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Gran Canaria is a truly spectacular year round holiday destination. It started to welcome tourists back in the 19th century and has been going from strength to strength ever since.

A main part of Gran Canaria’s huge appeal is its wonderful beaches. There are the buzzing resorts of resorts of Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles, where sunbathing is a taken very seriously and the nightlife is larger than life. This compares to the prettier, quainter towns of Puerto Rico, Bahia Feliz and Puerto Morgan, where the beaches are emptier and more spacious and the entertainment in the evening rather more subdued.

In recent years, Gran Canaria has begun to see the appearance of some more bijoux resorts, too. In Playa Taurito and Meloneras everything comes with a welcome touch of luxury - from the quirky boutiques to the inviting hotels.

Another factor in Gran Canaria’s enduring popularity is its scenic interior, far more attractive the volcanic landscape of, say, Tenerife.

For those looking to drink in the traditional life, there are a number of pretty hamlet to visit near Playa del Ingles - particularly Fataga with its whitewashed cottages and traffic free streets.

There is such a wide variety of choice when it comes to choosing a place to stay on Gran Canaria. Playa Taurito is a little known resort located on the south west coast, almost hidden between cool Playa Mogan and tourist heavy Puerto Rico. It just has a scattering of delightfully located hotels, and its own gorgeous beach, so if you’re looking for peace and quiet, this could be an ideal destination for you.

Playa del Ingles is perched on the southernmost edge of the island.

Perfect for families travelling with small children, it is absolutely crammed with hotels and apartment complexes, has the most gigantic beach, and plenty to do after dark. During the summer months it draws in a youthful, party loving crowd, but it remains popular with families because of the wealth of activities and facilities it offers.

The stylish, modern town of Bahia Feliz is small but perfectly formed. Its size means that nothing is more than a stroll away and it boasts a lovely pedestrian only town square with lots of pavement restaurants and cafes plus plenty of green spaces and eye-catching, Moroccan influenced architecture. Those looking for a quiet base but with some great nights out will be delighted that Playa del Ingles is a mere 10 kilometres away, allowing visitors to have the best of both worlds.

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