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How to Have the Most Relaxing Spanish Island Holiday in Gran Canaria


There are many fantastic Spanish Islands to choose from, and which one you choose for your next break will depend on the type of holiday you’re looking for. Lanzarote is famous for its volcanoes and winter sun and Ibiza is known as the party island, but for a truly relaxing getaway, you can’t beat Gran Canaria. Here’s how to have the most relaxing holiday on the third-largest Spanish Island.

Getting There

Make sure your start of the holiday is as relaxing as the rest of the trip by planning your travel well in advance. When it comes to flights, book early to get a better deal. Flights from the UK to Gran Canaria’s airport (Gando Airport) take around four and a half hours on average, so make sure you’ll be comfortable and avoid booking cheap sights with little leg space. After landing, the last thing you’ll want to do is get lost trying to find your accommodation so make sure to have an airport transfer booked in advance.

The Accommodation

For a truly relaxing holiday, choose accommodation where your every need will not only be taken care of but anticipated before you even think about it yourself. If you stay in one of the all-inclusive resorts in Gran Canaria, your accommodation, meals and drinks are typically all included in the total price of your stay.

Gran Canaria has no shortage of quiet hotels and luxurious spa resorts where you can indulge in treatments such as facials, pedicures and massages. Many also have extravagant features such as infinity pools and hot tubs, as well as rooftop terraces, allowing you to enjoy a delicious dinner with a view.

Planning Your Activities

If it’s a relaxing break that you’re after, you may want to spend most of your time beside the pool, sunbathing, reading books and sipping cocktails. However, if you do want to leave your sun lounger, you’ll certainly find plenty of things to see and do during your stay.

Make the most of the amazing Canarian cuisine at the best local restaurants and sip exclusive Gran Canaria wines, some of which are made from grapes that are grown on Volcanic gravel! You can also enjoy the island’s many stunning beaches, which are a mixture of black sand (from volcanic lava) and white sand beaches.

If you’re feeling energised after all your rest and relaxation, then you can fill the rest of your trip with plenty of new adventures. Gran Canaria is a scuba diver or snorkeller’s paradise, and in the clear waters, you can view underwater caves, shipwrecks and mesmerising marine life. If you prefer to keep your head above water, you could go swimming in some of the many natural pools like Agaete Piscina Natural or Piscinas de Punta de Gáldar or go on a dolphin and whale spotting cruise.

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