Gran Canaria is one of the most developed islands within the Canary Islands. Gran Canaria appeals to everyone from families, to the elderly, to couples, to young groups of singles. The island, as with most of the Canary Islands, is volcanic and has a brilliantly warm climate all year round. Gran Canaria is made up of cliffs and mountains making it an ideal place for people who enjoy looking at scenery. The beaches in Gran Canaria are all very attractive and popular with tourists. They are all filled with fine, white sand and beautiful, clear waters. You will find many places to stay in Gran Canaria, including apartments, aparthotels, villas and hotels. These all range from budget prices to luxury prices in 5-star hotels. You will find a wide range of star ratings as well as a wide range of board basis. This includes anything from self catering, to all-inclusive. The resort is very highly active in some areas and in others is calm and full of beautiful scenery.
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There are so many activities that you are spoilt for choice. One very popular water sport is windsurfing. With Gran Canaria being the windiest of all of the islands, it is perfect for windsurfing. The water is warm all year round and you are able to receive tuition in windsurfing and hire the equipment should you want to. Gran Canaria even hosts the World Windsurfing Championships, proving just how popular it is. If windsurfing is not for you, then there are plenty if other water sports for you to try. These include surfing, jet-skiing, scuba diving, water-skiing, riding on banana boat or taking out a pedallo. If getting in the water does not interest you, then sailing and fishing are also popular activities. If you would prefer to be away from the water completely, then there are plenty of land activities for you to try. Hiking is very popular due to the mountains and hidden trails that people find. If this still is not enough action for you, then taking a camel ride across the sand dunes is a popular choice. Cycling, tennis and golf are also available throughout the island. There are also many theme parks for you to enjoy. There are three water parks located in Gran Canaria as well as 8 other amusement parks including a reptile park and a crocodile park which are popular amongst both adults and children.
Gran Canaria looks after all tourists very well, which is why so many people return to the island year after year. There are many restaurants throughout the resort that are mostly reasonably priced, offering various cuisines. All tourists are well catered for as they can enjoy English, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Canarian, German, French and Italian cuisines. Not everyone will enjoy the lively nightlife, which is why Gran Canaria offers quiet areas to tourists as well. Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico are the liveliest resorts in Gran Canaria offering pubs, clubs and many bars to tourists. You will find English pubs, Irish pubs, karaoke bars, cocktail bars, live music and cabaret shows that will keep you occupied all night long. This area is very popular amongst the 18-30's as it has everything that they look for in a lively holiday. Quieter resorts include Las Palmas and Playa del Cura which are popular amongst couples and families looking to spend quality time together. Gran Canaria, like other Canary Islands is partly tax free so you will find many cheap products. Gran Canaria offers every shop that you could think of, selling electrical goods, designer clothing, jewellery, souvenirs, cosmetics and perfumes among others. There are no trains on the island, however there are many buses that are reliable. Bus fares are reasonable and it is a good way to get around the island. There are also many taxis on the island that are very easy to distinguish.
The climate in Gran Canaria is very much a spring climate. In the summer temperatures, on average, are around 26°C to 28°C. Temperatures can occasionally reach higher than 30°C but there is a cooling breeze to help you remain comfortable. The south of the island is a lot warmer and sees very dry weather, with the north being slightly cooler. In the winter, temperatures are still very high, being between 22°C and 24°C. The highest chance of rain on the island is in January and February although it still remains warm. September shows the warmest temperatures, with August and October following closely. July offers the most sunshine hours with around 12 hours a day whereas January only shows around 7 hours of sunlight a day.