An island of variety and contrast, Gran Canaria is often known as a ‘mini continent’. It has such a diverse landscape from sand dunes to lush mountains that every visit can bring a new experience.

Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands located off the North West coast of Africa, giving year round average temperatures of around 23 degrees although during the summer, temperatures often reach the 30’s.

The island has many tourist resorts and there is something to suit everyone, whether you are after restaurants, bars and nightlife, seclusion, sun and sand or golf!

On the south of the island is the popular resort of Playa Del Ingles which is a busy seaside town with plenty of shops and restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, around 30 minutes’ walk away is a very different resort called Maspolomas a quiet and sophisticated resort renowned for its sand dunes and popular with travellers who just want to relax and enjoy the sunshine and the sand!

Gran Canaria is perfect for hiking, mountain biking and active holiday with its mountains, ravines and volcanoes it has plenty of trails to follow. Over 40% of the island has been declared a World Biosphere Reserve.

There are 128 beaches to enjoy on Gran Canaria and 236 kilometres of coastline.This coast is enjoyed by sailors, surfers, windsurfers, body boarders, divers and sports fishermen, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the warm waters.

Gran Canaria is also the perfect setting for golfers with eight courses on the island.It is not just sport, sea and sand in Gran Canaria which can be enjoyed; it has museums, art galleries, theatres and music and dance festivals. There really is something for everyone to delight in on this beautiful island.

Getting to Gran Canaria is easy, there are regular flights from Bournemouth or London or Bristol. Ryanair have just confirmed a weekly winter flight so there will now be two per week through the winter from Bournemouth. The flying time is approximately 4 ½ hours and there is no time change.

Here at Milford Travel we would be very happy to discuss your trip to Gran Canaria (or anywhere else!), please give us a call on 01590 644899, email enquiries@milford-travel.com or pop in and see us at our shop on the High Street in Milford on Sea.