On the beach… let it all go

At the heart of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, located opposite Tenerife, is a little paradise where the temperature never falls below 15°C. A hotel on the waterside and the sea as the horizon… You're not dreaming, you're in paradise.

If you've arrived in Gran Canaria, then you're in the know. This miniature continent has an exceptional environment. Its climate – one of the best in all of Europe –, its water temperature – 18°C in winter and 22°C during the rest of the year – and its exceptional sailing conditions for kite surfing or sailing make it a well-kept secret, something that regulars only whisper about.

Because of its uncommon landscape, UNESCO has declared it a "Biosphere Reserve". Here, all efforts are being made to safeguard the island's natural habitat and its biodiversity. This preserved "micro-world" accounts for half of the island's geographic area. Your Radisson Gran Canaria Hotel is located in the southern part, in Arguineguín, next to a white-sandy beach, alongside the magnificent beaches of Aquamarina and Patalavaca.

You will enjoy a calming view from your room on to the ocean and you can admire the 360-degree panoramic view from the rooftop. Adjacent to the countryside, rolling hills can be seen as far as the eye can see.. Following hiking trails to the arid zones where thistles and tabaibas grow, while the valleys are the site of charming palm groves. You will get lost in the narrow streets of small villages. You'll be amazed by a surprising neo-Gothic church in the middle of a banana plantation or by an indigenous loft attached to a huge cliff.

As to the sea, divers will appreciate the lava flows that can be viewed under the water's surface, and sailors can navigate the large cliffs by foot and take a dip not far from the interconnected sandbanks. On land, fans of golf or endurance races will be spoilt for choice with the 2017 ITF Open at the Playa de Las Canteras (April 18-23) and the Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria (April 22). Culture lovers will enjoy the "Ecuaciones" exhibition dedicated to the artist Oswaldo Maciá, at the Atlantic Center of Modern Art (CAAM), through June 18.

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