How to Organise a Last-Minute Trip to Gran Canaria

Are you planning to visit Gran Canaria this summer? With a glorious golden coastline, reliable sunshine and an array of exhilarating water sports, few destinations rival the island as a beach destination. Follow this guide to organise a last-minute trip to Gran Canaria that’s good value and guarantees a great experience from start to finish.

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Be flexible with your dates

When planning a trip for the near future, you have to be flexible with your dates to find the best choice of flights and accommodation. Limited availability can drive prices during popular times, so opt for less sought-after dates to find good deals. For example, you can usually save by choosing mid-week and overnight flights, even if booking just days in advance.

Consider travelling outside the peak seasons for further savings. The Canary Islands have an extended beach weather season so you can be confident in warm temperatures and sunshine in Gran Canaria from spring to autumn. This makes it an ideal destination for last-minute holidays based around beach relaxation when the weather is a make-or-break factor.

Balance cost and quality

Remember that last-minute holiday deals which look too good to be true probably are. Beware of misleading images and check recent reviews before booking with an unknown company. Options that appear to balance cost and quality are often the most reliable.

You must prioritise accommodation to ensure an enjoyable time in Gran Canaria. The value of good sleep, quality facilities and great food cannot be underestimated, especially if you plan to spend all your time at the resort. Sometimes all-inclusive packages can be the best option – especially if you’re travelling with children – but bear in mind that for some it works out cheaper to pay as you go.

Consider travel insurance

Things can go wrong on even the best-planned holidays, so it’s sensible to consider travel insurance for your last-minute trip to Gran Canaria. Look for a cost-effective yet comprehensive option that covers you for in-country activities like water sports, travel interruptions such as cancellations and delays and medical emergencies.

Travel insurance is often minute in comparison to the cost of your holiday and could save you a significant sum if something were to go wrong. You’ll also benefit from peace of mind from start to finish.

Plan your packing

Even if you book your trip just days ahead of departure, find time to plan your packing. Preparing for a last-minute holiday can feel daunting and stressful, but when armed with a list you’ll find it smooth and simple.

Use a comprehensive holiday checklist to ensure you have the travel essentials including passport, flight documents, currency and proof of insurance. Put these in a safe and easily accessible place in your carry-on.

Identify the essentials that are the foundation of your luggage. This will include versatile clothing that can be mixed and matched and is suitable for all weather, your electronic devices and chargers, toiletries and forms of entertainment. Mark off anything that could be bought at the airport or in Gran Canaria, and ask friends and family if you can borrow any missing items. As long as you have the essentials, you can enjoy a safe and stress-free holiday.