Are you thinking about summer holidays yet? It’s hard not to when the weather in the UK seems to have been cold and grey forever. If you’re thinking about jetting off somewhere sunny, have you considered Gran Canaria?
We went for the first time last summer and it was one of the best holidays we’ve been on. We had such a great time that I’ve listed 7 reasons you need to visit Gran Canaria on your next holiday…
It’s not too far away
With a 4.5 hour flight from London to Gran Canaria, it’s a reasonable distance to fly. The flight isn’t too long if you’re going with kids which is one of many reasons you need to visit Gran Canaria if you’re a parent!
Year round sun
If, like me, you love the sun then you can’t go wrong with Gran Canaria. Although part of Spain, The Canary Islands are nearer to North Africa so the weather is warmer than in mainland Spain. The lowest temperatures in the winter are still around 20 degrees so you don’t have to wait until the summer to visit.
There are tons of beautiful beaches in Gran Canaria ranging from the typical Canary Islands black volcanic sand to beautiful golden beaches. There’s even an area called Amadores Beach where white sand was flown in from the Caribbean!
Amazing Mountain views
The island of Gran Canaria was formed by volcanic eruptions over thousands of years when lava from the seabed formed the island. Because of this, the island is very rocky with many mountains. If you have enough of the beach there are lots of mountains to explore and the scenery is amazing.
Gran Canaria is definitely a family-friendly destination from the hotels with great kids’ clubs and pools, to theme parks, waterparks, sand dunes, zoos and aquariums. You could do something different every day if you wanted. If you are visiting with children, check out my post on all the family-friendly things to do in Gran Canaria.
Traditional Villages & Large Cities
There are so many different places in Gran Canaria to visit from bustling cities to typical Spanish villages. The capital city of Las Palmas has shops, museums, historical landmarks and churches & cathedrals.
Puerto de Mogan is a small fishing village with a really pretty port with restaurants and gift shops as well as a beach with promenade.
You can pick a really lively, bustling party town or a relaxed, quiet beach resort. Wherever you feel at home there’s something for everyone. You don’t even need to pick one as there are lots of excursions you can book to explore different places.
With so many different resorts as well as great weather all year round it’s definitely possible to get a very reasonably priced holiday to Gran Canaria. If you go with Holiday Gems to Gran Canaria you can choose from big resorts, smaller hotels, villas or self-catering apartments, so there’s something to suit all budgets.
Have you been to Gran Canaria? If so, let us know what your favourite part was in the comments below. If you’re going soon, have a great holiday!