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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Los Tilos

Los Tilos

The Los Tilos Apartments is situated in Playa del Ingles, the most renowned resort on Gran Canaria island. In the vicinity there are: the beach, Yumbo Center and other restaurants,…

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IFA Dunamar

IFA Dunamar

The IFA Dunamar hotel is situated next to the famous Playa del Inglés area of Gran Canaria. The hotel, with a 4 star category, consists of two buildings and a total of 257 spacious…

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Cordial Mogán Valle

Cordial Mogán Valle

The Apartamentos Cordial Mogán Valle is a comfortable 3 star aparthotel situated in Puerto de Morgan, just meters from the beach, in the south-western part of Gran Canaria Island.…

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Escuela Santa Brigida

Escuela Santa Brigida

Hotel Escuela Santa Brígida is situated in the Monte Lentiscal area of Gran Canaria. Near the hotel there are a series of shopping and convention centers. The rooms are equipped with…

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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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Concorde

Concorde

Hotel Concorde is situated in the capital of Gran Canaria island, Las Palmas, close to shopping and entertainment centers and at 50 meters from the Las Canteras beach. The elegant…

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IFA Faro Maspalomas

IFA Faro Maspalomas

The IFA Faro Hotel is ideally situated close to the sea, a very short distance from the very south beach of Maspalomas and its lighthouse, on the island of Gran Canaria. The IFA Faro…

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Dorado Beach

Dorado Beach

Dorado Beach is situated on the beachfront of Arguineguín, on Gran Canaria. The 128 apartments, 53 studios, 4 studios with 2 beds and 10 apartments with 2 bedrooms are equipped with…

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Residences in Gran Canaria


Bungalows Tara

Bungalows Tara

Tara Apartments are situated at 200 meters from the shopping center in Maspalomas, one of the most popular resorts in Gran Canaria. The apartments have a kitchenette with fridge, toaster…

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Casa Rural Las Calas de Valleseco

Casa Rural Las Calas de Valleseco

Casa Rural Las Calas de Valleseco is situated on the northern part of Gran Canaria island in Vallesco. The villa has 3 bedrooms (one double bedroom), 3 bathrooms with shower, satellite…

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Sun Suite Royal

Sun Suite Royal

Sun Suite Royal is an elegant apartment complex situated in Puerto Rico, one of the most famous resorts in Gran Canaria. The 306 apartments with one bedroom have a kitchen with fridge,…

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Attractions in Gran Canaria

Branch Museum

Called Museo de la Rama in Spanish, the Branch Museum provides all the information available on Nuestra Senora de Las Nieves, a notable fiesta in Agaete.

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Basilica of San Juan Bautista

Being the first bishopric seat in the Canary Islands, the Basilica of San Juan Bautista has is, at the same time, the hub of religious life in Telde.

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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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Canarian Museum

The archeological asset, the photography collections and a 55,000-volume library are the highlights of the Canarian Museum, an edifice located in Las Palmas

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