For beach and sun-lovers, Gran Canaria is the ultimate destination for a villa holiday. There’s a slice of coast for everyone, whether it’s to top up the tan at busy, bustling resorts like Playa del Ingles, or to relax whilst watching yachts breaking up their Atlantic-Caribbean voyages in low-key fishing towns like Puerto de Mogan, or to jet-ski and banana-boat at lively Puerto Rico. Days out with children can include Aqualand, Ocean Park and Aqua Park in the south or Palmitos Park in Maspalomas.
For a change from the glorious white sand beaches and sparkling ocean, the rural interior of the island is well worth exploring; cliffs, gorges and rugged mountains, exotic palm and fruit trees.
The capital Las Palmas is a popular destination for cruise ships visiting the island for duty free shopping. A Spanish working city with a cosmopolitan vibe, here you'll find busy shopping areas, bustling bars and charming restaurants as well as an atmospheric old quarter and streets alive with the sounds of Canarian folk music, and of course the famous 2km golden sand beach right in the middle of the city.