During Christmas 2018 my family and I stayed in Gran Canaria for a week. We had been planning this for almost a year because my mother turned 60 in December. We had also been talking about celebrating Christmas somewhere else, so we decided to go to Gran Canaria. And we are glad we did.
Celebrating Christmas in Gran Canaria was obviously different than celebrating at home, but we got a little bit of the christmas spirit nevertheless. We ate «pinnekjøtt» on Christmas Eve like we always do, and opened presents after. Pinnekjøtt is a festive dinner dish of lamb typical to western Norway, but also other parts of Norway. It’s mostly eaten during Christmas.
We had a lovely Christmas Eve even in Gran Canaria, and we could enjoy warm and sunny days the rest of the week.
Gran Canaria is a part of the Spanish province Las Palmas and is the third largest island in the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands was created by volcanos, but there has not been a volcanic eruption for thousands of years on Gran Canaria. A little bit exciting is it anyways. Here are some general facts about Gran Canaria:
- Location: Northwest coast of Africa
- Captial: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Language: Spanish
Traveling from Norway to Gran Canaria
We flew to Gran Canaria by Norwegian from Stavanger airport. The flight was fine, even though we had a 30 minute delay on the way down, and a 40 minute delay on the way home. It was a direct flight and it took i little bit over 5 hours. Time passed by, but I did miss having a screen in front of me where I could watch a movie like I have on my last (much longer) flights.
After arriving at the airport in Gran Canaria and getting our luggage, we had to wait in a long taxi line before we were on our way to the house we had rented for the week. But after a while we were on our way to the house in Morro del Guincho.
It was lovely arriving in Gran Canaria and to enjoy some sun and heat, but in the evenings I was glad that I had packed pants and cardigans. In the day the temperature was over 20 degrees celsius and the sun was warm. This is the normal temperature almost throughout the year. Only in January and February the temperature goes below 20 degrees celsius. The temperature is not really that much lower in the evenings, but it gets colder when the sun goes down.
We had great weather all week, except the day after we arrived Gran Canaria. Then it was cloudy all day, but still warm. The other days the sun was shining, with some wind the first days.
Where we stayed in Gran Canaria
I have actually been to Gran Canaria once before, but that was 10 years ago. Then we stayed at a hotel, and we enjoyed our stay there. Therefore I thought I might share a little bit about that hotel as well before moving along to the house we rented this time.
Last time we visited Gran Canaria we stayed at «Hotel Orquidea». They have now changed the name to «TUI Family Life Orquidea». This is a family hotel. From what I can remember the hotel had a great breakfast buffet, several pools, tennis court, and was located by the sea.
I’m not quite sure about how many stars the hotel has because some websites says that it’s a 3,5 star hotel, while others says 4. Anyways, you will get a certain standard here. And if you want to see pictures or read more about the hotel, you can do that here.
Renting a house
We rented a house in Morro del Guincho in Tauro valley, not that far from Puerto Rico. It was an amazing house with more than enough space for the five of us staying there. The house has four bedrooms with a total of eight beds, five bathrooms, a large outdoor area with a pool, and a smaller area where we could play football and basketball. It was bigger than the pictures, which also he who showed us around the house commented.
It was very fun living in a house like that for a week, and our only regret was not renting a car. But anyways, here are some photos of «Villa Morro Del Guincho 31».
What to do when visiting Gran Canaria
We did several things when we visited Gran Canaria. We relaxed by the pool, visited a park, drove Go Kart, and more. Here are some photos.
Palmitos Park: Zoo and bird park
The park Palmitos Park was recommended to me by a friend who visited the park a couple of years ago. The park did not disappoint! Here you find many different animals and plants, and there are several shows throughout the day. We payed 31 euros per adult to get in (a little bit cheaper if you buy tickets online in advance). Then every show is included. We also ate lunch in the park right by the pool were the dolphin show was.
Go kart in Bahía Feliz
On our last day we decided to go Go Karting. It had been a couple of years since the last time, but it is so much fun! My arms were really tired after driving, even though we only drove for 8 minutes. For those 8 minutes we payed 20 euros. For 20 euros we got to drive the «senior» go kart. For 5 more euros you can drive an even faster go kart, but that was not necessary for me. It was still very fun.
One thing you can do while staying in Gran Canaria is to visit one of the many beaches that is on the island. We had Tauro Beach nearby, and the Amadores Beach was not that far from us either. But we did not spend that much time on the beach this time. Maybe next time.
I would really recommend you to visit Garbo´s if you ever go to Gran Canaria. I had a blast. Garbo’s is a dinner show were the waiters also is a part of the show. You will find the same thing in Oslo and Copenhagen under the name «Wallmans».
For starters we got a creamy vegetable soup with bread on the side. The main course was chicken and feta cheese wrapped in bacon with potatoes. For dessert we got a chocolate mousse cake. The food was very tasty! Also included was unlimited drinks with choices between water, soft drinks, beer, and wine.
The show was fantastic, and the show we got to see was «Simply the Best» which started in October (2018) and had it’s last show in the end of April (2019). In this show there was music from Motown, Queen, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, and more. The Queen part was my absolute favorite.
We payed 50 euros per person, but the ordinary price is 59 euros per person if you order online. The show starts at 18:45 and ends at 22:45. If you think that this sounds exciting you can check out Garbo’s page here.
Where to eat (except from Garbo´s)
Restaurante Guantánamo was just a short walk from our house so we had dinner twice here. It might not sound that tempting eating at a restaurant with the same name as a detention camp, but the food was good. They had a wide selection of steaks and various fish dishes.
Amadores Beach Club
We had dinner a couple of times at Amadores Beach Club, including our first night in Gran Canaria. Great food and drinks. This restaurant is a bit more on the expensive side, but worth a trip.
We had a great stay at Gran Canaria, and I must admit that it was a bit nice to be away from the Christmas stress. Especially since we got to enjoy sun and warm weather.
Have you ever been to Gran Canaria? What did you do?
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