Gran Canaria

Travel Guide
Canarian Museum featuring interior views

The third largest of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria offers everything from secluded beaches to charming whitewashed villages and beautiful cathedrals.

Whether you are looking for the fun and relaxation of a beach resort, the challenge of a hiking vacation through stunning volcanoes or a cultural tour through traditional towns, Gran Canaria will not disappoint. Mild winters and hot, dry summers make it a great destination any time of year. Choose this island for some delightful winter sun.

Watersports enthusiasts will rejoice, as the consistent warm winds around the beach resorts of Meloneras and Maspalomas on the south coast support great windsurfing and sailing. Relax and swim in calmer waters at secluded coves like Amadores Beach.

Be sure to explore the island’s largest city, Las Palmas. The imposing, gray Cathedral of Santa Ana in the heart of town is one of the island’s most impressive features, along with the extensive collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts at the nearby Canarian Museum (Museo Canario). One of the city’s highlights is the Casa Museo de Colón. This traditional, whitewashed building is devoted to the history of Las Palmas and the role of the Canary Islands in the transatlantic shipping trade.

On the south coast, see the Dunes de Maspalomas. This 1,000-acre (400-hectare) sand dune national park feels like the deep Sahara Desert and has an array of indigenous shrubs as well as migrating birds. Stroll along the marked paths or go on a guided camel safari.

Enjoy a different side of Gran Canaria by moving inland past pine forests and sheer cliffs to the small village of Tejeda. Relax in the fresh mountain air and hike to the Pico de las Nieves to take in sublime views from the highest point on the island. The immense, stone figure of the Roque Nublo to the southwest gives you an insight into the remarkable forces that have shaped this volcanic island.

Gran Canaria’s international airport is located in the capital city of Las Palmas on the island’s northeast coast. From here, drive to most towns and resorts in under an hour.

Lopesan Baobab Resort
Lopesan Baobab Resort
5 out of 5
Mar Adriático, 1, San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$346 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
This family-friendly San Bartolome de Tirajana hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Maspalomas Lighthouse and Maspalomas Dunes. Maspalomas ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (451 reviews)
"Friendly staff and great facilities, I will be returning."

Reviewed on 26 Dec. 2021

Lopesan Baobab Resort
Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort & Spa
Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
Mar Mediterraneo 1, Meloneras, San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria
The price is AU$372 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
This family-friendly San Bartolome de Tirajana hotel is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Maspalomas Lighthouse and Maspalomas Dunes. Maspalomas ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (632 reviews)
"The hotel is good, it’s very big so lots of space , the rooms are really nice , some of the reception staff are not that friendly I found. I ate at 2 of the restaurants in there and the food wasn’t of the standard you would expect. It’s a great location"

Reviewed on 13 Dec. 2021

Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort & Spa
Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso & Hotel
Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso & Hotel
4 out of 5
Calle La Palma, 2, Playa Amadores, Mogan, Gran Canaria
This family-friendly Mogan hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Angry Birds Activity Park, Puerto Rico Beach and Amadores Beach. Puerto Rico ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (695 reviews)
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Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2022

Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso & Hotel
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Apartments at Cala Blanca by Diamond Resorts
Apartments at Cala Blanca by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
Calle Abaicin, 12, Urbanizacion Costa Taurito, Mogan
The price is AU$118 per night from 23 Feb. to 24 Feb.
This family-friendly Mogan aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lago Taurito Water Park and Playa Taurito. Playa Cruz de Piedra and Playa ...
4/5 Very Good! (632 reviews)
"The area was very nice and quiet but not far from the beach and nightlife. The staff where very friendly and knew me by my first name, which was nice. Food was OK and the bar stayed open as long as there was someone there. Very clean and tidy."

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020

Apartments at Cala Blanca by Diamond Resorts
Palm Oasis Maspalomas
Palm Oasis Maspalomas
3 out of 5
Albert Einstein, s/n, Parcela 34, Maspalomas, San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria
This family-friendly San Bartolome de Tirajana aparthotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Holiday World Maspalomas, Maspalomas Golf Course and ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (350 reviews)
"Great price, amazing pool, big rooms"

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2021

Palm Oasis Maspalomas
Holiday Club Puerto Calma
Holiday Club Puerto Calma
4 out of 5
Joaquin Blanco Torrent 2, Puerto Rico, Mogan
Situated by the sea, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Puerto Rico Marina and Puerto Rico Beach. Amadores Beach and Playa del Cura are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (252 reviews)
"Superb location staff and services Made this one of our most enjoyable holidays ever"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Holiday Club Puerto Calma
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