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From beach-front to mountain top, Gran Canaria is my first choice for a summer holiday destination. Long popular for its white sandy beaches, laid back lifestyle, rowdy night life, landscapes, blue waters and Spanish hospitality, the Canary Islands are packed when summer hits with Dutch, British and German tourists. Is this any reason to steer clear of the Canary Islands this summer? No way!

It’s the third largest out of the Canary islands  but definitely boasts the largest population. One of the most stunning parts of it can be found in the middle, far away from the sandy shores. You’ll find spectacular mountains, almost like from the Himalayas, unbelievable considering how small Gran Canaria actually is. it’s the perfect place to get the best of both worlds: hit the beach, get a tan and perfect their sand castle building skills but also have a chance to travel inland and explore the islands other natural beauties.

Las Palmas is the biggest city on the island and it attracts a mix of people from around Europe. It can get to be a bit much sometimes though and if you’ve had enough then head to the smaller villages along the coast. Arucas is the perfect solution. It’s completely laid back  and even has a few architectural sights worthy of a few pictures. Teror is also pretty and has great farmer’s markets.

The beach front resorts and hotels are what Gran Canaria is famous for (I’m not sure whether I love it or hate it) but if it’s not your scene there is plenty of horse back riding, hiking, trekking and other activities to do while on holiday. There are dozens of quaint towns with beautiful churches and especially historical old towns.

More than this, Gran Canaria is very easy to get to from the UK. There are cheap flights from Bristol to Las Palmas with both low cost and regular airlines. Once you arrive, hire a car and see the island at your own pace. You can take the bus around, but it’s time consuming and costly. Have any more ideas of things to do in Gran Canaria?


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