Dominated by huge, purpose-built resorts, mostly geared up for Brits
and German visitors, Gran Canaria has a reputation for being as lively
as Tenerife, but with better beaches.
The island is the most densely populated of all the Canaries and has
taken tourism to almost breaking point. There are few regulations to
deter developers even in the already crowded towns and building work
still goes on.
In contrast however, there still exists on Gran Canaria some stunning
scenery, from desert-like sand dunes to pine forests to banana
plantations to volcanic landscapes - perfect places to escape the crowds
... and those annoying time-share touts!
Playa del Ingles is part of the 18 - 30 scene.
General note about the Canaries; Cockroaches are
common inhabitants of the islands and are frequent visitors to
apartments...especially those on the ground floor. Also check in your
suitcase that you're not taking any home!
difference: Same as UK
Flight time: Approx 4 � hours.
Currency: Euro see
Weather: Summer: Southern Gran Canaria enjoys hot
summers which is why the resorts are concentrated along the south
Winter: Warm and spring-like in the south; milder
with more cloud and rain in the north.
- Natural beauty can be found at the famous
dunes near Maspalomas - a breathtaking expanse of sand from the
Sahara, complete with camel rides and naturists.
- North of the island is home to the 3000
year-old volcano Bandama which now has lush vegetation growing
within its crater. It takes roughly an hour to drive around the rim.
- Several 18-hole golf courses and a new one
due to be completed some time in 2005 near Maspalomas.
- There are two water parks near Maspalomas,
the biggest and best is Aqualand.
- 'Holiday World' fun park is home to plenty
of traditional fairground rides
- Sioux City - a cowboy theme park with
boardwalks, side shows and a saloon.
- Boat trips from all resorts offer daily
shark fishing expeditions, dolphin watching or coastal cruises.
- Las Palmas is a busy working city with
plenty of shopping opportunities, though it has to be said, in
fairly drab surroundings.
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