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Holidays / August 12, 2018

The Canary Islands have been a popular holiday destination for holiday flights for decades and with an abundance of beautiful beaches, a warm and favourable climate, gorgeous landscape, and a rich history, it comes as no surprise. The island of Gran Canaria is the second most populated island in the Canary Island archipelago and one of the most heavily visited. Each year around 2.2 million holiday travellers take flights and sail to the island, with most choosing the south for its warm and sunny weather. Create the perfect holidays on this gorgeous island of sand, fantastic shopping, great nightlife, and delicious food and drink. Whether travelling solo or with the whole family, everyone is sure to find just what they are looking for on Gran Canaria.

An island rich in history

Gran Canaria's earliest population most likely came from North Africa, which lies a mere 150 kilometres away. Experts believe the island was colonised as early as 500 B.C. In the late 15th century, the Crown of Castile officially annexed Gran Canaria, and the capital city of Las Palmas was established in 1478. In 1492, the famous Christopher Columbus stayed in Las Palmas before setting sail to discover the Americas, which established the island as a stopover port and important shipping port. Trade and shipping have always been important to the economy of Gran Canaria, though tourism has since taken over as the top industry. For those who want to delve deeper into the history of Gran Canaria while on holiday, there are a number of fascinating museums that the island offers. For example:

-Casa-Museo de Colón: This stunning museum is worth a visit just to view its exterior; it is a gorgeous example of architecture typical to the region with heavy wood balconies, silver decorations, built-in patios, and a garden of palm trees, fountains, and parrots. The museum consists of four sections that focus on accounts of the famous Columbus’ voyages, the role the Canary Islands played in the birth of transatlantic shipping, America before Columbus, and the history of the capital city Las Palmas. Works by Canarian artists are also on display.

-Museo Canario. Explore the ancient culture of the Canary Islands in this museum that displays the origins and history of the Canary Islands. It was founded in the late 19th century and exhibits an impressive collection of archaeological items dating back to times before the Spanish colonization of the late 15th century. The museum also boasts a large library that is open to the public. Not to be missed is the collection of over 2, 000 prehistoric skulls, all found on the islands. The museum has also got an impressive store with a great collection of books and souvenirs.

Gorgeous sand and crystal clear waters: Gran Canaria is a prime destination for beach lovers! Perhaps the most compelling reason to visit Gran Canaria on one’s holidays is the island's abundance of gorgeous beaches. Visitors should be sure to check out the popular Maspalomas. This is perhaps the most beautiful of all the beaches on Gran Canaria with its impressive Golden Sand Dunes. These dunes as well as the lagoon located just south of them are part of a huge and well-maintained nature reserve. The stretch closest to the lighthouse is the most popular. Though it can get crowded during peak travel months, Maspalomas is an iconic sight not to be missed.

Here are a few other sandy sites well worth a visit:

-Playa del Inglés, or Englishman's Beach: Strangely enough, this place was not founded by an Englishman but rather a Frenchman who constructed his house in the middle of the sand dunes! This beautiful three-kilometre beach of golden sand converges with Playa de San Agustín on the north end and Masapalomas to the south. This place is very popular in the summer, and the town of Playa del Inglés has plenty of nightlife, restaurants, and activities to keep anyone busy.

Source: www.homeaway.co.uk