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Holidays / December 4, 2015

For a relatively small island, Gran Canaria has an impressive list of things to do while on holiday, provided visitors can tear themselves away from the stunning beaches and their water sports. The buzzing tourist resorts all have charms of their own and the natural beauty of the island and its unique ecosystems have led to much of the land being designated as a protected bio-reserve by UNESCO. The island has a high biological diversity and over half of the animal species found on Gran Canaria holidays are native to the Canary Islands, making the island an important site for conservation and a brilliant destination for fans of nature. The Botanical Garden Viera y Clavijo is around 10km south-west of Las Palmas and is home to more than 100 plant species that are endemic to the Canary Islands. Amongst the plants and flora found in the gardens 24 hectares, visitors can explore the ornamental gardens, waterfall, pine forest, cactus garden and herbarium.

Given its long history, it's no surprise that Las Palmas, the island's capital, has some impressive landmarks, interesting museums, a stunning cathedral and picturesque old quarter. There's also Playa de las Canteras, the 2.5-mile beach that is the city's symbol. Everything from surfing to sunbathing keeps visitors busy during the day, and the nightlife around Parque Santa Catalina keeps going until late.

Aguimes Old Town is a picturesque reminder of earlier times on the island, with pretty painted houses set in well-preserved medieval streets and a fine neoclassical basilica in the main square. The town is famous for its International Theatre Festival du Sur, which attracts companies from Europe, Africa and the Americas.

For a day out having fun, package holidays to Gran Canaria offer a selection of theme parks and water parks which are perfect for family visits. Maspalomas holds most of the attractions, including Aqualand, Holiday World, Sioux City and Palmitos Park, and San Nicolas de Tolentino is home to Cactualdea Park. Crocodile Park in Aguimes is an all-time favourite.

Playa del Ingles is another popular visitor destination, with July and August given over to the 18-30s set arriving for the vibrant nightlife. The huge resort boasts a casino complete with Las Vegas-style entertainment as well as a great choice of dance clubs, pubs, bars and eateries. For upscale delights, Meloneras district is the place to go.