Year round sun and sprawling beaches
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the capital of Gran Canaria and is also the largest city in the Canary Islands. Most people flock here to take advantage of the year-round sun, and certainly, with daytime temperatures that rarely dip below 20°C even in winter, it’s easy to see why.
Located on the northeast coast of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a trinity of promises: sprawling sandy beaches that will make all beach lovers smile, aeons of history dating back to the late 14th century and charming (if labyrinthine) cobbled streets that beg discovery. Head into the charismatic old town, and you’ll find an abundance of traditional Spanish architecture, ranging from late Gothic to Renaissance.
If you really want to explore, then we’d recommend hiring a car and heading inland. Gran Canaria is known for being a whole continent in one island so give yourself a chance to find out why. The island’s backcountry is made of diverse and dramatic volcanic landscape including the spectacular Caldera de Bandama, only 17 km away (and 200 metres into the earth). Curious travellers might also like to experience the Agaete Natural Pools, bathing pools open to the public, about 30 km west of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
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.