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Gran Canaria - Enjoy sun-drenched island life

Huge rolling dunes dominate Gran Canaria’s popular southern coastline. The shelving sands create the perfect environment for safe family fun, and bubbly beach-front bars appeal to visitors of all ages. Experience the big city bustle of the capital Las Palmas and its sophisticated shopping, soak up the sun on endless sandy beaches, indulge in some watersports or tour this tiny, delightful island at your leisure.

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Salobre Golf Resort

Salobre Golf Resort is located in a wonderful position in the south of Gran Canaria, surrounded by volcanic landscapes of rock and cacti; miles of golden beaches can be found at Maspalomas, while the closer beach and facilities of Meloneras can be found just a short drive from the resort. Amid all this are the sweeping green fairways of the Salobre golf course, where you can enjoy rounds of golf under the all-year-round sunshine. Alternatively, why not simply spend a few hours relaxing in the resort spa, taking time to unwind with one of the wonderful treatments or massages. All the activities on offer at this fantastic resort are perfectly designed to ensure you return home both relaxed and revitalised.

  • 30mins fromLas Palmas


Set beside the dunes of the island’s Natural Park, as well as a beautiful lagoon, Maspalomas offers the ideal location for relaxation. A paradise for beach lovers and families, here you’ll find a variety of holiday entertainment including two huge water parks, shops, glittering nightlife and even camel safaris across the dunes. The resort is also host to prestigious 18 hole golf course.

  • 50mins fromLas Palmas

San Agustin

San Agustin is a lovely, laid back, quieter beach resort, perfectly situated right in-between the popular Maspalomas sand dunes and the vibrant nightlife of Playa del ingles. It’s a small and quaint resort with a beautiful sandy beach known for its calmer waters and less crowded sands. There are a few good restaurants close to the bay that provide a nice dining atmosphere with some great local seafood to choose from too. If you are looking to escape the crowds and experience a slower pace of the Canary life, yet still be within close proximity to all that Gran Canaria has to offer in the south of the Island then San Agustin is for you!

  • 40mins fromLas Palmas


Surrounded by mountainous scenery, the popular residential development of Tauro offers the ideal place to sunbathe and swim in your own villa pool. A local mini-market, restaurant and bar can be found together in the development, and the bustling resort of Puerto Rico can be reached within a 10 minute drive. The popular sandy beach of Amadores can be reached within a few minutes drive and offers a selection of facilites. Anfi Tauro’s 18 hole golf course is on your doorstep and definitely worth a visit, with some amenities accessible within its Hotel, while the popular fishing port of Puerto de Mogán is just a 20 minute drive away. At Puerto de Mogán you’ll find a beautiful boating marina, lots of sailing and watersports, and charming waterfront eateries for you to enjoy.

  • 35mins fromLas Palmas


The quaint town of Agate is situated on Gran Canaria’s North-West coast, surrounded with magnificent unspoiled landscape and dramatic volcanic backdrops, close to the natural park of Tamadaba. The town centre offers historical buildings, botanical gardens and a few amenities, but the main tourist hub, can be found at Puerto de Las Nieves. Here, you will find a little fishing port beside the black sand beach and pretty little white washed buildings with local restaurants and cafes where you can sample the fresh fish and other regional specialities.The Marina is host to a regular ferry service operating from the port to Tenerife and the trip takes just one hour.

  • 50mins fromLas Palmas

Your Gran Canaria Villa holiday

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Outdoor pursuits in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria caters well for villa holiday visitors with numerous sport and leisure activities. Golf on the island is popular and you can enjoy a round at either the Salobre Golf Resort or at the Anfi Golf. Take a big game fishing trip, or go cruising around the coast on a glass bottom boat – stopping off for a swim or snorkel or before you reach the shore. Whale and dolphin watching are also popular activities along Gran Canaria’s coast. Why not explore the island’s mountainous region on foot on a guided nature trail, or traverse the dunes on a guided camel tour.

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On the beach in Gran Canaria

With beaches to suit all tastes, Gran Canaria is an oasis of sun-drenched, golden sand. Most beaches are found in the south of the Island, where the climate is warm and dry all year round. In the larger villa holiday resorts you’ll find soft, fine sand, fantastic water sports and beachside facilities. At Maspalomas in particular the beaches offer endless expanses of white sand and sparkling seas, while beaches located close to our villas, ‘Meloneras’ for Salobre Golf and ‘Amadores’ for all Tauro villas, are ideal for anyone wanting to enjoy a day at the beach to relax in the year-round Canarian sunshine. Once you have rounded the southern west corner, the Gran Canaria coastline becomes rocky and lined with secluded bays offering spectacular views.

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Hints of history in Gran Canaria

There are numerous cultural scenes in Gran Canaria’s architecturally rich capital Las Palmas. The historic cobblestone streets lead to the Gothic neo-classical cathedral; Columbus House, and the Canary Island Museum with its exhibitions of pre-Spanish inhabitants of the island. Smaller towns such as Telde and Teror typify the colonial past, and many old villages can be found scattered throughout the island - famous today for their crafts and embroidery. Gran Canaria boasts several religious and historical centres, housing a wide array of artefacts depicting Canary Island life over the ages.

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Retail therapy in Gran Canaria

Las Palmas is without doubt Gran Canaria’s largest commercial centre. All the major retail chain and franchise stores can be found in this cosmopolitan city centre. Local markets sell fresh produce, linen, leather and handcrafted goods such as wicker baskets. For quality souvenirs made on Gran Canaria look out for FEDAC shops – public-funded outlets where local artists sell their wares. Gift shops and boutiques are plentiful throughout the island and many goods are duty free. Cigars from the Canary Islands are also world famous.

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Not to be missed...

  • Visit the Dunes of Maspalomas for private sun worshipping or to have a real desert experience.
  • Take a boat trip to Puerto de Mogán - and have lunch at the charming marina on the south-west coast.
  • Spend a day in the capital, Las Palmas – great for shopping, head for the historic Vegueta area for delightful squares, the cathedral and fascinating museums.
  • Take a guided walk along the ‘Caminos Reales’, the well-maintained paths in the mountainous centre of the island.
  • Look and listen for dolphins and whales in a glass bottom boat with underwater microphones.
  • Try the fantastic Golf Course at the popular Salobre golf resort. This is a challenging, 36-hole course designed by Roland Faure and Ron Kirby.
  • Visit the Palmitos Park, a lovely wildlife park where you can watch birds and dolphin shows.
  • Take a trip to the Botanical Gardens, dotted with magical pathways, and unusual features that will let you enjoy a great day outdoors with your children.

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