Golf Guide to Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is the third largest island of the Canary Islands, which is just off the Atlantic Coast of Northwest Africa but it does belong to Spain. It homes just shy of a million people and it has been a premium holiday destination for Europeans for many years. Away from the golf, Gran Canaria is famous for its sandy beaches and electrifying nightlife. Below, we provide a full travel guide to the island and the best attractions to visit during your holiday.
There are many reasons to visit the island of Gran Canaria, but one of the best is its golfing facilities. With annual warm weather and seven different courses to choose from, it's no wonder that this island is a paradise for golfers. Thanks to the easy flight access from most UK airports, it's easy to get to Grand Canaria. And with the European Tour holding back-to-back events on the island in 2021, there's never been a better time to visit.
With renowned architects such as Roland Favre, Robert Von Hagge and Ron Kirby sprinkling their influence on these courses, Gran Canaria proudly boast an innovative and popular golfing environment. Whether you’re looking for wide fairways, tricky greens or difficult hazards to avoid, a golfing trip to Gran Canaria is one to be remembered for the rest of your life. Notable courses include:
- Salobre Golf & Resort - Old & New Courses
- Gran Hotel Lopesan Costa Meloneras
- Anfi Tauro Golf
- Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas
- Maspalomas Golf
- El Cortijo Club de Campo
Supplementing the variety of courses are five-star resorts that not only offer golfing discounts but an array of splendid activities to keep you entertained when away from the course. Salobre Resort & Serenity is not only one of the more popular resorts in the Gran Canaria but throughout the country of Spain. Two courses belong to the resort and visitors will have priority when booking.
Alternatively, Seaside Sandy Beach is a 4* resort with plenty of family entertainment available throughout both the day and night. With over 200 rooms available, Sandy Beach is quickly establishing itself as a popular alternative to the aforementioned Salobre.
Finally, the grand palace of Costa Meloneras will leave travellers in awe at its exquisite design and excellent service. It is situated near the beach and its recently refurbished spa offers the perfect environment for complete relaxation.
Gran Canaria is perfectly placed to offer golfers a trip all year round especially in the Winter months.
Due to its warm climate all year round, there isn’t necessarily an ideal time to visit Gran Canaria. Regardless of if you travel during the summer or the winter, you are almost guaranteed excellent weather and a perfect environment to truly relax in. The wettest months of the year are January and February but the summer season is prone to the occasional shower.
There is no time difference between the UK and Gran Canaria.
Gran Canaria uses the Euro and there are plenty of ATMs and bureaus de change
The average flight time from the UK to Gran Canaria Las Palmas is 4 hour and 10 minutes.
The majority of UK airports will offer flights to and from Las Palmas, so securing travel arrangements should pose limited trouble. Upon landing, you can utilise private taxis or hire your own car. If you have opted for the latter, you can take the GC-1 and drive in a straight path to your destination. The distance is roughly 15 miles and it should take no longer than 25 minutes by car.
The island of Gran Canaria is 29 miles in length. So, you can imagine that there is plenty to do on its shores. Obviously, the splendid array of beautiful beaches entice travellers to the island, but there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained away from the sand or during the evenings when you are not playing golf.
Things to do
Below, we have chosen several destinations that you should definitely consider when you’re on your golfing trip.
Roque Nublo is the dream for the adventurous. The 80-metre-tall-rock is situated virtually in the middle of Gran Canaria but it is the views that surround the landmark that truly steal the show. Offering 360-degree views of nothing but natural beauty, this is a hotspot for those who like to show off the wonders of the island. The hike isn’t too demanding either, with it being relatively short - in addition to well-marked. If you would prefer to visit during the evening, then there is seldom better spots throughout the whole island that offer a better experience of stargazing.
If you wish to better understand not just the Spanish culture, but the history of this iconic island, then Pueblo Canario will supply the grandest historical lesson of them all. You’ll find archaic buildings that still stand, traditional music and incredible tasting food. Locals sell handmade souvenirs in the main square – which is surrounded by Spanish restaurants and a museum. The quaint village operates six days a week, with Monday being their day of rest. The recommended time to visit is Thursday at 5 pm or Sunday at 11:30 am, as you’ll get to witness the locals exhibiting traditional dances in specific clothing.
Calle Triana is the premium shopping destination on the Gran Canaria and its innovative design is what makes this area so special. The colourful buildings are home to high street stores such as Zara but there is also dedicated Spanish outlets to look out for. If you’re fortunate enough to be on the island during the first Sunday of the month then head to Calle Triana, as the streets host a shopping party with stalls and extraordinary performances.
Aquarium of Poema del Mar
This is the only aquarium that you will find on the island of Gran Canaria and it is something that every visitor should experience at least once. While there, you will be able to watch many interesting and extremely rare attractions – such as the Asian Sheepshead Wrasse that holds the capability of altering its gender.
No trip is fully complete with sampling the most divine dishes available to the destination. Fortunately, the Gran Canaria is known for its exquisite tastes and its innovative experimenting in the kitchen. Below, we provide four recommendations for restaurants that you must try.
One of the more popular eateries on the island, Hoock delivers exceptional food for tremendous value. Street food is at the forefront of what they serve, while not compromising on the endless healthy benefits that come with serving not only tasty food, but energy for the body. There are countless of cuisines to choose from; Asian; American; Mediterranean; and Latin America and every single option on the menu is cooked fresh and on site. Their philosophy is simple: good vibes only.
Lola offer a wide range of food that has been directly inspired by an array of cuisines. Whether your taste lies in Mexican, Japanese or Italian food, Lola will have something for you. Tapas and seafood are also present on the menu and you can expect bold flavours and excellent service.
It’s impossible to miss the entrance for Samara – just look out for the gigantic Buddha statue that is situated close by. At this establishment, you will enjoy dishes that seamlessly blend Canarian and Spanish ingredients with Asian flavours and seasoning. Offered on the menu is smoked goat’s cheese and black pasta with prawns. Due to its popularity, it is highly advised that you book prior to attending.
Texeda Brewery & Restaurant
Texeda like to do things their way. The food is sourced from their farm and it also serves its own artisan beer – with three options to choose from. Some of the dishes are served on roof tiles, which is as peculiar as it sounds! The service is terrific and you will have the option of sitting and eating either outside or inside. Again, this is a popular venue and it is recommended that you book ahead.
Where To Play
Lopesan Meloneras Golf
Rated 4.67 from 12 reviews
Salobre Golf & Resort
Rated 4.4 from 15 reviews
Fuerteventura Golf Club
Rated 3.84 from 34 reviews
Lanzarote Golf Resort
Rated 3.32 from 22 reviews
Campo de Golf Maspalomas
Rated 3.92 from 15 reviews
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