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Jump on Gran Canaria flights at any time of the year for guaranteed sunshine and glorious beaches. Located in the Canaries, just off the west coast of Africa, this island benefits from a beautifully warm climate all year round. As a result it's a very popular destination for winter sun holidays.
Its proximity to western Africa may mean year-round sunshine, but it also means a slightly longer flight time from the UK. Direct flights to Gran Canaria last around four and a half hours from London, and slightly longer from northern and Scottish airports.
Cheap direct flights are offered by Ryanair, EasyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines, along with a selection of other airlines, although if you want to fly with a charter airline, be aware that flights tend to be seasonal from certain departure airports.
If you fly direct to Gran Canaria, you'll shave around two hours off your journey time. That means you'll be able to be on one of the beaches on this stunning volcanic island much quicker. Many opt for an all inclusive deal to this island, combining with hotel stay with a direct flight.
There are a number of cheap flights to Canaria available throughout the year from airports including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast or Glasgow. This destination is very well served from the UK by scheduled flights and low cost airlines and once you're there, make sure you find cheap car hire in Gran Canaria. It's usually cheaper than the cost of transfers and lets you explore the whole island.
There are buses that will take you to Las Palmas or Faro Las Maspalomas, or package holidays will normally include a free transfer. Car hire is an alternative option and the roads are uncomplicated with major destinations well signposted.
The buses on Gran Canaria are cheap and frequent, and can be used for small distances as well as to travel to other parts of the island. Taxis are available but are always metered so can be expensive for greater distances. If you?re driving, there are motorways that cover most of the island, and a particularly lovely drive is to go around the coastal road and enjoy the spectacular views, although it can get a bit twisty in the mountains!
With excellent weather all year round there is no bad time to holiday in Gran Canaria. Destinations around the cost in particular enjoy fine weather with highs in the summer of 30°C or higher, and temperatures regularly reaching upwards of 20°C during the winter. The island is well known for having several different microclimates inland though, so that the mountains can have snow, or the forests can be cold, even though people are still sunbathing elsewhere. The south of the island is generally drier than the north, although with a yearly average of about 130mm that's not really much to worry about.
The most popular time to visit Gran Canaria is December to February when holidaymakers seek out some winter sun. Nearly as popular is the summer season from May to October. March and April are lovely months to visit and the island is a bit quieter then, and the best holiday deals are generally available in November and mid-December.
The capital city, Las Palmas, has a fantastic historical centre characterised by Spanish style colonial architecture. The city is busy and vibrant and offers some great shopping, museums and a lively after dark scene. There are beaches there for the sunworshippers but those people who book up their cheap flights to Gran Canaria solely for the sun are more likely to end up in one of the resorts in the south of the island such as Masaplomas or Playa del Ingles. These resorts boast fantastic beaches and in addition a host of entertainment including theme parks, bars, clubs and restaurants. Inland the island offers a rugged highland landscape including a dormant volcano with a 200m deep crater.
€ Euros. Can easily be exchanged in banks or obtained from an ATM in resorts or cities for a small charge. Exchanging money is more difficult in smaller towns and villages.
Spanish, although in tourist areas English is very common and Italian and German are also spoken.
+34 for Spain then 928 for Gran Canaria. Mobile numbers begin with (0)6.
Visitors from the UK only need carry their valid UK passport to enter Gran Canaria.