Sand and shopping
Playa del Ingles holidays are centred around its glorious sandy beach. Located on the south coast of Gran Canaria, you’ll find sparkling waters lapping the huge stretch of sand and a backdrop of dunes which are just waiting to be explored. The town itself is large and lively, with pretty, smaller resorts Maspalomas and San Agustin just minutes away.
Holidays in Playa del Ingles are perfect for active families, with many activities and sports to be found throughout the town. Large hotel complexes have amenities for everyone, while the beach has water sports, boat trips and bustling bars and restaurants. Those wanting to indulge in some retail therapy will find shops dotted throughout the resort, including well known brands and unique souvenir shops, while a range of bars makes the town ideal for a relaxing evening. Foodies will love the delicious Canarian cuisine found in the many restaurants, including family run tavernas serving fresh local favourites and cosmopolitan menus full of exotic dishes.
Flight time from the UK to Gran Canaria is approximately 4 hours 15 minutes.
Transfer time from Las Palmas airport to Playa del Ingles is approximately 25 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.