Holidays to Gran Canaria 2016 / 2017
Despite its name, Gran Canaria is only the third largest of the Canary Islands, covering an area not much larger than London. However, within this compact space a Gran Canaria holiday offers endless variety. Permanently sunny, with a lush mountainous landscape and fantastic beaches , a holiday in Gran Canaria is a great opportunity for anyone to experience an exotic holiday.
Co-operative Travel offers cheap holidays to Gran Canaria throughout the year. Our all-inclusive holidays to Gran Canaria provide the complete package and deals to suit your holiday needs.
Booking Ahead – Gran Canaria Holidays in 2017/2018
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Booking ahead for your 2017 holiday to Gran Canaria has many advantages. Especially for families who are looking to save money. Parents can book holidays in advance so they can reserve the time off forthcoming school half term and summer holidays.
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Gran Canaria – Holiday Destination Information
Key Information: Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s Canary Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean. It is renowned for its white sand beaches, warm holiday weather and tourist oriented holiday resorts.
Ideal Time to Go: Gran Canaria is a year round destination due to its year round lovely weather. It is known as ‘The Island of Eternal Spring’ and quite rightly too. Peak season in Gran Canaria falls between the months November and March, however, you can enjoy a holiday in Gran Canaria all year round and if you book an off peak Gran Canaria holiday you can find that it works out to be cheaper than booking during peak season.
Weather: Gran Canaria stays warm and sunny all year round. Its hottest months are August and September with an average temperature of 24°C. The coolest months are January and February with average temperatures of 18°C. Gran Canaria rarely sees a lot of rainfall so this shouldn’t be a concern when booking your holiday. The wettest month in Gran Canaria is December with 31mm of rainfall over 5 days.
Flight Time: A direct flight to Gran Canaria from London takes less than 5 hours
Time Difference: Gran Canaria shares the same time as the UK
Currency: Euro (€)
Fun Fact: A prestigious university based in New York claimed that Gran Canaria has the nicest weather in the world.
Top Tip: Keep an eye out for flags on the beaches during your holiday – Gran Canaria uses a coloured flag system on beaches based on safety for swimming. Green means it’s safe, yellow means experienced swimmers only and red means too dangerous for swimming.
Where to Go on Your Gran Canaria Holiday
Gran Canaria is a beautiful location with many great places to visit during your holiday, here are our recommended places to visit:
Palmitos Park – This large botanical garden makes for the perfect family holiday outing during your visit to Gran Canaria. On site there are many amazing things to check out; you can view the dolphins in their dolphinarium section, have fun watching the mammals, birds, reptiles and many other wonderful animals, or just relax and take it easy in the nice scenery that the park has to offer.
Playa del Ingles – This sea resort is in the south coast of Gran Canaria and is a great place to spend time in during your Gran Canaria holiday. It is a very pretty and tidy beach that gets plenty of sunlight so you can relax and take in the great weather and views that Gran Canaria has on offer.
Roque Nublo – This volcanic rock formation is an interesting spectacle to behold which will get the whole family curious and thinking about the wonderful things nature is capable of. As well as a source of inventive thinking, this tourist location is also just a very pretty sight that is pleasant on the eye and costs nothing to admire, so it’s also pleasant on the wallet, you can’t get any cheaper than that!
Holiday Activities in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is popular with holidaymakers of every age. Gran Canaria holidays offer the glittering silver beaches and waterparks of Playa del Ingles and Porto Rico in the south, the dramatic mountains of the interior and the lush forests of the north; along with the island’s historic capital, Las Palmas. All inclusive Gran Canaria holidays offer so much more than just endless hours on the beach. Take time out to explore and you’ll discover lush banana plantations, tiny whitewashed villages, historic architecture and breath-taking forest and mountain scenery.
Most cheap holidays to Gran Canaria are booked in the south of the island, which boasts broad, sweeping beaches offering everything from sailing lessons to scuba diving. Those choosing to stay in villas and apartments can experience the fine and fresh food around the island. The island is peppered with shops and restaurants selling locally farmed and caught produce. Those booking cheap Gran Canaria holidays on a self-catering basis can experience the delicious Canarian cuisine which finds favour with even the most particular of palettes.
Playa del Ingles is one of the most popular choices for all inclusive Gran Canaria holidays. Boasting almost 3 kilometres of golden beach, this glittering neon-lit resort has all the shopping malls, bars and restaurants you could wish for, with many of them catering for British visitors. Many families also prefer to book a holiday in Canaria’s more tranquil regions, such as nearby Maspalomas, where the glittering sand dunes are a haven for wildlife.
We also recommend that you look for Gran Canaria holiday deals in Bahia Feliz, Meloneras and Puerto Rico. Wherever you stay, you’ll find Gran Canaria resorts are attractive, family-friendly and full of character.
How to Get There
Because Gran Canaria is such a popular holiday destination, it is a very easy place to travel to; there are cheap direct flights all year round from airports all over the UK. We recommend that you take one of the many direct flights available as they tend to be cheap and also get you to your destination quicker than an indirect flight would.
Map of Gran Canaria