WRAD is happy to present one week vacation for the deaf and hard of hearing community at the beautiful Gran Canaria Island off the coast of Africa near Morocco from May 4-13, 2013 as there will be Pride events there at that time.
Our WRAD group will stay at the 4-Star Neptuno Gran Canaria Hotel as it is a very beautiful adults-only hotel, next to the Yumbo Shopping Center, Playa del Ingles. It offers an outdoor pool, spa, and free shuttle bus to the beach, half a mile away. All air conditioned rooms have satellite TV and a furnished balcony. All rooms have private bathroom with a hairdryer. The hotel spa includes a sauna, Turkish bath, and gym. Free on-site parking. Price- About $144 per room for two people to share. There are single rooms too.
Free breakfast included. FREE WIFI is available in public areas. Pets are not allowed. Go to www.booking.com to make a reservation.
DATE: May 4, 2013 at 9:00am until May 12, 2013 at 3:00pm in UTC+01
WHERE: Gran Canaria Island near Morocco off the coast of Africa
You can also look at www.booking.com to find an apartment or a hotel to compare prices BUT be sure to book a room near Yumbo Shopping Center as many nightclubs, and bars are in that location, including gay bars and the Pride Festival. And be sure to book a room near Playa del Ingles as it is the beach we are going to.
WRAD is planning beach activities at Ingles Beach that time as well as joining with other Deaf activities in observance of Gay Pride during that week.
There are about 150 hotels on Gran Canaria so you need to find a hotel or apartment in the Playa del Ingles/ Maspalomas area.
There are JETS that offer DISCOUNTED fares that fly directly to Gran Canaria.... Check EASY JET or RYAN AIR website.....
Thanks to our friends in Spain who shared the information with WRAD. We look forward to a great time there!!!!
Bruce Gross of WRAD, Inc.
Here is the info about Gran Canaria:
Gran Canaria (in English, "Grand (or Great) Canary") is an island of the Canary Islands. Located in the Atlantic Ocean about 150 kilometers (~93 miles) off the northwestern coast of Africa and about 1350 km (~838 miles) from Europe. Gran Canaria is the second most populous island of the Canary Islands after Tenerife. Gran Canaria is also the third in extension Canary Islands.
Only 47km/29 miles wide, the highest point of this circular island is accredited to Pozo del las Nieves in the centre, a peak standing at 1949 m/6431 ft above sea level. Its capital is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, although generally referred to simply as "Las Palmas".
Gran Canaria is often referred to as a mini continent not only because of its being situated between 3 continents itself, Africa, Europe and the Americas, but also for its variations in weather, benefitting from the Gulf Stream and the nature of the landscapes around the island. The north is usually cooler than the sometimes fiery heat of the south. Inner regions, being mountainous, can be cloudier and colder with more rain.
Most visitors to Gran Canaria stay in one of the resorts along the South coast. The most important of these are San Agustín, Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogán. By way of contrast, Gran Canaria's west coast is rugged and beautiful and little touched by tourist due to its Nature Reserve status. The WRAD group will stay around the Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas area.
The capital city of Las Palmas, in the north, is the largest city in the Canary Islands and represents an interesting alternative for tourists who can sight-see, spend a day shopping or relax on its world famous beaches.
Gran Canaria was populated by the Canarii (Guanches), who may have arrived as early as 500 BC. The Canarii called the island Tamarán. After over a century of European (French, Portuguese...) incursions and attempts at conquest, the island was conquered on April 29, 1483, for the Kingdom of Castile, with the support of Queen Isabella I, a conquest which turned out to be an important step towards the expansion of the unified Spain.