Destination guide

Beautiful Gran Canaria

Make no mistake about it, Gran Canaria is beautiful. Volcanic cones stud its wild hinterland, jutting to the skies with black-rock craters and sculpture-like fissures. Pine forests cascade down the hills in the north, meeting the wild Atlantic swells where surfers carve across the whitecaps. The south is the province of the sun seekers. It's got the glowing bays of Playa del Ingles and happy-go-lucky Maspalomas, packed with Gran Canaria vacation rentals on the seafront, and pulsing with cocktail joints and bars. The capital at Las Palmas, meanwhile, has ochre-hued Spanish mansions and elegant churches between its cobbled streets.

Things to do

Gran Canaria's brimming with top attractions

Perhaps you're seeking rustic Gran Canaria vacation rentals in the mountains, to wonder at the chiseled tops of Roque Nublo, unearth the fascinating cave-monastery of Valeron, or drive precipitous routes to the Mirador del Balcon on the cliffs above the Atlantic? Or, are you looking for something in the coastal resorts? There, the attractions are a different breed, coming with the undulating Maspalomas Dunes, the dolphin-splashing waters of Palmitos Park, and the twisting slides of Aqualand. Then there's Las Palmas, complete with cacti-topped Jardin Canario and the historical streets of Vegueta.

Activities

Gran Canaria's whatever you make itÉ

Whether you come to pull on the walking boots and scale the mighty volcanic cones of the interior, or to slap on layers of sun cream and recline between the beach bars and palms, you can rest assured you'll find Gran Canaria vacation rentals to suit. The nightlife and karaoke rounds of the south coast are legendary. The mountain biking and geological wonders of the Valsequillo region will have you reaching for the camera. And the salt-sprayed villages in the north are home to surfing spots. There's also wine tasting, Canarian cooking classes, art tours, golf courses _ the list goes onÉ

Weather

Over 320 days of sun in Gran Canaria

You don't have to pay too much attention to the seasons in Gran Canaria. This far south from mainland Spain _ closer to Africa, in fact _ the weather's almost always warm and balmy. Unless you're heading to the high mountains for a rustic stay, beachwear should be the norm. The sun shines more than 320 days each year, too. May to October are the hottest months, while December to February sees a peak in visiting snowbirds eager to escape the snows of northern Europe.

Natural features

Gran Canaria offers a bit of everything

Gran Canaria's great variety of habitats and nature has garnered it a reputation as a continent writ small. You can scale to the soaring heights of volcanic mountains in its center, where the deepcraters of Caldera de Bandama and the carved valleys of the Guayadeque ravine crash through the earth. Down on the south coast and in Mogan are the palm-peppered beaches, and the undulating desert dunes around Maspalomas. The north is lusher, with wave-washed inlets and splashing whales out at sea.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Gran Canaria

Fly into Las Palmas (LPA-Gran Canaria), the closest airport, located 12.4 mi (19.9 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Gran Canaria?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,271 vacation rentals near Gran Canaria. From 534 Villas to 873 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gran Canaria for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Gran Canaria?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gran Canaria. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Las Palmas: 1,704 vacation rentals
  • Maspalomas: 2,319 vacation rentals
  • Degollada de Las Yeguas Lookout: 3,024 vacation rentals
  • Puerto Rico Beach: 1,844 vacation rentals
  • Puerto de Mogán: 170 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Gran Canaria! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Gran Canaria?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gran Canaria:

  • Las Palmas: 1,704 rentals
  • Maspalomas: 2,319 rentals
  • El Tablero: 2,037 rentals
  • Puerto Rico: 1,937 rentals
  • Patalavaca: 2,057 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Gran Canaria?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Gran Canaria. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Degollada de Las Yeguas Lookout: 3,024 rentals
  • Gabinete Literario Cultural Institution: 2,111 rentals
  • Pueblo Canario Chapel: 2,099 rentals
  • Puerto Rico Marina: 2,544 rentals
  • Mogan Port: 2,427 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gran Canaria listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Gran Canaria

Las Palmas
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Pasito Blanco
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Tejeda
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Arucas
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El Salobre
2,188 vacation rentals
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Arinaga
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Gáldar
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