The holiday island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands is much enjoyed for its beauty and also its balmy weather, with year-round pleasant sunshine.Located just about 100km from the African shore, it is no wonder the sun shine almost every day, at least at the south coast of Gran Canaria.
There are so much activities and excursions you could join to discover Gran Canaria, having said that, in case you just want to unwind at the seaside to enjoy the sunshine, that is surely possible too. That’s truly up to you. I would very much recommend spending a minimum of one day of your holiday to discover the island.
The capital of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, is actually the seventh largest sized city in Spain. Should you wish, you can combine the visit to Las Palmas, having a visit to the beach. Las Palmas has three beaches, the finest is regarded being Las Canteras, which is actually just a short walk from the shopping region in town.
Further south of Las Palmas is the old town of Aguimes, an outstanding example of the traditional hill towns of the area. Just between Aguimes and Ingenio, you’ll find the Guayadeque Ravine. This ravine is very unique, it is actually an old cave village where you can pay a visit to a cave restaurant and a cave church. It is even a possibility that you will be welcomed into a private cave home. Aguimes is also home to Europe’s largest sized collection of crocodiles at the Cocodrilo or Crocodile Park, where you can also find a lot of other animals such as camels, jaguars and monkeys, plus a spider house.
Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles are situated close together on the south coastline, but are definitely very different from each other. Party spot numero uno in Gran Canaria can be found in Playa del Ingles. You will find all sort of bars and clubs here. Maspalomas also have bars and clubs, but it is kinda more classy than its nearest neighbor, Playa del Ingles. The unique feature is the significant area of sand dunes, looking like the Sahara Desert landscape, between the resort and the oceanfront. Numerous people enjoy strolls or camel rides right here.
Palmitos Park is another attraction that you can see about 10km away from the coast from Maspalomas. It is really a n awesome oasis with lots of birds, in fact more than 200 species. Generally there are parrot shows several times during the day. During the birds of prey show, you can view american eagles and parrots flying out in the open. Palmitos Park has an exceptional butterfly house where you might walk among the plants and inspect the butterflies very close. The mountains that surrounds the park creates the ideal scene for the birds of prey show.
A bit further west, the old fishing community of Puerto de Mogan, at the entrance to a steep sided valley, has a claim to be one of the most idyllic places on island. This is the location to be in case you enjoy doing activities in and on the water. You could go out on the ocean blue on a boat to look for dolphins, or take part in all kind of water sports including jet skiing and sailing – there is sailing instruction too. Puerto de Mogan is also one of the best places on the island for deep sea fishing. Click here to learn more about Puerto de Mogan.
So, as you can see, Gran Canaria has every single thing you can wish during a family trip. No matter if you just want to take it easy or you would like an active holiday, Gran Canaria has an offer for you.