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Flights to Gran Canaria – more than a destination for package tourists

Cheap flights in economy class to Gran Canaria mean that experiencing a back-to-back summer is within reach. In the winter months, the temperature in Gran Canaria rarely falls below 20 °C and the water is usually 18 °C or warmer. Some 210km west of South Morocco in the Atlantic, this volcanic island offers its visitors a truly rich experience. The journey from Germany to the airport in the island’s capital is remarkably straightforward, with SunExpress flying visitors non-stop to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (LPA) from Munich, Nuremberg and Düsseldorf. The Gando Airport, named after the district of the nearby town of Telde, is halfway between Las Palmas and the famous resorts of Playa del Inglés, San Agustín and Maspalomas. With approximately ten million passengers that travel through it each year, Gran Canaria Airport is the fifth-largest airport in Spain.

Well signposted and open all year round, the caves are definitely worth a visit. Explore the island by booking your flight to Gran Canaria (LPA) at SunExpress today!

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Country: Spain
Language: Spanish
Currency: Euro

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The gateway to the Canary Islands

Airlines from England, Germany and Scandinavia offer the most flights to Gran Canaria (LPA). The majority of Spanish inland flights depart from the island to Madrid and Barcelona. Direct flights to Santiago de Compostela, Malaga or Seville are also scheduled at least once a week. Furthermore, it is the best starting point for island hopping in any combination, as the airport has its own terminal for connections to the other Canary Islands: El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. SunExpress takes vacationers on their outward flight to Gran Canaria and collects them again for their return from Lanzarote, Tenerife or Fuerteventura – any combination is possible in economy class. The regional airways between the islands run several times a day, with none of these flights taking more than an hour. Especially adventurous tourists will also appreciate the regular direct flights to Morocco, Mauritania or the Western Sahara.

Las Palmas - a small jewel of the Canaries

In the northeast of Gran Canaria lies the island capital of Las Palmas, founded in 1478. Since 1990, it has been a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and has exemplified the island’s cultural and historical heritage. Las Palmas is ideal for a spontaneous holiday, which can be planned at short notice. Walking through the miles of white, sandy beaches of Las Canteras, holidaymakers will be able to relax and rest. At Playa del Confital, near the foot of the mountains, you can watch windsurfers from all over the world. The black sand beach of Playa La Laja at the southern exit of the city attracts surfers as well as anglers. Here, there is also a charming beach promenade on which travellers can stroll along the coast. Las Palmas also has several spas to help you relax. After sightseeing in the old town of La Vegueta, with the colonial architecture from the 15th and 16th centuries, visitors can go shopping along the Mayor de Triana. You should also not miss the cultural diversity of the city – the arts and culture scene in Las Palmas is very lively. Las Palmas is known worldwide for its festivals, the carnival in February and countless live concerts, especially in July. Throughout the year, exhibitions and all kinds of theatrical performances and operas are held in the Auditorium Alfredo Kraus.

Discover Gran Canaria by bus or on your own

Besides sightseeing, shopping and seaside holidays, Gran Canaria invites you to discover the island on an exciting and informative tour, conveniently done by bus with a knowledgeable tour guide. An island round trip is easily accessible from Playa del Inglés, and day trips outside the dense tourist spots lead to the tranquil fishing village of Agaete or the mountain village of Tejeda, which is particularly beautiful in spring, with the almond blossoms. It’s also worth making a trip to the market in Teror. After a flight to Gran Canaria, you also have the option of renting a car directly from the airport and discovering the island on your own.

Cenobio de Valerón granary in the mountain de Gallego

One of the most picturesque archaeological sites Gran Canaria tourists can visit is Cenobio de Valerón, roughly translated to Monastery of Valeron or Caves of Valeron. Contrary to the assumptions, however, the site does not serve as a girls‘ monastery, but as a sophisticated granary. The natives of Gran Canaria, the Guanches, built this complex of more than 350 caves in the northern part of the island more than 800 years ago. The area was well protected from weather influences, and from outside, it was difficult for uninformed locals to recognize. Rebuilt only at the beginning of the 1940s, Cenobio de Valerdón is today a protected monument.

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