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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IFA Continental

IFA Continental

IFA Continental Hotel is situated in the center of Playa del Ingles, the most popular resort on the Gran Canaria Island. In the vicinity there are numerous leisure and shopping centers,…

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Lti Paradise Valle Taurito

Lti Paradise Valle Taurito

LTI Paradise Valle Taurito is a 4 stars plus hotel in a picturesque valley to the south-west of the island of Gran Canaria, in a natural setting of incomparable beauty in the charming…

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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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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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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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Riosol

Riosol

Riosol Aparthotel is situated in the south-western part of Gran Canaria, in Puerto Rico. In the vicinity of the aparthotel, there are a series of shops, restaurants, bars and leisure…

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Rey Carlos

Rey Carlos

The 4 star hotel Rey Carlos is situated in the center of Playa del Ingles, in the south of Gran Canaria, at 300 meters from the promenade, 700 meters from the beach and close to 2…

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IFA Beach

IFA Beach

The IFA Beach Hotel, is a 3 star category hotel situated on the beach of San Agustin, in the south of Gran Canaria, very near to the International Casino and shopping area. The IFA…

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Residences in Gran Canaria


Bungalows Parque Romantico I II

Bungalows Parque Romantico I II

The complex Bungalows Parque Romantico is situated near the beach in Playa del Ingles, on the southern coast of Gran Canaria. The 80 bungalows are air conditioned and have a bathroom,…

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Apartments Jacaranda

Apartments Jacaranda

The complex Jacaranda Apartments is situated in Puerto Rico, on the southern coast of Gran Canaria island. In the vicinity of the complex there are a series of tourist attractions…

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Apartments Todoque Bungalows

Apartments Todoque Bungalows

The Todoque bungalow complex is situated at 100 meters from the beach, in Playa del Inglés, the most popular resort on Gran Canaria. The 187 bungalows have a kitchen, bathroom, safety…

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Attractions in Gran Canaria

Puerto Rico

Located only a short distance from Maspalomas, Puerto Rico is a notable destination in south Gran Canaria. It is also an important leisure port.

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Mundo Aborigen

Located in close proximity to Maspalomas, Mundo Aborigen provides an interactive insight into the way the ancient inhabitant of Gran Canaria used to live.

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Leon y Castillo House Museum

Puerto de La Luz of Las Palmas materializes the work of Fernando Leon and Juan Castillo. The Leon y Castillo House Museum honors their contribution.

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Nestor Museum

The Nestor Museum was set out in the honor of Nestor Martin-Fernandez de la Torre, a notable Symbolist painter of Gran Canaria. It is located in Las Palmas

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