Gran Canaria resorts are home to expats and locals as well as tourists. Particularly Puerto Rico. The latest destination to be covered in our popular series of guides about the island.
Situated in the south west of Gran Canaria, Puerto Rico belongs to Mogán municipality along with neighbouring Amadores, connected by coastal promenade which will take you 20 minutes on foot if you adopt a leisurely pace. From the airport, it’s around a 30-minute drive along the GC-1. Here are four fantastic things to do there.
1. Have a day out in Puerto Rico
250 metres long and 90 metres wide, pretty Puerto Rico beach makes for a great excursion for all the family because it’s sandy and the surf’s mild. Puerto’s no natural beauty however as it didn’t exist until 1969 when construction began. A year earlier, workmen started to break up the mountain.
Where the brochures go big on Maspalomas’ famous dunes including sand blown over from Sahara, they’re rather more discreet when it comes to Puerto Rico’s link to Africa. For this horseshoe stretch of sand’s man-made. Instead of grains from the famous desert arriving with the wind, they’re imported to transform a pebbly beach into a smoother, sandier one.
There’s plenty of fun to be had for family members younger and older with Puerto Escala’s Canary WaterSports. Their range of activities include banana-boat rides, jet skiing, and parascending. Operating out of Puerto Base meanwhile are the more adult-orientated boat trips of Afrikat, Canary Boat Trips’ Aphrodite Sailing Experience (although the same company also organize a dolphin and whale searching Catmaran excursion), and the Spirit of the Sea. Whilst Cavalier Fishing Charters will provide you with bait, food, drink, a ride, and rods.
Heading away from the ports, right next to the bus station in fact, you’ll come across the Angry Birds Activity Park. Now this is definitely more geared towards little ones with children under five allowed in free. The park’s open Monday to Friday 10:00am to 9:00pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am to 9:00pm.
2. Holiday in Puerto Rico
In the Caribbean country of Puerto Rico, the official languages are English and Spanish. In Puerto Rico, the Gran Canaria resort, it feels much the same. This is a holiday spot which targets Brits, although it’s also popular with the Scandinavian market in winter time.
Top hotels include neighbouring Marina Suites and Morasol Suites, four-star establishments located in the more exclusive marina area. Up the hill, there are the all-inclusive Eden Apartments and Cala d’Or Apartments, where, just like at Marina Suites, we’ve celebrated Mrs Gran Canaria Local’s birthday. There are also holiday homes such as Villa Serendipity which, curiously, forms part of the Marina Bayview complex.
3. Move to Puerto Rico
This is very much a Gran Canaria property hot spot. Estate agents based in the area include Canary House Real Estate and our old friends, Cárdenas. To get to know people in the area once you relocate, it might be worth your while joining a Facebook Group like the Puerto Rico Gran Canaria Notice Board.
4. Wine and dine in Puerto Rico
Most of the restaurants here, along with the bars and very few clubs, are to be found in the resort’s shopping centres. The main ones include the Europa Center and CC Puerto, an uphill trek from the beach. Barranco Agua de Perra’s Las Olas, however, is next door to Puerto Base.
Restaurant Grill El Cenador in Las Olas is the best place to get a juicy steak in these parts and they import their meat from Galicia. Nearby, Cosi Come Sei specializes in Italian cuisine, in particular Venetian delicacies such as the seasonal cod alla vicentina with polenta. Or go Greek in Puerto Rico’s only Hellenic restaurant, Rhodos Palace, in CC Passarella.