After being grounded for much of the past year, it’s definitely time to take a vacation. Grab your swimsuits and pack your sunscreen, because we have the perfect island destination. Within a few minutes flight you will find the breathtaking landscapes, the sun all year round and the vast golden beaches of Gran Canaria. Here’s everything you have to expect on a visit to this subtropical island.
It’s just a short flight, but it feels like another world
Known as a “continent in miniature” because of its great natural diversity, Gran Canaria offers a total change of scenery – without the long-haul flight. So you could be enjoying the island sun in just four and a half hours. And if you book with Jet2holidays, you can relax knowing that all the details are taken care of. Your stay includes round-trip flights from any of UK’s ten airports with Jet2.com, named UK’s best airline of 2020 by Tripadvisor. You also get 22kg baggage allowance and round-trip hotel transfers as standard.
Upon arrival, you’ll be transported to your choice of accommodation across the island, from self-catering apartments and all-inclusive getaways to Luxe Collection four- and five-star retreats.
It has a rich history, stunning architecture and good food
To immerse yourself in the culture of the island, visit the bustling capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. With an alluring mix of Spanish architecture, cobbled streets and pretty old houses, this is a stunning place to stroll, visit museums, galleries and the Cathedral of Santa Ana. Stop along the way to sample tapas made with local cheeses, papas arrugadas (potatoes with a spicy sauce), and pata de cerdo (pork leg), accompanied by live Canarian folk music.
For breathtaking views and a taste of local life, we also recommend venturing inland to the villages of Artenara, Teror and Tejeda. Set amidst mountainous landscapes and fascinating archaeological sites, they are bursting with traditional charm.
There are incredible beaches
The southern part of Gran Canaria is well known for its stretches of golden sand bathed in sunshine. One of the most famous beaches in the south is Maspalomas, with its lighthouse and spectacular sunsets – to be enjoyed on an evening stroll, ending at the bustling resort town of Playa del Ingles. The beach is part of the Maspalomas Dunes Nature Reserve, a vast protected area of desert, palm groves and a must-see lagoon. Nearby is the elegant town of Meloneras, home to exclusive shops and upscale bars and restaurants.
To the west of the island you will find Amadores Beach, located in a beautiful curved bay with turquoise sea and white sand. From there, walk to Puerto Rico Marina, the perfect spot for dolphin watching, or to take a glass bottom water taxi to Anfi Beach Club and the pretty village of Puerto Mogán, known as name of Little Venice. If you’re looking for something a little different, head north and take a dip in the calm, sapphire waters of Salinas de Agaete, three natural rock pools resembling fortresses sheltered from the ocean. .
There is something to keep you active
Water sports enthusiasts will be in paradise in Gran Canaria, with everything from sailing, yachting, windsurfing, water skiing and scuba diving. If you prefer to stay on dry land, the island’s mountains and sand dunes make it a popular destination for cycling and hiking, with a network of well-marked trails that you can walk solo or with a guide. For an easy hike with epic views, book a trip to Roque Nublo, a mighty rock once revered by the island’s indigenous people.
With in-depth knowledge of the best beauty sights and activities available across the island, the experts at Jet2holidays can help you plan the perfect Gran Canaria itinerary. You can also find more inspiration for your trip, from swimming in a natural pool to paddleboarding, on the Gran Canaria Tourist Board website.
Or you can just relax and enjoy the view
Thanks to its subtropical climate and diverse ecosystems, Gran Canaria is full of natural wonders. At Pilancones Natural Park you will see birds, flora and fauna, and expanses of dragon trees among its peaks and pine forests. At Tamadaba Natural Park, take photos at the Cascading Waterfall, with its spellbinding mist, and at the Mirador del Balcón, a spectacular vantage point overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Pico de las Nieves, the island’s highest peak, towers over the skyline for miles around, but luckily you don’t have to walk to appreciate its scenery. Just hitchhike to the top and enjoy the ultimate natural high.
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