With botanical gardens for nature-lovers, dolphin-watching for adventurers, and more beaches than you’d be able to visit, there’s something for everyone on the beautiful island of Gran Canaria. Shake away the noise of popular tourist spots with a hike to the island’s tallest mountain, Pico de las Nieves. Or, if you’re a history buff, you won’t want to miss the Museo Canario, packed with artefacts that tell the bloody pre-conquest history of the island.
Most people just love to relax on holiday though, so why is May such a good month for rest and relaxation?
Hotspots for sun seekers
May is the perfect month to visit Gran Canaria if you’re a sun seeker. It’s just at the beginning of the peak season, so prices are often a little lower, but you still get the sizzling hot temperatures. With an average of 20°C, and rainfall standing at a miniscule 1mm throughout the nine hours of sunshine per day, the hotspots for sun seekers really do heat up! So, where should you go?
The majority of tourists like to stay close to the 60km coastline along the south side. The top three for people wanting to catch some rays have to be the Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico. All three of these beaches are very popular due to their long stretches of sand, dozens of shops and restaurants, and clear waters.
If you’d prefer to sunbath in peace though, you can’t beat the calm waters of Mogan, or perhaps you’d prefer the sleepy Arguineguin beach, whose black sandy shores are perfect for fishing.
Whatever dates you pick to visit Gran Canaria, make sure you tie in some of these famous island events:
- Cheese Festival, 1st May – Fiesta del Queso takes place across Guía, Galdár and Montaña Alta in the north of the island. This is a must for lovers of gastronomy, as you’ll be able to stuff yourself with dozens of cheese varieties, not to mention the wine that makes a perfect match.
- Maspalomas Gay Pride, 1st-15th May – From pool parties and live shows to boat excursions, this year’s event is set to be the biggest ever! Organised by a brand new team for 2016, the world-famous parade has over 100,000 participants – make sure you’re one of them!
- Canary Island Day, 30th May – Día de las Canarias is the annual public holiday that celebrates the island’s rich culture. Take part in one of the many public parties, feast on the traditional cuisine of the island, or lay back and relax while you’re serenaded by one of many concerts.
- Corpus Christi, late May/early June: If you’re planning on heading out to the island towards the end of May, you might just catch a glimpse of the colourful carpets of flowers that adorn the streets and squares of Gran Canaria. As a mark of religious and spiritual devotion, this is a truly memorable display and a feast for the eyes.
We hope we’ve convinced you that Gran Canaria is the place to be this May. There are some fantastic last minute deals available right now, so what are you waiting for?