When I imagine the most romantic places in the world to take a vacation I usually find myself thinking of island destinations. I associate islands with romance because they conjure up images of ship wrecked lovers, abandoned on a tropical beach with a mountainous jungle backdrop. The couple has everything they need (i.e each other) and they don’t ever want to be rescued. I kind of like the idea of being trapped in paradise
Gran Canaria, one of the Canary Islands off the north-west coast of Africa, appeals to me for a number of reasons. For one, it isn’t so small that you’re going to get bored after a day or two. I love beaches as much as the next person but I’m not one to spend my whole vacation just swimming and sunbathing. When I take an island vacation I like it to be of a size that I can rent a car and explore it with my partner. This adds a feeling of freedom and romance to our holiday, whether it be an independent trip or a package holiday through a company.
Gran Canaria has vastly differing geographical areas which give it very contrasting landscapes and micro-climates. This makes it even more interesting. A third of the the island is Biosphere reserve under the protection of UNESCO. The best beaches are in the south and east of the island while the north and west are mountainous and have a cooler climate.
There are many romantic activities for you and your sweetheart to enjoy on the island. Here are some of them:
– indulge and pamper yourselves at one of the island’s many beach resorts and spas. There are 2014 package deals available through the likes of Cosmos Holidays. You can be as active or lazy as you want to be. There are all sorts of water sports and land based activities you can try and/or you can just relax, swim, sunbathe and stroll hand in hand along the gorgeous beaches.
– Why not learn to dive the explore one of the top diving destinations in the world. One of the best diving spots is Sardina de Norte. If you are already experienced at diving there are 2 shipwrecks just off the port of Las Palmas that provide an amazing diving experience.
– Go for a walk on the Dunas de Maspalomas, vast and beautiful sand dunes on the southern coast of Gran Canaria. As you can imagine the colours and shadows of the dunes are at their most dramatic and spectacular at sunrise and sunset.
– Visit Puerto de Mogan, a pretty fishing village which is also known as “little venice” because it’s inlet has canals and small bridges like it’s famous namesake. Another lovely place to visit is Vegueta, the old quarter of Las Palmas.
– Take a drive up into the mountainous area of central Gran Canaria and hike up to Roque Nublo. The views are breath-taking. Another wonderful drive to take is up the valley of Barranco de Guayadeque on the island’s east coast. The valley is covered with plants and cacti indigenous to the Canaries and you will enjoy visiting the historic cave houses and church.
– Take a boat excursion off the south-west coast to go dolphin and pilot whale watching. How romantic to see dolphins leaping out of the water in their own natural environment.
photo credit: Vin Crosbie CC