Sunshine and sand dunes
The third largest of Spain's Canary Islands, family holidays in Gran Canaria are perfect for a relaxed break as well as providing plenty of activities and fun in the sun. Enjoy the busy streets of the towns along with family friendly restaurants, beautiful beaches and plenty of countryside just waiting to be explored.
Flight time from the UK to Gran Canaria is approximately 4 hours 15 minutes.
Summers are long, hot and dry in Gran Canaria, keeping at a steady mid-20s and climbing beyond 30°C in July and August. The Canaries are a good destination for winter sun, too – even winter and the shoulder seasons stay warm and sunny, with averages hovering around 18°C.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.