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Gran Canaria Accommodation

The vast majority of tourists who visit Gran Canaria are accommodated in the hundreds of hotels and apartment blocks which line the seafront of the south coast resorts. But this small island has a huge variety of holiday accommodation from luxurious five star hotels to campsites and cheap Spanish pensions.

The biggest concentration of high rise hotels and apartments is in Playa del Ingles, neighbouring Maspalomas and at Puerto Rico. Standards range from one star to five stars, with most package holidaymakers plumping for middle market three and four star hotels.

Hotels geared to the needs of the package holiday market normally provide good on site sports and leisure activities, a full entertainment programme and buffet style meals.

Choose your hotel carefully according to your particular needs some are more child orientated than others (with daytime and early evening kids' clubs and children's swimming pools), some cater more for the young all night clubbers and others are gay friendly.

 

If your hotel is not in or near the centre of the action in Playa del Ingles and night time entertainment is important to you, check what the hotel will be laying on during your stay. Many of the hotels here provide an excellent programme of varied entertainment for children and adults everything from quizzes and karaoke to clubs and cabaret shows.

For such a small island, Gran Canaria has got more than its fair share of five star hotels. So if money's no object, spoil yourself in one of the grander hotels which you'll find in Las Palmas, Maspalomas and Arguineguin (to the west of Playa del Ingles).

The five star Hotel Maspalomas Oasis is right on the water's edge, set in lovely gardens. It truly is an oasis after the frenetic activity of Playa del Ingles just five kilometres away. The hotel has direct access to six kilometres of beach and dunes and special rates for guests to play at the golf course two kilometres away.

There's a large outdoor pool, fringed by lofty palm trees, a separate children's pool and kids' club to keep your youngsters entertained while you enjoy the hotel's superb facilities three restaurants, bars, lounges, boutiques, a hair salon and floodlit tennis courts to name but a few.

There are many first class hotels at the other end of the island in and around the capital, Las Palmas. The stylish Hotel Santa Catalina, for example, offers guests the height of elegance in the centre of the city, near Parque Doramas. The hotel has its own casino and sumptuous facilities including an indoor heated pool with underwater jets for counter current swimming, Turkish and Finnish baths, waterfalls, massage rooms and a 1,300 metre jogging track.

At the other end of the scale you'll find many cheap and cheerful Spanish hostals and family run pensions in Las Palmas and in the other less "touristy" towns and villages. You can pay as little as £12 a night for clean and comfortable accommodation in a more traditional Canarian environment.

If you prefer to stay in the island's unspoilt countryside, away from the main tourist areas, there are several country houses and delightful fincas which have been converted into highly select holiday accommodation. These tend to have only a small number of rooms and have preserved their original Canarian character.

Pepita la de las Flores is a 250 year old traditional Canarian country house located in the Roque Nublo national park in the centre of the island. It's been sensitively restored, maintaining the original structure of stone and wood materials.

There are just two bedrooms which look out over stunning mountain scenery (there's even a waterfall nearby) This is a perfect spot for walkers, climbers, photographers, nature lovers or those simply needing to de stress.

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