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Gran Canaria - Puerto Mogan - Krista photo

Gran Canaria v Tenerife Opinion

The debate over which destination will make the better holiday is not without its share of risks, simplifications and biases, and ultimately it’s best if you can try both, then make up your own mind.

Pros of Gran Canaria

1. More sandy beaches, and these are more beautiful than on Tenerife
2. Less crowded and not as touristy as Tenerife
3. More sunshine, and winters are warmer than on Tenerife (Mount Teide draws clouds to the latter)
4. The shopping possibilities in Las Palmas
5. The landscape is more diverse, and the sand dunes are exciting
6. The southwestern part of the island gets very little wind

Cons of Gran Canaria

1. Fewer party options than on Tenerife
2. A bit more boring than Tenerife
3. The eastern part of the island is overdeveloped

Pros of Tenerife

1. More party and entertainment options than on Gran Canaria, especially on Playa de las Americas and Playa de los Cristianos
2. The natural environment is more exciting (e.g. Mount Teide)
3. Public safety is a bit better than on Gran Canaria
4. There are more activities and entertainment for families with children
5. A better choice of water sports

Cons of Tenerife

1. Fewer good sandy beaches than on Gran Canaria – most of the coastline is rocky and barren
2. It is often said that Tenerife gets more cloud than Gran Canaria
3. The landscape is more arid than on Gran Canaria (though this is less true in the north)

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“Anyone looking to spend their time on Gran Canaria relaxing on the beach can rest assured that they aren’t missing out on any spectacular historical or natural wonders. The landscapes are prettier on Tenerife, and there are more sights and excursions. Palmitos Park on Gran Canaria is pretty run down compared to Loro Park. On the other hand, the beaches on Tenerife struck us a second-rate – it’s interesting primarily for its natural beauty.” (Lee, 2017)

Practicals

Transport

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Gran Canaria - international airport - Kriszta photo

Gran Canaria - Agaete - motortrycle - Krista photo

Food

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Gran Canaria - Gambas al Ahillo (Garlic shrimp) - Ata photo

Gran Canaria - Agaete - cafe - Krista photo

Background

Destination in brief

Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands, which is Spanish territory. Gran Canaria is between Tenerife and Fuerteventura.

Size: 1,560 km²  (602 mi²) - third largest island of the Canaries (Tenerife is the first, Fuerteventura is the second)

Population (in 2020): 866,000

Central city: Las Palmas

The average net monthly salary (in 2020): 1100 Euro

Climate


The weather at the northern end of the island is colder, rainier than the southern end. Although there is only 80 km (50 mi) distance between them, the weather can be different at the same time.

Attractions

Puerto Mogan

Gran Canaria - Puerto Mogan - Krista photo

Gran Canaria - Puerto Mogan - beach - Krista photo

Mogán

Gran Canaria - Mogán - Anfi Beach - k. m. photo

Agaete

Gran Canaria - Agaete - Street plan - Krista photo

Gran Canaria - Agaete - Krista photo

Gran Canaria - Agaete - Iglesia Matriz de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion - Krista photo

Gran Canaria - Agaete - Krista photo

Gran Canaria - Agaete - Krista photo

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