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Gran Canaria is the third-largest island in the Canaries archipelago, it is also a land of complete contrasts. There is high-end resort life but also great natural diversity. From the luscious green north to the verdant, mountainous interior and the desert like territory of the south. With a warm sunny climate all year round, beautiful beaches and a welcoming atmosphere Gran Canaria is known for its dramatic scenery, black lava and white sand beaches, great for adventure holidays. Head south to see the wonderful Pilancones Natural Park or marvel at the sand dunes of Maspalomas and the southern beaches in San Agustín. In the north, the capital city, Las Palmas is a major stop for cruise ships and duty-free shopping.

Things to do in Gran Canaria

Whether you fancy just lazing in the beautiful golden sand dunes, wandering through Spain’s largest botanical garden or exploring Las Palmas, Gran Canaria has got it all. Dubbed the ‘miniature continent’ it is an island that offers a little bit of everything. From rolling sand dunes and rich forests to sleepy villages and world class cities there is plenty to keep everybody entertained on a Gran Canarian villa holiday. Swim in the beautiful clear waters, take a hike through the countryside or immerse yourself in volcanic spa pools. There is also a vast array of local and international cuisine to be sampled, from fine-dining restaurants to traditional tavernas and beachside seafood snack bars. Here you will find an effortless mix of nature, nightlife and leisure.

If you fancy a more relaxed pace of life, simply unwind at your villa with private pool and let time stand still. If you decide to book a villa holiday in Gran Canaria you won’t be disappointed, for along with the amazing beaches there are plenty of unusual and enthralling corners to explore.

Maspalomas sand dunes, Gran Canaria
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria town

History and Culture in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a historical island, containing many impressive landmarks, monuments and old buildings just waiting to be explored. The Las Palmas City Hall is one of Gran Canaria's most notable landmarks and was originally built around 500 years ago. Dating back almost 600 years, Las Palmas Cathedral is one of the oldest and most important landmarks on the island. With a magnificent Neo-classical facade and a Gothic-style interior, highlights at the museum include three naves, palm-shaped columns and the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art, along with a number of important religious paintings. Further landmarks and monuments in Gran Canaria include the Llano de las Brujas archaeological settlement, the 16th-Century Palacio Episcopal, and the Plaza de Santa Ana, one of Gran Canaria's main public squares, standing in the heart of Las Palmas.

Family holidays in Gran Canaria

A family villa holiday in Gran Canaria ticks all of the boxes for all ages. Discover the dramatic dunes and secret beaches of Maspalomas or maybe set sail on a dolphin-spotting boat tour. Whatever you choose you cannot miss the stunning view and experience of the spellbinding dunes of Maspalomas. Wander up and down these huge desert-like sand hills that appear to go on for miles and miles and are protected as a nature reserve for their truly fascinating beauty. Head off for a round of golf on one of Gran Canaria’s 7 different courses. Whether you are seeking exciting action or laid-back relaxation, this incredible island certainly won’t disappoint.

Gran Canaria beach and sea, Canary Islands
Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria

Adventurous activities in Gran Canaria

A Gran Canaria villa holiday can provide an amazing experience to suit all tastes, something for everyone. If it is an adventure that you are looking for the options are endless, from adrenaline-fuelled water activities like scuba diving, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing to jeep safaris or quad bike tours, or perhaps zip-lining or rock climbing. There are so many different exciting activities to try, but whatever you choose you are guaranteed a pulse racing adventure from start to finish.

With year round sunshine, choose from one of our winter sun villas and get away whenever you want.

Romance in Gran Canaria

Make the most of your romantic couples' villa holiday with a visit to Puerto de Mogán, a pretty fishing village also known as ‘little Venice’. This quaint harbour town's narrow white-washed streets are covered in amazing pink flowers and connected by selection of narrow bridges over the ocean. A beautifully romantic spot, you could perhaps make that long awaited proposal.  Spend an evening together under the stars for a cosy night out at the open-air cinema in Maspalomas. With a great choice of films, it’s certainly a one-off experience that you cannot miss.

All Villas in Gran Canaria

Salobre Golf Resort, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
9 km
Salobre Golf Resort, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
9 km
Salobre Golf Resort, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
9 km

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