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Off the coast of Africa, and part of the idyllic Canary Islands archipelago, Gran Canaria feels like a whole world within itself. That’s because it’s a place of striking contrasts, encompassing smooth beaches and green gorges, rugged mountains and undulating sand dunes that look like swathes of the Sahara. And then there are the communities dotted around the island, ranging from fun-filled resorts to the serene Puerto de Mogan, whose canals make it the Venice of the Canaries. Gran Canaria holiday rentals will let you seek out everything from hidden coastal hotspots to the archaeological wonders of ancient cave paintings. Whether you’re here to party or relax, it’s all on offer in Gran Canaria.
As you might expect from a time-honoured holiday destination that’s been drawing sun-seekers since the 19th century, there’s no shortage of hotels around these parts. That said, if you want to take things up a notch, why not consider one of the holiday villas in Gran Canaria? There are plenty to choose from through ebookers, and you’ll be able to sit back and bliss out in a whole property of our own. Gran Canaria holiday rentals offer so much more space than standard hotel guestrooms, and many feature their own pools and gardens, so you’ll really have your own patch of paradise. Having a proper kitchen also means you can make your holiday budget go further by whipping up occasional meals rather than having to eat out several times a day.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the island’s picturesque capital, is well worth making time for, thanks to its historic landmarks, archaeological museum and countless restaurants where you can dine al fresco on balmy evenings. Of course, hitting the beaches is uppermost among things to do near Gran Canaria holiday villas, and there are plenty of sandy stretches to choose from. Playa del Ingles, on the southernmost part of the island, has a vast beach to bask on, as well as nightlife that will make you want to stay up well past your bedtime. Nearby, the Maspalomas Dunes are a surreal sight – the golden peaks of sand resemble a scene from Lawrence of Arabia. With its sparkling canals, Puerto de Mogo is the polar opposite, and its flower-garlanded streets are a delight to wander on lazy sunny afternoons. Here with the whole family? Treat the kids to a visit to Palmitos Park, where they can gasp at dolphin shows and see vibrantly colourful parrots and toucans up close.
If you’re not planning on straying too far from a favourite part of Gran Canaria, you can comfortably spend an entire holiday without once setting foot on public transport. However, if you’re keen to see as much of this multi-faceted island as possible, you can always make use of the bus network. Intrepid adventurers may prefer the idea of hiring a car, and roam from desertscapes to lush greenery to sugary beaches at your leisure.