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The beautiful island of Gran Canaria is located 93 miles off the coast of Africa. Gran Canaria is one of the biggest islands in Spain’s Canary Islands and is a major tourist attraction, as the island sees over 3 million visitors annually. Gran Canaria is known as a miniature continent due to the variety of landscapes and climates on the island.
Gran Canaria has much more than just beautiful white sand beaches and a year-round sunny climate. The island is unique in terms of terrain, with over 32 natural protected spaces making it the perfect destination for tourists with an interest in nature. In fact, a third of the island is protected as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, Gran Canaria is truly an island like no other.
Gran Canaria has plenty of tourist resort’s that cater towards different holiday types, which makes the island suitable for everyone! Whether you want a relaxed beach holiday or a party every night, you can find just that in Gran Canaria!
Flights from Dublin and Cork operate to Gran Canaria year-round, with an average flight time from Dublin airport of four hours and thirty minutes. There are always great deals on holidays to Gran Canaria from Dublin and Cork.
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There is no doubt that in Gran Canaria the epicentre of nightlife is in Playa del Ingles. This resort is a popular party hotspot, especially for the LGBTQ+ community. In Playa del Ingles, you will find a party every night!
Whether you are looking for some tasty Italian food, a thick steak or some authentic Gran Canarian fish dishes, you will find it in abundance across Gran Canaria!
Families on holiday in Gran Canaria should take a trip to Aqualand Maspalomas, a thrilling waterpark with over 30 slides, a lazy river and a wave machine! Aqualand is truly a fantastic day out for the entire family.
The island of Gran Canaria has 82 beautiful beaches, which makes it a paradise for sunbathers and sea lovers! The resort of Maspalomas has some of the best beaches on the island, so if you love a day by the sea, Maspalomas is worth a visit!
Gran Canaria has some great local boutiques and markets in resorts all over the island to pick up some clothing and souvenirs for loved ones back home. For a high street shopping experience, take a trip to El Tabalero a brand-new modern shopping centre.
As a popular LGBTQ+ holiday destination, Maspalomas Gay Pride is one of the biggest events in the island’s calendar. The Yumbo centre is the hotspot of these celebrations, so if you visit in May be sure to check out the celebrations!
Gran Canaria experiences a warm mild climate all year round. However, if you wish to visit during the hottest time of the year, we recommend summer, when temperatures average in the mid-twenties.
Euro is the currency used in Gran Canaria.
Gran Canaria is in the same time zone as Ireland.
The Island is well connected with public transport and taxis are widely available. Cycling is also a popular choice of transport for getting around the resorts, however for those who wish to explore the entire island, car hire is a very convenient way of doing so.