It is no secret that the Canary Islands are one of the most popular winter sun holiday destinations in Europe. But if the islands are so popular, haven’t they also lost part of their original ‘wow factor’? you may be wondering. Fortunately, the answer is no, and this is mostly due to their fascinating diversity. Over the years, each island has specialised in meeting the needs of a specific type of holidaymaker, from honeymooners to surfers, including families with young children or those interested in nature and adventure sports.
The true meaning of a holiday
There is no doubt about it: holidays are necessary. However, getting away from the monotony of our everyday routine can also become tiresome, especially if you are holidaying abroad. Dealing with language difficulties and with a new culture can become stressful, but this doesn’t have to be the case in Gran Canaria. The island has become a favourite destination for anyone looking to truly enjoy their holidays, as there are several spas and wellness centres that offer a range of innovative treatments so that your wellbeing becomes the focus of your holiday. When it comes to relaxation, nothing is left to chance in these centres. My favourites are located in the towns of Mogan and San Bartolome, where 5-star service and unbeatable views of the ocean are the norm.
A trip to another world
Gran Canaria’s outstanding natural beauty never fails to amaze visitors. The island has been designated a Biosphere Reserve, and simply by travelling 10 miles away from the island’s capital you can be transported into a world of silence and awesome scenery. A day trip to Caldera de Bandama is a must. This volcano crater was formed nearly 2,000 years ago, is 3,000 feet wide and 820 feet deep. Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the island and the vast Atlantic Ocean.
Stay in style
One of the greatest things about Gran Canaria is the possibility to stay away from all-inclusive resorts and treat yourself to something special by staying in a charming country hotel. In Gran Canaria, old haciendas (ranches) have been renovated while preserving their enchanting colonial character. My favourite island hideaway is in Agaete valley, where a 19th century mansion has been converted into a stunning boutique hotel surrounded by lush gardens. There’s an indescribable pleasure in sitting on your room’s balcony every morning and being greeted by the warm sunlight and by the fragrance of orange blossom and jasmine. Another of my favourites is in San Bartolome, where a renovated mill offers accommodation in beautifully decorated rooms and in one of the most peaceful corners of the island.
For these and many other reasons, Gran Canaria is the perfect winter holiday. It is now up to you to discover everything that this wonderful holiday destination has to offer.