Ready for an unforgettable adventure? Visit Gran Canaria and Western Sahara in one trip from Birmingham, UK for only £99!
Gran Canaria is the third-largest island in the Canaries’ archipelago, but accounts for almost half the population. It lives up to its cliché as a continent in miniature, with a dramatic variation of terrain, ranging from the green and leafy north to the mountainous interior and desert south. Contrasting with these unspoiled peaks and valleys is a rugged coastline interspersed with white sandy beaches and, more famously (and depressingly), a garish tiara of purpose-built holiday resorts. Beyond the sands, though, Gran Canaria can keep the adrenalin pumping, with scope for hiking, cycling and watersports, while culture-vultures can be similarly satiated, particularly in the historic cosmopolitan capital of Las Palmas.
After crossing the rocky and forlorn expanses of the hammada south from Tarfaya, the Western Saharan city of Dakhla is an appealingly relaxed destination. A constant feature is the cobalt intensity of the Atlantic Ocean, softened here by palm trees, a pleasant oceanfront esplanade and a shallow island-studded lagoon. The region’s recent Spanish past echoes languidly in cafes and restaurants, while one of the world’s best kiteboarding scenes attracts international visitors seeking a more energetic Western Saharan experience. Occasional roadblocks on the fringes of the desert reinforce this is a disputed region, despite what is indicated by the Moroccan flags shifting in tropical breezes. Against this subdued background of international contention, a small group of pioneering expats are developing eco-aware and low-impact tours exploring the lagoon and surrounding desert
Routing & Sample dates:
Birmingham – Gran Canaria – Birmingham June 14
Gran Canaria – Laayoune June 19
Laayoune – Gran Canaria June 23
Gran Canaria – Birmingham June 26
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Ryanair: One cabin bag per passenger (10kg).
Royal Air Maroc: One checked baggage and one cabin bag per passenger.
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