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Gran Canaria Guide

If you want to find out about Gran Canaria, your first stop should be our (Tourist) Guide. Gran Canaria is the perfect island on which to spend your holiday. A multi-faceted destination, you can enjoy many features you normally wouldn't find in such a small area.

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We've got thousands of professional Gran Canaria photos for you to enjoy, from nature to nightlife, accommodation to beaches and excursions.

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Looking for that special place to make your holiday even more perfect? We've got them all in our "Agora", a luxury version of the Yellow Pages. All organisations or businesses that are related to Gran Canaria are listed on our Agora, with interactive maps, photos, videos and of course contact details. You can immediately see what other people thought of them too.

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Lots of volunteers are helping out to answer any question you might have related to your holiday on Gran Canaria. Or maybe you're planning to live on Gran Canaria? Check our forum out!

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Gran Canaria Accommodation

Soon we'll open up our Accommodation section, where you'll be able to book hotels, apartments, villas and rural accommodation straight from the owners for the best prices. Until then, just visit our Directory's Accommodation part.

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If you've got something to sell or if you're renting out property or so, just go straight to our Classified Ads. It's completely free to place your ad. And obviously, if you're looking for a bargain, a second hand turbo drill running on sunflower oil, it's your place too!

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Gran Canaria Weather

Gran Canaria enjoys the world's best climate. As one of the seven islands of Eternal Spring, it's almost never too hot or too cold on Gran Canaria. With an average temperature of 24º Celcius, you can be sure to enjoy being outside, no matter what season.

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Stay updated on what's happening on Gran Canaria. We pick the important news stories and place them on our site in English. Not just the tourism related stories, as well stories that are interesting for residents. If you like Gran Canaria, you just might want to know what's keeping people on the island busy.

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Gran Canaria: The Weather In December
Gran Canaria at 11.00 AM on December 6th 2012

Gran Canaria gets an average of eight hours of sunshine per day in December. You can sit on the beach or by the pool and feel hot without any worries.
Day temperatures range between 22 and 28 degrees Celsius, dropping to about 18 at night. Bring a fleece or a jumper if you plan to eat out in the evenings. Somehow 18 degrees C feels chilly in Gran Canaria, especially if your skin is warm from the sun.

Spend a day in Gran Canaria's mountains or Cumbres and temperatures can vary between 0 and 30 degrees Celsius. If you plan to explore Gran Canaria in December then bring warm clothes: It can even snow at the very top of the island in December.

It does rain in Gran Canaria during the winter and you can expect a couple of days of cloudy or wet weather during a two week visit in December. Rain normally rolls in for a couple of days and then blows over. See this Sunshine post for
info about what to do in Gran Canaria when it rains.

Gran Canaria is an excellent place to come for winter sunshine. Along with the other Canary Islands, it is the only place in Europe where you are almost guaranteed
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Anfi Beach in Gran Canaria is a Caribbean-style family beach
Anfi Beach: A slice of the Caribbean in Gran Canaria 

Twenty five years ago Anfi Beach and resort was a hillside by the sea. Then a Norwegian entrepreneur and billionaire called Björn Lyng went past on a boat and said, "I'm going to turn that into a huge resort with a Caribbean beach".

"Really?" said everyone else!

"Yes!", said Lyng. And he did!

He
 literally moved a mountain in order to make his vision a reality. Lyng cared so much about his resort that he rejected the first delivery of sand for not being white enough. His perfect Caribbean beach is now open to everybody and it's a great place to spend a day.


Anfi today is a stunning beach fringed with coconut palms. Next door is a tropical garden built on an island made from the rocks from the original hill. Anfi also has a pretty marina and plenty of shops and restaurants. While Anfi Beach doesn't have the sweeping views of Maspalomas or the wild charm of Güi Güi, it's the perfect family beach, with lifeguards and warm, calm waters. You can do anything at Anfi, from renting a giant pedalo shaped like a sawn, to eating pizza on the sand.

While on the
 beach you can see Lyng's huge and very attractive time share complex (they prefer vacation membership group these days) behind you. Don't worry though, you never get pestered by sales people at Anfi. 

If you want a tour of the complex, approach one of the Anfi salespeople in Playa del Inglés. You'll get a free taxi to Anfi Beach, a hard-sell tour and, in exchange, use of their pools for the day and a couple of free park tickets. Careful though, their sales people are good and you could end up with a time share week that you never even knew you wanted!

Anfi Beach is on the coast road between Maspalomas and Puerto Rico. Most buses to and from Puerto Rico stop by the resort and there is plenty of parking. From the car park or the bus stop, walk down the winding road to the beach.

Like this post? Click below for more Gran Canaria beach guides:

A Guide to Las Palmas' Beaches
Puerto de las Nieves: A Pebble Beach with Great Seafood
Gran Canaria's Top Twenty Beaches

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Gran Canaria Beaches: Tropical Anfi Beach
Anfi Beach: A slice of the Caribbean in Gran Canaria 

Twenty five years ago Anfi Beach and resort was a hillside by the sea. Then a Norwegian entrepreneur and billionaire called Björn Lyng went past on a boat and said, "I'm going to turn that into a huge resort with a Caribbean beach".
"Really?" said everyone else!
"Yes!", said Lyng. And he did!
He
 literally moved a mountain in order to make his vision a reality. Lyng cared so much about his resort that he rejected the first delivery of sand for not being white enough. His perfect Caribbean beach is now open to everybody and it's a great place to spend a day.



Anfi today is a stunning beach fringed with coconut palms. Next door is a tropical garden built on an island made from the rocks from the original hill. Anfi also has a pretty marina and plenty of shops and restaurants. While Anfi Beach doesn't have the sweeping views of Maspalomas or the wild charm of Güi Güi, it's the perfect family beach, with lifeguards and warm, calm waters. You can do anything at Anfi, from renting a giant pedalo shaped like a sawn, to eating pizza on the sand.
While on the
 beach you can see Lyng's huge and very attractive time share complex (they prefer vacation membership group these days) behind you. Don't worry though, you never get pestered by sales people at Anfi. 

If you want a tour of the complex, approach one of the Anfi salespeople in Playa del Inglés. You'll get a free taxi to Anfi Beach, a hard-sell tour and, in exchange, use of their pools for the day and a couple of free park tickets. Careful though, their sales people are good and you could end up with a time share week that you never even knew you wanted!

Anfi is on the coast road between Maspalomas and Puerto Rico. Most buses to and from Puerto Rico stop by the resort and there is plenty of parking. From the car park or the bus stop, walk down the winding road to the beach.

Anfi Beach is one of the best family beaches in Gran Canaria.
Like this post? Click below for more Gran Canaria beach guides:
A Guide to Las Palmas' Beaches
Puerto de las Nieves: A Pebble Beach with Great Seafood
Gran Canaria's Top Twenty Beaches


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Maspalomas nudist beach is the busiest nude beach in Europe
The Maspalomas nudist beach
There is only one place in Europe where thousands of people gather every day to lounge around naked in the sunshine: Maspalomas Beach in Gran Canaria, Europe's unofficial nudist capital and the heart of the Gran Canaria nude scene.

Maspalomas beach is vast: stretching from the Maspalomas lighthouse to the end of Playa del Inglés resort. The golden-sand beach is over six kilometres long and two kilometres wide, if you include the sand dunes. This means that there is plenty of room for everyone on the sand, nude or clothed. Both ends are topless beaches (like all Gran Canaria beaches) but not nudist.



The nudist part of Maspalomas beach is right in the middle, in front of the big sand dunes. You can walk to it in about 15 minutes from either end and it is signposted. Not that you need signs to spot it!

Most nudists gather around the beach bars: Their staff have one of the most surreal jobs on the island as nobody covers up when they feel like an ice lolly. Shy people and newbies head back from the sea and hide behind a dune until they get used to the freedom.

The LGBT nudist area on Maspalomas beach is easy to find as its beach hut flies a big rainbow flag. It blends into the main nudist area pretty seamlessly. The main difference is that the sunglasses tend to be more stylish closer to the flag.



Maspalomas beach in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria and Nudist Tourism

Nudism is a big draw for Gran Canaria but you would never guess it from the tourist brochures. We are still coy about advertising our island as a place to come and even out the tan: Gran Canaria's position as a top nudist destination is 100% due to word-of-mouth.

We've noticed from our website and blog traffic that nudism is a popular search term for people considering a holiday in Gran Canaria. Lots of people obviously like the idea of an all over tan but have never tried it.

There are seven million active nudists in Germany and even one in seven Brits admits to going naked on the sand. That's a huge market for a tourist destination like Gran Canaria. Nudism seems to be getting more popular and lots of hotels now have nude sunbathing areas.

Gran Canaria is big enough to accommodate all kinds of tourists. It's a huge couple's destination but also hosts an exuberant Gay Pride Festival every May. The island's laid back atmosphere and tolerance is one of its biggest attractions. We should make more of it!



Maspalomas dunes and beach, the perfect place for a beach and nudist festival
Let's have a Maspalomas party
What About A Festival?

Imagine a week-long festival of beach culture on the best beach in the Canary Islands: Beach volleyball, chilled-out music, cocktails, fire twirling, sand sculptures, a big market along the Meloneras promenade, etc. A laid-back celebration of everything that makes our beaches and island so popular.

As part of the festival, what about a series of nudist events such as a nude fun-swim and a mass nude photograph in the dunes. How about some very retro naked volleyball?

A beach festival with nude activities in Maspalomas would be a guaranteed success as the beach is already full of people every day. At the very least, sales of sun cream and cold drinks would rocket for a few days!

What do you think? Would you come to Gran Canaria for a beach festival? And would you take part in nudist events like a swim or a photo? With or without a festival, we might organize a mass nude photograph in 2013, just for fun! See you there!

Like this post? Read these for more information on Gran Canaria's nudist scene:

Gran Canaria's best nudist beaches
Gran Canaria's top twenty beaches

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Maspalomas Beach: Europe's Nudist Capital
The Maspalomas nudist beach
There is only one place in Europe where thousands of people gather every day to lounge around naked in the sunshine: Maspalomas Beach in Gran Canaria, Europe's unofficial nudist capital and the heart of the Gran Canaria nude scene.
Maspalomas beach is vast: stretching from the Maspalomas lighthouse to the end of Playa del Inglés resort. The golden-sand beach is over six kilometres long and two kilometres wide, if you include the sand dunes. This means that there is plenty of room for everyone on the sand, nude or clothed. Both ends are topless beaches (like all Gran Canaria beaches) but not nudist.


The nudist part of Maspalomas beach is right in the middle, in front of the big sand dunes. You can walk to it in about 15 minutes from either end and it is signposted. Not that you need signs to spot it!
Most nudists gather around the beach bars: Their staff have one of the most surreal jobs on the island as nobody covers up when they feel like an ice lolly. Shy people and newbies head back from the sea and hide behind a dune until they get used to the freedom.
The LGBT nudist area on Maspalomas beach is easy to find as its beach hut flies a big rainbow flag. It blends into the main nudist area pretty seamlessly. The main difference is that the sunglasses tend to be more stylish closer to the flag.



Maspalomas Beach: Europe's Nudist Capital
Maspalomas beach in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria and Nudist Tourism
Nudism is a big draw for Gran Canaria but you would never guess it from the tourist brochures. We are still coy about advertising our island as a place to come and even out the tan: Gran Canaria's position as a top nudist destination is 100% due to word-of-mouth.
We've noticed from our website and blog traffic that nudism is a popular search term for people considering a holiday in Gran Canaria. Lots of people obviously like the idea of an all over tan but have never tried it.
There are seven million active nudists in Germany and even one in seven Brits admits to going naked on the sand. That's a huge market for a tourist destination like Gran Canaria. Nudism seems to be getting more popular and lots of hotels now have nude sunbathing areas.
Gran Canaria is big enough to accommodate all kinds of tourists. It's a huge couple's destination but also hosts an exuberant Gay Pride Festival every May. The island's laid back atmosphere and tolerance is one of its biggest attractions. We should make more of it!



Maspalomas Beach: Europe's Nudist Capital
Let's have a Maspalomas party
What About A Festival?
Imagine a week-long festival of beach culture on the best beach in the Canary Islands: Beach volleyball, chilled-out music, cocktails, fire twirling, sand sculptures, a big market along the Meloneras promenade, etc. A laid-back celebration of everything that makes our beaches and island so popular.
As part of the festival, what about a series of nudist events such as a nude fun-swim and a mass nude photograph in the dunes. How about some very retro naked volleyball?
A beach festival with nude activities in Maspalomas would be a guaranteed success as the beach is already full of people every day. At the very least, sales of sun cream and cold drinks would rocket for a few days!
What do you think? Would you come to Gran Canaria for a beach festival? And would you take part in nudist events like a swim or a photo? With or without a festival, we might organize a mass nude photograph in 2013, just for fun! See you there!
Like this post? Read these for more information on Gran Canaria's nudist scene:
Gran Canaria's best nudist beaches
Gran Canaria's top twenty beaches
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Maspalomas Beach in Gran Canaria is one of Europe's best
Gran Canaria's Maspalomas Beach: One of Europe's Best!

Gran Canaria and Tenerife are the two biggest tourist destinations in the Canary Islands. Since most visitors choose one island for their holidays, which is better, Gran Canaria or Tenerife?

Both islands get great weather all year round and are the same distance from Europe. We live in Gran Canaria and love the island, but Tenerife is a cracking destination as well.  Here's what we think:



The Beaches

The beaches are why you guys head to the Canary Islands so let's have a look at what the two islands offer:

We think Gran Canaria has the edge because of its natural sandy beaches: Between the golden beach and dunes at Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés, and the stunning Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria has two of Europe's best beaches. Tenerife has beautiful natural stretches of sand, such as El Medano, La Tejita and Playa Jardín, but they are not on the same scale.

When it comes to artificial beaches both Gran Canaria and Tenerife have some crackers. Las Teresitas in Tenerife is beautiful, as are Playa de las Americas, Playa del Duque and Fañabé. On Gran Canaria you have Anfi, Amadores and Mogan, all pretty beaches close to the resorts. Again, Gran Canaria has the edge, in our slightly biased opinion, due to its number and range of beaches.

Both Tenerife and Gran Canaria have excellent little beaches that rarely get any tourists. The best beaches on both islands are often the little ones at the mouth of quiet barrancos. You get the sun and the sea all to yourself! Overall, we give the beach crown to Gran Canaria.


Somehow, Tenerife's restaurants are slightly better than Gran Canaria's
Tenerife takes the food and drink prize
Food and Drink

Tenerife just seems to do food better than Gran Canaria. From its little Guachinche restaurants in the hills to its quality resort restaurants, Tenerife is a cut above. There are plenty of good places to eat in Gran Canaria, especially in small towns and in the capital Las Palmas, but Tenerife still has the edge: We think it is because is more popular with French and Italian visitors and residents.

Tenerife's Dorada beer is slightly nicer than Gran Canaria's Tropical (hope nobody from Gran Canaria is reading this ;-D), even though both brews are made by South Africa's SAB Miller brewery. Gran Canaria's Arehucas rum is the Canary Islands' most popular spirit.

With Tenerife's beer topping Tropical and Arehucas carrying the spirits category we have to give the overall food and drink prize to Tenerife. 

In a battle of landscapes, Tenerife and Gran Canaria come out even
Tenerife's stunning Teide volcano
Photo: Peter Njenhuis
Landscapes and Nature

Tenerife has a 3,718 metre volcano and you can't argue with that: The Las Cañadas national park is unique in Europe and Teide is a stunning peak. The far north of Tenerife is rugged and spectacular and its laurel and pine forests are pristine.

Gran Canaria on the other hand has its spectacular ravines or barrancos and gorgeous pine forests, as well as the sheers cliffs of the west coast. Both islands have a huge range of outdoor sporting options such as cycling, diving and hiking. In the battle of landscapes, we think both islands come out equal.

Nightlife and Fun

Tenerife's Playa de Las Americas is the liveliest resort in the Canary Islands and beats Playa del Inglés in Gran Canaria. The famous Veronica Strip is where the young-uns head for fun after sunset. Where Gran Canaria wins out is in its local night-life: Las Palmas'  bars and clubs are full most nights of the week and Santa Cruz just doesn't have the same energy. While La Laguna has a fantastic university scene, we think that Las Palmas' is better thanks to its size and diversity. With Tenerife taking the resort crown and Gran Canaria the local one, its another draw.

So which island is better, Gran Canaria or Tenerife? It's a tough call as both islands have world-class highlights, but we have to give the overall prize to Gran Canaria. But then we would: If we liked Tenerife more we would move there! 

What do you think? Have we been fair? Or have we missed something that pushes Tenerife into the top spot? Let us know in a comment, or visit our Gran Canaria Facebook page.

Like this post? Try these other Sunshine posts:

Gran Canaria: The Perfect Conference Destination
Gran Canaria's Top Twenty Beaches

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