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With more than 80 beaches, Gran Canaria has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a week-long blast on the sands, an exclusive five-star escape, or a cultural city break by the sea. The accommodation on the island is about as diverse as the landscape, from family Gran Canaria hotels to all-inclusive resorts and cheap three-star apartments, where you can self-cater. Whatever your budget and whatever your style, Gran Canaria will have something up its sleeve for you.

By far the most popular Gran Canaria resort among us Brits is the very aptly named Playa del Inglés, or ‘Beach of the English’.

In reality, the clientele is more of a North European pick ’n’ mix, which saves Playa del Inglés from becoming Little Britain on the beach.

Despite its party reputation, the resort is surprisingly upmarket, with plenty of four-star Gran Canaria hotels alongside some of best cheap hotels on the island.

Resort town in Playa del Ingles,Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Possibly the busiest beach in Europe, you’ll find row upon row of bright umbrellas stretched across nearly three kilometres (two miles) of sand. Summer brings bright young things in search of a blow-out, while a slightly older crowd moves in over winter.

To find out more about the after-dark resort scene, as well as evening highlights elsewhere on the island, visit our Gran Canaria nightlife page.

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Average flight time(from London)

4 hrs 30 mins

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