A rising star
An up-and-comer among Gran Canaria's beach resorts, little Playa Amadores is all about one thing: the beach. One of the best on the island, this pristine stretch of coast descends into a calm Atlantic, making it safe for little ones to swim and paddle.
There's plenty of space to settle down for the day on the powdery white sand, with a cluster of waterfront restaurants for lunch and drinks, including a fantastic pizzeria and grill serving up some of the freshest fish around. In the evenings, the vibe is low-key and kid-friendly.
Less than 10 minutes' drive away (there's also a regular bus) is buzzing Puerto Rico, where you'll find the bulk of the area's entertainment, including upbeat Irish pubs and laid-back lounge bars.
Flight time from the UK to Gran Canaria is approximately 4 hours 15 minutes.
Transfer time from Las Palmas airport to Playa Amadores is approximately 40 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.