Puerto Rico is the destination in the south of Gran Canaria that attracts the most travellers every year. Approximately 2,500,000 people from all over Europe visited Gran Canaria in 2008, and a lot of them stayed in this city on the south side of the island. The city of Puerto Rico is considered the plase with the best climate, and the most hours with sun on Gran Canaria, and in the wintertime, you will experience an average of 23-24 degrees pretty much all the time.
Puerto Rico is located approximately 80 kilometers from the airport in Las Palmas, and the transport takes about half an hour with the highway that now goes all the way to the Tauro Valley. There are hundreds of different holiday resorts and hotels here, and virtually the entire valley is artificially structured. The first tourists came in the middle of the 1960's, when there was almost nothing of this tourist town. Everything have been built up for the tourists. The hotels are built up in the mountain side and it is estimated that as many as 1 million tourists visit Puerto Rico every year.
Next door to Puerto Rico is the beautiful Amadores beach, perhaps the finest of all the beaches on the Gran Canaria. There is a beach promenade all the way and it takes about 20 minutes if you are walking. Amadores has also been very developed with many hotels in the recent years, and especially the area and the beach is a favorite destination among a lot of visitors to Gran Canaria.
Part of the activities available here is heavily based around the beach and sea. There is a large water park called Atlantida Water Park, a mini golf course, a large shopping center with many shops, restaurants and bars. One can travel in many different boat excursions from Puerto Rico, sea fishing, dolphin safari, pirate ships that takes you around the island, there are glass boats to Puerto de Mogan and Arguineguin, submarine excursions and much more.
Some of the best restaurants located in Puerto Rico are among others Oscars, Churchill's, Porto Fino and Big Horn Steak House. On Amadores beach, a very good restaurant is called Amadores Beach Club Restaurant. Otherwise it is thronged by great cafes and restaurants, many located in a shopping center in the valley, and many of the Europa Center up the hill. Have a pleasant holiday to Gran Canaria and Puerto Rico.