Gran Canaria is one of the main islands in the Canary Island chain. It’s a rounded volcanic island filled with a lush and verdant interior, punctuated by lakes and rivers, and is surrounded by paradisiacal beaches, sand dunes and popular resorts. It also has a fascinating cultural capital – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, home to charming architecture and interesting museums. Here’s our pick of the best Airbnbs on the island.
This apartment is part of a rural finca near the village of Tasarte in western Gran Canaria. It’s situated 600 metres up in the mountains and is surrounded by the most amazing views. You need to rent a car to stay here because of its remote location. Not only does it offer spectacular views, but also an orchard of organic fruit trees, a natural spring, renewable solar and wind energy, and a lovely swimming pool. It can sleep four in a double room and one sofa bed and also has a cosy kitchen and living room.
If you’ve ever thought you’d love to stay in a cave, then now is your chance. Gran Canaria is home to a few of these unique underground homes so here is an excellent place to try one out. Built in the 19th century, it can sleep up to eight guests in two bedrooms and three extra people on sofa beds in the lounge area. Inside, it features all the latest mod-cons in cosy and colourful rooms. Outside though is probably where you’ll be spending most of your time here – in the hot tub, cooking at the barbecue area or relaxing on the day beds.
Situated in the village of Farailaga, near the north coast of the island, this charming apartment is not really a loft at all, but a mini villa with one big open-plan concept. Set in its own volcanic garden, filled with fruit trees and cacti, it can sleep two guests in one double bed. It also offers a fully-equipped kitchen and a lovely infinity pool.
If you’re looking for something in Gran Canaria right on the beachfront, then you can’t do better than this glossy and stylish apartment, which overlooks the sea. It can sleep five guests and two bedrooms and also has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area with sea views and a contemporary bathroom. Added extras include air-con, Wi-Fi, wireless speakers and a coffee machine. A shared pool and direct access to the beach also make this an excellent choice.
If amazing sea views are a must on holiday for your Gran Canarian holiday, then you’d be hard pressed to find better than the vistas from this cosy penthouse. It’s located on the second floor of a detached house in the coastal village of Punta de Galdar, on the northwestern most tip of the island. It can sleep six people in two bedrooms and offers all the latest mod-cons, from a fully-equipped kitchen to a plasma tv and wifi. The highlight however is the terrace with glass wall from which to see the horizon and the volcanic mountain of Gáldar.
Imagine staying in your own penthouse with private rooftop swimming pool and spectacular ocean views. This is exactly what you get at this sleek and polished Airbnb, sleeping up to six guests in three bedrooms. It’s located in the coastal area of Taliarte on the eastern coast of the island, home to a large marina and a couple of beaches. Inside, enjoy the spacious rooms, fully equipped kitchen and glossy polished wood floors, while outside delight in your private swimming pool with massage jets and gorgeous terrace.
Of course it’s great to stay near the beach or in the mountains in Gran Canaria, but its historic capital of Las Palmas is a charming place to base yourself too. Filled with elegant pieces of architecture, fascinating museums and a range of bars and restaurants, it’s a great place to explore. This lovely apartment is located in a classic Canarian house from 1911 and can sleep four in two double bedrooms. It’s a short walk from the main pedestrian street of Triana with its beautiful facades and many shops. Inside, you’ll find a comfortable space for dining, as well as a fully equipped kitchen.