Gran Canaria: spirited and multifaceted
Endless fun and diversity Gran Canaria is a meld of different natural panoramas: rugged mountain slopes, golden dune landscapes and spectacularly beautiful beaches offering abundant motifs for holiday pictures. The south boasts a multinational restaurant scene and excellent entertainment opportunities, whereas the island capital of Las Palmas in the north-east exudes sunny cosmopolitan charm.
Sun, fun and sights - vibrant Gran Canaria
Bar culture, beach volley ball and bikinis: the south of the island is always in the best of spirits, offering everything from pleasant boarding houses to comfortable hotels and promising fun galore.
Gran Canaria is the second-most visited island of the Canaries. Only Tenerife has more. This is also reflected in the islands excellent tourist infrastructure. Anyone wanting a holiday with a high level of entertainment will love Gran Canaria.
But rest assured: Gran Canaria wouldnt be the diverse place it is without a world beyond the discotheques and sunbathing. Hiking and cycling tours through the wonderful pine forest of Tamadaba, charming villages such as Galdas, Teror or Telde with decorative churches and artfully carved wooden balconies, or caringly restored farms (fincas) in idyllic locations are balm to the soul - far away from the hustle and bustle. The green north of the island, especially, is ideal for a relaxing and revitalising holiday. Serpentine roads and magnificent views: does it get any better than that?
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: party magnet and cultural centre
Las Palmas is inarguably the metropolis of the Canary Islands. And indeed: every aspect of a metropolis can be experienced here, be it the historic Old Town featuring a cathedral, elegant shopping streets and boutiques, or the lively cultural scene offering the entire spectrum from festivals and concerts to galleries, museums and theatres. Why not saunter along the shopping street Calle Mayor de Triana and then soak up the sun in one of the street cafés: thats how to enjoy a holiday!
From sporty to culinary - the diversity of Gran Canaria
Tapas are just as popular on Gran Canaria as on the Spanish mainland; but they taste at least twice as good when savoured with fresh fish and seafood. Add a cool drink and the scent of the sea to the equation and you can look forward to a truly delicious culinary experience.
Active holidaymakers are pampered with the sheer diversity of sports: diving and windsurfing, waterskiing and riding, golf and tennis, mountain biking, squash and volleyball are just some of the many choices.
You will certainly never be bored on Gran Canaria, topped with that priceless feel-good factor - perfect!
Destinations - A to Z
- Cagliari (Sardinia)
- Cape Town
- Funchal (Madeira)
- Gran Canaria
- Heraklion (Crete)
- Maldive Islands
- Marsa Alam
Distance & flight time
- Distance from Zurich: 3005 km
- Time shift: -1h
- Flight time from Zurich: 04:05h
Characteristic Gran Canaria
The marine miracle of the Canary Islands
The marine life of the Canary Islands is magnificently diverse, ranging from bottlenose dolphins to short-finned pilot whales and encompassing more than 26 different marine mammal species. Vast schools of dolphins, pilot whales, sperm whales and blue whales have prompted researchers to demand the creation of a sanctuary zone. The extraordinary biodiversity is due to the interface of the Canary Islands with the tropical, the moderate and the cold areas inhabited by the various species. Experience the marine miracle, visit the Canary Islands!