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Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands that are situated in the Atlantic ocean roughly 210 kilometres west of Morocco in Africa.

Gran Canaria 1,560 square kilometres (538 square miles) is smaller than Tenerife but has the largest population, 740,000 inhabitants. The Island is roughly round in shape with the peak of Pozo de Las Nieves (1,949 metres above sea level), in the centre of the island.  Radiating from the peak, like spokes of a wheel are deep ravines roughly 26 kilometres in length that reach the coast. Gran Canaria is probably the most scenic of the Canary Islands. 

 

Playa del Ingles beach, Gran Canaria. Sign showing temperature as 260C
Playa del Ingles beach, Gran Canaria. Sign showing temperature as 260C

 

 

Maspalomas sand dunes

The famous sand dunes of Maspalomas appear to have come straight out of Lawrence of Arabia. The natural sand of the Canary islands is black made from the volcanic rocks of the area. The sand dunes of Maspalomas are of golden sand that has blown over the sea from the Sahara desert

This Just Gran Canaria guide site provides information about this popular holiday destination with it's all year round warm weather. 

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Holidays to Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria airport - Las Palmas (LPA)

Gran Canaria Airport - Monarch airplane

Plane at Las Palmas Airport (LPA) Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria Airport - Las Palmas

Gran Canaria Resorts

Information Photographs and Maps about Gran Canaria resorts click the resort links

 

Amadores Map & information     Playa del Ingles Map and information  
Puerto Rico Map and information 

 

Bahia Feliz

Bahia Feliz information

 

Maspalomas

Maspalomas Map & information

 

San Augustin

San Augustin information

 

Meloneras

Meloneras Map & information

 

Puerto de Morgan

Puerto Mogan information

 

Taurito

Playa Taurito information

 

Gran Canaria Beaches

Nearly all resorts have beautiful sandy beaches. Some appear a little strange because the local sand was produced by wave beating on the volcanic rock, this sand is very dark in colour, some call it black sand, but it is more dark gray with a touch of brown.

 

Other beaches have either been enlarged or are totally man made by the importation of golden sand.

 

Maspalomas beach and sand dunes is the best beach on the island in this case the fine golden sand has been blown over from the Sahara desert by storms over millions of years.

 

Playa del Ingles Beach

Playa del Ingles Beach

 

Puerto Rico Beach

Puerto Rico Beach

 

 


Hotels

See our pages of Gran Canaria hotel information. With hotel photographs, short description and hotel location to the resort and local facilities such as bars, restaurants and shops. Amadores hotels Playa del Ingles hotels Bahia Feliz hotels Maspalomas hotels Meloneras hotels Playa del Ingles hotels San Augustin hotels Playa Taurito hotels Apartments We have a selection of Gran Canaria apartments with apartment information, location, description and photographs. Many of our apartments are shown on an apartment interactive map. Note that Aparthotels are listed under Hotels Amadores apartments Playa del Ingles apartments Bahia Feliz apartments Maspalomas apartments Meloneras apartments Playa del Ingles apartments Puerto Rico apartments Playa Taurito apartments

 

 

Gran Canaria Flights

Information about cheap flights to Gran Canaria from the UK

Tourist information

The Resort Tourist information Offices are listed on our individual resort pages and there location is displayed on our resort maps

 

Holiday Extras

 Bars and Restaurants

The Bars and Restaurants in Gran Canarian resorts are like the shops, they are concentrated in shopping centres. you will find others on the main roads and often on the ground floor of apartment blocks.

 

The liveliest resort by far is Playa del Ingles, the next liveliest at a reduced scale is Puerto Rico.

 

All resorts have a selection of good bars and restaurants some have entertainment and most have some bars run or staffed by Brit's.

Because of the great all round weather many bars and some of the restaurants have outside terraces, with waiter service. On the whole this service is good service with wise and friendly smiling faces. probably 2 reasons for this, there is no shortage of experienced staff and the staff are trying to ensure you enjoy yourself and are then likely to leave a good tip.

 Tipping

The normal tip is 10% if you have had good service with a smile then tip a bit better.

 

Las Palmas, on the northern tip of the island, is the capital and offers excellent shopping. Many tour operators run day or half day tours to Las Palmas.

 Shopping centres

In the resorts shops along with bars, restaurants and nightlife are usually concentrated in shopping centres. many maps show these as CC, commercial centre.  We have shown the location of the main shopping centres on our resort maps

 

Kasbah Irish Centre

Kasbah Shopping Centre and Irish Centre
Playa del Ingles

Bus Stops & Bus Routes

 Gran canaria is well provided by with public transport buses.

 

Where know we have started to place the location of bus stops on our resort maps.

 

We also are also marking the bus routes on the maps.

 

This has been done for
Playa del Ingles bus route Map  and Maspalomas bus route Map

 

Gran Canaria Bus Routes & information

 

Gran Canaria Municipalities

Agaete

Agüimes

Artenara

Arucas

Firgas

Gáldar

Ingenio

Mogán

Moya

La Oliva

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

San Bartolomé de Tirajana

Size of the Municipality

San Bartolomé de Tirajana is the largest in area of all the Municipalities of not only Cran Canaria but of all the Canary Islands with an area of 333 square kilometres

Capital

The town of San Bartolomé de Tirajana which is the size of an English Village

 

The municipality contains the large beach resorts Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Sonnenland and San Agustin.

 

San Nicolás de Tolentino

Santa Brígida

Santa Lucía de Tirajana

Santa María de Guía de Gran Canaria

Tejeda

Telde

Teror

 

 

 

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