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All the guidebooks seem to agree that Gran Canaria is a continent in miniature. The terrain varies from the verdant north, to the dramatic mountain peaks of the interior, to the dry south. And of course the alternating white, sandy coves and dark cliffs of the coastline. It's not just the terrain that's varied, the best places to stay in Gran Canaria have something to offer travellers searching for their own fresh experiences, as well as package holidaymakers.

Highlights of Las Palmas

Capital of the island, Las Palmas is one of the best places to stay on Gran Canaria if you thrive amongst a hive of activity. This lively port city is the seventh largest city in Spain, and it feels like the mainland. But with more North African or Mediterranean colour to it.

The older part of town, Vegueta, is where you'll find all the atmosphere. Declared a World Heritage site in 1990, charming Vegueta has the boutique hotels and fashionable bars and restaurants, as well as some of Gran Canaria's most beautiful architecture. Here Thursdays are 'Tapas Evenings', the busiest night of the week.

Las Palmas is also a good bet if you're interested in visiting the island's museums and major historic sights. They have the Catedral de Santa Ana, the Columbus Museum, the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art, and the Museo Canario, which is all about the Vegueta area.

According to a climate research scientist from the US, Las Palmas also enjoys 'the best climate in the world', with temperatures averaging at 20 degrees even in Winter. If you want the museums, and nightlife, and the weather, and the beach, one of the best places to stay in Gran Canaria is near the 4kms long stretch of clean beach that is Playa de las Canteras.

Teror

Just south of Las Palmas, Teror is the place to go if you want a picturesque base somewhere a bit quieter than Las Palmas, but you still want to be close to the city's major sights. Teror is busy on Sundays, when there's a big commercial market, and everyone comes in to attend the beautiful, neoclassical Basilica de la Virgen del Pino. But the Saturday farmers' market has a much more welcoming feel.

Arucas

Arucas is one of the best places to stay on Gran Canaria if you're looking for somewhere with more of a traditional character. It's in the slower north, so the surrounding countryside is lush, and there are less sights to rush around and visit.

For a rural getaway

  • If you're looking for somewhere small and charming, book the Hotel Rural Las Calas. It's rustic and traditional, and the perfect 'escape to the hills'. With plenty of local mountain trails to explore - on foot, on two weeks, or on horseback - this is one of the best places to stay on Gran Canaria if you're planning a sun-drenched outdoorsy break.
  • Fonda de la Tea is a hikers' haven, situated in the mountains and with breathtaking views. Who needs the beach?

For those on a budget

  • The Hotel de Mondalon is easily one of the best places to stay in Gran Canaria if you're on a budget. Rooms are traditional yet chic and it boasts fitness areas, swimming pool, great restaurant and plenty of family friendly activities.
  • La Casa de Vegueta is a stylish guesthouse close to the beach. But with only three rooms and bargain prices, you'll have to book well in advance!

For the beach

  • Grand Hotel Residencia is our only recommendation on the south of the island. Here you will find five star luxury on the beach front with fantastic sport and spa facilities.
  • Finca Las Longueras is a traditional finca, but only 2km from the beach. Set amid lush green gardens with a pool, and an excellent table d'hote service, this is one of the best places to stay on Gran Canaria who like their beach break to be low key.

Still not sure which hotel to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay on Gran Canaria, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively check our full range of properties in the Canary Islands.

Best Hotels in Gran Canaria

  • Guesthouse Katanka 6 rooms from $63

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    A delightful guesthouse just a short stroll from the beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The simple elegant rooms are appointed with tasteful furniture and mood lighting - a word of warning, not all are ensuite. Perfect launchpad for exploring the city and surrounding coastline. A great value spot.

    Value chic  -  A great value option for exploring Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in style, with chic suites, excellent breakfast and low costs!
    Local markets  -  Browse through the nearby mercado central and pick up a few things to bring home with you!
    Great walks  -  There are loads of lovely walks running through the Parque Romano.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • La Casa de Vegueta 3 rooms from $68

    Las Palmas de Gran Canárias, Gran Canaria

    A gorgeous little guesthouse in Vegueta close to the beach. Romantic rustic rooms have white washed walls and boutique decoration. Lovely inner courtyard, walking distance to the restaurants, and excellent value. A romantic spot for a beach holiday.

    Value chic
    Designer  -  Most of the furniture is designed by a renowned local architect
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Old Town
    Local markets  -  5 mins walk from the Vegueta food market
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  • Hotel Rural Las Calas 6 rooms from $81

    San Mateo, Gran Canaria

    This small and charming rustic hotel has an essence of the classical and the timeless, with ethnic brushstrokes of far-away cultures. It nestles in the heart of the mountains of Gran Canaria. The perfect spot for taking in breathtaking views and outdoor activities.

    Local exploring
    Country Escape
    Contemporary
    Active Holiday
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Hotel Rural Maipez 11 rooms from $82

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Rustic hotel in countryside. Rooms have wooden beam ceilings, living areas, exposed brickwork and big bathrooms. Outdoor pool and gardens. Lovely Canarian cuisine in low-key restaurant. Grown-up, authentic and good value.

    Romantic Break  -  Rustic romance inside, with a blue slip of pool on the grass, surrounded by quiet countryside and beaches
    Great walks  -  Canario Viera y Clavijo Botanical Garden is a 20-minute walk away
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Hotel Escuela Santa Brigida 40 rooms from $94

    Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

    A rural hotel close to natural parks and golf courses. Attractive traditional interiors have antique decorations and serene spaces. Bedrooms have all the mod cons and lilac hues. Beautiful garden, pool, and excellent restaurant. A great choice for peaceful relaxation and local exploring.

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  5 mins from Gran Canaria's capital
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • Fonda de la Tea 11 rooms from $94

    Tejeda, Gran Canaria

    A hiker's haven set in the mountains with stunning valley views. Charming traditional rooms and one villa (sleeps 4) with private balconies. Gorgeous terraces, swimming pool, local restaurant, and plenty of outdoor pursuits and quaint mountain villages to explore. Ideal for families.

    Views  -  Stunning valley views.
    Families  -  One house sleeps 4.
    Great walks  -  Explore the wonderful walking in the volcanic heart of the island
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Bed & Chic Las Palmas 23 rooms from $94

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Bed & Chic Las Palmas is an excellent hotel in the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria brimming with style and elegance. The rooms are sleek and spacious with tasteful furnishings and deluxe private bathrooms. Wander down to the famous Las Canteras beach or relax on the rooftop with a cocktail.

    Value chic  -  A great value hotel offering chic rooms in a trendy area of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, just five minutes from the beach!
    Local markets  -  Browse the nearby Mercado del Puerto and pick up some souvenirs to bring home with you.
    Great walks  -  Beautiful walking along the long, sandy Las Canteras beach.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Hotel el Mondalon 10 rooms from $94

    Los Hoyos, Gran Canaria

    A traditional finca near a natural park with fantastic facilities. Traditional chic rooms, pretty gardens and pool, excellent restaurant, fitness areas, spa therapies, and lots of family oriented activities. A great value spot for families.

    Value chic
    Great walks  -  Wonderful walking on the doorstep
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Casa Mozart 5 rooms from $103

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    A charming little hotel set in a typical 20th century Canarian house. The rooms carry an understated elegance, with simple furnishings and tasteful decor. Take a day trip to the fascinating prehistoric Cueva Pintada Archaeological Site or simply relax on the beach. A great low-cost option.

    Value chic  -  This chic historic property is excellent value for money, with a lovely roof terrace and garden, right on the beach.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the fascinating Cueva Pintada Archaeological Site nearby.
    Great walks  -  Go for a beautiful walk near the Bufadero de la Garita.
    Full of character
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  • Finca Las Longueras 10 rooms from $110

    Agaete, Gran Canaria

    A traditional finca in a rural setting, but close to the beach. A gorgeous red country house with old fashioned, but elegant rooms. Lush green gardens, pool, and an excellent table d'hote. Great value and family friendly.

    Great walks  -  Great walking on the doorstep for all abilities.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Parador Cruz de Tejeda 86 rooms from $115

    Tejeda, Gran Canaria

    A large hotel surrounded by nature, mountainous ranges, and valley views. Large traditional chic bedrooms and suites with stunning views from private balconies. Excellent restaurants, bar, swimming pool, spa, and verdant gardens. A fabulous back to nature experience with excellent facilities.

    Country Escape
    Views  -  Wonderful views over the surrounding countryside
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
    Spa
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  • La Hacienda del Buen Suceso 18 rooms from $145

    Gran Canaria

    Quiet hacienda amongst banana plantation. Elegant rooms have shuttered windows, beamed ceilings, pretty wallpapers and big bathrooms. Outdoor pool, sun terrace, wrap-around verandah, gym and jacuzzi. Fresh, traditional cuisine in converted barn restaurant. Pretty, authentic, outstanding views.

    Hideaway  -  Set amongst 50 hectares of banana trees, enjoy the sunset from a wicker seat, a stroll to the beach or a pool dip
    Great walks  -  Meander through the plantation grounds
    Sights nearby  -  Mansion of the Marquesa de Arucas
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Bohemia Suites & Spa 67 rooms from $170

    Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria

    Set against the back drop of Gran Canaria's rugged landscape, surrounded by the Maspalomas sand dunes and overlooking the ocean, Bohemia is a modern, adults only oasis enveloped by nature. Earthy coloured, olive wood rooms & views from private balconies. Plus a spa, two restaurants, bar and pool.

    Great walks  -  The rugged landscapes are a haven for hikers. From day trips to overnight stays there is something for every ability.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children are not permitted in this hotel.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
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  • Hotel Rural Las Tirajanas 60 rooms from $157

    San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria

    A charming hilltop hotel with stunning views out over the Gran Canarian valleys. The characterful rooms are littered with antiques and quaint touches. The restaurant serves local specialities and boasts amazing views. Bicycles and cars are available to rent for day trips. A hillside gem.

    Total relaxation  -  Perfect for a relaxing break, set on a tranquil mountain side, with spectacular views and a deluxe spa.
    Local exploring  -  A great base for exploring San Bartolomé de Tirajana and the surrounding mountains.
    Sights nearby  -  Rent a bike and visit the fantastic Maspalomas Dunes, not far from the hotel.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the beautiful walking in Palmitos Park.
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  • Hotel Santa Catalina 202 rooms from $177

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    A fantastic beach resort with excellent facilities. Rooms and suites simple in style with all the mod cons and sea views from balconies. Restaurants, swimming pools, spa, gardens and access to the beach. An excellent choice for families, beach goers, or weddings.

    Families
    Weddings
    Beach Life
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
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  • Grand Hotel Residencia 64 rooms from $265

    Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

    A beautiful Five Star hotel on the beach front and close to the golf course. Romantic chic bedrooms and suites with four poster beds, soft linens and private balconies. Fantastic sporting and spa facilities; tennis courts, high tech gym, swimming pools. Excellent restaurants and beaches.

    Honeymoons
    Spa breaks
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Beach Life
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  • Lopesan Villa Del Conde Resort 561 rooms from $345

    Las Meloneras, Gran Canaria

    A magnificent seaside resort exuding an effortless aura of style and class. Luxury at every turn with highlights including it's Basque-French restaurant, extensive spa and lively music venue. Relax by the one of lagoon pools or explore the surrounding coastline. Five-star excellence.

    Families  -  Perfect for a family holiday, with a kids club, playground, large suites, as well as an extensive spa for mum and dad.
    Beach Life  -  Right on the beach, with plenty of spots to splash around, and access to all kinds of watersports.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Maspalomas Lighthouse a fascinating sight steeped in island history.
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
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