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Gran Canaria Honeymoon Guide

With year-round sunshine, golden beaches, a vibrant nightlife, great accommodation options and a rugged mountainous interior ideal for hiking, horse riding and mountain biking, Gran Canaria offers all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable European honeymoon holiday.

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Amadores Beach, Gran Canaria
Playa de los Amadores – Image courtesy of thomson.co.uk

Introducing Gran Canaria

Enjoy a relaxing honeymoon or romantic getaway in Gran Canaria – the most popular holiday playground in the Canary Islands.


Top beaches in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria offers a large number of beautiful beaches where the water temperature is warm enough for year round swimming – around 18°C (64°F) in winter and 22ºC (71°F) in summer.

A round-up of the best beaches on Gran Canaria, include…

Playa de Las Canteras, Gran Canaria

Playa de Las Canteras

(Las Palmas) – Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this 3km-long crescent of soft golden sand that fringes a sheltered reef-protected bay that is perfect for swimming.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets, lifeguards and a palm-fringed promenade lined with cafes, bars and restaurants.

Conditions just beyond the reef are ideal for windsurfing, body boarding, surfing and scuba diving.

Playa de Las Canteras is located on the northeast corner of Gran Canaria and on the west side of the capital, Las Palmas.

Playa de Alcaravaneras, Gran Canaria

Playa de Alcaravaneras

(Las Palmas) – Sunbathe on this golden-sand beach that stretches for almost a kilometre and offers calm conditions for kayaking, swimming, sailing and body boarding.

Facilities on this broad beach include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets, lifeguards and a palm-fringed promenade lined with cafes, bars and restaurants.

Playa de Alcaravaneras sits on the other side of the headland from Playa de Las Canteras on the east side of the capital, Las Palmas.

Playa de Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Playa de Maspalomas

(Maspalomas) – Dig your toes into the fine golden sand of this 2.7km-long beach, backed by giant Sahara-like sand dunes and stretching east from the popular resort of Maspalomas to the adjoining Playa del Inglés.

Pick your own spot to sunbathe – the beach is divided into distinct sections for families with children, naturalists and gays. Facilities on this south-facing beach include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets and lifeguards.

There is a selection of cafes, bars and restaurants nearby. The beach is ideal for surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, body boarding, parasailing, jet skiing and water-skiing.

Join a camel train or hike through the giant sand dunes, then relax in comfort at the luxurious Hotel Palm Beach or the Hotel Maspalomas Tabaiba Princess, both overlooking the beach. Maspalomas is located at the southernmost tip of Gran Canaria, around 57km south of Las Palmas.

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Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria

Playa del Inglés

(Maspalomas) – Find your own spot to sunbathe and swim on this wide golden-sand beach that stretches for 4km from the adjoining Playa de Maspalomas to neighbouring Playa de San Agustín.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets, lifeguards and a palm-fringed promenade lined with cafes, bars and restaurants.

Water sports include canoes, parasailing, jet skiing, waterskiing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and body boarding. Relax on the beach or join a camel train through the giant sand dunes that fringe the beach.

Playa del Inglés offers an excellent range of 4- and 5-star hotels, including the luxurious Hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas and the Hotel Gran Canaria Princess, and is located at the southernmost tip of Gran Canaria, around 55km south of Las Palmas.

Playa del Inglés sits east of Maspalomas and is one of Europe's most popular gay resorts, notorious for its rowdy and hedonistic nightlife at a variety of adults-only bars and nightclubs.

The combination of a great beach, good choice of accommodation to suit all budgets and the nearby attractions of Maspalomas makes Playa del Inglés very popular with families, in spite of its reputation.

The beach is rated as one of the best in Gran Canaria, with distinct areas for families, gays and naturalists.

Playa de Puerto Mogán, Gran Canaria

Playa de Puerto Mogán

Unwind on the soft golden sand of this small, 190m-long beach backed by a promenade lined with shops, cafes and al fresco tapas bars.

The beach sits beneath a dramatic mountain ridge and fronts a chic, low-key town of whitewashed and pastel-coloured buildings alive with bougainvillea blossoms.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets and lifeguards. Water sports including sailing, surfing, windsurfing and body boarding.

Come for a day or stay in style at the beachfront Cordial Mogan Valle Apartments or the Hotel Puerto De Mogán Club de Mar, which overlooks a picturesque harbour full of gleaming yachts.

Puerto Mogán is located on the southwest coast of Gran Canaria, around 80km from Las Palmas.

Playa de los Amadores, Gran Canaria

Playa de los Amadores

(Puerto Rico) – Unwind on the golden sand of this 250m-long beach that faces a sheltered cove with perfect swimming conditions for families with young children.

The beach sits beneath rugged mountain scenery and is the perfect spot to watch a sunset silhouette of nearby island, Tenerife.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets and lifeguards. Water sports include pedalos (foot pedal boats), sailing, jet skiing and parasailing as well as dolphin watching, game fishing and pleasure boat cruises, which are available from the port area.

The beach is fringed by colourful gardens and two freshwater swimming pools – all just a short walk from a choice of bars, cafes and restaurants. Stay at the Morosol Suites or at the hilltop Hotel Montebello.

The beach resort of Puerto Rico lies just south of Puerto Mogán on the southwest coast, around 77km from Las Palmas.

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

What to do in Gran Canaria

Explore 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.


La Vegueta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria sighsteeing

Must-see attractions in Gran Canaria, include…

Las Palmas

Walk the narrow cobbled streets of La Vegueta, where Christopher Columbus once made plans for his famous voyage to the Americas. Las Palmas' Old Quarter (photo) was founded in 1478 and is crammed with an array of architectural gems that date back to the 16th century.

Admire the neoclassical façade on the immense Gothic Catedral de Santa Ana, which took 350 years to build. Visit the 17th century Palacio Regental and the crenellated fortress of Castillo de la Luz, and ponder the world's largest collection of skulls and mummies at the Museo Canario.

Sunbathe or enjoy various water sports at Playa de Las Canteras, go shopping along the pedestrian Calle Mayor de Triana and party-on after dark in trendy nightspots around Parque Santa Catalina.

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Maspalomas

Experience some of Gran Canaria’s most luxurious hotels – such as the Hotel Riu Grand Palace Maspalomas Oasis – at this purpose-built, low-rise beach resort located adjacent to 400ha of famous giant sand dunes.

Maspalomas is popular with families, and in addition to its magnificent beach and water sports activities offers a wide range of attractions. Check out the flumes, slides and rides of the largest water park in the Canary Islands at Aqualand Water Park (also known as Aqua Sur).

Watch gunfights, bank robberies and Indian rain dances at Sioux City, a re-creation of the American Wild West or enjoy fairground rides at Holiday World. Test your driving skills at Gran Karting Club, Spain’s largest go-karting track, where karts for all ages make for a fun-filled experience.

See white-handed gibbons at Palmitos Park, which also features an aquarium, butterfly house and 200 species of birds. View crocodiles at Crocodrilos Park, spot migratory birds at the seawater lagoon of La Charca and go camel trekking through the photogenic sand dunes – especially memorable at sunset.

Discover a choice of golfing landscapes at Maspalomas’ three golf courses: the Campo de Golf de Maspalomas is surrounded by sand dunes, the Salobre Golf course offers a volcanic setting and the Meloneras Golf course provides magnificent sea views from its greens and fairways.

Browse Plaza Maspalomas for authentic designer labels and head to the Centro Comercial Yumbo for handicrafts. After dark, discos, nightclubs and bars stay open until dawn – although the resort is relatively tame by comparison to neighbouring Playa del Inglés. You can also try your luck at the casino inside the Meliá Tamarindos Hotel at nearby San Agustín.


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…

Riu Grand Palace Maspalomas OasisSeaside Grand Hotel Residencia - Gran Lujos
Location: Avenida del Oasis, Maspalomas
Rating: 5-star
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 ThalassoLopesan Villa del Conde Resort & Corallium Thalasso
Location: Meloneras
Rating: 5-star
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 BeachSeaside Palm Beach
Location: Avenida del Oasis, Maspalomas
Rating: 5-star
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.

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Radisson Blu Resort Gran CanariaRadisson Blu Resort Gran Canaria
Location: La Playa de Arguineguín
Rating: 5-star
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.

Santa CatalinaSanta Catalina
Location: Las Palmas
Rating: 5-star
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


More places to explore in Canary Islands

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Grand Canaria
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La Gomera
El Hierro
Lanzarote

Latest update Gran Canaria honeymoon destination: 12 July, 2017


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