Gran Canaria manages to cater well for tourists while keeping its local traditions alive, offering more than just a beach holiday...
You'll notice the friendly people, the incredible culture and the raft of attractions. This destination is known as a holiday-maker's paradise for its diversity, gorgeous weather and incredible scenery.
You can organise Gran Canaria car hire at Las Palmas Airport (LPA). Car hire is a great way to explore as much of the island as possible, from the volcanic craters and the pine forests through to the beaches and highlands. It will also allow you to visit the various resorts and towns. You can use your car to go to the Cueva Pintada Park, with its fascinating archaeological treasures, or Palmitos Park, which has a luscious botanical garden. Head up to Artenara in the hills and admire the stunning views or visit the picturesque village of Tejeda.
Gran Canaria is popular all year round for its sunshine and holiday activities. The island is often described as having an 'eternal spring', which does indeed describe its year-round appeal beautifully. The island has lovely refreshing breezes, which makes its summers much more pleasant than on the mainland of Spain. There are also a variety of micro-climates, including snow on the peaks sub-tropical weather in the forests.
Gran Canaria is highly cosmopolitan and it boasts a cultural calendar with events taking place throughout the year, including dance, international music, cinema festivals and theatre and, of course, the famous carnival. There are many town celebrations and religious feasts that are celebrated across the island. The majority are associated with patron saints or the end of the harvest period in the more agricultural areas. They will be marked with fancy-dress parades and colourful processions.