Gran Canaria hotels have prices for all budgets. It's always a good idea to keep an eye on prices throughout the year, as these vary. Recently, hotels are trying to specialise and offer a bigger variety of services. You can now bring your pet along, as there are hotels who allow dogs and cats, generally small ones. If you want to relax and disconnect, and don’t want to hear the voices of children, there are quite a few hotels for adults only. One of the main parts that I love about Gran Canaria is that there is something here for everyone. There is always somewhere were you will feel comfortable and will offer you, your type of holiday.
I will start at Puerto Mogan. Access to this little town has improved since the recent opening of the extension of the motorway. Many people were put off in the past as after the motorway ended at Puerto Rico the road was a very ‘thrilling’ cliff-side road. Now it’s a speedy 4 minutes from Puerto Rico. Puerto Mogan is a little fishing village that has developed over the years. The area known as ‘Little Venice’ is a purpose built holiday apartment area with waterways, bridges and bouganvilla spilling over balconies. Restaurants are placed along the harbourside and alongside the promenade on the beach. Although the beach is small, it is perfectly formed. It can get busy at the weekends when the locals hit the beaches or on a Friday which is market day. I would say this is a grown ups type resort and less for the party animal although the area is under development and clubs etc are in the planning. Luckily the area is being purpose built so you shouldn’t suffer the boom boom of night time clubs.
Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa, one of the best Gran Canaria hotels in this area, has been awarded the 2013 Travellers' Choice Award by the reviewers of the Tripadvisor website. Click here to read more about the Mogan hotels.
Taurito is next along the coast. Hotels have been built up on the mountainside, looking across to the sea, and down to the man-made lakes of Lago Taurito. These are salt water pools with slides etc. to keep everyone happy. The beach is as pretty as some others along the coast. If you like an all-inclusive hotel type holiday, then this could be the area for you. If you like to see more of the island then maybe this isn’t a great base.
Amadores is next. This is a man-made beach that is very popular with families. Although everything is very quiet in the night time, it can be comfortably busy in the day. Click here to read more about Amadores hotels.
Puerto Rico is a big resort but with a small feeling. It is broken up into 3 areas. One by the beach, for those who like a gentle walk and a good meal. One in the area surrounding the main shopping centre (they are called shopping centres but are really where the bars, clubs and restaurants are based) and one ‘up the top’ around the Europa centre. Puerto Rico, in general, is more karaoke and cheap drinking. It’s a family resort catering for those who like a taste of home whilst in the sun. The sandy beach is gently shelving with a few rocky areas.
Marina Suites, located in Puerto Rico, has been also awarded the Travellers' Choice Tripadvisor Winner this year. It is definitely the best of all the Gran Canaria hotels in this area. Click here to read more about the best Puerto Rico hotels.
Playa del Ingles/Maspalomas: These share the magnificent dunes as their beach but it can be a long walk across the sand carrying your lilo and cool box. But once there you have a long stretch of beach to choose your spot and settle in for the day. Playa del Ingles is known as the party zone and although it has a big Gay following around the Yumbo centre, this does not mean that everyone is not welcome. There is something for everyone if you want a clubbing type of holiday. One of the best adult-only Gran Canaria hotels, the Bohemia Suites & Spa, is located here. Click here to read more about Playa del Ingles hotels.
Maspalomas, & Meloneras are much more genteel. Meloneras and the nearby areas offer the best 5 star Gran Canaria hotels and the surrounding resorts have been built with this type of clientele in mind. An example of this is the Seaside Grand Residencia hotel, which is considered the best hotel in this area. Click here to read more about the best Maspalomas hotels.
Although I jump up to Las Palmas now, there are a few places that others may prefer along the way but they are off the beaten track and that not what I am chatting about today!
Las Palmas is a city and if you like the city type experience then this may be for you. Saying that, I feel its like Bondi beach in Sydney. 3pm and the beach starts to fill up. Everyone is finishing work, coming out of school, or just having a break. The beach is a working beach for the city dwellers, to pass the time, meet up with friends, or just to take time out. The weather isn’t as reliable as in the south so if all you want is sun sun sun, then maybe this isn’t a place for you. But if you do come, then take the time to walk the walk. It’s a good 40 minute stroll, one way and you’ll go from the surfers area, to family areas, to hotel sections and to the fishing boats. Click here to read about Las Palmas hotels.