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Introducing Gran Canaria
Enjoy a relaxing honeymoon or romantic getaway in Gran Canaria – the most popular holiday playground in the Canary Islands.
What to do and see in Gran Canaria
Discover the lively beach resorts of Playa del Ingles, San Agustín, Puerto Rico and Maspalomas.
Sunbathe on soft golden sand or get active with a huge range of beachside activities including sailing, scuba diving, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and jet skiing.
Take a camel ride through mesmerising giant sand dunes and enjoy fun-filled hours at a range of theme parks – the perfect playground for families with young children.
Away from the south coast beaches, explore scenic riches in the rugged mountainous interior on foot, mountain bike and horseback.
Alternatively, hire a car to follow narrow twisting roads and old paved tracks known as caminos reales (former royal roads), through a diverse landscape of steep canyons, lush valleys, rolling green hills, pine woods, fruit orchards and rugged mountain slopes dotted with ancient mountain villages.
Climb the slopes of Pico De Las Nieves, Gran Canaria’s highest point at 1949m, and descend 200m into the 1000m-wide volcanic Caldera de Bandama, standing 569m above sea level.
Stroll the historic centres of Arucas, Agüimes and Teror – picturesque mountain villages of charming old buildings adorned with carved wooden balconies that are festooned with colourful flowers.
In Teror, wander around the picture-perfect central area and visit the Basilica de la Virgen del Pino, a neoclassical 18th-century church that was home to Gran Canaria's patron saint, who now lies entombed within a lavish gilt-laden interior.
Explore the UNESCO-listed historic district of Vegueta in the cosmopolitan capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (photo).
Wander the bustling streets to browse boutiques and handicraft shops or perhaps tee-off from the oldest golf course in Spain – the Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas, founded in 1891. Then enjoy fine dining restaurants and an energetic nightlife scene full of lively discos and nightclubs.
Where to stay in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit all honeymoon budgets, including the following luxurious hotels…
Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia - Gran Lujos
Location: Avenida del Oasis, Maspalomas
Ave nightly price: AUD772 per room
Description: This luxury complex surrounded by tropical gardens is a quarter mile from Gran Canaria’s Maspalomas Dunes. The Spanish colonial-style villas have private balconies or terraces, and there is a free spa and a heated outdoor pool. The air-conditioned villas at Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia are decorated in relaxing blues and yellows by French interior designer Alberto Pinto. They have modern facilities like satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Grand Hotel Residencia guests have free access to the spa’s gym, hydro-massage saltwater pool, sauna and Turkish bath. Free Taichi and agua-gym classes are also available at the neighboring Seaside Palm Beach. The restaurant serves Canarian and international cuisine. It has an outdoor terrace with views of the lush gardens and mountains. There is a poolside snack bar and a piano bar. Guests have free access to a tennis court and other facilities in the Hotel Seaside Palm Beach complex 202 m away, and Meloneras Golf Course is one kilometer from the hotel. There is also a DVD library with movies in various languages.
Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort & Corallium Thalasso
Ave nightly price: AUD491 per room
Description: Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort offers a picturesque setting and ocean views from its setting on Meloneras Beach. It features a spa, large outdoor swimming pool and free private parking. The Lopesan is half a mile from Maspalomas Nature Reserve. This large resort and spa has landscape grounds and spacious rooms. All air conditioned rooms feature stylish décor with bright colors. Each has a balcony or terrace, satellite TV and a minibar. There are 5 restaurants including a buffet option, Mediterranean and an Italian restaurant. The Alpendre Salt Grill serves a large salad buffet, while the Patio Café offers cake and crêpes. There are 6 bars, one offering live music. The spa covers 12,900 ft² and is right on the sea front. It has Turkish baths, an African sauna, flotation pool and hydrothermal circuit. A range of treatments is available for an extra cost.
Seaside Palm Beach
Location: Avenida del Oasis, Maspalomas
Ave nightly price: AUD450 per room
Description: Situated 100 metres from Gran Canaria’s Maspalomas Beach, the Seaside Palm Beach features a lagoon-style swimming pool, a spa and tropical gardens. Each stylish room has a furnished balcony and free Wi-Fi. The hotel’s colorful retro interiors were designed by Alberto Pinto. Each modern, air-conditioned room is decorated in one of 4 different color schemes. All rooms include satellite TV and a minibar. Activities such as yoga, tennis and water aerobics are available for free. The spa includes saunas, a heated saltwater hot tub and a heated saltwater pool. During the winter, guests can eat in the Palm Beach’s gourmet restaurant or Italian Trattoria, or enjoy a buffet meal outside on the terrace. The complex also has a poolside bar and cocktail lounge. The Seaside Palm Beach is located next to the Maspalomas Sand Dunes, and less than 3.2 km from the Maspalomas Golf Course. The lively center of Playa del Inglés is 4 km away. Airport transportation for up to 10 people can be arranged for an extra cost.
Radisson Blu Resort Gran Canaria
Location: La Playa de Arguineguín
Ave nightly price: AUD343 per room
Description: Featuring accommodations with large balconies and ocean views, Radisson Blu Resort Gran Canaria showcases 2 outdoor swimming pools, one of which is a saltwater pool, and 2 children's pools. Just 51 metres from Aquamarina and Patalavaca Beaches, the resort features a spa. The rooftop restaurant has spectacular ocean views and serves local and international cuisine. There is also a poolside bar and an outdoor lobby bar with great ocean views. The spa has a hot tub, sauna and Turkish bath, and it offers massages and a range of beauty treatments. There is also a gym, tennis courts and other sports courts on site. All spacious, air-conditioned rooms and suites at Radisson Blu Resort Gran Canaria have modern décor. There is a sitting area with satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and a bathroom with a bathrobe and slippers. The elegant suites include a kitchen with an induction stove, microwave, oven and Nespresso coffee maker. In Arguineguin, the hotel is less than 3.2 km from Puerto Rico. Gran Canaria Airport is a 30-minute drive away.
Location: Las Palmas
Ave nightly price: AUD178 per room
Description: The luxurious Santa Catalina has an outdoor pool, wellness centre, and indoor pool, and the spacious, air-conditioned rooms have free WiFi and satellite TV. The Santa Catalina’s wellness centre offers hot tubs, Turkish baths and beauty treatments. The hotel has paddle tennis courts, a terrace and free private parking. Guests can access the spa and fitness centre for an extra cost. The Santa Catalina features a popular restaurant serving classic Canarian dishes as well as fresh fish. There is also a bar and pool bar. A range of restaurants and bars can be found in the city. Santa Catalina is a 10-minute drive from Puerto de la Luz y Las Palmas Marina. Gando Airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel.
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Best time to honeymoon in Gran Canaria
Anytime. Gran Canaria enjoys year-round sunshine with average daytime temperatures of around 24°C (75°F) during July and August and around 15°C (59°F) in January and February.
The water temperature is around 18°C (64°F) in winter and 22°C (71°F) in summer.
For more climate info: Canary Islands Weather Guide…
Getting to Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is the third largest island in the Canary Islands (Islas Canarias), an island archipelago comprising seven large and six smaller islands that sit in the Atlantic Ocean around 1100km off the Spanish mainland and just 100km from the northwest coast of Africa.
By air, Gran Canaria receives daily international flights from the capitals of Europe and northwest Africa as well as domestic flights from Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao. Gran Canaria airport is 18km south of Las Palmas.
Information on how to get to Gran Canaria…
Latest update Gran Canaria honeymoon destination:
7 February, 2017
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