Gran Canaria Travel Guide
With its endless sandy beaches, dramatic mountainous interior, desert like dunes and acres of lush green vegetation, Gran Canaria is the most scenic of the Canary Islands. Although smaller than both Tenerife and Fuerteventura it is, nonetheless, home to half the entire population of the archipelago. Its superb climate and diversity of natural features has helped make it one of the most popular year-round holiday destinations in the world.
Gran Canaria’s most popular resort is Playa del Ingles with its frantic nightlife and four miles of beach. Here you can join a camel train through the Sahara like sand dunes, go shopping in the colossal Yumbo Centrum or drink and dance the night away in some of the very best nightclubs and discos in the Canaries. A few miles to the west is Puerto Rico, a more family orientated resort. Situated within a narrow valley leading to the sea it is an attractive resort with gleaming white apartments built into the hillsides. The gently shelving man made beach is popular with locals and visitors alike and offers a comprehensive range of superb water sports. There’s also a great choice of family activities including tennis, mini golf, tenpin bowling and a fabulous water park. The immense and enduring popularity of Grand Canaria comes as no surprise. As far as sunshine breaks go, you simply can’t go wrong.
Although most visitors to the island head straight to the main resort areas, it is well worth paying a visit to the capital Las Palmas. This is the only place in the Canary Islands that actually has the true feel of a city. A thriving, bustling metropolis it attracts an exciting and eclectic crowd, typical of major sea ports the world over. Popular with tourists who fancy a day away from the beach there is much to see and do.
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