand of the FTI Touristik Hotel chain, dedicated to high end design hotels with art deco concepts, focusing on creating a unique guest experience with ltimate locations, also to experience a special interior and architectural concepts. DESIGN PLUS BEX building that hosted the facilities of the Foreign Bank of Spain for years and was owned by the City of Las Palmas capital was outside the real estate market since 2011. Previously, in this building the municipal services of public transport were centralized. But people know the building as "Banco Exterior de España", hence its name “BEX”. This modern Hotel will make a nod to the banking issue with doors of the rooms being like those of a safe, inside glass walkaway, columns looking like stacked coins, etc.… that will turn DESIGN PLUS BEX into a unique stylish city hotel. more
Hotel Bull Astoria Las Palmas
Centrally located in the vibrant heart of the city, yet only a three-minute walk from the beach, the 168-room, 3.5-star Bull Astoria features a fitness gym with a workout room, a sauna, a rooftop swimming pool, function rooms, free Wi-Fi and free self-parking. Clean and comfortable, the basic rooms feature contemporary furniture including a work des, a flat-screen television with satellite channels, coffee and tea making faucilities and en suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries. Upgraded rooms offer a separate lounge area with a sofa bed. The Bull Astoria features a 24-hour multi-lingual reception desk, secure luggage storage, and currency exchange. Dry cleaning and laundry services are available. The airy, informal on-site restaurant serves a breakfast buffet for a surcharge, and a al Carte offering of international dishes throughout the day and evening. The hotel is within a 5-minute drive from Jardin Botanica Viera y Clavijo Botanical Gardens. more
Hotel Hotel Las Canteras Las Palmas
The stylish Exe Las Canteras is situated right on the beach and offers views of the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can avail of the hotel’s sunroom and luxury spa. Accommodation is airy and bright and some rooms include balconies. All rooms feature a flat screen television, free Wi-Fi, minibar and a desk. Exe Las Canteras features a wellness centre and spa which includes a Jacuzzi, Turkish bath along with gym and a variety of beauty treatments. The hotel reception is open day and night and there is free Wi-Fi throughout. A continental breakfast buffet is served every morning and an on-site piano bar serves drinks. There are a variety of restaurants serving local and international cuisine in the surrounding streets. The Botanic Gardens are fifteen-minutes’ away by car and the port is a twenty-minute walk. There is a regular local bus service and Fernando Guanarteme bus station is three-minutes on foot. more
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