Working and Holidaying in Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria is one of the prettiest places in the world, and as such has no shortage of visitors. There are so many things to do and see in this small island, that a weekend really doesn’t do it justice. That’s why it can be a perfect place to have a working holiday. You can enjoy more time in this paradise, while making money at the same time. Here are just a few of the many pastimes to do in Gran Canaria, along with working opportunities to help pay for all those activities.

For fans of the outdoors

Away from the sand and large resorts, Gran Canaria has a wide variation of terrain, from the greenery of the north to the mountains and desert of the south. This diverse terrain lends to a diverse range of outdoor activities, from horse trekking to hiking to mountain biking. It’s pretty neat to be able to say you went hiking in the mountains in the morning, then cooled off in the ocean in the afternoon.

Culture buffs paradise

The best place to start in Gran Canaria is at Las Palmas, the cultural center of it all. In fact, flights to Gran Canaria airport end up only 30 minutes away from this historic city. Once there, visitors can experience everything from the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art, centuries old architecture, and one of the best urban beaches in the world: Playa de Las Canteras. It also gives an impressive view of the terrain, where you can look at the surrounding mountains and think you’re in the Swiss Alps, rather than staying on a Canary Island.

Working and Travelling in Gran Canaria

Work opportunities

Due to the economic climate in Spain, work opportunities in Gran Canaria are a bit harder to come by. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t jobs to be had, only that you might have to dig a bit deeper to find one. If you have any sort of sales ability, there are jobs available for promoting restaurants, bars, and nightclubs (think stopping people on the streets to convince them to come in). Keep in mind you would be paid on a commission basis only. If you happen to speak Spanish, you’ve got a leg up on the competition, as many of the foreigners working in the island do not. You can get a job in administration or reception work, mostly at resorts that cater to tourists.

Above all else, Gran Canaria is a beautiful place. Even if you get a job there that barely covers your expenses, at the end of the day, you’re still living in one of the best looking places in the world.

Images by El Coleccionista de Instantes and dmytrok, used under the Creative Commons license.

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Mags Coleman moved from Ireland to teach English in Barcelona nearly a year ago. She loves exploring this country and is particularly fond of the north.

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