Gran Canaria Holidays

Maspalomas Dunes, Gran Canaria

The most southerly Canary Island boasts delightful variations of scenery and climate normally associated with an entire mini continent with micro climates including warm coastal areas with 50km of golden beaches, temperate midlands, subtropical forests and high peaks where occasionally snow falls as the sun shines brightly on the coast.

Gran Canaria’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital and bustling seaport, Las Palmas, is the largest city in the Canary Islands. The central Parque Santa Catalina is a popular shady square with cafés and bars and is just a short stroll from the 3km beach at Playa de las Canteras. Luxury holidays to Gran Canaria with Classic Collection Holidays allow visitors to experience all that this amazing island has to offer. The city’s historic centre is Vegueta, home to some delightful little squares, museums, a cathedral and Casa de Colon, the house where Columbus once stayed. Situated in the middle of Ciudad Jardin (The Garden City), a leafy oasis created in the 19th century by British merchants, is Parque Doramas, a beautiful landscaped park with a grand hotel and the Pueblo Canario (Canarian Village) a complex of traditionally built houses.

At Classic Collection Holidays we offer a range of especially hand-picked 4 and 5 star hotels in Gran Canaria designed to cater to all those travelling to the Canary Islands.

Playa San Augustin

The quiet resort of Playa San Augustin is located on the edge of the livelier Playa del Ingles, close to the spectacular Maspalomas sand dunes. Boasting white washed buildings, an appealing waterfront, al fresco tapas bars and lovely seafood restaurants, Playa San Augustin features a sheltered beach of dark sand gently shelving down into calm waters.

Maspalomas

Separated from Playa del Ingles by the spectacular Maspalomas sand dunes, Maspalomas boasts an attractive waterfront with al fresco restaurants and bars, luxury hotels, and the island’s largest golf course. The fabulous coastline of sand dunes where a 6km blue flag golden sandy beach slopes gently into warm waters, and the largest water park on the island, plus numerous theme parks close by, ensures this resort is perfect for family luxury holidays in Gran Canaria.

Costa Meloneras

For those looking for luxury holidays in Gran Canaria, Costa Meloneras is a stylish resort bordering the famed Maspalomas dunes, with high quality hotels and an attractive palm-lined coastal promenade, backed by restaurants, bars and designer boutiques. There’s a gloriously quiet stretch of sandy beach and romantics will enjoy the relaxed nightlife which normally comprises dinner, quiet drinks and the setting sun. There is an 18-hole golf course nearby, and the lively resort of Playa del Ingles a short drive away.

Puerto De Mogan

In a sheltered bay at the end of a verdant valley, Puerto de Mogan is a small fishing village with a dark volcanic sandy beach, narrow alleyways and pretty white bougainvillea bedecked houses where chic boutiques, jazz, piano and al fresco tapas bars and harbour-side fish restaurants surround a picturesque marina. Referred to as Little Venice due to its network of seawater canals linked by small bridges this is a delightfully peaceful resort.

Playa Amadores

The new resort of Playa Amadores with its man-made pure white soft sandy beaches sweeping around the bay is perfect for beach lovers on luxury holidays in Gran Canaria. Divers and snorkellers will love the beautiful clear blue waters and additional watersports are available in Puerto Rico, close by. A well maintained resort, Playa Amadores has an immaculate seafront promenade lined with boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Tejeda

Tejeda is a peaceful mountain village surrounded by orchards and terraced fields within the crater slopes. The area is at the crossroads of ancient royal trails and a natural beauty spot popular with hikers and ramblers. A must to visit in the area is Cruz de Tejeda, a 17th century towering stone cross in the centre of the island.

Cuisine

A distinguishable highlight of luxury holidays in Gran Canaria is the islands cuisine which is rich, varied and similar to that of the rest of Spain. A popular favourite is papas arrugadas (potatoes boiled in salt water and served in their jackets) accompanied by mojo picon (spicy sauce) as is puchero (a combination of beef and pork with vegetables, chorizo, potatoes and sweet potatoes).

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Did you know?

Theories abound as to how Gran Canaria came to be named. One claims that the original people of Gran Canaria were in fact Berbers of the Canarii tribe living in what is today Morocco. Canaria became Gran following the tough fight that the islanders put up against the Spanish conquistadores.