Gran Canaria

The Canary Islands are famed for having what has often been described as “the best climate in the world”.

This is because they are blessed with amazing warm, sunny-weather at almost all times of the year, with an average temperature in the winter of 19 ºC and 23 ºC in the summer. These spectacular and beautiful islands very rarely get cold and generally never become too hot, providing a perfect eternal warm spring with gorgeous blue skies and constant temperatures that vary little throughout the year. This makes the islands the perfect destination for any month of the year to getaway, relax and enjoy their incredible natural beauty such as stunning beaches and this certainly the case with Gran Canaria.

The Spanish archipelago is comprised of seven main islands and Gran Canaria is the second most populous of them, with a population of almost 850,000 inhabitants which is around 40% of the total population of the archipelago. Gran Canaria is also the third largest and highest of the Canary Islands, with an area of 1,560 km2 (602 sq. mi) and an altitude of 1,956 m (6,417 ft) at the Pico de las Nieves.

Along with the incredible climate, Gran Canaria shares many outstanding features with the other Canary Islands. The archipelago is a Spanish territory so as you would expect there is a strong Spanish cultural influence in Gran Canaria which has been mixed with traditional Canarian culture. When you stay on the island you will experience great hospitality and warmth from the local population who are friendly and accommodating to tourists.

Combined with Canarian cuisine you will find Spanish food and drink influences such as tapas in many cafes, bars and restaurants which are great for sharing with friends and family. The Spanish also love a good party and this is certainly no different in Gran Canaria where you will find fiestas across the island at almost any time of the year. These are a mixture of traditional and modern celebrations which people of all ages can enjoy.

Because Gran Canaria enjoys such an amazing year, round warm, sunny climate it is the perfect destination to visit if you love the outdoors. You can choose a relaxing holiday of lounging by the pool and sipping sangria at your resort bar, or soaking up the rays at the beach as the waves lap gently onto the shore. With so much stress in people’s lives, we would totally understand if you want to getaway for a week of relaxation to help you destress and get back to feeling fresh. Despite being the second most populous island, you can find plenty of beautiful spots off the tourist trail if you are looking for that extra bit of peace and quiet to clear your mind and relax your body. All you will hear are the waves on the beach and the slight rustle of palm trees leaves in the breeze. The warming rays will give you that much needed vitamin D boost that you will have been missing if you come from much of Europe, especially in the cold, grey winter months there, and you can take a swim in the clear, safe waters that surround the island.

Of course if you are looking for a bit more action while you stay in Gran Canaria, the climate lends itself perfectly to plenty of outdoor activities and is a great place to visit if you enjoy sport and keeping fit. There are so many great options available including golf, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, climbing, trail running and biking. As you can see there are more than enough ways to stay active while you are staying in Gran Canaria and you can perfectly combine some of these activities with more relaxing beach and pool days to add variety to your holiday.

To increase the variety of your stay there are also some amazing places to visit on the island. Despite their numerous similarities and proximity to each other, the Canary Islands are beautiful and unique in their own way. Even if you visited some of the other islands such as Tenerife or Lanzarote, you will be delighted by the different features you will find when you book your timeshare holiday in Gran Canaria.

One amazing feature is the Dunas de Maspalomas area in the south of the island where you will find an enormous expanse of impressive sand dunes next to the sea. There is no wonder this is one of the most visited coastlines in Europe. This area is not just famous for the stunning sand dunes though, as there is also an enormous iconic lighthouse which took 28 years to finish and first shone on 1st February 1890. When the lighthouse was first constructed, it was the only structure in this otherwise empty area of the island. Since then though shops, restaurants and hotels have been constructed which have transformed the area next to the Maspalomas lighthouse into the well-known vibrant sea side resort of Playa del Inglés.

Many things have changed since construction of the lighthouse began back in 1861, but Maspalomas remains a wonderful place to relax on the warm sand, gazing out at the stunning clear ocean under the gorgeous blue sky, as you soak up the sun’s rays and totally unwind. The function of the lighthouse may have changed, but it is now more iconic than ever. Other popular beaches on the island include Puerto Rico, Las Canteras Beach and San Agustin but there are plenty of more secluded spots to be discovered if you want to enjoy more solitude.

Gran Canaria is blessed with beautiful beaches around the whole of its coastline, but it also has some fascinating natural beauty which you can find throughout the island interior. It’s very different from some of the other Canary Islands such as Lanzarote or Fuerteventura as there is more rainfall throughout the year allowing more vegetation to grow, due to the different altitudes that exist. This has created many different microclimates throughout the island. There are species of plants on the island that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, and incredible pine forests that contrast massively with other areas of the island such as the Dunas de Maspalomas.

To recognize the natural beauty and importance of Gran Canaria, UNESCO awarded the island the Biosphere Reserve label, with nearly half of the island included in this reserve. Because of this human development has generally been respectful of the island and blends in well with the natural surroundings. You will be able to enjoy wonderful walks among nature taking in pine forests, the stunning volcanic landscape, impressive rock ravines, and views out to the amazing Atlantic ocean.

As well as the amazing abundance of nature on the island, the waters around Gran Canaria are also teaming with outstanding aquatic life such as loggerhead turtles, bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphin and a huge variety of fish. This makes Gran Canaria the perfect place for snorkelling, scuba diving or boat trips to experience this abundant biodiversity beneath the waves.

Gran Canaria has lovely villages, towns and cities to stroll around where you can enjoy shopping in the independent shops and markets, then sit down for a coffee and tapas at a cafe or restaurant. While the population of the island is much larger than that of the other islands (except Tenerife), you will never feel overwhelmed like you can do if you visit cities like London or Paris. Life in the Canary Islands operates on a slower, more relaxed level so you can enjoy even the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at your own pace. In the capital there is so much to see and do, with fascinating history and culture to experience, such as in the historical central area of Vegueta where some of the most important historical building such as the chapel of San Antonio Abad, the Plaza de Santa Ana bordered by the Casas Consistoriales, the Obispado, the Casa Regental and Santa Ana Cathedral, have stood for the past five hundred years!

As you can tell while the Canary Islands have many similarities they also offer so much individually and Gran Canaria is no exception. The island itself is full of contrast with so many different experience, activities and amazing places. Las Palmas is a vibrant, modern capital city of over 380,000 people, where you can find shops, restaurants, theatres, museums, historical buildings and modern malls. In other parts of the island though you can explore an ancient pine forest, run along sand dunes or sunbathe on one of the numerous beautiful beaches. Whatever you choose to do on your holiday, a trip to Gran Canaria is guaranteed to be an amazing experience full of memories to last a lifetime.

Gran Canaria has some absolutely beautiful timeshare resorts to stay at, which will provide the perfect base from which you can explore this incredible island. You will absolutely love the wonderful weather, incredible history, and the chance to become fully immersed in Spanish and Canarian culture. While you may think you already know the Canary Islands, be prepared for a very pleasant surprise as Gran Canaria is so much more than sun, sand and sea!

If you are looking for more ways to enjoy the Gran Canaria and find out all the amazing experiences on offer there then head to the official tourism website:

http://www.grancanaria.com/

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