Sunshine and sand dunes
Holidays in Gran Canaria take you to one of the Canary Islands’ largest islands. It’s increasingly popular with British holidaymakers, bringing you large resorts which date back to the 19th Century when Queen Victoria visited. Here you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants, huge sweeping bays, beaches, and activities to suit everyone. Families will love mountain biking, water parks, and even camel rides, while couples can explore the history and culture of the towns, visit the spas and enjoy the island’s many bars.
Gran Canaria offers a diverse selection of resorts to choose from. Playa Amadores is home to a large sandy beach sheltered by towering cliffs and offering a fantastic choice of watersports. Playa del Ingles is ideal for those wanting to relax in luxury hotels and overlook the sparkling waters of the sea, while Maspalomas is home to sweeping sand dunes which stretch down into the ocean. For upmarket shops, restaurants and hotels, choose Playa Meloneras, while Puerto Mogan’s marina offers a taste of luxury.
Luxury holidays in Gran Canaria centre around its wonderful beaches. Choose from large golden stretches sheltered from the winds by craggy cliffs, or little coves where you will find local fish restaurants and a chance to try some watersports. Playa Meloneras is home to luxury shops where you can pick up boutique and designer items, perfumes, clothing and accessories, while golf lovers will find courses throughout the island. There’s something for foodies too, with lots of fresh, homemade tapas dishes.
At Sovereign we’ll help you get the most from your holiday. We understand just how important the art of holiday making is. Speak to one of our expert Trusted Advisers who will put together an itinerary just for you, and choose the ideal hotel from our carefully selected collection.
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.