Gran Canaria

A world favourite

As far as holiday destinations go, Gran Canaria is part of the world’s vintage collection. The third-largest Canary Island first appeared on the tourism radar as far back as the 19th century, and it’s gone from strength to strength ever since.

The beach scene

Gran Canaria’s enduring appeal begins with its beaches – and it’s not a case of one size fitting all. On one hand, you’ve got the larger-than-life coastal resorts of Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas, where sunbathing is serious business and nightlife is of the neon variety. On the other hand, you’ve got the sleepier towns of Puerto Mogan, Bahia Feliz and Puerto Rico, where the beaches come with more space and the evening entertainment is a little lower-key.

Meloneras and Playa Taurito

Recently, Gran Canaria has started a collection of more bijoux beach resorts, too. In Meloneras and Playa Taurito, everything comes with a touch of gloss. Shops go down the boutique route and hotels lean towards luxury.

Scenic interior

Another reason Gran Canaria’s popularity has stood the test of time is its good-looking interior, where cliffs and gorges wax and wane. If you want to catch a glimpse of traditional island life, there are plenty of hamlets here, too. Just half-an-hour’s drive from Playa del Ingles, you’ll discover Fataga, where car-free cobbled streets are lined with whitewashed houses.

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  • Near Maspalomas’ sand dunes
  • 2 big pools
  • Standout dining scene
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby

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Hotel Suite Princess

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  • Couples until April 2016
  • Platinum Lifestyle from May 2016
  • Adults only
  • On the beach
  • 2 sea-view pools
  • Free Wi-Fi zones

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  • Sea views
  • Infinity pool
  • Themed dining

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Prices from £494 per person

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