Gran Canaria Holidays - Spain
Gran Canaria's diverse landscapes have bagged it the nickname 'a miniature continent'. The north is lush, green and leafy, the south has a desert feel, and the middle is all jagged mountains and dramatic rocks. Skirting the island you've got almost 60 kilometres' worth of beaches. They cover off all bases, from rocky coves where you'll just have the crabs for company, to huge swathes of caramel-coloured sand.
Most of the beach resorts cluster around the island's southern edges. Puerto Rico is a great family-friendly option, and lines up a horseshoe-shaped bay and a prom that's bordered by restaurants. Head a little further up the coast and you'll hit the pretty fishing village of Puerto Mogan, dubbed Little Venice thanks to its network of palm-fringed canals. Then there's lively Playa del Ingles, which is next-door neighbours with the Arabian-style sand dunes of Maspalomas.
Things to do in Gran Canaria
Cross Maspalomas' sand dunes
Four hundred hectares of Sahara-soft sand sits in between Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas, whipped into wave-like dunes by the wind. It's a protected area - camels are the transport mode of choice - so it keeps its middle-of-the-desert feel.
Visit Las Palmas
Gran Canaria's capital is up in the north-east of the island, but is less than an hour's drive from the resorts in the south. Spend a morning pottering around Vegueta, the UNESCO-listed old quarter. Its cobbled streets are home to a 16th-century cathedral and a handful of museums.
Hike the wine trail
The lush mountains and valleys in the north are a walker's playground, and are criss-crossed with hiking trails. Vineyards cling to the sunny slopes - plan your route to take in a handful of wineries, where you can sample the local grapes.
Hotels in Gran Canaria
From the palm-covered landscape of the Hotel Riu Palace Oasis, to the luxe terracotta villas of Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia, there's a fantastic selection of luxury hotels in Gran Canaria. Take the Riu Palace Meloneras Resort - not only is it finished to the highest standards, but it offers up widescreen views of the Playa Meloneras coastline. Then there's the Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort & Corallium Thalasso. It's designed in the style of a traditional Canarian village and nudges up against a beachfront promenade. Or the Gloria Palace Royal Hotel, which puts you in arm's reach of two sandy beaches and the bars and restaurants in Playa Amadores' centre.
Take a look at all of our hotels in Gran Canaria.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.