Gran Canaria: where it is, when to go and what to see

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With its variety of landscapes, between stretches of golden sand and high mountains, lGran Canaria island it appears to be a kind of small continent in miniature. Walking a few kilometers you pass from the dunes of Maspalomas, identical in all respects to the desert, to the canyons located in the central area of ​​the island, and then to the sub-tropical woods where you can pick exotic fruit directly from the trees, walking along inaccessible paths. In short, Gran Canaria is a natural paradise capable of satisfying lovers of any type of holiday.
Here everything you need to know to organize your trip.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Gran Canaria: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a holiday in Gran Canaria cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments
  8. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: just over 829.597
  • Capital: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Local currency: EUR
  • Weather: type of climate, average temperatures
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: identity card valid for expatriation
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands, and politically shares the status of capital of the Canary Islands with Santa Cruz de Tenerife where the parliament is located, while in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria there is the seat of the Canary Islands Government.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: Gran Canarie has only one international airport, located near the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The island is connected to Italy by numerous flights but the only companies that guarantee direct flights are Ryanair and Vueling Airlines, which depart from both Rome and Milan. The journey takes about four and a half hours.
      Flights from Rome starting from € 117,00 -
    • From the main European capitals: from London the flights are for the most part direct, and are operated by the following companies: Jet 2, Ryanair, easyJet and TUI airways: also in this case the duration of the trip is about four hours and a half. From Berlin the only company to provide direct flights and Ryanair, for a total of five hours of flight, while the other companies all offer solutions with a stopover, for a journey duration of seven hours. Numerous airlines depart from Paris, including SWISS, and all operate flights with stopovers, for a duration ranging from five to seven hours. Flights starting from € 117,00 -

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: subtropical oceanic on the coasts. In inland areas, on the other hand, the climate varies depending on the altitude and exposure: the slopes affected by the trade winds are subjected to a fair amount of rain and are very green, while in the southern slopes the rainfall is scarce, and are almost desert.
    • Best time: For the sun and the sea from May to mid-October. To visit the cities and make excursions in the inland areas, April, May and the first half of October. Winter is ideal for surfing, given the presence of rogue waves
    • Period to avoid: in principle there is no real period to avoid.
    • Advice: In winter it is advisable to bring light clothes for the day, a sweater and jacket for the evening, a raincoat or umbrella, a down jacket, a hat, gloves, hiking shoes for climbing. In summer, however, bring summer clothes, a scarf for the wind, a light sweatshirt or a jacket for the cool of the evening or windy afternoons; comfortable shoes for excursions, trekking shoes.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: cosmopolitan resort, located at the north eastern end of Gran Canaria, it is a city that caters for all tastes. Those who decide to visit it can choose to dedicate themselves to culture, walking through the districts of Vegueta and Triana, home to historic buildings, or you can concentrate on relaxation, sunbathing on the beautiful Playa de las Canteras. In the capital, there is also Poema del Mar, one of the best aquariums in the world.
    2. Bandama boiler: located east of Las Palmas, this is a huge extinct volcanic crater, 1 km in diameter. Here it is possible to make excursions on foot, or to descend into the huge chasm, up to a depth of 200 meters.
    3. Santa Brigida: not far from the Caldera, this is a small characteristic town, famous for its pottery, and close to the Playa de la Laja
    4. Telda: second largest city of Gran Canaria, it is known for its historic center, characterized by the presence of several churches, and for the cobbled streets. From Telde, in a few minutes by car, you can reach Playa de Melenara and Playa de la Garita.
    5. Aguimes: small town located shortly after the international airport, characterized by its historic center with pastel-colored buildings
    6. Pozo Izquierdo: it is the place where, every year, the Windsurfing World Cup is held, and is located towards the southern part of the island
    7. English beach: kilometer-long crescent-shaped beach divided into four further beaches, it is the mecca of tourists, who every year take it by storm, given the high concentration of clubs, nightlife and amusement parks.
    8. Maspalomas Dunes: located in the south of Gran Canarie, they are the most suggestive stretch of coast of the whole island. Declared a nature reserve in the 90s, the 400-hectare area is reminiscent of the desert.
    9. Playa de Puerto Rico: located near the homonymous city, the beach is ideal for families, who can enjoy all the comforts and a sea with a safe bottom, thanks to the cliffs that block the currents.
    10. Tufia: ancient fishing village located along the east coast of the island, it enjoys two of the most beautiful beaches in the area: Playa de Aguadolce, located in a characteristic inlet, and a smaller beach made of volcanic rock, which the village overlooks

    What to do in Gran Canaria: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in Gran Canaria cost? Prices, offers and advice

    The average price of accommodation in Gran Canaria starts from € 24,00: but a lot depends on the period chosen and the area. A three-course meal in a middle-class restaurant for two people can cost from € 20,00 to € 50,00 while, for the rental of a car, you can pay from € 9,50 to € 17,00 , based on the make and type of the car. The price of petrol is € 1,00 per liter, while the rate per kilometer applied by taxis is € 0,64: ​​the start of the journey, on the other hand, ranges from € 1,70 to € 2,90. In Gran Canaria the Italian driving license is valid.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 24,00 per room -
    • starting from € 117,00 -
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

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