Bar the odd wander out to the chi chi shops of Meloneras, which were right on the doorstep, we didn't feel the need to go anywhere, to do anything much. So the intrinsic tension of a holiday with kids, where they want a routine and to just hang out, whereas you are feeling the need to go somewhere and see something, even though you know it'll end in tears, was not present. And the fact that you could pop out for a game of air hockey - our unofficial family holiday sport - or that I could make the odd sortie down to the beach early in the morning and have a little dip, or that my wife could join the early morning runners along the promenade, all stopped it from getting claustrophobic.
But really, it was liberating to just get on a plane, land in this place, and instantly just throw off your clothes and chill.
is by area the third largest and by population even the second largest of the Canary Islands.
It is geographically closer to Africa than to the Spanish mainland.
Or indeed is it when you don't feel the need to hover over them in the pool, and you let them jump in and out on their own, while keeping half a watchful eye from dry land.
But poised obviously, and ready to pick yourself up if you need to. I was gone fairly native myself by day three, wandering around, if you'll pardon the image, barefoot and topless in my togs.
We give nudist friends and nudist singles a chance to find the perfect match.
We may have been in Meloneras in Gran Canaria, but once you were swallowed up by the huge complex, you were in Africa. The African decor, and even the fake wild animals, which seemed a bit naff on first inspection, created a certain mood that was conducive to switching off and forgetting that the outside world, and home and work even existed.
The kids even went on a safari around the grounds one day. There is something incredibly liberating too about just succumbing to a large property that has everything you need. We just wanted to chill, take the sun, get in and out of the pool, and of course eat.
There's a decent selection of independent escorts in Gran Canaria high season. There is no official red-light district anywhere in Gran Canaria, but you can find many many whore houses, nude bars, escorts and sexy girls from this lovely island.
Street prostitution is concentrated in a few areas, but you can not really call these places red light districts as there is not enough sex scene in one area.