Gran Canaria has long been a hotspot for holidaymakers in search for sun and sea. It is a land of much contrast – the epic mountainous scenery, found towards the centre of this round-shaped island, is enclosed by an outer ring of sprawling beaches and majestic cliffs. Gran Canaria's fusion of modern Spanish and traditional Guanche has created an island steeped in history, culture and humanitarian beauty – a perfect invitation for exploration.
The islands offer n fantastic choice of hotels, from hostels, self catering, to luxury villas for rent and an amazing choice of hotels from modest 2 star to 5 star luxury. You will always be able to find good quality accommodation at affordable prices on the Gran Canaries that's for sure.
A wealth of beach resorts can be found on the sun-blessed south – the most attractive part of the island. Don't forget to visit the spectacular golden sand dunes of Maspalomas, a true testament to the pristine wilderness of the region. Take the opportunity to visit the Palmitos bird park, and don't miss out on the town of Agüimes, on the eastern flank of the island: a wonderfully charming place where you can enjoy local delights and venture beneath the sea in the island's most popular scuba-diving area.
To really get the most out of your time in Gran Canaria, a day has to be devoted to the stunning inland regions. A network of roads will lead you into a different world – one dotted with picturesque white villages and natural retreats. What better than to truly indulge in the traditional culture of the island? I really recommend exploring these uncovered lands, a place which few tourists know exists, and a place that is sure to reach your heart.
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Here are the pick of some of the the best hotels located around the canary islands.
is located on the beach of a beautiful nature reserve, this unique hotel provides a wide range of activities based around nature and tradition as well as boasting luxurious facilities and sleek design. Soak up the glorious sunshine on the San Blas Beach where sun loungers are provided for you to relax while gazing at the Atlantic. Cool off in one of the 8 swimming pools. Later, enjoy a work out in the fitness centre before you unwind in the sauna and Turkish baths. Why not treat yourself to a soothing massage.
The Esmeralda Maris is just 600 m to the beach, these smart apartments have the luxury facilities you need for a truly relaxing escape to Fuerteventura and you can cool off in the outdoor pool.
The Esmeralda Maris has a privileged location in a peaceful, residential area of the island and enjoys fantastic views over Barca Bay. The complex is situated beside a natural park while the commercial centre of the resort is just one kilometre away.