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Luxury Gran Canaria Holidays

Sunshine and sand dunes

Gran Canaria

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.

Destinations in Gran Canaria
The beach towns and waterparks of Maspalomas bump up against the southerly Maspalomas Dunes – a soaring national park with a 19th-century lighthouse and wildlife oasis.
Playa Amadores
Playa Amadores hugs a sweeping bay on the south-west coast of Gran Canaria. It’s a family-friendly resort, thanks to the craggy headlands that shelter the turquoise water and gold-sand beach.
Playa Del Ingles
Playa del Ingles is one of the most sought-after resorts in Gran Canaria, thanks to its soft sands and line-up of ocean-view hotels. Maspalomas and its rolling dunes are just next door, too.

Playa Meloneras
Playa Meloneras settles by a sandy beach just west of the Maspalomas Dunes. The town rolls out south – expect high-end fashion and perfume shops, plus a casino.
Puerto Mogan
The whitewashed houses and bridge-bedecked canals of south-westerly Puerto Mogan dip into a river valley that leads to a sandy beach and smart marina.

Luxury family holidays in Gran Canaria

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.

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Our pick of the top hotels in Gran Canaria
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia

Gran Canaria, Maspalomas
Located on the golden sandy beach
An extensive spa with lots of treatments
Member of the Leading Hotels of the World

Cordial Mogán Playa

Gran Canaria, Puerto Mogan

Lopesan Costa Meloneras

Gran Canaria, Playa Meloneras

Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort & Corallium Thalasso

Gran Canaria, Playa Meloneras

Bohemia Suites & Spa

Gran Canaria, Playa del Ingles

Gloria Palace Royal

Gran Canaria, Playa Amadores
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Flight Information

Flight time from the UK to Gran Canaria is approximately 4 hours 15 minutes. 

When to go

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.

Visa Information

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.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ellen Pickover

For spectacular scenery, I'd recommend the Parque Natural Tamadaba on the north-west coast - the dark, dramatic cliffs here are a must-see.

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