Gran Canaria

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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.


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 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.

Best places to stay in Gran Canaria

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.

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  • La Casa de Vegueta

    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.

    3 rooms from $73
    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
  • Hotel Rural Maipez

    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.

    9 rooms from $79
    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
  • Hotel Rural Las Calas

    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.

    6 rooms from $87
    Local exploring
    Country Escape
    Active Holiday
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Hotel Escuela Santa Brigida

    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.

    40 rooms from $101
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  5 mins from Gran Canaria's capital
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Fonda de la Tea

    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.

    11 rooms from $101
    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
  • Hotel el Mondalon

    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.

    10 rooms from $101
    Value chic
    Great walks  -  Wonderful walking on the doorstep
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Finca Las Longueras

    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.

    10 rooms from $118
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Parador Cruz de Tejeda

    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.

    86 rooms from $123
    Country Escape
    Views  -  Wonderful views over the surrounding countryside
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
  • Hotel Santa Catalina

    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.

    202 rooms from $131
    Beach Life
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
  • La Hacienda del Buen Suceso

    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.

    18 rooms from $156
    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
  • Bohemia Suites & Spa

    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.

    67 rooms from $179
    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
  • Grand Hotel Residencia

    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.

    64 rooms from $285
    Spa breaks
    Romantic Break
    Beach Life
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