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Gran Canaria is the third largest and most developed of the Spanish Canary Islands. It is often referred to as a miniature continent due to the diverse range of climates and landscapes Gran Canaria holidays have to offer. It is an ideal base for family holidays in the Canary Islands. Relaxing in the year round sun should be top of the agenda during the lazy afternoons you'll spend on its many sun soaked beaches on your holidays in Gran Canaria. Should you want a bit more action you can head to any of the islands lively holiday resorts such as Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles holiday resort. Gran Canaria is one of the most popular destinations for package holidays.
Gran Canaria holidays have some extremely popular beaches, with shallow warm waters coupled with friendly beach bars and shops that can make any day lazing on the seafront interesting. Maspalomas offers a lively upmarket and relaxing atmosphere, Las Palmas is the bustling capital city with many traditional restaurants, original architecture and extensive duty free shopping. There are many smaller resorts on the island offering tranquil and relaxing holidays in Gran Canaria.Tourists on their Gran Canaria holidays generally gravitate to the southern coastline and the well-known beaches of Playa del Inglés and cheap holidays in Maspalomas, where the soft sand and empty dunes stretch for miles.
Gran Canaria is an almost circular island with a diameter of around 32 miles. Cheap holidays in Gran Canaria are characterised by deep ravines radiating outwards from its centre down to the coast. The northern part of the island has a humid climate with green valleys and volcanic craters, while the south is more arid with vast stretches of beach. The capital, Las Palmas lies on the northeast tip of the island, situated between two long beaches, Las Caletas and Alcaravaneras. The island's interior is made up of steep highlands featuring banana plantations and tropical fruit orchards. They are dotted with small villages made up of characteristic white houses and red roofs.