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If you love to party, Playa del Ingles on the island of Gran Canaria is where you want to be...
Anything goes at the clubs and bars in this hedonistic south-coast resort, where the drinks are free flowing, the music loud and the dancing energetic. By day, however, calmness descends and Playa del Ingles becomes a tranquil destination for family breaks.
Playa del Ingles' double personality means that holidays here can be anything you want them to be. Just choose your accommodation to reflect the kind of break you want. Night owls, for example, should pick an apartment just a short moonwalk from the clubs, while those seeking a more relaxing time will prefer hotels and villas set away from the lively nightlife.
For families, holidays in Playa del Ingles are likely to revolve around the resort's five-mile stretch of blue-flag beach and the abundance of nearby restaurants eager to welcome tired toddlers at the end of the day. Shopping too can be a rewarding experience, as the many commercial centres house dainty little boutique shops offering both modern and traditional local crafts.
But Playa del Ingles holidays really kick off when the sun goes down. Shots and cocktails are the traditional way to get the party started before you head off for a boogie. And if a few cosmopolitans have got your nerve up, you can also exercise your lungs at one of the excellent karaoke bars dotted along the Atlantic Ocean coastline.
Whether or not you party hard, it's worth taking a look at what's on offer outside Playa del Ingles – especially as car hire is cheap in the Canary Islands. Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) is half an hour away from Playa del Ingles, so it might also make sense to book a car to save on the cost of transfers to and from the airport.
Find the best prices for Playa del Ingles holidays by using the TravelSupermarket search tool to find bargain breaks in this lively Canary Islands resort.
Like most places in the thermometer-friendly Canaries, you can holiday here at any time of the year...
The Canary Islands aren't known as the land of eternal spring for nothing, and the climate here offers the best year-round temperatures of any European short-haul destination. Summer months can be very hot, with daytime temperatures exceeding 30C. Winters are cooler, but average temperatures are still around the 21C mark.
Playa del Ingles is a fun and lively place to be, so expect annual events to live up to that reputation...
Carnival; February: Anytime is party time in Playa del Ingles, but this annual celebration takes things to a new level. Children and adults alike will love the daytime parades and floats, but don't be surprised if you see some of the costumed participants face down on the pavement after nightfall.
Gay Pride; May: Up to 60,000 people descend on Playa del Ingles for the outrageous merriment of this annual gathering, which lasts all week. Daytime beach and pool parties set the mood, with most people heading to disco parties at the local clubs later on. Don't miss the Friday night main event – the Drag Gala.
National Day (Dia de la Hispanidad); October: This event, at which national pride reigns supreme, is big throughout Spain and the Canary Islands. If you are in Playa del Ingles at the time, just grab a Spanish flag and join the party.
Despite the nocturnal hedonism, Playa del Ingles has plenty of things to do for all kinds of holidaymakers...
Nightlife: Cocktails, shots, disco parties, karaoke bars and nightclubs open until dawn – party animals will fit right in at Playa del Ingles.
Babies & toddlers: The expansive, curving bay is a great place for toddlers to make sand castles and splash about in the shallow surf.
Active types: Jet-skiing, parasailing or a hair-raising banana boat ride – there is plenty of choice for adrenalin junkies in Playa del Ingles.