Gran Canaria Travel

Useful Gran Canaria travel guide, with tips on what to expect on your visit.

Canary Islands Travel - Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria Travel Guide

Tourist Guide to Gran Canaria (by Dan Oldfield)

Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands and a popular holiday destination. The Canaries are a small group of Spanish Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 200km off the Northwest coast of Africa. Gran Canaria is a volcanic island with very dramatic and unique scenery. The Canaries are a popular winter holiday travel choice for Europeans due to the year round warm temperatures and frequent sunny days.

A Short History of Gran Canaria

After many conflicting battles between European countries on who owns the Canary Islands, the Spanish finally won and made claim to them. Apart from being a travel stopover for famous adventurers such as Christopher Columbus, the Canaries were not really used for much. However, in the fifties people began to discover the physical and mental benefits of the sun and from this point, tourism in the Canaries took off.

Getting there

There really aren't any other option of getting to the Canaries by any way other than air. Gran Canarias airport (Aeropuerto de Gando) is located in the southwest of the island. Taxis and bus transfers then transport tourists to their resort locations. It is also possible to travel to and from the other islands in the Canaries by ferry.

Accommodation and Where to Stay

The main accommodation on offer is self-catering apartments, hotels and villas. There are a number of popular resorts on the island that cater for very different needs. For nightlife lovers travel to Playa Del Ingles and for a peaceful holiday stay at Puerto de Mógan.

Sights and Attractions

Take a stroll through Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as there are many historic buildings and streets as well as a Cathedral. The main sightseeing features on the island is natural beauty of the area. There are magnificent sand dunes, volcanic mountains and stunning beaches. Of course the sunny weather is one of the main attractions.

Shopping on the Island

Gran Canaria is not really a shopping haven as it is mainly a relaxation holiday choice. Therefore, shops on the island usually sell souvenirs, beach games and general travel necessities.

Wine and Dine

Every resort is plastered with bars and restaurants as well as English pubs. Many of the restaurants are open planned and located on the seafront for extra appeal. All kinds of international cuisine is offered so choosing should not be hard.

Author Dan Oldfield works and writes for Car Rentals and has produced a tourist guide to Gran Canaria from the Budget car rental specialist.


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Gran Canaria Attractions: Palmitos Park - Vegueta - Playa de las Canteras

Gran Canaria Hotels: Oasis Maspalomas - Princess Hotel Playa Taurito

Gran Canaria Places: Maspalomas - Playa del Ingles - Puerto Rico - Meloneras - Aguimes - Teror - Vegueta - San Agustin - Arguineguin - Mogan - Playa Taurito - Moya

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