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    Gran Canaria – a year-round destination for fun and sun


    Gran Canaria, a member of the Canary Islands but part of the Kingdom of Spain, enjoys a wonderful climate with hot summers and mild winters thanks to its position off the coast of north west Africa. This volcanic island has glorious beaches and beautiful natural scenery, with a choice of vibrant or quieter holiday resorts. Gran Canaria has a main city, Las Palmas, but shares its title as capital of the Canary Islands with the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Many people presume Gran Canaria gets its name because of the small yellow birds, but the word canaria actually means dogs. That said, confusingly the dogs referred to in the name were actually seals!



    Stunning nature


    You can head to the area of Maspalomas in the south of the island, close to the busy resort of Playa del Inglés. This area, the Maspalomas Natural Dune Reserve, has a palm tree plantation and pond area where migrating birds stop to rest on their way to Europe, alongside large sweeping sand dunes along the beach. This area is popular for walks and with surfers, as well as with nudists as clothing is optional on some areas of the beach here. Inland, Gran Canaria has a mountainous landscape created by volcanoes. This is a great place to explore if you like to climb, hike or mountain bike along a trail. If you are not a keen sportsperson, however, there are gentler walks where you can just relax and enjoy the scenery, stopping at one of the many mirador, or viewpoints along the way. All this is only an hour from the coast, but there are hotels available in the rural towns and villages.



    Amazing festivals


    There are festivals held throughout Spain but some of those in Gran Canaria are quite unusual and lots of fun. In the town of La Aldea de San Nicolás, on the 11th September, people take their baskets into a pond by the beach and try to catch the fish in there with their hands. In Santa Brígida, on the first Saturday in July, a field in town is turned into a muddy mess by the local fire brigade and everyone gets as dirty as they can. In Telde, things are much cleaner as the party here involves a water fight. Anyone who wants to go to these festivities, whether just to watch or join in, is always made welcome. As well as all these traditional parties around the island, Gran Canaria also hosts music concerts, film festivals, sports events and much more throughout the year. Perhaps take a look at what is on offer when you would like to visit and choose the location of your hotel around that.



    Close encounters of the marine kind


    The calm warm waters surrounding Gran Canaria are ideal for marine life so it is no surprise that you will find bottlenose, striped, spotted and common dolphins here, in addition to whales. There are several companies who offer dolphin safari trips and getting a glimpse of these popular creatures is usually no trouble, as they love to play and leap out of the water alongside the boats. If you would like to be active in the water, windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing are very popular due to the great waves off the beaches. There are plenty of schools who offer lessons if you are a novice. If you do plan on doing lots of water sports, perhaps pick one of the beachside hotels. There are also jet skis, parasailing and banana boating. But if you prefer to relax you can take a cruise on a yacht or catamaran, stopping to snorkel and see the fish, and there are also party boat trips.



    Something for everyone


    Gran Canaria has a good choice of resorts, so whether you want to party every night or just to get away from it all, there will be somewhere perfect for you. Playa del Inglés is a large busy resort with high rise hotels, shopping centres and lots of bars and clubs. Popular with younger travellers, and with gay-friendly hotels and clubs, Playa del Inglés has something happening whether it is day or night. Puerto de Mogán, in the south, is a smaller resort with a sheltered beach, ideal for families, and is adjacent to a small harbour. Although quieter than Playa del Ingles, there are still bars and restaurants along with a weekly market. In the north, Las Palmas, the co-capital of Gran Canaria along with Santa Cruz, offers the visitor museums, cathedrals, a botanic gardens and great shopping, besides a number of lovely beaches. Make sure you pick a hotel in the capital city if you want a bit of culture with your sunshine.

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      Hotel El Palmar Playa del Inglés
      El Palmar offers spacious, modern apartments in sunny Gran Canaria. The complex features 56 large studios, all of which boast traditional décor. In the living areas, guests will find a television and comfortable sofa bed. Kitchenettes are fully equipped and include a kettle and dishwasher. Each private terrace/balcony is fully furnished, and Wi-Fi is free. On the property, guests are sure to find a large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a sun terrace with loungers. At El Palmar, guests can prepare home-cooked meals in the comfort of their apartment. The property's close proximity to the heart of the city also places guests within a ten-minute walk of several of the best restaurants, bars, and cafés in the area. The world-famous Maspalomas Sand Dunes are a short distance away from the hotel. Yumbo Shopping Centre can be easily reached within ten minutes by car.
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      Hotel Servatur Waikiki Playa del Inglés
      The RIU Waikiki is an all-inclusive 3 star hotel in the resort of Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria. The hotel consists of five different circular shaped buildings that are 7 storeys high. Between these buildings there is a total of 505 rooms each equipped with either a balcony or terrace, satellite TV, ceiling fan, room safe and an en suite bathroom. Surrounding the hotel there is a large outdoor swimming pool with an adjacent sun terrace and there is also a smaller children's pool. Sun loungers and umbrellas are provided free of charge for guests and there is a pool bar. A further bar is located inside one of the buildings where there is also a buffet style restaurant. For sports enthusiasts there are 2 tennis courts, a selection of racquet sports, table tennis and volleyball available and there is also a gym. For families with children there is an outdoor play area and a miniclub, whilst for the adults there is a hair salon and boutique. Computers with Internet access are available at a surcharge. The RIU Waikiki is located approximately 500 metres from the resort centre and 1.5 kilometres from the beach. A bus stop is located just outside the main entrance.
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      Hotel Sol Barbacan Apartamentos by Melia Playa del Inglés
      Sol Barbacan Apartamentos by Melia is located in Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria. All of the apartments and bungalows have a fully equipped kitchen, LCD television, bathroom with hairdryer, and furnished terrace. There are two outdoor heated pools and a children's pool set in gardens with sun terraces. The varied entertainment program includes evening shows. There are two tennis courts, Wi-Fi, mini golf and free parking. There is a buffet restaurant, poolside snack bar, and an a la carte restaurant specialising in traditional Basque cuisine. There is also a pool bar and two lounge bars with a wider choice of bars and restaurants nearby. Sol Barbacan Apartamentos by Melia is only a short distance from Playa del Ingles beach and a few kilometres from Playa Maspalomas beach where visitors can enjoy activities such as snorkeling, fishing, and dolphin watching. Playa del Ingles is a popular resort with a large choice of bars, restaurants and entertainment.
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      Hotel Koka Apartamentos Playa del Inglés
      Located in the centre of Playa del Ingles, a short distance from the nearby beach, Koka Apartamentos Apartments features an outdoor pool and internet access is available. The apartments feature a well-equipped kitchenette, a private bathroom and a private furnished terrace or balcony. Two outdoor pools are on-site and guests can relax beside them on sunbeds. The 24-hour reception desk staff can provide information about the local area and arrange car hires or tours. Internet is available for a charge. Guests can self-cater and use their kitchenettes to prepare food or visit the on-site restaurant that serves Tex-Mex cuisine. A poolside bar serves a range of drinks and snacks throughout the day. The hotel is located close to Playa del Ingles which features a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants. The Maspalomas Gold Course is roughly ten kilometres away.
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      Hotel Aparthotel Corona Roja Playa del Inglés
      Set on the beach, Aparthotel Corona Roja sits in Playa del Inglés. This hotel boasts both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Studios and apartments are decorated simply. These feature balconies, sofas, satellite TVs, and kitchenettes with fridges. Aparthotel Corona Roja prides itself in its sports facilities on site, including a pitch-and-putt, football pitch, and tennis court. The on-location restaurant features buffet and à la carte options. In addition to that, cafes, bars, and restaurants are within 300 metres for guests to grab a bite. Playa del Inglés’ beaches are only 300 metres away. Catch buses from San Fernando which is only a 15-minute stroll away.
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      Hotel Corona Blanca Playa del Inglés
      Corona Blanca offers comfortable apartments in the heart of Spain’s Playa del Ingles. Each apartment opens to a balcony/terrace overlooking the garden or pool. Rooms feature a kitchenette with a refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, and stovetop. Inside each private bathroom, guests are sure to find a shower/tub combination. Televisions and safety deposit boxes are available for an additional charge. Guests will stay entertained by splashing and playing with the kids in the outdoor pool, and they can relax on the spacious terrace, which features numerous pool sun loungers. As well, guests have a number of dining options right on site, including enjoying meals at the Italian restaurant, eating at the cafeteria, and grabbing a quick bite to eat at the snack bar. Known for its ideal location, Corona Blanca is less than a five-minute walk away from the beach. The shopping centres (Plaza Maspalomas, Metro, and Kasbah) are a two-minute walk away.
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