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Gran Canaria, A Travel Guide.


 

With over 80 stretches of stunning sandy beaches, an abundance of history just waiting to be explored, and lots to see and do both day and night for all ages, Gran Canaria is the perfect destination to be explored in our latest blog post. Known for its white sandy beaches and black lava sandscapes, Gran Canaria is a top-rated holiday destination for families and couples. With a mountainous and rugged interior, the island is also an excellent destination for those seeking active holidays alongside those looking for a warm, relaxing and peaceful beach holiday.


Where Is Gran Canaria? 

 

 

Gran Canaria is the third largest of the Canary Islands and sits west of Fuerteventura and southeast of Tenerife. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, Gran Canaria is 93 miles from the northwestern coast of Africa and 680 miles from mainland Spain. The island is 602 square miles and accounts for almost 40% of the Canary Islands population, making it the third largest Spanish island behind Tenerife and Fuerteventura.

 

Time difference 

 

Timezones can often be confusing to get to grips with, but what surprises many UK tourists to Gran Canaria is that there is no time difference between the island and the UK. Unlike Spain, the UK and Gran Canaria are located within the European Timezone (WET) along with Ireland, Portugal (except the Azores), the Faroe Islands and Iceland. 

 

What Is The Capital Of Gran Canaria?

  

 

This one gets asked a lot! The Capital city of Gran Canaria is Las Palmas, officially known as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Located in the northeastern part of the island, Las Palmas benefits from warm temperatures throughout the year, making it perfect for visiting even in the winter. It has four main beaches, and its popularity has become a major cruise ship port for those seeking good food, duty-free shopping and lots of history to explore. 

 

What Are The Temperatures In Gran Canaria?

 

Gran Canaria is the perfect destination for sun-seekers, with temperatures consistent throughout the year. Gran Canaria is situated on the same latitude as the Sahara Desert, making the sun warm all year.  If you are looking for some early Spring or late Autumn sunshine, this is a great destination to choose.

Average Temperatures by Month. 

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

21

21.3

22.3

22.9

23.9

25.6

27.1

27.6

27.1

26.4

24.3

22.4



Travelling To Gran Canaria 

 

If you are looking into booking flights to Gran Canaria, you will find a wide variety of airlines operating non-stop flights from airports across the UK to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), which is the only airport on the island.

 

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Looking to travel to Gran Canaria from London? Gatwick is one of the busiest airports for departures, with Norwegian and EasyJet offering direct flights. You will find plenty of non-stop flights with BA from Heathrow and TUI and Ryanair flying from London Luton. Flight times from London are around 4:30 hours.

Outside of London? Airlines such as TUI, EasyJet, Jet2, and Ryanair offer a wide selection of direct flights from Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, and Newcastle. 

 

Where To Stay In Gran Canaria


Choosing a location to stay in Gran Canaria is such an open-ended question and depends upon so much. Are you looking to sample the local culture? Are you looking to keep your family entertained? Is the local nightlife on the top of your list (or not)? Do you want to keep active and explore the island by cycling or walking? Or simply looking for a beach location with all amenities and comforts of home close by? The good news is that Gran Canaria has something for everyone.

Some of the most recommended and talked about Gran Canaria resorts include Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles, Puerto Rico, Puerto Mogan, Meloneras, San Agustin and Las Palmas.

 

What To Do In Gran Canaria 

 

With its historic and culturally rich villages, stunning beaches and volcanic scenery, Gran Canaria is the perfect spot with something to see or do for everyone from lovers of nature to dining to family groups.  Here are just a few of the must-do highlights on the island. 

 

Visiting Puerto de Mogán,

 

No visit to Gran Canaria, would be complete without a stroll around Puerto de Mogán. This coastal port is situated on the southern side of the island. It offers visitors a wonderful peek into the island's history with a harbour, canals, bridges and a small sheltered beach. The perfect setting for a family day out and tourists looking to try their hand at everything from snorkelling to fishing. Sometimes described as ‘Little Venice’, this fabulous coastal town has a great selection of shops and restaurants. 

 

Explore Maspalomas 

 

 

With its vast dunes, Maspalomas is an area not to be missed. Walking along one of the three recommended routes across the dunes will create lasting memories, giving you the feeling of visiting one of the world's great deserts. The dunes are a nature reserve that is not only stunning but rich in wildlife. 

The serene seafront at Punta de Maspalomas hosts a beautiful lighthouse that overlooks the 7.5-mile-long beach and dunes, making it a must when visiting the area. 

With over 80 stretches of beaches, the island has an abundance of white sand beaches. Other top-rated beaches on the island include 

  • Anfi del Mar

  • Las Canteras

  • Playa del Inglés

  • Puerto Rico

 

Tripp - The Perfect Luggage For Gran Canaria

 

From the word go, Tripp luggage offers the best possible luggage solution for your travels. Starting with the reassurance of quality and durability, our cases ensure that your journey, from your initial packing to navigating the airport to arriving at your accommodation, is a stylish and stressless experience when it comes to your luggage.

 

We have created a fantastic selection of hard and soft shell suitcases in a vast collection of eye-catching styles and colours, with coordinated hand luggage and travel bags. Discover the joys of Tripp luggage during your visit to Gran Canaria and join the countless number of satisfied travellers who have rated us as the UK’s number one retailer in suitcases and travel bags.


23rd September 2022

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