Manchester to Gran Canaria holidays from Manchester Travel Shop. Feeling like booking a holiday to Gran Caria? Let Manchester’s best travel agency guide you to where to stay and what to do in Gran Canaria.
Gran Canaria is an island full of contrasts and beauty. From lively party resorts to peaceful sleepy villages. Enjoy days spent on the countless beaches that vary from black lava to white sandy. Gran Canaria attracts an international crowd and there are 1001 reasons why.
The island of Gran Canaria, lovingly known as gran can, is hugely popular with gay tourists, especially during pride month when over 100k people flock to the island to enjoy the pride festivities. But it is equally loved by couples and families who can enjoy excellent weather all year round.
Whilst most beach tourists head to the resorts on the south of the Island, Las Palmas in the north is a common stop on the cruise circuit, and the city is a shoppers paradise with amazing duty free bargains.
A holiday in Gran Canaria can be whatever you want it to be. The active crowd finds plenty of hikes and water sports, whereas the ‘fly and flop’ crew are kept busy on the beaches and many bars and restaurants.
Manchester to Gran Canaria Flight time: 4 hours and 40 minutes.
Gran Canaria Visa Requirement for UK passport holders: No visa is required for stays up to 90 days
Language: Spanish (Canarian Spanish Dialect)
Gran Canaria Time Difference: GMT
Playa del Ingles is a hugely popular beach resort in the region of Maspalomas on the south coast of Gran Canaria. Whilst purpose built and not particularly pretty, it is one of the most popular beach resorts in Europe – attracting mainly the young and lively crowds that can find parties 24 hours a day.
A massive 2km promenade runs next to the beach, where you can find countless bars, restaurants and shops. The prom is lively in the daytime and evening, and is the perfect place to stop, grab a beer and people watch. Whilst a party resort, it isn’t not suitable for families and drunken crowds are easy to avoid.
The resort facilities are all centred around “shopping centres” – of which there are 12 and all vary in terms of who they attract and what they offer. One of these is the Yumbo centre that pulls in the LGTB+ crowd that really comes alive with drag acts and cruisey bars once the sun goes down. The Kasbah offers a more upscale feel and attracts the “straight” party animals.
There are 100s of different accommodation options in Playa del Ingles, from small and friendly apartment complexes around a pool, to sprawling luxury hotels.
Maspalomas is Playa del Ingles “posher” neighbour. Here you will find world beating restaurants, spacious gold and sandy beaches and high-end shopping to give your credit card a scare.
The biggest attraction to Maspalomas is without a doubt the long stretches of beaches and the picturesque sahara style dunes. You can spend hours exploring the dunes and they are easy to navigate without the fear of getting lost due to excellent pathways.
If you’re looking for a laid back holiday, eating and sunbathing, then Maspalomas is certainly a great choice for consideration. Holidaymakers that are looking for a luxury hotel will be spoilt for choice here – with many 5 star resorts, many with on-site spas.
Maspalomas is also home to one of the best waterparks – families will be able to spend a day or two shooting down the slides at Aqualand Waterpark Maspalomas.
Probably most popular with families, Puerto Rico is a charming resort that has a much more typically Canaries vibe than Maspalaomas or Playa del ingles. Once a tiny fishing village, it now attracts hordes of visitors – tempted by white sandy beaches and loads of activities for all the family.
Puerto Rico’s marina should be on your things to do, why take sailing for the day and top up your tan or try some delicious food. After a day of relaxing, Puerto Rico’s evenings were made for sitting outside a wine bar or eating local tapas whilst listening to the waves.
A visit to Gran Canaria from Manchester shouldn’t miss out on all the fun of Aqualand Maspalomas. Shed loads of slides and other water based attractions for all the family big and small. Open 365 years a day, you can take a trip here when it best suits you on your Gran Canaria holidays.
Learn to surf
Always wanted to learn to surf? Gran Canaria is an excellent choice of destinations to jump on a board and hit the waves. Never surfed before? Then this is no problem but expect to fall off many times before you learn the skills needed. The Surf schools accept complete beginners and you can generally make massive improvements in just one day of surf school.
Las Palmas is usually ignored by visitors to the beach resorts – but it really shouldn’t be! It’s a thriving city with amazing shopping and quieter beaches. Take a trip to Las Palmas if you want to feel like you are actually in Spain.
Many day trips are offered and include the stunning village of Teor.
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