The various cities alongside the coast are filled with visitors from all over the world ensuring a pleasurable experience, be it relaxing on one of the numerous beaches, partying until dawn or exploring the different parts of the island.
On the northern part of the Island there will often be raining, but on the southern part of the island, where you will find all the holiday resorts, it is almost never raining.
Due to the heavy tourism on the island, the residents are used to communicating in English. Although appreciated, it is not necessary to speak Spanish to get around. Gran Canaria's environmental variation offer many different types of physical activities to engage in; from surfing to climbing and everything in-between. Apart from this, the climate is what makes Gran Canaria a miniature paradise - it never really gets cold.
Arguineguin is a small fishing village and also the center for the largest Norwegian colony in Gran Canaria. The biggest market in Gran Canaria takes place here every Tuesday.
Galdar was at one time the seat of the Guanches culture in Gran Canaria. Here there are lots of archaeological dig sites. There is also the cave Cueva Pintada which has geometric cave paintings from the Guanches culture.
Las Palmas is beautifully situated right by the Atlantic Ocean north of Gran Canaria and parts of the city are clustered with multicultural house, giving Las Palmas a unique touch on the island. Las Palmas is the capital of the island and there are unfortunately many do not care to visit this city while on Gran Canaria. There is losts of great architecture from the colonial era and there are also many shopping opportunities. In addition, you will also get away from the perpetual tourist machine that the southern Gran Canaria consists of.
Playa del InglÚs is the busiest tourist town on Gran Canaria. The hottest nightlife is found here, and also the stunning sandy beach that is reminiscent of the Sahara desert.
Aqualand is a waterpark in MasPalomas with slides and water activities for children and adults of all ages. www.aqualand.es
Palmitos Park is an amusement park where you can watch dolphin shows, bird shows, there is a butterfly garden there and some primates. The park is suitable as a day trip for a family who want a decent experience during their holiday in Gran Canaria. www.palmitospark.es
Gran Canaria offers a vide variety of cultural events like theater, cinema, opera, concerts and festivals. The carnival of Las Palmas is one of the biggest in Spain and takes place between january and february every year. Among other leisure activities are golf, scuba diving, sailing, cruising, fishing, climbing and go-cart. There is a large range of travel agencies that offer excursions and safaris of different kind.
Gran Canaria is a unique place if you let it. Regardless of what you look for during your holiday, this island has it. This is also why it is a great destination, regardless of age and interests. Make yourself original as a tourist and try to learn a little bit of Spanish before going there. With this you will definitely have a special holiday as you will get to know some Canarians who are able to show you the real Gran Canaria, and that will probably be very different from what you thought the island was like.
The Carnival on Gran Canaria is one of Spain's largest and held in early February. Las Palmas is the place to be. In 2017 the carnival in Las Palmas takes place from 10th of February to 5th of March, while in Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas the carnival is from 3rd to 12th of March.
The Opera Festival in Las Palmas is an annual event that attracts many opera lovers from all over Spain.
The Easter celebrations in Gran Canaria is an important event here as in any other Spanish cities.
Gran Canaria International Jazzefstival is being arranged in July every year in Las Palmas.