If you thought that Gran Canaria was an island famous for its partying, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised that it has so much more to offer. With luxurious sandy beaches, a host of water sports, breathtaking hiking trails and wildlife excursions, there’s much more to this popular destination than meets the eye. The third largest of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is known as the ‘mini continent’ and for good reason. It is truly an island of contrasts, from the leafy, mountainous terrain in the north to the dry, sandy deserts of the south.
Cosmos holidays have incredible deals on Gran Canaria holidays that you are guaranteed to love! Below we have listed some of our top picks for what you should do during your time here.
Cool down at a water park
With temperatures reaching the high 20s during the summer months, a trip to one of Gran Canaria’s many water parks is a must. Aqualand in Maspalomas is the largest and most popular water park on the island with attractions including speed boats, kamikaze slides, a huge wave pool and for those of you who just want to relax, a lazy river. There’s also a VIP zone and mini park for children to play safely.
Visit Las Palmas
If sunning yourself by the pool all day becomes a bit monotonous, a trip to Gran Canaria’s co-capital city, Las Palmas, is the perfect day trip. This pretty metropolis offers a chance to experience authentic Canarian culture with its museums, cathedrals, parks and gardens. Stroll along the cobbled streets and dip in and out of traditional tavernas to sample mouth-watering tapas and refreshing beers. And if you can’t drag yourself away from the beach, Las Palmas is one of the few capital cities in Spain that has its own sandy coastline! La Playa de Las Canteras is the main tourist beach in Las Palmas and has a range of restaurants, hotels and bars along the waterfront.
Go scuba diving
With some of the best diving in Europe, adventurous holidaymakers among you will love taking a dip in Gran Canaria’s crystal blue waters. Here, you can explore underwater caves, reefs and a variety of marine life. Puerto Rico Diving School offers fun scuba diving excursions whether you’re a first timer or a certified scuba diver. Based in the south of the island, they offer free pick-ups from the popular tourist resorts of San Agustin, Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas and Meloneras to name but a few.
Based in Maspalomas, a trip to Palmitos Park provides the perfect family day out. The park is renowned as one of the best zoological parks in the Canary Islands and holds more than 1,500 exotic birds, 160 species of tropical fish, crocodiles and dolphins. Attractions also include a butterfly house, cactus garden and the largest collections of orchids in Gran Canaria. There is also a selection of gibbons and orangutans to see at Primate Island. If you are looking for a relaxing day out in beautiful surroundings, this is one excursion you can’t afford to miss.
For those who like to spend their holidays improving their handicap, Gran Canaria has eight magnificent golf courses to choose from. All of which have the added bonus of good weather all year round! In fact in 2013, Gran Canaria won the IAGTO Award for best European destination for golf. Anfi-Tauro Golf club in the south of the island is one of the most popular courses and with is tranquil coastal setting and numerous tees, it’s not hard to see why.
With so much do in Gran Canaria, you’re bound to fall in love with this diverse and fascinating island and want to go back again and again. And with package holidays starting from £293 with Cosmos Holidays, why not start planning your Grand Canarian adventure today?