Whether you are travelling with your family, partner or friends, Gran Canaria is the place to go. It is the real great escape as the second largest Canary Island plays host to nature, sport and beaches. With year-round sunshine and cheap flights as standard, here are five things that will make you want to search for hotels Gran Canaria.
Dunes of Maspalomas
There’s a multitude of things to do here but the rising of the beach toward vivid dunes is one of the most amazing. Think Lawrence of Arabia and you’re probably not too far away. The Dunes of Maspalomas is a nature reserve that has become one of the top attractions on the island. Spectacular peaks were formed from sand from the Sahara Desert, some 250 kilometres away. You can walk around, lie on the sand and enjoy the sea for a great day out.
Another top attraction, this 80 metre tall geological feature is the second highest part of the island. Found near Tejeda, it was formed millions of years ago by a volcanic eruption. You can see this from many spots around the island and when you get to the top – a 30 minute hike from the car park – you are greeted with a pleasant breeze and picture perfect scenery. A morning visit is advised in the summer before the crowds and the surrounding villages are also worth a visit.
Puerto de Mogan
A picturesque fishing village and resort, Puerto de Mogan is found on the south-west coast and has been called “Little Venice” in the past for the channels between the harbour and marina that pass under arches. The old villages are well worth a visit, while playa de los amadores is a great beach that makes you feel like you are in the Balearics with blue sea, white sand and lovely eateries.
The life work of Erik Ragnar Svensson, this is a beautiful botanical garden southwest of the capital, Las Palmas. Jose Viera y Clavijo had attempted to found it in the late eighteenth century but it was the mid 20th century when this came to fruition thanks to the Swedish-Spanish botanist, Svensson. Some 27 acres, the garden houses more than 500 plant species endemic on the Canaries. Open year-round, this is a unique garden found on the side of the ravine that is peaceful and beautiful.
Dolphins, birds of prey and exotic birds are the main attractions here. A truly unique setting, this is a great day trip for all the family in Maspalomas. You can often buy a two park ticket to include the fantastic Aqualand waterpark as well, which is also well worth a visit. Well planned out, you can even swim with the dolphins after the show if you want to. Often praised for its value for money, there is plenty to enjoy.