The perfect year-round sun destination, Gran Canaria enjoys warm weather in every season. You’ll arrive in Las Palmas, the island’s capital and the perfect base to discover Gran Canaria. It’s often said that exploring the island is like crossing continents - from evergreen ravines to stunning sand dunes and arid mountains, the landscape will leave you amazed.
Gran Canaria is part of the Canary Islands, a far-flung Spanish archipelago off the coast of West Africa. The sapphire waters of the Atlantic Ocean surrounds the isle and desert and mountains fill its centre in dramatic fashion.
How long is the flight from the UK to Gran Canaria?
Belfast to Gran Canaria - 4 hours 40 minutes
Birmingham to Gran Canaria - 4 hours 30 minutes
Bristol to Gran Canaria - 4 hours 15 minutes
Edinburgh to Gran Canaria - 4 hours 50 minutes
East Midlands to Gran Canaria - 4 hours 35 minutes
Glasgow to Gran Canaria - 4 hours 55 minutes
Leeds Bradford to Gran Canaria - 4 hours 45 minutes
Liverpool to Gran Canaria - 4 hours 45 minutes
London Stansted to Gran Canaria - 4 hours 30 minutes
Manchester to Gran Canaria - 4 hours 45 minutes
Newcastle to Gran Canaria - 4 hours 50 minutes
How many airports does Gran Canaria have?
Also known as Gando Airport, Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) is the island's only international airport. It's located on the east coast, with easy access to Gran Canaria's motorway network, capital city Las Palmas and popular beach resorts in the south.
How far is Gran Canaria Airport from the main Gran Canaria resorts?
Those heading for a city break in Las Palmas can expect a 20-minute trip from the airport. If you're going for a beach holiday, Maspalomas is also 20 minutes away and Puerto Rico 35 minutes.
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Gran Canaria’s sun-soaked south is where you’ll find the biggest beach resorts. That includes popular Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas, where there are lively commercial centres packed with shops, bars and clubs. There are also some gorgeous golden shores, such as Puerto Rico Beach.
Some of the Canary Islands’ most wondrous landmarks are found in Gran Canaria. There’s the Maspolomas Sand Dunes that create a desert-like landscape, as well as the arid boulders of the Nublo Rural Park. Incredibly, on the same island you can also see the verdant valleys of the Azuaje Ravine and the seasonally snow-dusted peak of the highest point at Pico de Las Nieves.
Stay in the capital, Las Palmas, and you’ll have the chance to admire many different attractions including the stunning Cathedral of Santa Ana. The colourful tropical fruits of La Vegueta Market are sure to catch your eye too. And that’s not forgetting the Jardin Canario, Spain’s biggest botanical park, packed with exotic plants and trees.
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