Located in the Atlantic Ocean about 1350 kilometers from Europe Gran Canaria is the second most populous island of the Canary Islands. Gran Canaria’s unofficial name is “miniature continent”. The island got its name thanks to the diversity of landscapes and climate differences. The island boasts of its long beaches and spectacular sand dunes. It became extremely popular among tourists thanks to its beautiful nature and a variety of attractions.
Famous Tourist Spots of Gran Canaria
- Gran Canaria Beaches
The island’s coastline is about 236 kilometers with numerous outstanding beaches for holiday lovers. Among the longest and most popular beaches are Maspalomas and Playa de Ongles. They are equipped with all kinds of accommodation, hotels, bars and restaurants. Las Canteras beach is the main on the island and represents more than 3 kilometers of golden sand.
- Watersports in Gran Canaria
Thanks to a long coastline and a great variety of beaches Gran Canaria offers numerous opportunities for watersports. The island has perfect sailing conditions. Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is probably the most famous race on the island. One of the best locations for sailing are Puerto Rico, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Puerto de Mogan.
Warm air and water temperatures make the island suitable for windsurfing. The best spots for windsurfing include: Playa del Ingles, Las Burras and San Augustin beaches. Windsurfing schools provide equipment and courses for all levels.
- Gran Canaria nature and volcanoes
Nature of the island is diverse and magnificent. Trips to Viera y Clavijo Botanical gardens, Bandama Volcano and Tamdaba Pinewood are great to take.
Gran Canaria also has fascinating volcanic scenery. Among the volcanic zones to see are Galdar, Los Marteles, the Arucas, Oino Santo and others.
- Outstanding theme parks and aqua parks
Sioux City is a theme park designed in western style.It is open all year round and is a perfect place for both children and adults. Here you will have a chance to experience a wild wild west, to see cowboys and Indians and to have lots of fun. The place boasts of its western style houses, banks and churches.
Holiday world is the largest funfair on the Canary Islands. The attractions include rollercoaster, Ferris wheel, parrot shows and many more. Among the leisure activities are: karting track, arcade center, pony riding, high-tech gym. The funfair is open all year round.
A day in one of the theme parks will bring you lots of energy and positive emotions.
If you are a fan of aqua parks Aqualand is exactly what you need. It is a huge water park for the whole family.
- Entertainment and Nightlife
Energetic nightlife in Gran Canaria is centered in Playa del Inglés – it is the most famous nightspot. Neon lights at night make the destination even livelier. Numerous bars and restaurants are offering their service to the visitors. Gran Cnaria’s nightlife includes bars, discos, clubs and pubs… Simply everything you can think of.