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Gran Canaria-pick your hotel area carefully!

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The first thing I would say about Gran Canaria is that it is critical to stay on the southern side of the island to get the best climate - dry and sunny; it can be cold and wet on the north side on the same day as it is fine and warm in the south just due to the geography. Secondly, make sure you research the hotel and area you are staying in as you may find yourself in a "Scandinavian only" or "British only" sector of the island; it's up to you as where you will be most comfortable. Puerto Rico is a big Scandinavian hang-out with many older men walking the streets, let's say, scantily clad; you have to be ready for that. For us, Puerto de Mogan had the best weather, the best restaurants and ice cream, and was less crowded than other places - a really good spot for families.

Good for
  • Family
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

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Gelatomania

Restaurants

Moonlight Cinema

Movie Theatres

Casa de Colon

History Museums

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Destinations

Puerto de Mogan

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TippOz's City Tips

  • Research your accommodation area so that it suits the sort of people and cuisine you will be exposed to mostly.
  • Stay on southern side of island.
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    Gelatomania
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    TippOz Says:

    Best ice cream in Gran Canaria! And a really great spot to stop and enjoy eating it - a great view of the marina!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Go for it!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 2,662 restaurants in Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • highlight of our holiday 09/11/2017
    • Best Ice Cream in Mogan 09/11/2017
    • Gelatomania
    Address:
    Avenida Varadero 20
    Puerto de Mogan
    35138 Playa de Mogan, Mogan, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 669 74 12 41
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Moonlight Cinema
    Movie Theatres
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    TippOz Says:

    Great place to see a film - watch out for the wind though!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Dress warmly in winter
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 15 Fun & Games in Maspalomas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Moonlighting 01/12/2017
    • Good 28/11/2017
    • Moonlight Cinema
    Address:
    Avenida Cristobal Colon
    San Bartolome de Tirajana
    35100, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 671 37 98 52
    Other:
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    Casa de Colon
    History Museums
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    TippOz Says:

    Great place to see the history of Christopher Columbus!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Check out the colourful macaws in the courtyard.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 143 things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unexpected exhibition 11/12/2017
    • A gem of a Museum paying homage to Christopher Columbus 10/12/2017
    • Casa de Colon
    Address:
    Calle Colon 1
    35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 31 23 73
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 15:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
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    TippOz Says:

    A cooler part of the island so dress warmly in winter, but some of the beaches were quite nice.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Watch out for the wind near the beach - it can be strong!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
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    Puerto de Mogan
    Destinations
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    TippOz Says:

    This is the prettiest, smallest and least crowded parts of the island that we thought was worth visiting.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Check out Gelatomania!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    • Puerto de Mogan
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