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The most populated of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria has been welcoming holidaymakers of all ages and backgrounds for decades. Rich and diverse in scenery as it is in activities, the island is a place where you can find just the kind of holiday that you’re looking for.
Most of the people on Gran Canaria live in the capital of Las Palmas. A bustling city situated along the northern coast, it’s packed with lots cultural and historical sites, as well as numerous options for shopping and culinary expeditions. Head to the old part of the town, known as Vegueta. Here you’ll find the Casa de Colon Museum, which exhibits the history of Christopher Columbus, who briefly stayed in the house, before continuing his journey westwards, bumping into America on the way. Along the charming, cobbled streets of the old town, you’ll find lots of vibrant bars and restaurants that serve delicious locally-sourced tapas. Drop your jaw at the beautiful interior of the Santa Ana Cathedral, or visit the Museo Canario and the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art for an insight into both the past and the contemporary soul of the Canary Islands.
Leaving the urban sprawl of Las Palmas behind, go inland to experience the microclimate that makes hiking-enthusiasts and nature-lovers flock to Gran Canaria. With over 32 Natural Protected Spaces found across the island, there are plenty of opportunities to experience unforgettable nature up close here. Take in the views from Pico de las Nieves and the monolithic Roque Nublo, see the wilderness of the national parks along the eastern coast, or make your way south to the stunning dune landscape of Maspolomas. After a day of exploring, seek out one of the many stunning beaches, such as the famous Playa del Ingles, or the popular stretches at Puerto Rico and Mogan. Hang out in the seaside bars, go for a splash in the water or simply just relax on the sand, before heading to one of the local restaurants for a well-earned dinner under the waning rays of the setting sun.
One of the sunniest places in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands offer a unique holiday experience. Sandy beaches, clear water and old fortresses give it an exotic air, which, when mixed the strong British identity, typical English houses, as well as the random pub, makes this a truly unique destination. The fantastic blend means that the group of islands, just off the coast of France have their very own and utterly charming identity. If you’re planning to visit either Guernsey or Jersey, here are a few facts that you might not know about them.
Being a company of keen travellers, we enjoy catching up with our costumers after they have been one of our holidays, to get the inside information on what they recommend to see and do when choosing to go to a certain destination. We recently caught up with Harry who discovered Iceland for less through our package deal that enabled him to go on three different tours and twice try to spot the Northern Lights.
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