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Guide to Luxury Holidays in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is an island with a varied landscape. The coast is lined with long white beaches while the interior is rugged with green and cacti-covered mountains. Sleepy towns with pastel-coloured buildings lay between vibrant cities and modern resorts while in southern parts of the island desert dunes await. Luxury Gran Canaria holidays offer a tranquil escape.

As part of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off Africa’s northwest coast, Gran Canaria is a relaxing place with idyllic beaches. In Maspalomas, on the southern coast, are endless stretches of sandy beaches bordering tranquil turquoise and azure waters. When wandering the famous Maspalomas dunes, it’s easy to feel like you’re trekking through the Sahara Desert. Back on the beach, you can try a variety of water-based activities like jet skiing or surfing.

Travel west to Puerto Mogan, where you can explore one of Gran Canaria’s most attractive towns. Here, narrow streets wind past traditional whitewashed houses and bridges criss-cross a romantic canal earning the village the nickname of Little Venice. Kick back on its broad crescent beach or dine at one of the local restaurants near the harbour.

In the north, you'll find the city of Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria and one of the Canary Islands’ two capitals. It's a large city well worth visiting at least for the day. Las Palmas’ Old Town of Vegueta dates back to the 15th century and is where you'll find many of its museums and cathedrals including the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Ana. In this neighbourhood, you’ll also discover plenty of quaint cafes, sunlit squares, and historical buildings.

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Gran Canaria enjoys sunny weather year-round, so you won’t need to be dependent on the seasons when booking your holiday. For the hottest weather, travel to the island from June to September as summer sees high temperatures around 28 degrees Celsius.

For the rest of the year, it's slightly colder with temperatures ranging from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. The weather's always beautiful and you can easily sunbathe during winter and summer months or take a dip in the mild sea. Water temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees Celsius.

As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you. British citizens don't need a visa to enter Gran Canaria. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.

Begin your day at your luxury hotel with a breakfast buffet of cold cuts and fresh pastries. In the evening, sample Canarian, Italian and Spanish cuisine including paella, tapas, pasta and gourmet pizzas.

Luxury hotels often host themed buffets with international dishes and freshly caught seafood. Dine with a glass of wine in your hand as you watch the sunset over the ocean or Maspalomas dunes. Gran Canaria's fantastic vineyards were established by colonisers in the 16th century. Today, you can try the Abona region’s distinctive wine whites.

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