Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands located off the coast of northwestern Africa and was the destination for our winter sun break.
My parents have visited the island for 2 weeks each January for the past 15 years and this year we decided to join them. Cheap flights from Birmingham to Las Palmas made for a cost effective break and as my parents had hired a car the island was super accessible when we wanted to explore.
As the Canary Islands are owned by Spain you can expect similar benefits – the locals speak good English and are always happy to help, Paella and Sangria deals are available at most restaurants and Euro is the currency. Oh and it’s warmer than the UK at any given point.