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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 .... view more 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.



While there are countless reasons to visit the island, the mixture of golfing facilities and annual warm weather blend well for this to be a golfing paradise. There is easy flight access, considering most UK airports fly to Las Palma Grand Canaria and the flight is a touch over four hours.

In total, there are seven courses for travellers to choose from and one of Spain’s grandest resorts – Salobre Resort & Serneity – is located on the island.  The European Tour held back-to-back events on the island in 2021.

Golf Courses

The sport of golf is absolutely thriving in the Gran Canaria and with so many courses available, it comes as little surprise to learn that this region of Spain is one of the hotspots for golfing holidays. There are eight first-class golf clubs that have been established within the area – all offering a different test to one another.

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:

Golf Resorts

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.


Where to Stay and Play in Gran Canaria


Gran Canaria is perfectly placed to offer golfers a trip all year round especially in the Winter months.

Climate The Climate

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.

Time  Local Time

There is no time difference between the UK and Gran Canaria.

  Local Currency

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.

Travel Information

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 Things to do

Below, we have chosen several destinations that you should definitely consider when you’re on your golfing trip.

Roque Nublo

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.

Pueblo Canario

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

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.

Food & Drink Dining

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.

Hoock

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

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.

Samara

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.


 

 





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