Guide to Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

Throughout the winter season of 2016, Pullmantur Cruises will be operating a series of cruises to the Canary Islands – providing a unique opportunity to visit some of Europe’s most beautiful and secluded islands. Sailing on board Horizon, you will be able to visit destinations such as Tenerife, La Palma, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and Gran Canaria – all of which will offer warm temperatures well into December and January.

With this in mind, we thought we would put together a weekly guide to each of the Canary Islands. This week, Pullmantur Cruises takes a closer look at the beaches, landmarks, and culture you may be able to experience during your time in Gran Canaria.


The southern region of Gran Canaria is particularly famous for its beaches. Long stretches of golden sands extend as far as the eye can see – the longest of which are “Playa del Inglés” and “Maspalomas”. Obviously you can relax on the beach or, if you fancy riding the waves, you can try your hand at surfing or scuba diving in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Las Palmas

One of the largest cities in Spain, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria offers a warm climate all year round. It is home to a fantastic urban beach, the Playa de Las Canteras, which is almost 4km in length and is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Those seeking a spot of retail therapy will get the most enjoyment from the Triana pedestrian street, which is surrounded by historical Art Nouveau buildings.


Gran Canaria is regarded as a miniature continent in itself and is renowned for its uncommon sceneries and diverse landscapes. UNESCO awarded the island with a Biosphere Reserve label, which will actively support the conservation of Gran Canaria’s natural features. If you are lucky, you will catch a glimpse of the island’s magical Macaronesian flora - which is able to grow in a secluded area with a distinctive climate. The island is also home to many dramatic cliffs, caves, and a volcanic landscape which will collectively take your breath away.


You may be thinking that Gran Canaria doesn’t have much of a name in the world of gastronomy, but there are many dishes and delicacies that may take you by surprise. Centuries ago, a cheese was developed in a small hamlet in the higher areas of Santa Maria de Guia. It was rarely divulged until recently, when the famous ‘queso de flor’ was stocked in a number of shops. This cheese will make your visit to Gran Canaria truly memorable. Other local dishes include Papas Arrugadas con Mojo (small, salted boiled potatoes with a unique sauce) and Pata Asada (roast leg of pork).

Pullmantur offer all-inclusive cruising all year round. The price of your cruise includes flights, meals, drinks, overseas transfers, and port taxes. All that’s left to do is sit back and relax.

If you would like to find out more about the current range of cruises available, contact Pullmantur Cruises via the freephone number above or complete the online enquiry form.