Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands and a popular holiday destination. The Canaries are a small group of Spanish Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 200km off the Northwest coast of Africa. Gran Canaria is a volcanic island with very dramatic and unique scenery. The Canaries are a popular winter holiday choice for Europeans due to the year round warm temperatures and frequent sunny days.
A Short History of Gran Canaria
After many conflicting battles between European companies on who owns the Canary Islands, the Spanish finally won and made claim to them. Apart from being a travelling stopover for famous adventurers such as Christopher Columbus, the Canaries were not really used for much. However, in the fifties people began to discover the physical and mental benefits of the sun and from this point, tourism in the Canaries took off.
There really aren’t any other option of getting to the Canaries by any way other than air. Gran Canarias airport (Aeropuerto de Gando) is located in the southwest of the island. Taxis and bus transfers then transport tourists to their resort locations. It is also possible to travel to and from the other islands in the Canaries by ferry.
Accommodation and Where to Stay
The main accommodation on offer is self-catering apartments, hotels and villas. There are a number of popular resorts on the island that cater for very different needs. For nightlife lovers stay at Playa Del Ingles and for a peaceful holiday stay at Puerto de Mógan.
Sights and Attractions
Take a stroll through Las Palmas as there are many historic buildings and streets as well as a Cathedral. The main sightseeing features on the island is natural beauty of the area. There are magnificent sand dunes, volcanic mountains and stunning beaches.
Shopping on the Island
Gran Canaria is not really a shopping haven as it is mainly a relaxation holiday choice. Therefore, shops on the island usually sell souvenirs, beach games and general travel necessities.
Wine and Dine
Every resort is plastered with bars and restaurants as well as English pubs. Many of the restaurants are open planned and located on the seafront for extra appeal. All kinds of international cuisine is offered so choosing should not be hard.