*ad – the hotel & activities mentioned in this post were gifted as part of a press trip with Jet2Holidays but all opinions are my own.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve given an update on this corner of the internet. London life has been hectic to say the least so today I’m embracing some good old escapism with a travel post, which I hope you’ll enjoy! I recently flew from London Stanstead to Gran Canaria with Jet2holidays and had the best 4 days exploring the most beautiful corners of the Island, so thought it was only fair to share my top tips on places to visit (You can thank me later!)
I can’t lie I definitely had mixed feelings of the Island prior to visiting, having only ever seen the typical tourist resorts promoted before. But I was so pleasantly surprised to realise that I was wrong in my thinking, has SO much more to offer than I could’ve imagined. From the famous sand dunes to historic towns, vineyards and rum distilleries, there really is so much to explore!
For the duration of our stay we stayed at the Lopesan Baobab resort, which is part of the Jet2holidays luxe range. Named after the ancient and native African Baobab tree, the resort immerses you in a breathtaking environment inspired by African countries; with jungle-like gardens, lagoon style pools and flowing waterfalls taking the forefront. The rooms were luxurious yet cosy, making it extremely challenging to want to get up in the mornings! If you’re currently looking into Canary Island hotels you should definitely check this one out.
So now on to the activities! If you’re ever planning a trip to Gran Canaria (which in my humble opinion I 100% think you should!), then these 6 places would be a great start for your time there.
Situated in the south of the island, I give you the Maspalomas dunes. They’re possibly one of Gran Canaria’s worst kept secrets, but nonetheless they are breathtakingly beautifu! They span 5.6km from east to west from Playa del Inglés to the Faro de Maspalomas, so whether you’re after a long walk in the basking sun or just want to see them from the comfort of the beach loungers, they’re well worth a visit!
Beautiful intimate settings, family run and the best tasting wine I’ve tried in ages, the family run Bodega Señor de Cabrera Vineyard is an absolute hidden gem. We had the opportunity to do a tour of the vineyard and have lunch in the mountains- it can’t get much better than that right? I’m not usually a white wine kind of girl, but I’m still sad that I didn’t bring back one of their bottles to the UK, it really was a game changer. Don’t make the same mistake as me if you visit!
Fancy a little culture and drink with your friends at the same time? Time to head to the historic Arucas Distillery. Destilerías Arehucas is over a hundred years old and has a rich history, with over 95,000 visitors each year. In recent years they’ve also been making steps to become as sustainable as possible, ensuring where possible that nothing is left to waste, which we love to see!
We went for a 45 minute tour to learn more about the history, see the famous oak barrels (signed by many celebrities!) and have a taste testing session. Now I’m not the biggest rum drinker but the flavoured liquors were unlike anything I’d tried before! I didn’t bring any souvenirs back with me from Gran Canaria, apart from an Arucas bottle of Caramel rum liquor, which tells you everything you need to know about how amazing it was!
We also had the chance to venture to the north of the island and experience some of the quieter spots, which is when we came across the beautiful Fataga village. Nestled in the mountains, with it’s terracotta tiles, palms, flowers and cobbled lanes, it really is one of the island’s true hidden gems. The village is quiet and invites you to slow down and really appreciate the beauty of your surroundings. Fataga village is also home to, San Jose, the village’s only church, as well as a few restaurants, old water mill and souvenir shops. We didn’t have time but you can also get Camel rides in the valley, known as the Valley of 1000 Palms, which makes Fataga a great excursion, offering a tranquil retreat on the north side of the island.
RK Hacienda La Rekompensa
One of my favourite places to visit on this trip was the RK Hacienda La Rekompensa Banana house! The house sits on 56.500 m2 of land with banana trees and other plantations, where you can visit the Banana Museum. The house is 100 years old and has been completely refurbished, offering views of the sea and the Teide which are simply beautiful. You can either book the accommodation there for a special occasion (they cater for weddings!) or just go for a tour of the Banana Plantation. Also if you get the chance to try either the homemade banana smoothie or banana cake, jump at the chance! It was a 10/10 from me.
Looking for a location with panoramic views of the Maspolomas Dunes and Atlantic Ocean? look no further than Restaurant 360º. Located on the eighth floor of the boutique hotel Bohemia Suites & Spa, next to Atelier Cocktail bar. The restaurant opens to the public as a ‘casual dining’ restaurant with one of the most exquisite cuisines of the island. Don’t worry if you’re not a guest of the hotel though as diners who are not hotel guests are also welcome. I can confirm both the cocktails and food was divine!
And that’s a wrap on the best 4 days in Gran Canaria with Jet2 Holidays! Hopefully this post will have inspired you to book flights with Jet2holidays to visit the beautiful island of Gran Canaria and if not, what’s your hesitation?! Let me know if you’ve visited before or (hopefully now) have it on your travel bucket list in the comments below.
Until next time,
*ad – the hotel & activities mentioned in this post were gifted as part of a press trip with Jet2Holidays but all opinions are my own