Travel has got off to a slow start on 2021 but things are moving into the right direction. With holidays predicted to soar in September, Gran Canaria 2021 is the perfect Winter Destination to book up now!
Gran Canaria is the third biggest island in the Spain’s Canary Islands, and its capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the biggest city of the Canaries. The island is known as a “Miniature Continent” for the great variety of landscapes it offers, from golden sand dunes and extend beaches, to the green landscapes of the north and breath taking volcanic views of the centre. It also has brilliant weather all year round making it a brilliant winter sun destination.
No matter what makes you want to travel somewhere, Gran Canaria really has something that will meet your need. For an island, it’s small, but has a LOT to offer. From North to South it offers something completely different.
Most of the holiday tourism is in the south of the island. Here you’ll find the big resorts, beaches and the better weather.
Places to Stay in South Gran Canaria
Puerto de Morgan is the furthest town to the west before heading into the mountains and the most “instagramable too”. This port town is the most picturesque Village on the island (in my opinion) and a gorgeous spot to stay. It’s based in a fishing village and has a unique stand out style to the homes. All the homes are painted with bright eye catching bold colours which gives the nickname for the village “Little Venice”.
The marina offers lots of local restaurants, tourist shops and there is a beautiful sand beach around the coastline too! This area is perfect for an in between mountains and coastal too.
Puerto Rico is another Resort on the west part of the island and is great for families. The resort has a very large beach with crystal clear waters and because the hotels are located on the mountain side of the bay, everyone has a sea view! The town has plenty of things to do including new modern shopping centres and an array of mini golfs and activities for children.
Meloranas is more central to other resorts and offers a glamours promenade with designer and high fashions shops and restaurants.
The Hotels in this area are mainly resorts of 4 to 5 * like the Lopesan and RIU chains, and are great for anyone looking to explore the island, relax, looking for kids club or wanting to party.
It’s an all rounder but sophisticated and up market.
Maspolomas is home to the sand dunes of the island and a very popular resort with tourists.
The lighthouse is an iconic feature to the resort and there are plenty of bars along the beach area to sit and relax. Maspolomas is a big area and has lots of different resorts within it.
In this area you can expect many little shopping centres and bars and there are plenty of activities to do.
There are plenty of boat rides to take part in and go and see the dolphins off the coast line or head to to Maspolomas theme park! Lots of rides and fund for the kids. It is also home to the Yumbo centre, the first LGBT shopping centre and that offers shopping and bars until early hours of the morning. You can see some of the best drag shows here!
Culture Trip to Gran Canaria 2021
Gran Canaria by car, can take just under 45 mins to get from the top the north to the south of the island.
The North of the island belongs to the capital city and the origins of the island. It is now a bustling business distract and home to some villages in the foothills of the mountains.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Not to be confused with Las Palmas which is also the name of the province that includes the 3 islands, Lanzerote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canairia.
The Old town of Vagueta is famously associated with Christopher Columbus and you can find museums of the house where he stayed. The Old town is full of character from with 15th century and has many amazing building to admire including the gothic Santa Ana cathedral.
Las Canteras beach is a popular place with tourist and locals as it offers stretches of golden sandy beaches protected by natural reef, lively promenade with bars, restaurants and some amazing hotels. It’s a great spot for watersports too and a cruise stop off is just a walking distance from the beach.
If you fancy staying north, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has lots of open park spaces available and a short ride to the botanical gardens too. A very different vibe to the southern beach resorts but still plenty to offer.
In terms of deciding where to stay in Gran Canaria 2021, there you have my best places. But remember the island is small and you can easily get around, So if you fancy a bit of everything its super easy to do and take it all in while you can!
Have you been to Gran Canaria? I’d love to hear your stories of your trip.