I do love Christmas, but I think it is time to set my sights on something on something a little bit warmer. I was curious to see the furtherest destinations you could fly to, from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, without having to go through the ordeal of a transfer. One of the results: Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is located 130 miles from the African coast, and is the third largest of the Canary Islands with Fuerteventura and Tenerife as its neighbours. (You can fly direct there too!)
Average temperatures for May range between lows of 17°C to a daily high of 22°C, minimal to no rainfall, 11 hours of glorious sunshine and miles of sandy beaches. If you’re a keen explorer, you could take advantage of the varying terrain of the island and plan an adventure into the mountains, or even take a day trip to the capital – Las Palmas.
Saturday 21st – Saturday 28th May 2016
RyanAir, with 1 x 15kg Luggage (shared between two) and hand luggage up to 10kg each for £362 total, or £181pp return. Add an extra £10 each way for increasing the 15kg to 20kg.
Hotel Neptuno is within a 10-15 minute walk of the nearest beach, the 2.7km long white sand Playa del Inglés. With the average sea temperature in may of 20°C – water sports are thriving, with the beach offering all sorts of activities including jet-skiing, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and many more. Basically, whatever you feel energetic enough to put your mind to – even scuba diving!
A slightly longer walk gets you to the Maspalomas sand dunes; with a designated nudist area and another section that has proven popular with the gay community (near Bar 7).
The adult only hotel has one outdoor pool, free wi-fi, 24 hour fitness gym, 24 hour reception and an arcade / games room, 2 restaurants and a bar. With an average rating of 4.2/5 and over 800 reviews, the hotel must be doing something right.
Prices from BravoFly provide the best deal, £446 for two on a half board basis; whereas Hotels.com is £129 more expensive at £575 for the week.
- Transfers from the Airport can be arranged direct with the hotel for roughly £37 each way; try Hoppa for a cheaper alternative (£11-£45 return depending on shared, shared express or private).
- TopCashback is your friend. Hoppa alone is currently doing a deal for 26.25% on transfers booked before 11t October 2015
- BravoFly provide an option to pay in instalments; 10EUR per person on booking and then 25% of the remaining balance at regular intervals leading up to your departure date to help spread the cost (hotel only).