Traditional street looking towards mountains in Gran Canaria


Holidays in Gran Canaria


Gran Canaria is fondly described as a ‘continent in miniature’ by its locals and visitors. Whether you jet to this Canarian gem for sun and sea or mountains and hills, you’ll be left with treasured memories! Its varied terrain blesses it with a striking diversity, setting it apart from its sister islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Picture white sandy beaches caressed by turquoise waters, and dramatic mountains rolling into golden sand dunes. Your villa holiday itinerary may include lazy beach days followed by lively nightlife, or active hiking adventures with relaxed evening sunset strolls. Gran Canaria has something for every taste, so dive in below to discover your bliss on this island masterpiece.

Where to stay

A villa holiday is all about having the freedom to create your own idyllic getaway. No rules and restrictions – you call all the shots! There’s no need to rise early and rush to reserve the best sunlounger, the one in the sun or the shade is always free just for you. Swim some relaxing lengths or make a lively splash in your private pool with no other holidaymakers spoiling your joy! Enjoy a creative feast fresh from your villa kitchen or head out to savour the work of talented local chefs.

There’s so much choice for making incredible memories with those you love. And Gran Canaria is the perfect island to enjoy unbeatable weather with plenty to see and do.

Maspalomas sits on the south of the island, and lures holidaymakers with its stunning beaches, waterparks, shops and lively nightlife. Find everything on your doorstep for a fun-filled family adventure, or a thrilling getaway with friends.

Agaete skyline at night, Gran Canaria

Agaete delightfully contrasts Maspalomas in the north, with lush rural lands and cooler climes influencing its laidback nature. Days spent here are relaxed under the warm rays of the sun. The area proudly grows Europe’s only coffee crop, and hosts the islands biggest party, before settling down into its quiet vibe once more. This region is idyllic for those who want a quieter getaway, while still basking in the island’s enviable weather.

San Agustin is the ‘best of both’ – a quiet family resort placed close to the lively Maspalomas and boasting its own stunning sandy beach. Or head to Tauro, where beautiful rural scenery provides an idyllic sunbathing haven by your villa’s private pool.

For keen golfers, Salobre Golf Resort offers a mix of your favourite sport, with endless sunshine, lush courses and tranquil spas for those unwinding moments. Vast beach landscapes sit nearby in Meloneras, so there’s always something to keep the family entertained! Swing yourself into holiday happiness at this stunning southern spot.

What to do


View over beach in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

With more than 80 dazzling shores caressing Gran Canaria, beach hopping here is irresistible! Bustling resorts meet nestled coves. Golden shores merge perfectly into rolling sand dunes. Find your holiday bliss on one of these glistening masterpieces. Sunbathe in endless sunshine, build a creative sculpture in the sand or make a splash in refreshing waters. Beach days are memorable times treasured by all the family – from tots to adults!  The superstar of Gran Canaria is Maspalomas, standing out with its rolling sand dunes, shining golden in the Canarian sun. Three walking routes allow visitors to marvel at this fragile ecosystem. Which Canarian beach will be your highlight?

Hillsides and Mountains

Gran Canaria boasts more than just its incredible beaches. Head inland for mesmerising sights of rising cliffs and magnificent mountains. This is a holiday paradise for hikers and walkers, or even those who simply wish to take in the views. The UNESCO protected Roque Nublo is a natural phenomenon, standing 80m tall. Hikers are treated for their efforts with panoramic views of Tejeda Mountain from high above!

City life

View over Las Palmas and the Cathedral of Santa Ana, Gran Canaria

If you prefer to keep to lower ground, grab a taste of city life at Las Palmas. Its bustling streets are paired with lively squares and atmospheric walkways. Choose to shop ‘til you drop – into the nearest bar! Sip on a cooling drink and savour tasty tapas at popular restaurants. Taking your evening into the early hours is tempting with many bars and clubs offering an unforgettable night out. Or choose an early night for another day of exploring. The iconic site of Catedral de Santa Ana in Vegueta is certainly worthy of making it into your holiday plans!

Fun and games

There’s endless fun and excitement bursting from Gran Canaria’s shores. Waterpark joy awaits at Aqualand, with adrenaline adventures and family fun suiting those with an urge for a thrill or chill! Plummet down Snake Falls, or grab your friends as you journey through Anaconda together. Zip down the Adrenalina for the ultimate magical rush! All that adrenaline buzz can be tiring, so relax on Discovery Beach or meet some of the park’s friendliest residents – the sea lions!

Feel a force of nature with a visit to Palmitos Park, teeming with colourful birds, bright flowers and intriguing marine life. Scuttling through the walkways, spot mammals and reptiles nestled in green vegetation. This promises a day of fun and learning for all ages!

Sea adventures

If you seek a sea thrill, you’ll have plenty of choice in Gran Canaria. Waterskiing, kayaking, wakeboarding and parasailing all form a list of tempting activities. Marine life thrives in the waters here – hop onto a boat for a whale and dolphin watching safari. There’s something truly magical about witnessing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.


Salvador in Maspalomas

Pool and terrace area of Villa Salvador in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

This centrally located villa is an amazing base for a memorable holiday. The bustling promenade at Meloneras is within walking distance. So the best bars, restaurants and shops are right on your doorstep. When you fancy a little down time, enjoy the villa’s beautiful interior with air conditioning and your very own pool.

La Asomadita in Agaete

The rural setting of this blissful base is the perfect spot for your Grand Canarian getaway. Especially if you’re craving some peaceful relaxation away from the crowds. Traditional Spanish influences set the scene, with modern comforts creating your idyllic home from home.

Par 4 Villa 8 on Salobre Golf Resort

Enjoy a round of golf before heading to the spa and gym, with your villa just a few steps away. A clubhouse and supermarket also add to the wonderful amenities nearby. Everything you could need for a memorable holiday are within easy reach at this modern sun-kissed resort. Par 4 Villa 8 is ideal for your Gran Canarian getaway.

Casa El Veril in San Agustin

Al fresco dining and private pool of Casa el Veril in San Agustin, Gran Canaria

For unbeatable sea views from your villa’s doorstep, Casa El Veril is for you! Relax by your pool, make a splash in refreshing waters or sunbathe on golden sands. Maspalomas and Puerto Rico are just a short drive away if you want some lively resort vibes!

Casa Anfi in Tauro

An idyllic villa for those who love a spot of golf with opportunities to explore and take in the local surroundings. This is your home from home with all the familiar comforts you could wish for. A short drive will reveal the popular beach sites of Puerto Rico and Puerto Morgan.

This is just a handful of our wonderful Gran Canarian retreats! With more than 40 villas on this fascinating Canary Island, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding that dream home from home.

Helen Wright

Helen Wright is a Junior Content Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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