Gran Canaria, the largest of the Canary islands, has many nicknames – nicknames can explain a lot about a country and in many ways sum it up pretty well:
Gran Canaria The Island Of Eternal Spring
Gran Canaria is often referred to as the island with eternal spring because of its mild temperatures year round. Even in mid December temperatures usually are around 15 degrees, and the sun doesn’t stay away either.
For that reason, even winter time is known as a ”high season” and many frozen Europeans prefer taking some Gran Canaria holidays over christmas than spending it in a grey, rainy city up north.
The Miniature Continent
Gran Canaria is also known as continent in miniature because of all the variety of things it has to offer. From deserts with camel trekking in the south to volcanic mountains, golden beaches, bustling cities and tropical forests, and the island being just 40 kilometers from north to south, this island really lives up to its nickname.
In the center of the island there are even snow covered mountains! It’s a perfect place for Europeans to have short breaks over a weekend since flights are very cheap and it’s not very far away. And for once, a small size is actually favorable, as it allows you to see a lot of the island in a short period of time. If you hire your own car you can see a good deal of the island in just a few days, including finding your own secret spots.
One of the most popular things to do in Gran Canaria is biking. With all the hills and beautiful views overlooking the ocean, doing some mountain biking is both a great way to have some fun while you get to experience the beautiful nature that the island has to offer.
It’s also a good place to learn how to surf, and there are both plenty of surf spots to try out as well as surfing schools for the beginner. So whether you want to find hidden caves and canyons, hang out by the beaches and go surfing or seek out the small villages far away from the tourist traps and access a volcanic crater – there is definitely something in Gran Canaria for everyone.
Best Of Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is the most popular island of the Canary Islands, and it’s also the biggest one.
With is cheap holidays Gran Canaria tops the list of affordable paradise islands in Europe, and as it is often described as a “miniature continent” because of its diversity, the island attracts visitors for many different reasons.
The main reason to visit Gran Canaria, however, is to explore its beautiful beaches, of which there are plenty.
You don’t necessarily have to stay at one beach, as the public transport is both cheap and well organized, so you can easily explore other beaches.
Car rentals are also popular, but be ware of the prices, they will usually try to sell you an insurance on top of the rental which will basically double the price.
If you want to explore some beaches, head South as that’s where the best beaches are located.
But just lazing on the beach can get a bit boring after a while, which is why it’s so great that they have good surfing opportunities!
Gran Canaria is often nicknamed “Hawaii of the Atlantic” among surfers because of its big waves and clean breaks. There are quite a few surf schools if you want to learn how to surf.
Another adrenaline kicking sport that will turn your holiday from putting on pounds to shredding them off is biking.
Gran Canaria is perfect for bikers, with lots of trails both for road biking as well as mountain biking.
Finally, you have the hiking. With its spectacular nature of mountains, caves, long beaches and lakes, there is no shortage of places to explore on the island.
Gran Canaria has many “micro climates”, but generally the South is the sunniest and has the most favorable weather.
We hope this gave you a quick insight into this fascinating island, and that we made you curious to go and experience it for yourself.
Torremolinos on the Costa Del Sol Spain
Few places offer everything a summer holiday should include, on a short-haul basis, like Torremolinos on the Costa Del Sol Spain.
Brimming with resorts and places to visit, Torremolinos on the Costa Del Sol is one that has been in the heart of travelling Brits for years, and one that is still going strong today.
Situated in the south of Spain, here you’ll find beautiful, clean beaches, great nightlife, cuisine to suit everyone, and plenty of places to visit. What more could you want?
Perfect for a summer or winter break, Torremolinos has the enviable feature of being pleasantly warm no matter what time of year, so it’s busy most of the time.
Flights are also regular year around, with many cheap deals available thanks to low-cost airlines. I’d highly recommend pre-booking airport extras too, to save even more money, such as airport parking.
I rarely travel without it these days, it cuts down stress levels and means I start my holiday chilled out, just the way it’s meant to be.
So what is there to do in this famous holiday hotspot? Well, lots. The beach is of course the centre-point of daily activity, especially in summer, and the main beaches offer lots of facilities, including water-sports, and beachfront bars for a cooling refreshment.
Playa de Bajondillo is one of the main beaches, and offers something for everyone. I’d definitely recommend giving some of the water-sports on offer a try; it’s a great way to cool down in the heat, and a good laugh too.
If you don’t fancy screaming your lungs out on the water, why not go for a leisurely stroll along the promenade and indulge in one of my favourite activities – people watching. Alternatively, there are many top-notch golf courses around the area if that’s more your thing.
For relaxation and chilling out, you have many options, with sunbathing and topping up your tan just one of them.
Torremolinos is a great base for getting out and about too, and I’d recommend hiring a car if you’re able, allowing you more freedom to explore. Malaga is a great day out too, with lots of shopping and sightseeing opportunities.
Speaking of shopping – one of my favourite things! Calle San Miguel is the resort’s main shopping area, and this is a great opportunity to pick up some souvenirs for back home.
This is also where saved money from pre-booking airport extras will come in very handy indeed! If flying from the capital, check out Heathrow parking, and put those saved Euros to good use in the shops of Torremolinos.
Nightlife in the resort is equally as varied as day time activities, and loud, brash and good fun too. If you want a quiet evening, there are many restaurants to enjoy a bite to eat, however if you want to dance, then there are lots of chances to do just that.
Nobody will go hungry in resort either, as there are many international menus to suit everyone, however I would recommend giving some traditional Spanish food a go whilst you’re there, with paella the famous seafood dish, to try.
All in all, Torremolinos is still the sunny holiday picture postcard destination it’s always been. Think high rise, think sunny, think a great value beach holiday.
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