A resort town on the south-western coast of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Puerto Rico is a beautiful spot to spend your vacation. Due to the island’s volcanic origins, the landscape here is a mix between rugged coastal lines and stunning white and black sand beaches. Puerto Rico has a great selection of hotels and restaurants to choose from and is an ideal holiday destination for couples, as well as families.
WEATHER IN PUERTO RICO
Gran Canaria is located off the west Sahara coast, as therefore has subtropical weather conditions almost all year round. Even at the height of winter, the temperatures in Puerto Rico will drop down only to an average of 17°C, while the water is still warm enough to swim in. In August, the temperatures average at around 24°C, with the sun setting around 9 pm at this time of the year, making al fresco dining an absolute must.
THINGS TO DO
Playa de Puerto Rico is the main beach in the town of Puerto Rico. Families love to flock here in numbers, as it is a beautiful cove that is man-made and stretches to 200 meters in length. The nearby marina is home to many sailboats and fishing boats, which are laid out to line up across the horizon. Beach beds and umbrellas are available for rent here, so you can spend an entire day lazing in the sun, dipping in the ocean or enjoying a little picnic.
Angry Birds Activity Park
Located in Puerto Rico itself, the Angry Birds Activity Park is the only one of its kind in southern Europe. Here, families can enjoy a wide variety of activities which are suitable for younger and older children alike, but also their parents. You can spend your day here skating, climbing, zip lining or even racing, as a racing circuit is available here. A laser maze provides adrenaline and laughter to the whole family, an absolute must-try for young and old.
The Canary Islands is well-known for its excellent dive sites, and Puerto Rico has a thriving diving community that offers many types of activities. You can get PADI certified in any of the dive school here, and explore the shoreline of Puerto Rico from an underwater perspective. Those who would rather stay close to the surface can also go on a snorkeling excursion, where you can encounter the healthy marine life, but also venture out towards the many wrecks along the coast.
Anfi Tauro Golf
At the nearby Anfi Tauro Golf, golf enthusiasts or newbies can spend a day on the greens, practicing their swing or improving their handicaps. This golf course is located right outside Puerto Rico and is a stunning 18-hole course which also has a driving range for practicing. The course can be challenging for some players with less experience; however, it is such a well-designed course well worth the try.
Shopping Centre Puerto Rico
An open-air shopping center, here you can buy anything from clothes, leather goods, and souvenirs. However, it is crowded with bars and restaurants, so perhaps for some, it is less of a shopping place, but more of a hangout spot. This shopping center is usually full of visitors and is not a quiet place to relax and unwind, but is lively and vibrant and will keep you on your toes.
Marina Suites Gran Canaria
Right by the Puerto Rico marina, you can find the Marina Suites Gran Canaria, a modern hotel with sea view apartments and a large infinity pool. The hotel is decorated in a minimal all-white, with splashes of primary colors. Each apartment comes with a kitchenette, as well as a private bathroom. A fitness center is on site for visitors who want to maintain a fitness regime, as well as hot tubs and Balinese beds. Book Now!
Another popular choice for families is the Hotel Riosol, which is a funky place with bright yellow umbrellas that stand out against the blue of the sea. Here the accommodations up for grabs are either one or two-bedroom apartments, complete with bathroom, sitting area, and kitchenettes. An international buffet is served at the Hotel Riosol for both breakfast and dinner, with gluten-free options available upon request. Amenities here include a heated pool, a sports court, and a gym. Book Now!
The Apartamentos Eden is a stylish and family-friendly hotel with cozy apartments to suit your needs. A large pool is a perfect place to spend the day, while working on your tan, lounging on the many sunbeds available. They have fun activities the whole family can join in on, such as water polo and aqua aerobics. It is only a short walk away from the restaurants and bars in Puerto Rico, which is why it is so popular among its regular visitors.
Gloria Place Royal Hotel & Spa
The Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa is located only 200 meters from the trendy Amadores Beach, with its bright blue infinity pool and stunning sea views. Modern rooms with balconies will make your stay extra comfortable; each room comes with bathrobes for the full effect. The spa at the Gloria Palace Royal has an indoor pool, a hot tub, and a gym, for days when a little unwinding or exercise is necessary. This hotel is particularly popular among couples, who rate it highly for a romantic 2-person trip. Book Now!
Servatur Casablanca Suites & Spa
For visitors who prefer to stay at an adults-only hotel, the Servateur Casablanca Suites & Spa would be a perfect choice. Here everything is about relaxation and luxury, with a fully-equipped spa center and a fitness suite on site. The restaurants serve up delicious buffet spreads that will satisfy your every craving, and the poolside bar makes for an ideal spot to enjoy cocktails and wine. Each room comes with its balcony, where you can enjoy some quiet time and soak up the sun with some privacy. Book Now!
RESTAURANTS / BAR
This family-owned restaurant is always packed, and with good reason. VIP Pizza boasts of huge servings for great value – serving not only pizzas but also delicious pasta dishes and classic Spanish tapas such as gambas al pil-pil. Come early to snag a table, as they fill up quickly and often end up with lines of guests trying to get a last-minute table.
Happy Valley Indian Restaurant
A warm and inviting place to spend your dinners, the Happy Valley Indian Restaurant will have you walking out happily rubbing your full bellies. This is the home to the best curry in Puerto Rico, so if you are a fan of Indian cuisine, then this place is an absolute must-visit. The chicken korma comes highly recommended, as well as the garlic naan, which has people coming back for more.
Cosi Come Sei
The Cosi Come Sei Restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic date, or a family dinner, as the ambiance here is simply fantastic. Dishes that are often recommended include the fillet steak Rossini served with a potato gratin, but also the tapas starters such as the Jamon Serrano and buffalo mozzarella with salad. The service is very attentive and is more than helpful to attend to your needs, even if you have children in tow.
Of course, you can’t visit the Canary Islands without having a traditional tapas meal. At Cristina, you will get to taste all the classic Spanish dishes such as fried fish, seafood, and steaks cooked to perfection. The restaurant itself is no-frills and as traditional as it gets. Have a try of the Paella, but also any of the home-made desserts, as they will round up your meals perfectly.
Trixie Lyx Show Bar
For something completely different in terms of nightlife in Puerto Rico, you can pay a visit to the Trixie Lyx Show Bar, a comedy show like no other. The show is adults-only and not suitable for children, but it is an entertaining way to spend a night with friends if you want to go out for a laugh. Adult language is likely to be used, so it might not be the right place to take your in-laws unless they are on board with that.
GETTING TO PUERTO RICO FROM THE AIRPORT
Puerto Rico is about 48 kilometers away from the airport, so you have several ways to get there once you land. If you are looking to hire a car for your trip, you will find many car companies at the airport which will have fantastic offers at hand. Driving to Puerto Rico will probably take you a little over half an hour on the highway, and will be easy to find.
You have the option of pre-booking a shuttle that will take you from the airport straight to your hotel’s doorstep. Another option is to take a bus, which is also an economical choice, as it won’t set you back more than 6€ – however, you need to make sure you know the timetable upon arrival as this can change, especially on weekends or holidays. Lastly, you can always take a taxi if you prefer to travel in comfort. A cab from the airport to Puerto Rico will cost you around 60€ on average.