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Main tourist countries to stay in the south of Gran Canaria:

  • Puerto Rico
  • Playa de Amadores
  • Anfi del Mar
  • Puerto De Mogan
  • Playa del Ingles
  • Maspalomas
  • Meloneras

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Best area to stay in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria where to stay in winter? Gran Canaria where to go in February? Gran Canary where to go in the summer? Where to stay in Gran Canaria as a couple? Where to sleep in Gran Canaria in November? Where to go in Gran Canaria in December? Gran Canaria where to sleep on New Year's Eve? Best area in Gran Canaria in August. Best area to stay in Gran Canaria South.

Plana a Holidays in Gran Canaria in 3 step

☑️ Fly with the low-cost airline Ryanair to Las Palmas airport.


Cheapest accommodation Gran Canaria South


The North is different from the South.
The best area to stay in Gran Canaria if you look for beautiful beaches sheltered from the wind, is located in the south west of the island. The most crowded of northern European tourists and in recent years also by numerous Italians.


The area in which I recommend staying in Gran Canaria Sud is Puerto Rico. Excellent strategic point near the 3 most beautiful beaches of the island sheltered from the wind with a lively centre full of restaurants, shops and a pleasant sea promenade.

See the cheapest hotels in Puerto Rico (apartments included).

Puerto Rico

Very touristic country enclosed between 2 valleys that make it one of the warmest countries on the island. A must in winter. Strategic point to see the most beautiful beaches in the south of Gran Canaria.

Puerto Rico is located between Amadores and Anfi del mar with their beautiful beaches. 3 and 5 km away respectively. Also Puerto Rico itself has a conch-shaped beach, protected from strong winds, to take refuge in winter. The problem of this country are the parking lots so if you travel by car it is better to choose a facility that has parking included.

Cheapest accommodation in Puerto Rico

Playa de Amadores

Amadores is a fraction of Puerto Rico. There is no real centre but many tourist residences and hotels that rise in this valley adjacent to Puerto Rico. It is completely perched on the hill and all the buildings that rise in this area surround the beautiful beach, as you can see in the image below.

From this beach you can enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and Tenerife and fantastic sunsets so I recommend it as a destination for a romantic vacation.

👉 List of budget accommodation in Playa Amadores in order from the cheapest.


Beautiful beach in Gran Canaria (the most beautiful in my opinion) but as a location it is inaccessible, it is not really a country but an exclusive resort of private accommodation.

👉 List of cheapest accommodation in Anfi del Mar (Arguineguin playa).

There are not many facilities available in the area and the few that are there are expensive or are booked quickly. So if your goal is to stay here, book early. The alternative is to stay in nearby Puerto Rico and get here by car or bus. They are about 5 km away.

Paid parking just before arriving at the beach (affordable prices: around € 4 per day). Umbrellas and sun beds can be rented for the whole day or just half a day otherwise you can do everything independently. In Spain the beaches are always free.

Puerto De Mogan

Small fishing port, very charming and colourful. Suitable for families and perfect in the coldest months of January and February.

Puerto de Mogan is different from the other places mentioned: it is very characteristic with its white houses decorated with colourful and beautiful flowers. I really like this place that I consider to be on a human scale. Tourist too but less "invaded by buildings, palaces" there are beautiful residences with tropical gardens and the historic centre has not lost its typical local taste.

When I visited Gran Canaria for the first time, I wanted to buy a house here. Unfortunately, the price of the properties was twice what I would have bought in Puerto Rico.

👉 List of cheapest accommodation in Puerto de Mogan (apartments included)

Playa del Ingles

Playa del Ingles or Maspalomas which are "cooler" countries in the summer than the south-west area, which I prefer in every season of the year.

Many think that the temperatures in Gran Canaria in August or mid-August are unbearable but wrong.

Temperatures can reach 30 degrees, it's true, but the heat is dry.
Except for episodes of Calima (warm wind coming from Africa) summer temperatures in the Canaries they are similar to winter ones, they are only more stable and it is not necessary to look for an area protected from the winds because the summer in Gran Canaria is fantastic both in the North and in the South so the choice is wide.

Playa Del Ingles is the most popular area, the first massively exploited in the 1980s. There are many facilities in the area is large, more town and flat indicated for those with mobility problems. Here too there are various areas where it is possible to go and have fun, bars and restaurants also on the prominent long beach.

👉 List of cheapest accommodation in Playa del Ingles (in order from the cheapest, private apartments included).


The most suggestive area with the famous Dunes, suitable for pensioners, families with children, relaxation, a starting point for visiting the island. Maspalomas does not have direct access to the dunes, it is more considered a residential area despite being full of residences many people live there or are there 6 months a year to spend the winter.
If you prefer to stay in a bungalow, rather than in an apartment or building, here you are spoiled for choice. The area is quiet and well served: the only care is to rent a car to move easily.

👉 List of cheapest accommodation in Maspalomas


Meloneras rises prominently in Maspalomas on a long avenue that overlooks the ocean but does not have a real beach if not the adjacent one huge.
The resorts that arise here are mostly Grand Hotels and they all have huge pools and are often heated with sea water so not having direct access to the sea is the least of their problems. Rather! In this area, the climate is more windy than in the south-west area and there is also the open beach so if you want to stay here and swimming, it is better to opt for a structure with heated pool.

👉 List of accommodations in Meloneras by price (holiday homes and villas included).

The area is full of restaurants of a certain level and boutiques. Social life takes place all along the coast: between the lighthouse and the end of a few kilometer walkway.



Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a destination indicated in summer, if you also intend to make life by sea. In winter it is a bit gloomy and cold but it "warms up" during the carnival period. It is a cosmopolitan, young city (there is a university and many Europeans come for Erasmus) full of shops and clubs.
The main street of Las Palmas is Calle Triana very long and always full of people, restaurants ...

👉 List of the cheapest accommodations in Las Palmas.

📍 YOU KNOW THAT Does Las Palmas have the largest carnival in the world after Rio De Janeiro? And you don't even need a passport to get here.
The carnival in the Canaries is a riot of parades of musical carts, masquerade balls, folk dances ... what better time to visit the island?

Personally I would advise you to stay in Las Palmas for 3 nights in order to visit the historic centre and take long walks in the avenue that runs along Europe's most beautiful urban beach.

Well, I hope I guided you in the choice ...

Other places not listed in this list are: Vecindario, Galdar, Jinamar, Ingenio, Telde, Fataga ... even not for the classic beach vacation.

Prefer the South West area for tourism / beaches / sea and Las Palmas cosmopolitan city to study, meet young people, visit monuments, shops ... (it's the capital).
The rest of the island can certainly be visited but not suitable for staying on holiday if not that alternative night to spend in some fincas or rural house.

updated July 2019
Moira Tips.


- Hottest canary island in december

The least windy places in tenerife.

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    least windy canary island

    - Which is the least windy area in Tenerife?

    - Which is the least windy between Lanzarote and Fuerteventua?

    • Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are the windiest islands in the Canary Islands.

    - Which is the least windy area in Gran Canaria?

    • The least windy area of ​​Gran Canaria is located in the South-West. Municipality of Mogàn.

    Canaries: the less windy island

    My readers often ask me about which is the least windy island in the Canary Islands. I understand them... Maybe they travel with children or they, like me, are bothered by the wind.
     All the Canary Islands are windy but there are areas/countries more sheltered by wind and with beaches suitable in every season especially in the winter months like December, January and February.
    This is what we're going to find out in this article.


    I'm not a lover of places too windy: the wind annoys me a lot. For this reason, during my trips to Canary Islands, I always stay in resort sheltered from the strong wind. A sea breeze is pleasant, and inevitable if you're on an island but I avoid the places where the wind raises the sand and gets into my eyes.
    Let's start from the begin ...

    Winter sun holidays in the canary islands

    If your holiday in the Canaries is in the winter, and you are looking for the best place to sunbathe and swim in the sea, I suggest you to stay here:
    Tenerife is windy especially on the west coast (Garachico, Puerto de la Cruz ...).
    Las Vistas beach is also ideal for people travelling with children. The wind is minimal, except in bad weather days.

    Is Gran Canaria windy?

    In my humble opinion, the ideal island to take a winter break is Gran Canaria.
    The windiest area of ​​Gran Canaria is located in the North-east (airport area). Just below there is Pozo izquierdo well-known resort for surf lovers.
    The least windy area of ​​Gran Canaria is enclosed in the municipality of Mogan which includes several villages and the best known are:
    • Arguineguin, 
    • Puerto Rico, 
    • Tauro, 
    • Puerto de Mogan... 
    The beaches are in a basin, protected from strong winds, the sea is without waves.

    Playa Amadores

    Usually the temperatures are about 25 degrees but sometimes it happens (mostly at the end of summer) that they increase due to the Calima (hot wind mixed to sand coming from Africa). 
    The sky, usually blue, becomes grey due to the sand carried and this create an annoying heat. Fortunately they are sporadic episodes and they pass quickly.

    Although the water is not as mild as the Mediterranean Sea, it is pleasant to swim with these temperatures. Especially if you live in the Nordic countries, the sea water will not seem cold at all.

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    Playa del Ingles - Maspalomas beach

    Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles have milder temperatures and they are not always windy, depending by the period, sometimes is almost impossible to stay on the beach because it is huge and not sheltered from the wind.
    In these days is possible to take shelter behind the dunes or, if you prefer, take the bus or car and reach the least windy beaches at only 10-15 km from Maspalomas.

    - Is Lanzarote windy?

    Yes, Lanzarote is windy.

    With Fuerteventura is one of the windiest Canary Islands. I made several trips to Lanzarote, the last in February 2017, and I was able to enjoy 4 sunny days and 3 rainy days, the last one dedicated to the visit of Arrecife (the capital of the island), where the wind was so strong that it created waves so big that the coastal path to the Reducto beach has been closed.

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    Arrecife during the storm
    If you are looking for a sheltered and sunny beach in Lanzarote, you can stay in the South, in the area of ​​Playa Blanca.

    least windy resort in Lanzarote
    Playa Blanca

    - Is Fuerteventura windy?

    Yes, Fuerteventura is windy. The windiest period is summer.

    Fuerteventura is the island of surfing! So it must be windy otherwise it would not attract many fans. It is not an island that I recommend to people travelling with kids, but if you love the natural environments, the huge beaches without borders, you should go in Fuerteventura. The wind is a blessing in Fuerteventura because the sun is very strong.

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    Morro Jable Beach
     If you are looking for the least windy resort in Fuerteventura, you can stay in the South, the area of Morro Jable that usually, in case of strong wind, the staff make barriers to protect the sun umbrellas by the wind and sand storms.
    More info: Best month to stay in Fuerteventura.
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    Thank you and have a nice trip!
    Aggiornato Ottobre 2017
    Moira R.



    Warmest Canary Island in Feb. Which is the best Canary Island to visit in Feb? Which is the best Canary Island to visit in February, March, November or December?

    In travel often around the Canary Islands. This January I went to Fuerteventura, last February I went in Lanzarote, a few years ago I went in Tenerife (Costa Adeje) but if I want to spend a warm winter I'll go in my apartment in Gran Canaria, in Puerto Rico. I can say with certainty that the countries that are located in the municipality of Mogan are the hottest in winter.
    If you are looking for a place to sunbathe, swimming, I suggest you stay here.



    1. Gran Canaria (southwest area),
    2. Tenerife (southeast area),
    3. Fuerteventura (Caleta de Fuste),
    4. Lanzarote (Southern area: playa Blanca)

    Best Canary island for a winter break

    Gran Canaria

    All the countries enclosed in the municipality of Mogán
    ( Ayuntamiento de Mogán en Gran Canaria).

    Puerto Rico, in the south of the island, about half an hour’s drive from the airport.
    There’s plenty to do in the town ⇩⇩⇩
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    Canary Island: best weather in feb

    There are restaurants and bars: you can find your international dishes like Italian, Irish, Indian food. 

    There is the beautiful Amadores beach, which is probably the main reason that anyone would come to Puerto Rico, because it’s amazing. It’s ideal for families, or anyone who is not love strong wind. Puerto Rico have these great harbor walls and sea defenses that mean that the waves are tiny and the water is shallow.

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    There are two harbors so you’ll see plenty of yachts and boats sailing off into the distance.

    Puerto Rico has everything on its doorstep: lots of activities and facilities. And, it’s really cheap if you book an accommodation in advance.

    For winter stays: If you do not book in advance, not only the price increase but will be very difficult find an accommodation in this area.

    THINGS TO DO starting from Puerto Rico

    . Relaxing in Playa de Amadores or Anfi del Mar,
    . Do water sports in Playa de Puerto Rico,
    . Take the ferry to go to the famous street market of Mogan or Arguineguín,
    . Play golf at nearby Tauro,
    . Walking in the dunes of Maspalomas (15 km far away),
    . A walk (Trekking or Nordic walking) or a bike ride along the paths of the mountain
    - Visit the island's hinterland with its typical villages in the Canarian style.

    Stay in Puerto rico-Amadores area if you are looking for:
    • A Great location for winter season. 
    • Amazing beach. 
    • Family and children friendly. 
    • Relaxing and easy going.

    Go here to see more images, find an accommodation reading

    Warmest Canary Island in Feb

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    Aggiornato Ottobre 2017
    Moira R.


    - BEST PLACE TO STAY IN TENERIFE (least windy place)

    Best place to stay in Tenerife:

    • Los Cristianos
    • Playa de Las Americas
    • Costa Adeje
    • Santa Cruz de Tenerife
    • Puerto de la Cruz

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    Best place to stay in Tenerife

    Where to stay in Tenerife. Best places to stay in Tenerife. Best area to stay in tenerife: where to go, warmer beachesm, least windy place in Tenerife. Where is best place for nightlife? Where to stay with children?

    Plana a Holidays in Gran Canaria in 3 step

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    Cheapest accommodation Tenerife South


    The area in which I recommend staying in Tenerife is 👉 Los Cristianos.
    The youngest, liveliest is Playa de Las Americas in the Las Veronicas area.

    Playa de las Americas

    Playa de Las Americas is the most popular destination in the south of Tenerife, very touristy near the most popular beaches like LAS VISTAS and PLAYA TROYA

    Playa del las Americas is the centre of the Tenerife nightlife with lots of pubs and discos.

    Playa de las Americas is recommended for:
    • Young people,
    • Single looking for new friends,
    • Who are looking for entertainment and nightlife,
    • Who wants to stay in the most popular area.
    👉 Cheapest accommodation in Playa de las Americas

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    Los Cristianos

    Do you plan to go to Tenerife in January, February, March or April? Or looking for the best place to stay in Tenerife with families and children?

    Los Cristianos is recommended for those who spend a holiday in Tenerife in winter because it is the hottest and sunniest area of Tenerife.
    Los Cristianos is located adjacent to Las Americas and is the area with the best climate on the island. It is also full of shops and has a beautiful seaside promenade.
    The hotels and residences are quieter. There are a lot of rental apartments in this area.

    Choose an accommodation in Los Cristianos if:

    - you travel with family and children.
    - You want to stay in a tourist area.
    - Looking for quiet nights just steps from the beach and the center.
    - Looking for proximity to Playa de las Americas but without the risk of sleeping in a noisy place.

    👉 Cheapest accommodation in Los Cristianos

    Costa Adeje

    El Duque beach, like most of Tenerife's most popular and popular beaches, is located in the south of the island. This beach is surrounded by luxury hotels and elite restaurants. The area is more exclusive than Las Americas.

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    El Duque beach
    There are usually more pensioners, wealthy people or anyone looking for a certain level of accommodation. The most prestigious hotels are located in Adeje.

    Adeje is quieter then Playa de las Americas. It is indicated for families and retired people.

    👉 Cheapest accommodation in Costa Adeje

    Puerto de la Cruz 

    Las Teresitas is the beach of Santa Cruz de Tenerife: a beautiful long beach of golden sand of about 1.5 km. Located in San Andrés, the area is frequented by residents and is rather windy.

    The waves have been reduced thanks to the breakwaters it remains in fact a beach to be favored for summer stays and definitely less suitable for winter stays since the North of Tenerife is quite rainy and windy.

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    Lago Martianez
    Lake Martianez, in Puerto de la Cruz, is a huge pool. It is composed by different swimming pools with salt water, volcanic rocks and palm trees overlooking the ocean. They are not heated, so I suggest you to take a bath only in the summer time.
    👉 Cheapest accommodation in Puerto de la Cruz

    Tenerife has a wide range of activities, so it is suitable for different tastes and needs. 
    Enjoy in Tenerife!
    updated July 2019
    Moira Tips



    Holidays in the Canary Islands in winter: Which is the warmest canary island in December? Best Canary Island to visit during Christmas & New Year 2019
    Which is the hottest Canary Island? Which Canary Island has the best weather in January?

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    warmest canary island in december

    Last year I stayed in December in Gran Canaria, departing before Christmas to celebrate New Year in Liguria, Italy.
    There were 30 degrees in Puerto Rico area: stay in the beach was amazing!


    In general, the Canary Islands have a mild climate all year but not all the 7 islands are so warm.

    For those who want to spend the last day of the year in the beach, sunbathing, I would exclude, for climatic reasons, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Better stay in summer-spring.

    Which is the Best Canary Island to visit during Christmas & New Year?

    Which Canary Island has the best weather in January?

    • South of Tenerife 
    • Southwest of Gran Canaria. 

    I'm talking about classic sea ​​life because to visit the islands, do a tour, it's okay any season.

    Spend a warm holiday in Tenerife or Gran Canaria is a great idea because, if you are European...
    1. There is no need to change money (Euro), 
    2. No jet lag.
    3. Convenience: Easy to reach by frequent low cost air flights company like Ryanair. Fair prices.


    TIPS NEW YEAR 2019

    The best area to spend New Year in Gran Canaria is in the southwestern countries of the island for the simple reason that, due to its geography, this area remains protected by winds. For this reason it is warmer, the sun burns, is not mitigated by the wind.

    I do not say it because I have an apartment for rent in Gran Canaria: I have no reason to promote it in winter because is fully booked, the period is very required.

    To try what I say is just go to sites like and see the availability of a hotel or apartment for Christmas in the Puerto Rico, Arguineguin or Playa de Amadores area, and note that there are actually less accommodation available than other part of the Island.

    Here I selected the best accommodations for you to spend a New Year's Eve on the beach.

    ⇨  APARTHOTEL IN PUERTO RICO:  Rio Piedras. Good value for money. Ideal for winter stays, for family with children, for sea life in every season of the year.

    ⇨  AMADORES HOLIDAYS: spectacular views of the ocean and Tenerife. Close to the famous beach Amadores, great for autumn-winter stays. Ideal for couples. Romantic sunset. Various facilities: sauna, gym...

    ⇨  ADULTS ONLY APARTMENTS: Only for adults guests (no children) in Puerto Rico near the harbor.

    ⇨  HOLIDAY VILLAGE At Mogán Playa: Beautiful resort located in the hottest and no windy part of the island: Puerto de Mogan. Small but pretty beach surrounded by shops. A village made up of white houses with colorful flowers on the balconies. Intimate, full of restaurants, ideal for couples or for families with children.


    The New Year's Eve of  Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas is a good alternative if you do not find an accommodation in the southwest area of Gran Canaria. The beach is long but often windy and colder than Puerto Rico, Amadores and Puerto de Mogan.

    If you stay in Maspalomas you can get to best beaches for winter holiday by bus or car: only 10-15 km away. The beach with a large and convenient free parking is Playa de Amadores.

    TO KNOW: I would point out that it is still difficult to find cheap apartments the last second in New Year's Eve because half Europe is wintering here. Italians prefer hotels but British, Norwegian, Finnish... prefer to stay in the apartments and they organize holidays with a wide advance.

    Best Tenerife for nightlife and beach

    ⇨ 1. Cheap apartments in the center near the beach (Playa la Troya). Ideal for young people looking for nightlife.

    ⇨ 2. Hotel 300 meters from the beach (playa las Vistas) with parking and wifi included. Choice of options with breakfast, half or full board. Rooms / facilities also equipped for disabled guests.

    Where is best to go on holiday in January?

    I've been renting my house for the last three years in Gran Canaria: tourists booking my flat in advance (even 1 year in advance).
    I'm always available to help my readers look for accommodation in Canary Islands, but, I noticed in the last years, it is getting harder to find something available in Tenerife and Gran Canaria in winter. I think the reason is the insecurity to travel to Egypt: another destination for winter holidays.

    Best area Tenerife in winter

    ⇨ 1. Spacious family apartments with heated pool in Los Cristianos just a few minutes walk from the beach and the center. Maximum 6 beds. Ideal for large families or groups of friends.

    ⇨ 2. Residence Apartments with Pool in Los Cristianos with Parking and Wifi Included. Quiet location but close to downtown and the beach. Ideal for those who do not want to rent a car during the holiday. Sheltered and warm area in winter.

    Which is the hottest Canary Island?

    If you've already seen Gran Canaria, or looking for an island with more footprint in the nightlife, the southeast of Tenerife is the area for you.

    Which is the Best Tenerife area during Christmas & New Year?

    1. Los Cristianos, 
    2. Playa de Las Americas,
    3. Costa Adeje.

    The most popular beach to sunbath and swimming is Las Vistas and the nearby playa de Los Cristianos. I advice you to stay not far from this area: see map.

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    Aggiornato Ottobre 2017
    Moira R.