What to do in Gran Canaria?
Gran Canaria is one of the Norwegians' favorite destinations in the winter. This coming winter is likely set a record with the number of Norwegian visitors to the island.
Gran Canaria is the number one holiday destination among Norwegians who travel abroad. Nearly 250,000 are expected to visit the island during the winter season 2010/2011. Why have this island become so extremly popular?
This destination has really everything you need when you are going on vacation. In essence, we talk about a place where it's sunny almost every day during the winter. The south of Gran Canaria is considered that have over 320 sunny days each year. The safest places for sun is Puerto de Mogan, Taurito, Playa del Cura, Tauro, Amadores, Puerto Rico, Patalavaca and Arguineguin. These places are also concidered to have one of the best climate zones in the world. But also resorts like Meloneras, Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles, San Agustin and Bahia Feliz are well visited destinations among the Norwegian tourists.
There are many different theme parks and attractions for both young and old in Gran Canaria. Perhaps the two most popular ones, lies in San Bartolome de Tirajana, Aqualand and Palmitos Park. Aqualand is a big water park with lots of water slides and various activities, while Palmitos Park is a zoo with lots of different animal species, with emphasis on different birds and parrots. There is also a show here every day. Other parks on the island include Sioux City a western park, the Crocodile Park in Vecindario southeast of the island, a Go-Kart track in Bahia Feliz, a water park in Puerto Rico, Paintball in Patalavaca and probably 20 different mini-golf courses.
For regular golf-courses you have also many to choose from, and it is determined that 8 new will be built shortly. Many choose to take one day at sea while on holiday in Gran Canaria. These trips are usually out of the harbor in Puerto Rico, but also some from Arguineguin and Puerto de Mogan. There are trips with large catamarans, fishing boats, tours where you look at the dolphins, a yellow submarine where you can look out the window, party boats and a pirate-like sailboat to name a few.
Some of the finest beaches on the island is located in the south of Gran Canaria. The finest and perhaps most popular for the Norwegians are the Amadores, Anfi and Maspalomas beaches. Here it is full of Scandinavians all winter through. Although the island is best known for sun and swimming, there are now many who rent a car to drive one day or two in the mountains. A nice route to see some more of this colorful destination, goes from Playa del Ingles to Fataga, further up to Ayacata and Roque Nublo and from there to the top called Pico de las Nieves. Drive down along the northside via Firgas, Teror, Arehucas and Las Palmas. A great day trip in an exciting landscape with beautiful scenery.
These are just some of what one may experience during a holiday week or two of what eventually has become the number one destination, at least in the winter for Norwegians, Gran Canaria.
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Read more about this island in this travel guide (in norwegian)