"Gran Canaria - Playa del Ingles and other places." Top 5 Page for this destination Isla de Gran Canaria by Regina1965

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Playa del Ingles.

Gran Canaria is one of the islands in The Canary islands archipelago which is located in the Atlantic ocean close the north-west Africa and enjoys a mild climate 20-26 all year round. I stayed in Playa del Ingles, but VT has no special page for Playa del Ingles so my tips here are mainly of Playa del Ingles. Playa del Ingles is a big tourist resort with a 3,7 kilometres long beach which is connected to the Dunas of Maspalomas. It is wonderful visiting Gran Canaria during the winter months, especially in October-November when it is getting cold and dark in my country. Last time I visited (November 2009) it was 30 degrees C most of the time.

Playa del Ingles.

One can reach The Dunas straight from Playa del Ingles, and walk through The Dunas to reach the beach of Playa del Ingles. The Dunas look like you are walking in Sahara. In The Canary islands archipelago every second day 3.000 tons of sand is brought in by ship from El Aaiún in Sahara to replace the sand which the ocean carries away every day from the beaches. It is then believed that the sand reaches Morocco again at a place called Tarfaya.

I have created other pages for Las Palmas and Maspalomas and Puerto de Mogán and Puerto de las Nieves

Playa del Ingles.

Here under this page I also add tips on other beaches, Puerto Rico and Playa de Las Amadores as VT has no special pages for these beaches. Under "Off the beaten track" I add tips on the mountains and valleys of Gran Canaria and a trip around the island of Gran Canaria.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The climate making it an excellent winter location for people living in N-Europe f.ex.
  • Cons:It can be very windy on the beach.
  • In a nutshell:Playa del Ingles is very "touristy" which has its pros and cons.
  • Last visit to Isla de Gran Canaria: Mar 2011
  • Intro Updated Mar 3, 2011
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Definitely a place to visit in November when it is only grey and cold here!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Feb 3, 2015 at 11:30 AM

      At least, the days are now getting a bit longer for each day!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Feb 4, 2015 at 1:31 AM

      Yes, it makes a big difference to have more daylight!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    You always find the places that have amazing landscapes. The hotel accommodations look very comfortable. Excellent page!

  • isolatedpawn's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    it seems very crowded

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Jul 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Some parts are very crowded, others are quite nice and uncrowded.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    This looks a very busy place, even so, you managed to find some nice uncrowded beaches!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Aug 1, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      I have finished this page now. I never realized there was such spectacular scenery here. Thanks for the lovely tour!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Aug 1, 2013 at 4:25 AM

      Thanks, Dee, it is quite a lovely island :)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Me again, coming back to look at the rest of your Gran Canaria tips. Those views from Degollada de las Yeguas certainly are fantastic! And I like that artificial waterfall in the center of Firgas.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Your page certainly changed my view of Gran Canaria -- not what I thought it would be like at all. Thanks for sharing this info.

  • Florida999's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    nice page of the location of my first vacation trip ever ( I don't remember much of it, I think I was around 5)

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Nice update!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    You have described this island very well. They seem to have a lot of shopping for the tourists that come here, and need to beware of the promoters. You pictures and comments are very good.

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    The beaches and ocean looks really nice right about now..interesting page Regina...Im curious to know how long the islands have been a "holiday" destination..looks to be very well developed!Lots of good information!Thanks for the tour!!


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