Best of Gran Canaria holidays for...
Active types: Rock climbers and hikers should head to one of Gran Canaria's most famous landmarks - the Roque Nublo, or 'Rock in the Clouds'. Towering 80m above the ground, the views you are treated to on reaching the summit make it worth your while.
Nightlife: If you're a die-hard partier then Playa del Ingles caters for every taste and you'll be treated to a variety of clubs and bars. Nearby Puerto Rico has a more laid-back vibe, while still having a selection of lively bars.
Kids and teens: Maspalomas is home to Holiday World which has something for all ages. The little ones will enjoy the funfair and pony rides, teens can head to the bowling alley, and mum and dad can enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants or bars.
Romance: The picturesque resort of Puerto Mogan, or 'little Venice', offers the perfect setting for romance. With its winding streets and yacht-filled marina, couples can relax here away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoy waterfront, candlelit dinners by night.
Babies and toddlers: The shallow waters and sloping sands offered by the beach at Maspalomas is the perfect place for tots to safely play and enjoy the sun.
Free and cheap: Budding explorers may like to visit Casa de Colon, located near to Las Palmas. Supposedly a stop-off made by Columbus en route to the New World, the museum charges a small fee and is filled with nautical exhibits, maps, navigation instruments and other objects relating to the famous explorer.
Shopping: If you're looking to shop till you drop, Gran Canaria offers plenty of options. The Calle Mayor de Triana in Las Palmas is just one of these, offering half a mile of stores for you to wander around at your leisure.