I’ve recently come back from holidaying for a week in Gran Canaria with my sister. I find June is the perfect time to go on holiday. It’s cheap because you are going before all the kids of the world are on their summer holiday and you are able to go and find the sun to kick-start your tan.
This is the first time I have gone away with my sister, just me and her. I’m quite lucky as I get on really well with my sister. We rarely fight and we are so similar so naturally find it easy to get on!
We traveled to the South of Gran Canaria to a little place called Playa Taurito. It’s the perfect destination if you are looking to get away from reality and hide yourself in paradise. It’s like a small cove of about five or six hotels, all within walking distance of a small beach and all with amazing sea views. Gran Canaria is an extremely dry island so we were surrounded by these beautiful sandy coloured cliffs – it made me feel like I was in the Grand Canyon!
We stayed in a hotel called Mogan Princess. A large hotel with two pools, it had everything you could possibly need. Every room had its own balcony so we were treated to an amazing sea view which I personally loved. I love being by the ocean – I think it’s such a stress reliever to be able to look out onto the horizon and know that there’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. It’s what makes me want to travel so much! The staff were friendly and helpful. We went all inclusive so all our food was sorted. There was food and drink available all day. We found that dinner was very hit and miss though. Sometimes they had scrummy food that you couldn’t get enough of but some nights I found that there wasn’t anything that I fancied. Maybe that’s just me being fussy!
This holiday was very much a relaxing by the pool and getting a tan kind of holiday which was perfect. We have both been extremely busy lately with work and uni so it was lovely to just do nothing for a week! We took a trip down to the beach one morning for a change of scenery. It was lovely because it was peaceful with not too many kids running around. I decided to take a dip in the sea and it was honestly like swimming in the Caribbean. The water was so clear and actually quite warm! A far cry from the sea in England!
We also visited a waterpark which was situated right in the middle of our little cove. It was only a small waterpark with about six slides but it was great to do something a bit more active. I haven’t been to a waterpark since I was about 12 so it truly made me feel like a little kid again. It was called Lago Oasis and only cost €14 for an all day pass which I thought was quite reasonable. We stayed there for a couple of hours and then went and played Adventure Golf which was next door. I surprised myself when I beat my sister; she’s usually really good at these types of games!
All of this was great fun but the absolute highlight of my trip hands down was the dolphin search we went on. I have never seen dolphins in the wild with my own eyes before so was really keen to go and do this excursion. The boat, called Spirit of the Sea, left from the port of Puerto Rico which was only 10 minutes away from our hotel. We travelled quite a way out to sea, roughly an hour, before we suddenly reached a whole pod of dolphins. It was honestly one of the most magical things I have ever seen. These beautiful Atlantic spotted dolphins were giving us an amazing show – jumping out of the water and swimming along with the boat. I could have sat and watched them all day. I am a firm believer in keeping animals like this in the wild and do not agree at all with places like Sea World and Aqualand (a waterpark in Gran Canaria) who train these dolphins and other animals like puppets just to entertain people. So it filled me with joy to see these gorgeous creatures where they belong. If you are visiting the South of Gran Canaria, I can’t recommend enough the Spirit of the Sea dolphin search. The crew are amazing at what they do. They are filled with facts about the dolphins, hilarious jokes and genuinely want you to have the time of your life. So if you get anything out of reading this post, please be encouraged to see these sea creatures in the wild rather than paying to see them at a waterpark.
I had an amazing time in Gran Canaria and am already missing the sun! I’ve got some amazing memories to cherish forever. If you are going on holiday this summer, please tell me all about it and share your pictures by tweeting me @SheWhoLives1 or contact me via the contact page!