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Gran Canaria

Famous for its numerous beautiful beaches and year-round temperate climate, Gran Canaria is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The stunning coastline includes rolling Sahara-like dunes, glorious white sand beaches and transparent waters acclaimed for their cleanliness. Affectionately dubbed ‘The Miniature Continent’, the island is very rural and beautiful, with lush tropical landscapes and exotic flora and fauna set against the romantic backdrop of majestic mountains.

Gran Canaria first earned its popularity with tourists as a health resort and still today the island’s spas, mineral-rich waters and ideal climate maintain its image as a place to refresh mind, body and soul. Golf and water sports are also popular and the resorts offer some of the best cafes, restaurants, clubs and nightlife in Europe. The island also boasts many family attractions, including water parks, theme parks and excellent shopping centres.

Hotels are proud of their excellent reputation for being very family friendly and provide excellent facilities and amenities. Access in and around the main resorts is generally very good and service is always friendly and attentive. Most resorts also offer a wide range of children’s activities, including kids clubs.

Las Palmas is the dynamic capital of the island and offers a wealth of attractions, including fabulous fiestas and street processions. The south of the island includes delights such as the picturesque village of Puerto de Mogan (known as Little Venice), and the beautiful area around Playa del Ingles.

RESORT INFORMATION

Currency Euro

Time Difference (from UK) None

Flight Time (from UK) 4 hours

Voltage 220V, 50Hz AC

Shop Opening Times 0900-1300 & 1630-1930 Mon-Sat (1000-2000 department stores)

Bank Opening Times 0900-1400 Mon-Fri, 0900-1300 Sat (except during the summer)

Costa Meloneras

General Description:

Costa Meloneras is an exclusive, developing small purpose built resort and residential area tapped onto the end of Maspolomas with 4 to 5-star hotels, a long promenade, up market shops and a golf course.

Location:

On the south coast of this almost circular island, 1.5 miles west of Playa del Ingles, 37 miles SW of Las Palmas. 20 miles SW of the airport.

Shopping:

Up market shops and only a small selection of bars are available to choose from.

Eating Out:

Small choice of classier restaurants, for more choice the neighbouring Maspolomas is about a 30 minute walk/wheel away.

For the Less Mobile Traveller:

The promenade starts here and runs down to Maspolomas, which is about a 30 minute walk/wheel. The beach is small and rocky. Maspolomas beach is a much better option.

Maspalomas

General Description:

This modern, purpose-built resort, which measures about 3 by 2 miles, is made up of extensive residential estates and private villas. West from the fringes of Playa del Ingles towards the small beachside settlement of Oasis Masplaomas lies a golf course and some small modern shopping centres. There are so many identical buildings that it's possible, during the first few days, to lose your bearings only a few yards outside your own complex.

Location:

On the south coast of this almost circular island, 1 1/2 miles west of Playa del Ingeks, 37 miles SW of Las Palmas. 20 miles SW of the airport.

Shopping:

Faro 2  is the somewhat old and dated central shopping centre. One or two additional shopping centres, all offering lots of beachwear and souvenir shops, a couple of boutiques and a good choice of duty-free shopping, as well as a plethora of bars and restaurants. Three or four small modern shopping centres along the promenade beside the lighthouse at Oasis Masplaomas offer the same, as well as several more boutiques and craft/jewellery shops. Most goods, apart from those at the designer boutiques, are inexpensive.

Eating Out:

A wide range of unsophisticated eateries in the around the 'commercial centers' provide mainly low-quality meals for the masses. More upmarket choice along the promenade beside the lighthouse at Oasis Maspolomas. Wider selection to be found a short distance away in Playa del Ingeles.

For the Less Mobile Traveller:

The beach is wheelchair accessible and has cladding running along the promenade and down to the sea, there is also a disabled toilet and changing rooms, which, are situated under a shopping complex, this is accessible by stair lift. Some kerbs are high but there are lots of drop kerbs. The resort is very accessible as pavements are quite wide, some streets have an incline, but the promenade runs all the way along the beachfront and this is paved and flat.

Puerto Rico

General Description:

An exceptional microclimate, a tree-shaded, traffic-free promenade, 2 marinas and a beach have made Puerto Rico a popular package-holiday resort with emphasis on sun, and sustenance. Nearly everything has been built since the 1960s, in a simple modern Mediterranean style, with plain white blocks crawling up parched escarpments. The resort exists entirely for tourists; it is generally safe, clean and well maintained, with tumbling flowers and the inevitable Canary palms and cacti, but there is little here of historical interest or beauty and you have to search for any true Spanish flavour. The whole area is also very hilly with many steps and steep ascents and, although only 2 miles across as the crow flies, the twisting, winding roads of the town make real travelling distances longer, about 4 miles from East to West and 1 mile north to south.

Location:

On the SW coast, 45 miles SW of Las Palmas, 10 miles west of Playa del Ingles. 28 miles SW of airport.

Shopping:

The main commercial centre is compact and borders on tacky, offering a plethora of shopping opportunities which are good value but not necessarily good quality; predominantly supermarkets, souvenir shops, electronic shops and a host of duty-free outlets. A second, almost identical commercial centre on the west hillside offer much the same.

Eating Out:

Pavement cafes and restaurants to suit most budgets, including the inevitable fast-food joints, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, German and International; British breakfasts available in abundance. Many restaurants serve up slap-up meals for the masses which are easy on the pocket but not necessarily of gourmet quality.

For the Less Mobile Traveller:

Surprisingly accessible considering this resort is built into a cliff. Down by the seafront there is a ramp running up past the marina to the 01st floor shopping complex, and then the promenade continues along. The centre has a lot of traffic, so there is an underground walkway leading to the shops and this is also accessible. The marina is lovely to walk/wheel along and this then leads onto the smallish beach, which can get very busy.

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