Gran Canaria may be on the diminutive side, but it more than makes up for that in terms of its diversity. In fact, locals call it their’ little continent’. Older visitors can relax safe in the knowledge that this is an island that offers all they could wish for in terms of services, meaning that a restful holiday in the sun is just a click away!
Those with a cultural bent will find that Las Palmas ticks all the boxes. This is the island’s capital city, and, because it is less of a classic ‘tourist’ destination, it has retained all of its wonderful character. Packed with apartments and hotels to suit all tastes and budget, Las Palmas boasts several culturally significant sites – including the fragrant Botanical Gardens, the wonderful Columbus Museum and a number of ornately decorated churches. For those hoping to get a taste of the real Gran Canaria as part of a relaxing city break, this is the ideal place to base your stay.
Of course, older travelers may well be looking for an opportunity to let their hair down, and what better place to do that than at Playa del Ingles? This in one of the largest resorts on the island, and while it’s not for the faint-hearted, it does have quiet corners too. The beaches are superb, and if you are hoping to sample a truly laid-back, ‘anything goes’ holiday style, this could be a good bet.
True sun worshippers should make a bee-line for the beautiful resort of Maspalomas. Located at the southernmost tip of the island, this location showcases all that is best about Gran Canaria: the stunning natural landscape, great beaches and a huge variety of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. This area is famed for the breathtaking Dunes of Maspalomas; a stunning series of golden, undulating sand dunes that define this part of the coast. Because it is so far south, you are almost guaranteed fantastic weather all year round at Maspalomas.
Puerto Rico is an extremely popular destination amongst older visitors to Gran Canaria, and is it is well set up with all the facilities you could ever need. Set in a steep valley between town hills, you will be treated to some truly spectacular views across the island form this resort. Puerto Rico is packed with a plethora of entertainment venues, shops, restaurants and bars, and its hotels are some of most renowned on the island. In addition, two of the island’s most celebrated beaches – Peurto Rico beach and Amadores beach are easily reached. The seas are clam and clear on this side of the island, and this is an absolutely ideal place for older holiday–makers to relax and enjoy everything Gran Canaria has to offer.
Those seeking a quieter experience will fund Puerto de Morgan a perfect choice. This picturesque and traditional fishing village positively exudes charm, built around a pretty muddle of cobbled streets that wind their way between classic Canarian whitewashed residences. The restaurants and bars are most friendly family-run affairs, and the resort is free from noisy night spots and high rises.
The bustling resort of Meloneras holds the reputation as being the classiest resort on the island, and for good reason. With its chic hotels and restaurants, casinos and designed boutiques, this is a great place to visit if you really want to pamper yourself. This is a very welcoming destination that is ideal for those seeking a high-end experience in a gorgeous location.
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