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Gran Canaria - Spain

Gran Canaria is an island not far off the coast of Africa. Gran Canaria is the second largest of the Canary Islands hosting everything from long beaches, dense forests and a thrilling night life, in a mixture of beauty and fun.

The various cities alongside the coast are filled with visitors from all over the world ensuring a pleasurable experience, be it relaxing on one of the numerous beaches, partying until dawn or exploring the different parts of the island.

Climate in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is often described as a continent in miniature because of the great variation of nature and there are more than 20 different types of microclimates here. The climate on the southern part of the island is often described as one of the best climates in the world. You don’t need to worry about freezing as the average daytime temperature during winter is between 20°C and 26°C.

On the northern part of the Island there will often be raining, but on the southern part of the island, where you will find all the holiday resorts, it is almost never raining.

A paradise with variations

Puerto Rico, Gran CanariaGran Canaria is an island of variation. It is relatively small, so it is easy to visit its different parts. There are many who think the island has nothing but tourism, but if one travels to the northern or central parts of the island a bit of real Canarian life is found. It gives you a unique view of Gran Canaria, one that many foreigners might not have. There are also those who travel to Agaete, a tranquil city on the north eastern side of the island, to take the ferry from Gran Canaria to Tenerife.

Due to the heavy tourism on the island, the residents are used to communicating in English. Although appreciated, it is not necessary to speak Spanish to get around. Gran Canaria's environmental variation offer many different types of physical activities to engage in; from surfing to climbing and everything in-between. Apart from this, the climate is what makes Gran Canaria a miniature paradise - it never really gets cold.


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Nightlife in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria offers endless types of bars and clubs. If you seek an activity during nightfall, you will never have to go far to find it - it will find you. There are a variety of centers filled with bars and clubs where people dance all night long. Due to the island’s liberal gay life, there are many funny drag shows to watch as well. Amongst the neon lights and club promoters are great drink discounts; some clubs even offer free bottles of vodka and soft drinks to share with a group of friends. One thing is certain - alcohol will not burn a big hole in your wallet.

Shopping in Gran Canaria

Playa del Inglés Gran Canaria
Except for great night life and stunning nature, Gran Canaria has good shopping opportunities. The capital of the island, Las Palmas, hosts many stores with Spanish clothes which will make your wardrobe content. The biggest shopping centres are Las Arenas, La Ballena and El Muelle. In Playa del Inglés the biggest shopping centres are Yumbo, Kasbah and Cita. Read more....

Attractions in Gran Canaria

Artenara is a cave town where much of the population lives in caves as they did 3,000 years ago when Gran Canaria was populated. When a family needs more room in the house, they just dig out an extra room. The walls inside the caves are painted white so that one does not have to use as much light, and the temperature in the caves is uniformly 18 degrees in summer and winter. If you don't want to disturb a family in a priavte home to experience the caves you can visit the church or restaurant la Silla.

Arguineguin is a small fishing village and also the center for the largest Norwegian colony in Gran Canaria. The biggest market in Gran Canaria takes place here every Tuesday.

Cathedral in Las Palmas Gran CanariaGaldar was at one time the seat of the Guanches culture in Gran Canaria. Here there are lots of archaeological dig sites. There is also the cave Cueva Pintada which has geometric cave paintings from the Guanches culture.

Las Palmas is beautifully situated right by the Atlantic Ocean north of Gran Canaria and parts of the city are clustered with multicultural house, giving Las Palmas a unique touch on the island. Las Palmas is the capital of the island and there are unfortunately many do not care to visit this city while on Gran Canaria. There is losts of great architecture from the colonial era and there are also many shopping opportunities. In addition, you will also get away from the perpetual tourist machine that the southern Gran Canaria consists of.

Playa del InglÚs is the busiest tourist town on Gran Canaria. The hottest nightlife is found here, and also the stunning sandy beach that is reminiscent of the Sahara desert.

Things to do in Gran Canaria

Fashion week show, Gran Canaria
Sioux City is an amusement park with western theme where young and old can partly see the rodeo show.

Aqualand is a waterpark in MasPalomas with slides and water activities for children and adults of all ages.

Palmitos Park is an amusement park where you can watch dolphin shows, bird shows, there is a butterfly garden there and some primates. The park is suitable as a day trip for a family who want a decent experience during their holiday in Gran Canaria.

Gran Canaria offers a vide variety of cultural events like theater, cinema, opera, concerts and festivals. The carnival of Las Palmas is one of the biggest in Spain and takes place between january and february every year. Among other leisure activities are golf, scuba diving, sailing, cruising, fishing, climbing and go-cart. There is a large range of travel agencies that offer excursions and safaris of different kind.

Gran Canaria is a unique place if you let it. Regardless of what you look for during your holiday, this island has it. This is also why it is a great destination, regardless of age and interests. Make yourself original as a tourist and try to learn a little bit of Spanish before going there. With this you will definitely have a special holiday as you will get to know some Canarians who are able to show you the real Gran Canaria, and that will probably be very different from what you thought the island was like.

Carnival in Gran Canaria

Festivals in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria Music Festival takes place in January in Las Palmas with many classical concerts where both orchestras and soloists appearing.

The Carnival on Gran Canaria is one of Spain's largest and held in early February. Las Palmas is the place to be. In 2017 the carnival in Las Palmas takes place from 10th of February to 5th of March, while in Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas the carnival is from 3rd to 12th of March.

The Opera Festival in Las Palmas is an annual event that attracts many opera lovers from all over Spain.

The Easter celebrations in Gran Canaria is an important event here as in any other Spanish cities.

Gran Canaria International Jazzefstival is being arranged in July every year in Las Palmas.

Transportation in Gran Canaria

Gran Canary has a well developed bus system and the 4th biggest airport in Spain. Visiting one of the other Canary Islands is very easy and can be done by ferry or by airplane. There are also airplanes to the mainland every day.

Car hire in Gran Canaria

There are countless car hire companies, such as Avis, Hertz, Oasis, Goldcar and Cicar, to name a few. Many car hire companies have offices at the airport and are well available in the major tourist resorts and cities. The easiest way to hire a car in Gran Canaria is through the web site where you will find rental cars to the best price. The advantage with is that they compare prices from several car rental companies at the same time, so you can choose the one that suits your wallet. Their website is

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Spanish classes in Gran Canaria

Whether you want to learn Spanish from scratch or you want to improve your Spanish skills, Gran Canaria is a superb choice. The advantage of attending a Spanish class in Gran Canaria is that you can practice your Spanish skills everywhere. On you can find Spanish courses in Gran Canaria and many other cities in Spain.

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
Lighthouse in Maspalomas,
Gran Canaria
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Arguineguin, Gran Canaria
Park in Arguineguin,
Gran Canaria
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