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Island Adventure

Gran Canaria is a dream holiday destination that literally has it all. Whether hiking, scuba diving, climbing or enjoying a dip in the sea: this all-rounder has something to suit every taste and need.

The third-largest of the Canary Islands comes with an abundance of sunshine and a year-round pleasant climate. With temperatures that are rarely too hot or too cold, conditions are perfect for outdoor sports activities that are copiously available here.

Quick facts Gran Canaria

Flight time

04:05 h

Distance

3005 km

Time difference

- 1 hour CET
Ø Temperature in March
22 °C

Exchange rate

CHF
1.00
=
EUR
0.93
Airport transfer & car rental

Language

Spanish

A cup of cappuccino costs around

CHF 1.40

Mountain activities

The island’s highest mountains are but an hour’s drive from the coast. The steep rock faces, cliffs and gorges -created from volcanic eruptions and erosion over the course of thousands of year- are a magnet for climbing enthusiasts. Widely considered the natural landmark of Gran Canaria, the Roque NubIo monolith and surrounding area are especially popular among climbers. That said, the many paths through palm groves, mountain landscapes and volcanic craters make this island an equally popular choice for hiking fans. The Maspalomas dunes figure among the island’s most renowned sights and are best explored on foot. Declared goal: the sea.

Aquatic fun

Gran Canaria’s myriad beaches are an invitation to relax and refuel. On Playa del Inglés, for instance, that entices visitors with beach life by day and pubs, bars and restaurants by night. Or the artificially constructed Playa de Amadores (“Beach of Lovers“) that features lovely white sand and is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. Palmitos Park is a great family outing after a day at the beach. The park houses a botanical garden and a zoo. Those seeking additional action and excitement can expand their horizons by plunging into the underwater world that is inhabited by rays, angel sharks and cuttlefish.