Mesmerising sand dunes, unique black beaches and design-led hotels – Gran Canaria holidays are all about easy, breezy, relaxing fun

Sahara sands blow over the Atlantic Ocean to the Maspalomas dunes creating a desert landscape whose sheer size leaves you feeling like you just landed in Arabia. Walk from your hotel at sunrise as an apricot sky meet endless sands or jeep safari over the golden dunes for an exhilarating ride. Gran Canaria holidays have many guises – palm tree-lined pools in swish family-friendly hotels, an elegant city centre with a maze of shop-lined streets, oceanfront fairways on immaculate golf courses and volcanic ravines with Trejeda mountain views.

We’ve travelled to Gran Canaria and love the laid-back beachy vibes and fun-filled over- and under-water atmosphere. There’s nothing like dining beachfront on fresh fish before diving back into crystal clear waters or making the most of the eastern side winds sailing by yacht past soaring cliffs or by catamaran on a wild dolphin cruise. We can tell you the best places to see those black lava beaches, the top locations for beginner surfers and the most secluded south coast spots where white sands are shared by resident lizards and swimming over waves is a strenuous as it gets.

Most of the time Gran Canaria holidays are about hanging out poolside, heading down to the beach and getting out on the water but we can also point you in the right direction for eventide strolls along upscale palm-fringed boulevards, towards whitewashed towns filled with authentic charm and on the road to free standing volcanic peaks where fiery sunset picnics end a perfectly balmy day. Whether you want Thalassotherapy circuits in a spa resort or a design led hotel minutes from Maspalomas, our Personal Travel Experts are on hand to craft your Gran Canaria holiday.

Gran Canaria holidays - perfect for...

  • The wind-sculpted dunes of Maspalomas provide a dramatic backdrop to the endless golden sands of Maspalomas beach
  • With its charming cobbled streets, colonial architecture and fantastic museums, Vegueta's 'old town' offers a fascinating insight into the island's history
  • Learn about the Canaries' first settlers at Cueva Pintada (Painted Cave), an excellent archaeological museum and park
  • The beautiful Canary Botanical Garden is a peaceful oasis showcasing a great variety of local plants
  • Go deep sea fishing, learn to kite surf or experience the joy of watching dolphins in the wild on a catamaran cruise

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