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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Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa and Casino

Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa and Casino

Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Spa & Casino is an elegant 4 star hotel situated in Maspalomas, in the southern part of Gran Canaria island. The 4 star plus category hotel is comprised…

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Vista Serena

Vista Serena

The complex Vista Serena is situated in the peaceful resort of Maspalomas, in the south of Gran Canaria. The complex has 12 spacious and comfortable apartments with one or two bedrooms,…

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Gloria Palace San Agustin

Gloria Palace San Agustin

Hotel Gloria Palace San Agustin is situated in San Agustín near Maspalomas in the south of Gran Canaria. The 348 double rooms, 86 Family Suites and 14 Junior Suites are equipped with…

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Blue Star

Blue Star

The complex Apartamentos Blue Star is situated in Puerto Rico, one of the most important resorts on the Gran Canaria island. The 156 apartments are equipped with a bathroom, kitchen…

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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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Puerto Azul Amadores

Puerto Azul Amadores

Hotel Puerto Azul Amadores is situated in the southern part of Gran Canaria island, on a cliff top above Puerto Rico Bay. The 387 apartments have a balcony with excellent views of…

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Sansofé Palace

Sansofé Palace

The hotel Sansofé Palace is located in front of Las Canteras Beach, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It is only 5 minutes away from the port of Las Palmas and 20 minutes from Gran Canaria…

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Eurostars Las Canteras

Eurostars Las Canteras

Eurostars Las Canteras is an elegant 4 star hotel in Las Palmas, on the southern coast of Gran Canaria. The 100 double and triple rooms have a satellite TV, free Wi-Fi Internet, air…

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Residences in Gran Canaria


Apartments Nara

Apartments Nara

The complex Apartments Nara is situated in Playa del Ingles, the most popular resort on Gran Canaria island. The beach and the shopping centers are located at 300 meters from the complex.…

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Bungalows Los Tunos

Bungalows Los Tunos

The complex Bungalows Los Tunos is situated near the sand dunes of Maspalomas, one of the most popular resorts on the southern coast of Gran Canaria. The Faro II shopping center and…

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Apartments Las Algas

Apartments Las Algas

The Las Algas Apartments are situated at 500 meters from the beach and near numerous bars, restaurants, shops and night clubs in Playa del Ingles, the most important resort in Gran…

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Attractions in Gran Canaria

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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Beaches in the South Area

The beaches in the south area of Gran Canaria seem to be the most popular by force of the fact they neighbor upon the most frequented resorts on the island

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Los Marteles Nature Reserve

The Los Marteles Nature Reserve is located in central Gran Canaria, and it is a notable site both as protected area and source of tourist opportunities.

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Diving in Gran Canaria

Diving in Gran Canaria is at its best around Mogan and San Nicolas. The underwater world around this part of the island excels by richness and cleanliness.

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