Gran Canaria is always high on our list of destinations to recommend to Irish holiday makers. Whether you are going with family, friends or as a couple, Gran Canaria provides the perfect setting for a relaxing, stress-free break.
The Great Rest on Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria bills itself as the island of “The Great Rest”
. As the story goes, it was here that weary Europeans travelling to Cape Town stopped to avail of the “best winters in Europe”. The combination of sun, sea and sand was enough to convince Europeans that this tranquil island would make the perfect place to rest and recover from whatever ailments they suffered at the time.
The island’s popularity grew and today Gran Canaria receives over 2.2 million
visitors per year. While this sounds rather busy, if you venture outside of the main holiday resort destinations on the south of the island, you will find a paradise of peace and an ocean of calm.
Top 4 tips for chilling out on Gran Canaria
We know it takes a few days to unwind and we often hear that your holiday is nearly over before you’re finally able to relax. So all you have to do to get the most from your relaxing holiday on Gran Canaria is follow our advice:
1. De-stress on the first night
The stress of a plane journey, airports, shuttle buses, checking in and unpacking can leave you weary on the first day of your holiday. Well, don’t let it! Book yourself and your partner in for a welcome massage, a light, healthy meal and maybe go see some live entertainment for the night. Go to bed relatively early and you will reap the rewards the next day.
2. Puerto Mogan
This quiet resort
is perfect for those looking for peace and relaxation. It’s a gorgeous seaside town with fresh seafood restaurants, quality shopping and lots of couples’ activities like snorkelling and sailing. Because of the canals running through the village and the cute, narrow streets, many people have dubbed this “Little Venice”. Very romantic!
3. Get a massage
Whichever hotel you choose, if it comes with a Spa, we advise you strongly to get a massage. The closer to the beginning of your holiday, the better as it will relieve built up tension. If your hotel doesn’t come with a spa and you are staying around Playa del Ingles, why not give these guys a try—Massage Gran Canaria is rated very highly on Trip Advisor as one of the better activities in Gran Canaria.
4. Take some exercise
Gran Canaria has lots of beautiful scenery that you won’t see from your hotel room. The centre of the island is home to ancient pine forests and great hikes. There are also many walks around the resorts which are accessible to tourists. How does a peaceful stroll across sand dunes at dusk sound? Have a look at this walking blog
for more ideas. (Don’t forget to stay hydrated and avoid walking in the middle of the day.)
Health and wellbeing on Gran Canaria
Some other tips are:
Try to stay away from alcohol and late nights and drink plenty of water. Enjoy the fresh, delicious seafood that is served in many of the restaurants instead of seeking out chain restaurants. Swim and spend time in the ocean—saltwater has many healing powers.
Often holidaymakers think it’s enough just to go on a holiday. They forget that they should pamper and look after themselves while there. Relax, chill out and enjoy—you will come back from holidays more refreshed than you can imagine!
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