Arguineguin lies on the south coast of Gran Canaria, a short distance from Puerto Rico. Originally a small fishing village, Arguineguin retains much of its traditional charm and is very popular with Scandinavians and Germans. Many Norwegians have second homes in Arguineguin and spend winters here in preference to the frozen wastes of the far north of Europe. Arguineguin is now a fairly populous small town, rather than a village, with a thriving port. It is a fairly relaxed resort with a coarse sandy beach, a range of holiday accommodation, a good shopping centre and some excellent restaurants.
Why Go To Arguineguin?
An Arguineguin holiday offers warm year round sunshine in fairly peaceful surroundings with a choice of beaches and a variety of leisure activities on land and water. There are many attractions in the vicinity appealing to both adults and children. Hotels, bars, discos and restaurants provide the evening entertainment.
Who Is Arguineguin Popular With?
An Arguineguin holiday appeals to families and couples of all ages. It is very popular with Scandinavians in general and Norwegians in particular. The traditional atmosphere found in Arguineguin is very different from that which is found in purpose built resorts and this appeals to many.
When To Go To Arguineguin
An Arguineguin holiday can be taken at any time of year with its pleasantly hot summers and warm winters.
Arguineguin - The Place
Arguineguin on the southern coast of Gran Canaria is a pleasant town surrounded by hills offering a range of recreational activities for holidaymakers. Its accommodation includes large hotels with first class facilities, villas and self-catering apartments and studios. Arguineguin is not a major holiday resort and therein lies its charm. Its local people live and work in and around the town and this creates an atmosphere very different from the more popular or purpose built resorts. The narrow streets are busy, bustling places especially on Tuesday when the large market comes to town.
Arguineguin has a coarse sandy beach along which runs an attractive promenade. The promenade reaches the beach of neighbouring Patalavaca. Water sports are available and these include wind surfing, jet skiing, banana boat rides and scuba diving. The ocean around Gran Canaria has ideal conditions for whale and dolphin spotting and for big game fishing where it is possible to catch blue marlins weighing hundreds of pounds.
Golfers will find an eighteen hole golf course close to the sand dunes in a nature reserve in nearby Maspalomas.
Many of the islands attractions are found near in the south of Gran Canaria and these include the very popular Aqualand. With over thirty slides including the Anaconda and the Tornado it appeals to both children and adults alike. Here you can actually swim with the sea lions. Holiday world is a theme park with exciting rides.
Inland Gran Canaria is well worth exploring with its stunning scenery and charming old villages. Jeep safaris to Mount Tejeda are an ideal way to explore the island.
An Arguineguin holiday offers year-long sunshine, pleasant beaches and a host of leisure activities both in and out of the water.
Although there are some lively bars Arguineguin is not a place that parties through the night, reflecting the family nature of the resort. Evening entertainment is often provided by the larger hotels with shows and live acts. There are a good number of cosy restaurants where couples can enjoy an intimate meal.
Arguineguin has a variety of shops supplying holiday essentials as well as gifts and souvenirs. Since one of the attractions of shopping in Gran Canaria is that goods are virtually tax free, it is worth taking a ferry or a bus to Puerto Rico with its boutiques in the Centro Civico shopping centre. Arguineguin has the largest market on the island. It takes place every Tuesday and is the perfect place for finding your holiday bargains.
Arguineguin has many bars, cafes and restaurants serving a wide variety of food catering for most tastes. Fish features prominently on menus often accompanied by mojo, a spicy pepper salsa and salted potatoes. A good way to sample Spanish food is to order a plate of tapas which consists of a medley of bite-sized dishes. Tapas are also ideal for filling the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner, which is served later in the Canaries than at home.
Children are always made very welcome in restaurants and their tastes and portion sizes are usually accommodated.