Gran Canaria Tourism - Hotel reservations and accommodation guid

Dubbed the Miniature Continent of Spain, Gran CanariaGran Canaria is rich in assets able to entice the taste for serious tourist experiences of visitors around the world. Being the third largest land formation in the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria features, at the same time, a further tourist incentive: it has perfect surfing conditions, which is way it was often compared to Hawaii.

Eventually, the island is a UNESCO treasure, being declared a Biosphere Reserve. It's obvious that tourists in search of nature unadulterated by the work of man are very likely to be satisfied by a stay in Gran Canaria.

Short History of Gran Canaria

The name with which the island started off in its historic trajectory has been the Island of the Brave, a surname given by its first alleged inhabitants, namely, the Canarii (Guanches), who established here around 500 BC. The history of Gran Canaria intermingles with the one of Spain, since the Kingdom of Castile managed to enforce dominion over the island in 1483. The island was subsequently dubbed The Circle, due to its obvious round shape. Christopher Columbus and Paul C. Reilly are among the most illustrious visitors of Gran Canaria.

Accommodation in Gran Canaria

The resorts located in the southern part of Gran Canaria are more popular with tourists who expect noting more than sun, beaches, sand and waves from their stay on the island. However, the capital of Gran Canaria, namely, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which is located in the northeastern region of the island, is just as preferred as the south, but it is recommendable for visitors with more various expectations. Mainstream hotels are available throughout the resorts of Gran Canaria (Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles, etc.), featuring all the high quality services typical of any given hotel. But if in search of something rather specific and traditional, tourists should resort to the more traditional Spanish establishments which are to be found especially within the inland villages.

Spanish Gastronomy in Gran Canaria

There is nothing in Spain which can not be found in Gran Canaria in terms of cuisine. International specialties are fairly well represented on the island by the many restaurants and eating venues the resorts are replete with. Traditional English and Chinese food, for instance, are extremely popular with both locals and tourists. The ever present tapas lack nothing of their mainland counterparts; on the contrary, they are somewhat richer in taste and seasoning, and represent more than a snack. Fish restaurants are said to be extremely recommendable in Las Palmas, but local cuisine, represented by certain dishes, like gofio, squid rings, grilled meat and papas arrugadas (with mojo, a traditional Canary Islands sauce) should not be overlooked.

Tourist Attractions and Objectives in Gran Canaria

The first thing coming in mind with respect to the tourist attractions in Gran Canaria refers to its beaches. However, the historic background of the island, which is quite consistent, is epitomized by the Las Palmas Cathedral (one of the oldest structures on the island), the Las Palmas City Hall, the Santa Ana Square, the Witches' Plain and by the Bishop's House, most of them having been built in the 15th or the 16th century. The island also host a series of museums and galleries, of which the Canary Museum (El Museo Canario), the Elder Museum of Science and Technology, as well as the Columbus Museum, the Nestor Museum and the Atlantic Center of Modern Art are worth noting. The Tara y Cendro caves and the Rock Cloud count as the more significant natural attractions, but one should always want to tick off the Holiday World and the Crocodile Park once in Gran Canaria.

Events and Festivals in Gran Canaria

The Carnival of Gran Canaria (Carnaval de Las Palmas) held in February is, perhaps, the most popular event with the locals. Musical festivals tend to dominate the eventful atmosphere of Gran Canaria, of which the Canary Music Festival, the International Folk Music Festival, the Opera Festival, WOMAD, the International Jazz Festival and the International Folklore Festival are worth mentioning. However, the picture is complemented (without, on the other hand, being complete) by the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, by the International Film Festival of Las Palmas, the Marine Festival, or by the Water Fight, near the city of Telde.

Other Tourist Hotspots within the Canary Islands

A stay in Gran Canaria is highly likely to furnish incomparable thrills to tourists who choose to visit the island. Yet, Gran Canaria does not exhaust the beauty and the tourist resources of all of the Canary Islands.

Thus, Lanzarote should definitely be ticked off on the tourist circuit of the Canary Islands. The main reasons for visiting Lanzarote refer to its natural wealth and diversity, but also to its abundant tourist opportunities which, amazingly, do not come down to beaches exclusively.

Fuerteventura, on the other hand, is the second largest island of the archipelago, and allegedly the oldest of all. In a few words, Fuerteventura should be explored since it stands as a variation of the successful tourist destination theme.

Finally, Tenerife should be searched out at least by title of getting to know how and why this island formerly dubbed the Island of Hell managed to become a tourist paradise.

Hotels in Gran Canaria

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Dunas Mirador Maspalomas

Dunas Mirador Maspalomas

The modern hotel Dunas Mirador Maspalomas is located in Maspalomas, in the southern part of Gran Canaria. In the vicinity of the there are numerous bars, restaurants, shops and other…

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Roque Nublo

Roque Nublo

The complex Apartamentos Roque Nublo is situated in Playa del Ingles, in the southern part of Gran Canaria island. Yumbo Shopping center, the beach and numerous restaurants, bars and…

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Reina Isabel

Reina Isabel

The Reina Isabel hotel is situated on the Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The hotel comprises 208 rooms and 16 suites equipped with a complete bathroom, telephone,…

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Iberostar Costa Canaria

Iberostar Costa Canaria

The hotel Iberostar Costa Canaria is situated near Playa de San Augustin beach, in south of Gran Canaria island. The 250 rooms and bungalows re equipped with a telephone, piped music,…

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Caserio

Caserio

Hotel Caserío is an elegant 4 star that enjoys one of the best location in Playa del Ingles. In the vicinity of the hotel there are a lot of restaurants, bars, shops and the beach.…

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il Rondo

il Rondo

Aparthotel Il Rondo is situated in the center of Playa del Ingles, the biggest resort on Gran Canaria island. The complex is situated at close to the shopping centers, the beach, restaurants,…

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Bungalows Cordial Biarritz

Bungalows Cordial Biarritz

The complex Bungalows Cordial Biarritz is situated in a relaxing location in Playa del Ingles, the most popular resort on Gran Canaria island. The 76 bungalows have one or two bedrooms,…

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Puerto de Las Nieves

Puerto de Las Nieves

The hotel Puerto de Las Nieves is situated in the picturesque resort of Puerto de las Nieves, in the northern part of Gran Canaria Island, at 40 km from the island capital. The hotel…

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Residences in Gran Canaria


Bungalows Augustino

Bungalows Augustino

Bungalows Augustino is an exclusive complex of bungalows located in a quiet and residential area. A privilege place inside the urban nucleus of Playa del Inglés. Next to a viewing…

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Apartments Lenamar

Apartments Lenamar

Apartments Lenamar are located in Playa del Ingles, the most popular resort on Gran Canaria. The complex is situated close to the dunes in Maspalomas, CITA shopping center and Yumbo…

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Aloe

Aloe

The Apartamentos Aloe is a comfortable complex situated in Playa del Ingles, the most popular resort on Gran Canaria island. The apartments have a bedroom, living room with sofa bed;…

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Attractions in Gran Canaria

Cactualdea Park

Cactualdea Park is a theme botanical garden pegged out by several other attractions, such as the so-called Guanche cave. It is also home to Lucha Canaria.

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Tennis and squash in Gran Canaria

Playing tennis and squash in Gran Canaria is possible by force of the plethora of sports clubs and tennis courts located on the island.

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Nublo Rural Park

The Nublo Rural Park is the largest protected area in Gran Canaria. It neighbors upon 8 municipalities, and its highlights refer to the large pine forests.

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Museum of Science and Technology Elder

As the name might suggest, the Museum of Science and Technology Elder focuses on displaying the most important scientific progresses of humankind.

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