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Where to stay in Gran Canaria? Best Cities + Hotels

Looking for the best place to stay in Gran Canaria?

Follow the guide, we have tested, listed and detailed for you the best places to stay in Gran Canaria as well as the best accommodation on this island paradise.

Gran Canaria is a superb island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second most populated part of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife.

Its vast size, incomparable landscapes and diverse climate make it a veritable mini-continent. What does Gran Canaria have to offer? Miles of fine sand, a coastline that stretches to infinity, mountains and canyons that are sure to amaze you!

If you’re thinking of spending your next holiday in this fabulous oasis, local accommodation has to be one of your priorities. That’s why we’ve selected our 10 favourite towns to stay in on Gran Canaria.

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Here are the best towns to stay in Gran Canaria, with hotels ranging from upmarket to budget. They all have excellent reviews and are in great locations!

🚨 These hotels are among the most popular so don’t delay in booking. Plus, they offer free cancellation, so don’t worry if you change your mind.

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Where to sleep in Gran Canaria for the first time: Las Palmas

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Looking for the best city to stay in Gran Canaria on your first visit? Las Palmas de Gran Canaria welcomes you in a festive yet relaxed atmosphere for an unforgettable stay in Gran Canaria.

The island’s cosmopolitan capital is renowned for its rich culture and breathtaking views.

There’s nothing more relaxing than strolling through its baroque Spanish squares and urban beaches. Here you can admire magnificent cruise ships and yachts and watch dozens of surfers indulge in their favourite sport.

Best hotels to stay in Las Palmas

Top-of-the-range hotel

Santa Catalina, Royal Hideaway Hotel: This superb 5-star, top-class complex boasts a swimming pool and a rooftop restaurant with breathtaking views over the city of Las Palmas. Access to the wellness centre and spa, as well as the gym, is also available. This is the type of hotel you’ll rarely find these days – make sure you book this perfect getaway! See price and availability.

Best value for money

Occidental Las Palmas ❤️: A great new hotel with modern rooms in a great, central location on the island. See price and availability.

Cheap hotel

Hotel Boutique Bed and chic: A charming little place close to the beach and shops. See price and availability.

Flat

El hogar del viajero: A completely refurbished flat close to supermarkets and shops of all kinds. See price and availability.

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What to do and see in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria?

  • Don’t miss the famous Las Palmas Carnival , during which you can watch the election of the queen
  • Visit the Gothic and neoclassical Santa Ana Cathedral and enjoy a breathtaking view of the whole city from its towers
  • Spend a day on the beach at Las Canteras and La Alcaravaneras
  • Take a stroll through the colonial quarter “Veguetaa UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • At the top of the town, the Las Coloradas district invites you to take a colourful tour.

Where to stay in Gran Canaria to enjoy the beaches: San Agustín

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This beach will take you away from the hustle and bustle of Gran Canaria’s usual tourist circuits, without making you sink into boredom! It’s a paradise that takes you to another dimension, full of adventure and the unexpected.

Miles of fine sand, incredible scenery and sensational views await you in San Augustin.

This is where we recommend you stay during your trip to Gran Canaria!

Top-of-the-range hotel

Santa Catalina, Royal Hideaway Hotel: This superb 5-star, top-class complex boasts a swimming pool and a rooftop restaurant with breathtaking views over the city of Las Palmas. Access to the wellness centre and spa, as well as the gym, is also available. This is the type of hotel you’ll rarely find these days – make sure you book this perfect getaway! See price and availability.

Best value for money

Occidental Las Palmas ❤️: A great new hotel with modern rooms in a great, central location on the island. See price and availability.

Cheap hotel

Hotel Boutique Bed and chic: A charming little place close to the beach and shops. See price and availability.

Flat

El hogar del viajero: A completely refurbished flat close to supermarkets and shops of all kinds. See price and availability.

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  • As everywhere else on the island, you can enjoy all kinds of sports, such as jet-skiing or surfing.
  • If you prefer snorkelling or diving, both activities are available on organised excursions in the open ocean.
  • In the town centre, you can wander through the charming little streets and stretch your legs to clear your head!
  • If you’re a keen shopper, the San Augustin shopping centre is a veritable Ali Baba’s cave where you’ll find some absolutely brilliant gift ideas!
  • Looking to pamper yourself? Then the Thalassotherapy centre on the outskirts of the town is the place for you!

Where to stay in Gran Canaria with your family: Puerto Rico

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One of the most attractive places to stay in Gran Canaria is Puerto Rico . It boasts a superb mountain location and sumptuous views.

How would you like to wake up in the middle of the ocean? Would you like the first sound you hear to be the waves crashing against the rocks? Look no further than Puerto Rico.

Top-of-the-range hotel

Santa Catalina, Royal Hideaway ❤️: This superb 5-star luxury resort boasts a swimming pool and a rooftop restaurant with breathtaking views over Las Palmas. Access to the wellness centre and spa and gym is also available. This is the type of hotel you’ll rarely find these days – make sure you book this perfect getaway! See price and availability.

Best value for money

Occidental Las Palmas: A large new hotel with modern rooms, in a pleasant, central location on the island. See price and availability.

Cheap hotel

Hotel Boutique Bed and chic: A charming little place close to the beach and shops. See price and availability.

Flat

El hogar del viajero: A completely refurbished flat close to supermarkets and shops of all kinds. See price and availability.

🌃 Find other accommodation at the best price

  • If you’re a fan of water activities, there’s diving, kayaking, surfing, jet-skiing, fishing, and much more to choose from!
  • Take a beautiful boat trip and enjoy an unrivalled show put on exclusively by some truly touching dolphins.
  • Don’t miss the artificial beach built in the city centre to bring a little fun to holidaymakers.
  • Discover Puerto Rico’s surroundings by taking part in organised hikes in small groups; it’s much easier to avoid getting lost!
  • Taste exquisite seafood and fish dishes at the El Puerto restaurant!

Arguineguin: where to sleep as a couple in Gran Canaria

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We’re really keen to share with you our enthusiasm for the port town of Arguineguin, to the west of Maspalomas. It’s the perfect place to stay on Gran Canaria.

Looking for accommodation for couples? Arguineguin is the town for you!

Romantic, quiet and superbly well-maintained, it’s full of activities for two and places to visit as a couple!

Top-of-the-range hotel

Santa Catalina, Royal Hideaway hotel: This superb 5-star luxury complex boasts a swimming pool and a rooftop restaurant with breathtaking views over the city of Las Palmas. Access to the wellness centre and spa, as well as the gym, is also available. This is the type of hotel you’ll rarely find these days – make sure you book this perfect getaway! See price and availability.

Best value for money

Occidental Las Palmas ❤️: A great new hotel with modern rooms in a great, central location on the island. See price and availability.

Cheap hotel

Hotel Boutique Bed and chic: A charming little place close to the beach and shops. See price and availability.

Flat

El hogar del viajero: A completely refurbished flat close to supermarkets and shops of all kinds. See price and availability.

🌃 Find other accommodation at the best price

  • As you wander through its little streets by the sea, you’ll come across pretty, all-white houses that are definitely worth a visit!
  • Eat at Ristorante Il Gusto and discover all the secrets of good Spanish cuisine.
  • On Tuesdays, head to Gran Canaria’s largest market, where you’ll discover products full of originality and creativity.
  • Spend a day on the beach at Arguineguin and get some well-deserved rest.
  • Hire a bike from Natural Bike Rent and tour the town with your friends!

Where to stay for all the fun: Maspalomas

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A seaside resort renowned for its vast expanse of coastal dunes, including the Maspalomas Dunes Nature Reserve.

The reserve comprises several ecosystems and is home to numerous species of birds, including plovers, snipes and herons

Maspalomas offers a host of exceptional attractions and activities. It boasts one of the most fabulous coastlines. You’ll love its pleasant climate and wide, welcoming beaches, as well as its luxury residences and Michelin-starred hotels.

Top-of-the-range hotels

Santa Catalina, Royal Hideaway hotel: This superb 5-star, top-class complex boasts a swimming pool and a rooftop restaurant offering breathtaking views over the city of Las Palmas. Access to the wellness centre and spa, as well as the gym, is also available. This is the type of hotel you’ll rarely find these days – make sure you book this perfect getaway! See price and availability.

Best value for money

Occidental Las Palmas ❤️: A large new hotel with modern rooms in a pleasant, central location on the island. See price and availability.

Cheap hotel

Hotel Boutique Bed and chic: A charming little place close to the beach and shops. See price and availability.

Flat

El hogar del viajero: A completely refurbished flat close to supermarkets and shops of all kinds. See price and availability.

🌃 Find other accommodation at the best price

  • Its dunes transport you to another world, as you ride a camel over an immense expanse of blond sand.
  • Sleeping under the stars in the middle of a dream landscape will remain a truly intense memory.
  • Take a jeep tour or a hike in the town’s canyons and awaken the adventurer in you.
  • Further east, discover the Charca de Maspalomas, a body of water that will give you a breath of fresh air in this desert setting.
  • Marvel at the touching sight of migratory birds coming to rest for a while before resuming their journey to the African continent.

Maspalomas is by far one of the most interesting places to stay in Gran Canaria.

Where to party in Gran Canaria: Playa del Inglés

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We strongly recommend that you stay at Playa del Inglés while you’re on Gran Canaria. It’s not a seaside resort, but a true haven of peace where beauty rhymes with tranquillity. No other place could offer you so many treasures and so much fun!

Top-of-the-range hotel

Santa Catalina, Royal Hideaway hotel: This superb 5-star luxury complex boasts a swimming pool and a rooftop restaurant offering breathtaking views over the city of Las Palmas. Access to the wellness centre and spa, as well as the gym, is also available. This is the type of hotel you’ll rarely find these days – make sure you book this perfect getaway! See price and availability.

Best value for money

Occidental Las Palmas ❤️: A great new hotel with modern rooms in a great, central location on the island. See price and availability.

Cheap hotel

Hotel Boutique Bed and chic: A charming little place close to the beach and shops. See price and availability.

Flat

El hogar del viajero: A completely refurbished flat close to supermarkets and shops of all kinds. See price and availability.

🌃 Find other accommodation at the best price

Playa del Inglés is one of Gran Canaria’s most beautiful beaches offering many activities :

  • For sports enthusiasts, the resort offers very pleasant activities, such as surfing paddle boarding , kite-boarding and diving.
  • Treat yourself to a little sea excursion with family or friends and spend some magical moments on board a magnificent boat.
  • Take your loved one for a romantic stroll along the Paseo Costa Canaria and walk hand in hand along the water’s edge.
  • Go shopping at the Yombo Centrum shopping centre or the Kasbah. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for!
  • Eat at a fine restaurant like Segundo Muelle and sample some absolutely divine dishes.

Meloneras

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Whether you’re into swimming, sunbathing or strolling along the beach, Meloneras is the place to be. You’ll love the clear waters of Meloneras beach and its stretches of sand where you can lie back and relax. The shopping centres are full of handcrafted jewellery, and the coastline is superb to admire while sipping a cocktail.

What makes it special is its vibrancy, enhanced by a host of trendy seaside bars and restaurants.

  • Get fit in one of the city’s thalassos
  • Show off your surfing skills
  • Sit out on the terrace of Sea View Meloneras and enjoy some fine local cuisine.
  • Stroll along Boulevard El Faro and discover the city’s trendiest boutiques.
  • Take a cooking class at the Green Point Cooking Academy

Puerto de Mogán

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Like a fishing village, Puerto de Mogán inspires cheerfulness and joie de vivre, which is why it should be added to your list of places to stay in Gran Canaria.

You’ll love the simple, graceful image of its buildings, which add incredible charm to the region’s marina. Its roof terraces and gardens invite you to spend a moment of pure bliss amid an enchanting setting of bougainvillea, palm trees, colourful flowers and absolutely sublime birds.

  • Admire the houses, whose whiteness blends so well with the colours of the shutters to create a picture worthy of the greatest painters.
  • Witness a sumptuous sunset over its marina and enjoy a few moments of romance with your other half.
  • Take a boat trip and test your diving or snorkelling skills; an unbeatable way to learn all about marine life.
  • Take time to see the burnt mill at Ruta Sur and its imposing 7-metre tower .
  • Don’t forget to visit the Puerto de Mogàn flea market to stock up on spices of all kinds.

Agaete

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Why not take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre? We’ve got just the place for you. Located in the north-west of the island, Agaete offers the perfect setting for a life-size history lesson, but also for moments of relaxation and escape.

Here, you can swim to your heart’s content, dine on fish and wine and just sit back and listen to the world go by!

  • We recommend you start your trip at the Nuestra Senora de la Concepción church, dating from 1847, and its tower , renovated several times throughout the 17th century.
  • Find out all you need to know about the Bajada de la Rama festival at the museum next to the church.
  • The orchard of flowers, or Huerto de las Flores in Spanish, is a huge19th-century garden not to be missed in Agaete.
  • Take the time to discover the Maipès necropolis, with its 700 tombs made of volcanic stone.
  • Visit the seaside village of Puerto de las Nieves, with its white and blue houses!

Tejeda

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Steeped in culture, the town of Tejeda is a testament to Gran Canaria‘s generous heritage. Set in the mountains, it’s the perfect place for a rural getaway in the heart of Spain to enjoy the unique scents that are symbols of nature in its untamed state.

When you stay in Tejeda, you’ll experience the beauty, history and civilisation of the people of the Canary Islands!

  • Among the museums we particularly recommend you visit in Tejeda are the Abraham Carenes Sculpture Museum, the Ethnographic Museum and the Bentayga Ecomuseum or Archaeological Park.
  • Explore the town’s archaeological remains, including the Roque Bentayga Rock or Las Cuevas del Rey, meaning Caves of the King in Spanish.
  • At the Degollada de Becerra Interpretation Centre, you can learn more about the local ethnography while enjoying incomparable views of the whole region.
  • The Cruz de Tejeda awaits you for a short, panoramic climb, where you can enjoy an escapade on your own or in company.
  • The 70-metre-high Roque Nublo rock tells the story of the volcanic eruption that took place in this area in the Pleistocene epoch, and is a must-see.

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