Gran Canaria Holidays
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When: The busy months are obviously July and August but because of the location of the island, the weather is great pretty much all year round. This is really handy, if the sight of kids and nosey parents makes you feel a little … unwell.
Where: If Blue Flag beaches and activities are what you’re looking for, then Puerto Rico is where it’s at. However, if you’re a seasoned lone traveller who wants to explore some real Spanish culture, head to Puerto Mogan fishing town.
Why: Explore the island on your own and be your own boss. Discover some interesting markets where you will find loads of tacky souvenirs or enrol in a scuba diving course on the Las Canteras beach - you might meet someone special under the water.
When: June is a great time to head out, especially if you are celebrating the end of exams or just fancy a childfree summer party. Why not go in May for the Gay Pride celebrations, it’s colourful to say the least and you can be sure you’ll have a great time.
Where: Puerto Rico resort is heaving all the time, with clubs and bars staying open all year round. So, regardless of when you decide to go, this resort is always buzzing.
Why: Get well and truly on the party bus when you go to Gran Canaria. Not only is this island great for clubbing and sunbathing, but if you’re an active group make sure you enjoy a round of golf or, for some thrills and spills, head to the Aqualand Water Park.
When: Don’t let the kids ruin your romantic getaway, so make sure you go out of season. Enjoy some rare sun in the UK during July and August and go abroad when the weather gets even worse at home.
Where: The village of Puerto Mogan is a great place to head for a couple’s retreat. The harbour area is known as the “Venice of the Canaries.” Not sure about that, but it does look pretty romantic.
Why: There are some intimate little resorts to explore with a quiet atmosphere for you and partner to spend some quality time together. Excuse the mushiness.
When: As you probably know by now, the weather is great in Gran Canaria all year. But don’t worry about taking the kids out of school, the summer months is when all the attractions are in full swing, so the tiny increase in price makes it worth it.
Where: Maspalomas is the best resort for that family holiday you see on the telly. That might sound cheesy, but it has the beach, the attractions and great family-friendly hotels. Enrol the kids in the day care club and enjoy some mum and dad time.
Why: So this isn’t Disney World, but with theme parks, water parks, shallow waters to paddle in and boat trips, the kids will be constantly entertained. Mickey Mouse who?