Holidays to Meloneras show you Gran Canaria’s grown-up side. This chic resort is quieter than its neighbours and comes complete with upmarket shops and restaurants, plus a bijou beach with top-notch R&R credentials.
A stylish resort
Set on Gran Canaria’s sun-soaked southern coast, Meloneras is a peaceful, purpose-built resort that has class written all over it. It has several modern shopping centres which not only house high-end boutiques and designer labels, but also bring together an assortment of stylish restaurants and bars. The livelier Playa del Ingles is just down the road, as is Maspalomas, whose beach links to Meloneras’ own sandy blanket to create a vast stretch of sunbathing space.
A beach that keeps on giving
Meloneras has about 500 metres’ worth of Gran Canaria’s trademark golden sand, which is spliced with a few rocks. The wide promenade that runs alongside the beach offers a small portfolio of seafood restaurants, and a shopping centre with even more eating places and bars. Lengthwise, the beach starts at the stone lighthouse at the resort’s northern end and unravels as far as the dunes – this is where the famous Sahara-style sands of Maspalomas take over.
Daytrips to Las Palmas
In less than an hour you can swap sand for culture at the island’s capital, Las Palmas. The place is split into districts, the oldest of which is the UNESCO-backed Vegueta. Here there’s the Casa Muse de Colon – thought to be the former home of Christopher Columbus and now a museum dedicated to the explorer. And close by is Santa Ana Cathedral, which took 4 centuries to complete. Shopping wise, the Santa Catalina area is crammed with smart boutiques and high-street shops.
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