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Treat Yourself to a Sun-Drenched Holiday Home on Gran Canaria
Holiday homes on Gran Canaria place you on one of the principal hotspots for holidays on the Canary Islands. Enjoying superb weather and an enviable array of beaches and great towns to visit, Gran Canaria is excellent for enjoying a holiday home with a pool or close to the coast. You can also explore the fascinating local history and make the most of the beautiful natural surroundings on this paradisical island. As part of Spain, the food is also superb, and with your own Gran Canaria holiday home you can self-cater or head out to local restaurants as you please.
An unforgettable trip with Gran Canaria holiday apartments
The main attraction for most visitors to the island is making the most of the great weather at the beaches. Water sports and swimming are very popular, or you can opt to simply sunbathe or lounge at your own pool if you prefer.
The best things to see and do in Gran Canaria
The lively town of Gran Canaria features gorgeous Spanish architecture and dozens of clubs and bars in the city centres. Vegueta is the historic core of the island’s capital, Las Palmas. This is a great place to find authentic tapas restaurants, go for a drink in the evening or admire the beautiful architecture. For some of the best views in town, head to the top of the Santa Ana Cathedral. Playa del Inglés is another popular town which is popular for its excellent beaches. Smaller towns including Arucas, Vecindario and Puerto Rico offer a more serene ambience set amidst an inspiring natural landscape.
Making the most of Gran Canaria holidays with homes away from home
The ideal way to experience the island independently, holiday homes on Gran Canaria place you at the centre of the action. You can either choose apartments right in the middle of town, for easy access to the best bars, restaurants and points of interest, or head a little further out. With larger villas you can enjoy exclusive access to your own pool and you won’t even have to head to the beach to go swimming or sunbathe. If you do prefer to lie on the sand a holiday apartment by the beach is a great option. Then you can go diving and surfing or just enjoy a cocktail by the sea whenever it takes your fancy.
Seeing Gran Canaria with family or friends
This holiday destination is popular with party goers as well as with families with children or couples looking for a beautiful setting to enjoy together. The bar scene is lively, especially in Las Palmas and around Playa del Inglés. However, it is easy to avoid the larger crowds with holiday homes on Gran Canaria that are a little further out from the main resorts. Stay among the gorgeous countryside near the Parque Rural de Doramas, with its sweeping valleys which are perfect for hiking. Gran Canaria holiday homes with outdoor space mean you can enjoy eating meals outdoors in private, making the most of the gorgeous weather.
The culinary specialities of the Canary Islands
The Mediterranean and Spanish influences on the local cuisine are evident and the Canary Islands have several unique delicacies. One of the most famous is mojo, a type of garlicky sauce which can be spicy or not and is served with many dishes such as potatoes or fish. Goat and pork are the basis for many regional dishes and it’s no surprise that many types of fish feature on the local menus. As a popular destination for holidaymakers there are all kinds of international options available in the restaurants and supermarkets on the Canary Islands. There are also over a dozen special varieties of wine produced on Gran Canaria, such as Negramoli and Gual.
The different types of holiday home on Gran Canaria
The wonderful thing about holiday lettings in Gran Canaria is how much choice there is and how easy it is to adapt your lodging to the size and type of group you are travelling with. Spanish and contemporary-style villas are popular options for larger groups, especially if having a pool or terrace is a priority. Gran Canaria holiday apartments place you closer to the centre of historic towns and may suit smaller groups and those who appreciate a great view from a private balcony. There are many larger apartments and more compact traditional homes are available as well, meaning there truly is a house for every type of traveller in Gran Canaria.
Popular destinations on Gran Canaria
There is definitely a lot of choice for where exactly you spend your holiday on the island and this will depend on what you would like to see and do. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the clear choice for a more urban setting and it is a great option if you would like to make the most of the amenities such as restaurants, bars, clubs and shops. Playa del Inglés is popular for its beach and there is even a local desert, the Dunas de Maspalomas, where you can go on an all-terrain buggy tour or even enjoy some camel riding. For a quieter time in Gran Canaria amongst gorgeous natural surroundings, head to Arucas on the north coast.
Travelling to your Gran Canaria holiday home
Getting to Gran Canaria is easy, with frequent flights and an airport that’s a stone’s throw from the centre of Las Palmas. Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) is 4.5 hours with a direct flight from London. With a layover in madrid, travel time is 6.5 hours. Flights are frequent to this popular and beautiful island, and a bus shuttle service is a fast way to get to Las Palmas and the rest of the island. Car hire is another option available at the airport and is ideal if you would like to focus on seeing the countryside on your trip.
The best time to visit the island
It is no surprise that the wonderful weather is one of the best features of a holiday on Gran Canaria, with pleasant temperatures throughout the year. Even in the middle of winter, temperatures around 20°C are common. In the summer you can expect the thermometer to hit the high 20s. Winter and high summer are both popular for visitors wanting to escape their own rainy cities or to make the most of school holidays. Spring and autumn can be ideal if you would prefer to avoid the crowds. For bar hopping, or simply soaking up the festive atmosphere at the beach, a lot of people prefer to visit during the high season.
Neighbouring holiday regions Gran Canaria
San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria
Holiday home for max. 4 personsProperty no. 2163832
+ 1 morefrom USD 1,040for 1 weekApprox. 80 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (max. 1), satellite TV, Wifi, washing machine, sea approx. 30 km, parking area
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
Holiday home for max. 4 personsProperty no. 105457
from USD 1,536for 1 weekApprox. 90 m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets are allowed (max. 1), TV, Internet, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, beach approx. 3 km, parking area, private pool, communal swimming pool
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
Holiday home for max. 8 personsProperty no. 1512062
from USD 3,518for 1 weekApprox. 200 m², 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets are allowed (on request), satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 1 km, private pool, architecture and design houses
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