When Gran Canaria’s described as, ‘a continent in miniature’, it’s not an exaggeration. For a start the island has over 70km of beaches, ranging from broad and golden to delightfully cove-like. It’s also home to the mighty Maspalomas Dunes: the Spanish phenomenon that was a hot contender for the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’. And if you can tear yourself away from the coast, the interior is a vast playground of mountains for climbing and biking, valleys to hike, plains to wander, and forests to get lost in for hours. Even the island's capital, Las Palmas is an adventure: check out the historic Vegueta quarter alone, if you need proof.
Why choose Gran Canaria
Direct UK flights to Las Palmas, year round, four hours, 25 minutes.
Over one third of the island is a UNESCO Biosphere, and it has 32 protected areas including the Maspalomas Dunes and Doramas Jungle.
Summer temperatures average 32˚, and seldom drop below 22˚ in winter.
Excellent for guided hikes, mountain bike tours, and camel trekking.
Catch and release cruises are a great intro to deep sea fishing for older kids and teens.
Of the world’s 79 dolphin species, 29 swim off the coast of Gran Canaria.
Over 70km of beaches, best for watersports and sailing on the south coast.