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  • The destination that has something for everyone - full of diversity and richness.
  • An exotic haven with a unique and unrivaled climate.
  • One of the only places in Europe that you can enjoy every season of the year.
  • A wealth of places to visit from North to South and from East to West.
  • A gentle sun in the summer and great temperatures in the winter.
  • A true island paradise easily accessible from anywhere in Europe.

 

 

The Island: Gran Canaria is located in the centre of the Canarian archipelago. The 'round island', name like this because of its circular shape is 47 kilometres wide and has 1,532 km2. The island has 236km of coast, with sandy beaches, found predominantly on the southeastern side. This is where you'll find the exceptional Playa del Inglés and the Maspalomas Dunes. To the west and southwest, you'll find cliffs and to the north and northeast you have an offering of a wide variety of beaches and coves. Mother Nature was generous with Gran Canaria, endowing it with the most varied kinds of landscapes that allow a more diverse kind of tourism. The coves, together with the beaches, present Gran Canaria with a unique personality. The impressive cliffs, the hidden corners, the small natural gardens, among many other delights, make this island distinct at every moment - constantly changing and unique!

 

The Weather: Gran Canaria weather is mild, with pleasant temperatures that are constant and never too high. Of course, during winter is gets a little cooler, but compared to central and northern Europe, it is still pure paradise.

 

 

A Minature Continent

Gran Canaria a miniature continent

 

 

  • Gran Canaria, something for everyone all in the same place.
  • Landscapes and microclimates that live together in harmony.
  • An island, custom-made for active people.
  • A lost paradise where you can connect with nature.
  • Spectacular landscapes, varied terrains, natural and historic treasures.
  • Never-ending golden sands and crystal clear waters.
  • An island of diversity and richness.

Gran Canaria, an Island of Diversity and Richness: Never-ending golden sand dunes, crystal clear waters, exceptional landscapes, green ravines, mountain valleys, lush forests, unique natural resources – a lost paradise for those wishing to connect with nature.

 

The Miniature Continent: Pure air from the mountains, a fresh sea breeze, an invigorating bathing experience, landscapes and microclimates that live together barely a few kilometers away from each other. Gran Canaria has it all.

 

Enjoy the Island Every Season of the Year: Gran Canaria is custom-made for active people. Surfing, mountain biking, road cycling, hiking, golf, scuba diving, horse riding, fishing…great temperatures during the months of winter, a gentle sun during the summer, and an ocean sized swimming pool all year round.

 

Discover its Hidden Mysteries: There really is no other place like it! The miniature continent with something for everyone all in the same place. This is the place to be!

 

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Activities

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  • The Hawaii of the Atlantic for Surfers!
  • Inexhaustible roads for a cyclist's dream destination
  • Ideal sea conditions for the sport fisher and their family.
  • Diversity below as well as above sea level for a wonderful diving experience.
  • A multitude of terrains for you to tackle on horseback.
  • An extensive network of trails to explore on foot.
  • A top European golfing destination

The Island of Eternal Spring: With an average yearly temperature of 22ºC, it’s the perfect climate for any outdoor activity. Gran Canaria’s average daytime highs range from 20ºC in winter, to 26ºC in summer. There are cooler nights in the winter, but it doesn’t usually drop below 10ºC near the coast. Annual rainfall averages 228mm, usually falling in the cooler months. July, August and September are normally rainless.

 

Surfing: Gran Canaria is the Hawaii of the Atlantic, with too many beaches to choose from. The quality and perfection of the waves means that Gran Canaria is the place to be!

 

Cycling: Exceptional terrain variety. The roads in Gran Canaria are in great condition and have inexhaustible potential for a variety of different routes, climbs and levels. Every year, more and more cyclists come to the island to train to enjoy stable temperatures, light traffic and a pro-cycling atmosphere.

 

Sport Fishing: Ideal Sea Conditions all year round. In Gran Canaria the wind generally comes from the North-East or North-West so fishing in the South-Western part of the island means that the sea is almost always calm as it’s protected by mountains that reach 1,900 metres of altitude. Crystal clear waters with visibility up to 30 metres and year round ideal fishing conditions mean Gran Canaria is an ideal destination for the sport fisher and their family.

 

Scuba Diving: Diversity - Above and below sea level. In Gran Canaria you can dive on all sides of the island, and, with one of the world’s best climates, you can dive her all year round. With marine life from the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Atlantic, and from Africa, Gran Canaria guarantees a wonderful diving experience.

 

Horse Riding: Great variety of Horse Riding trails you won’t find at home. Riding to take your breath away! Spectacular landscapes and a multitude of terrains to tackle. Gran Canaria is a fantastic natural setting. You’ll go up steep hills in the mountains, through rivers and along the beach. Walking or trotting along rocky terrains makes Gran Canaria a magical place to ride.

 

Hiking: A whole miniature continent to explore and discover. Trekking Gran Canaria’s extensive network of trails is the ideal way of discovering the natural and historic treasures that are hidden within its 32 protected natural areas. Its landscape and climate have earned Gran Canaria its nickname as the ‘miniature continent’.

 

Golf: An oasis of tranquillity to improve your game. Eight magnificent golf courses designed by experts and professionals put them among the best in Spain. That’s why Gran Canaria has been chosen as the location for a number of golf tournaments over the last few years and it continues to grow as a European golfing destination.

 

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About the People

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  • Gran Canaria has a population of around 838,397 inhabitants.
  • 45.5% of the inhabitants live in the capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
  • Populated by the 'Aborígenes Canarios' around 500BC & conquered by the Spanish in 1483.
  • The Canarian people are friendly, easy going, and proud of their culture and island.
  • Experience the Canarian life with Carnival and 'papas con mojo'.
  • A great diversity of nationalities - tourists visit from all over.

Population: The island of Gran Canaria has a population of 838,397 inhabitants, 45.5% of which live in the capital city Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The next biggest municipalities are: 

- Telde with 100,015 inhabitants

- Santa Lucía with 61,325 inhabitants

- San Bartolomé de Tirajana with 52,161 inhabitants

- Arucas with 36,259 inhabitants

- Ingenio with 29,319 inhabitants

- Agüimes with 28,924 inhabitants

 

The Conquest: It would seem that Gran Canaria was populated by the Canarian Aborigines around 500BC, who originally came from North Africa. After over a century of European invasions and attempts at conquest, the island was eventually conquered by the Spanish in 1483 by Pedro de Vera – a conquest that was originally started 5 years previously by Juan Rejón and which turned out to be an important step towards the expansion of the unified Spain.

 

The People Today: The people of Gran Canaria are proud of their island and culture and are willing to show visitors to the island all its hidden mysteries! They are friendly and easygoing people who are willing to help. Having been a bridge between Europe and the rest of the world for so long, there is a great ethnic mix of people who are fully integrated into society. Each islander has his own identity within the Canary Islands, according to the island they live on. Those from Gran Canaria are known as grancanarios or canariónes.

 

Customs and Cuisine: Carnival is the popular fiesta (celebration). The spirit of regeneration and death give these fiestas a certain license for chaos and for upsetting traditional values, leading to the typical street parties, known as El Mogollón.

The basis of Canarian cuisine is a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit and fish, generally light meals, more digestible in a warm climate. Meat usually features as a part of stew and steaks. The traditional island food is gofio, a sort of flour made from toasted cereals. Also, being one of the best-known dishes, try the 'papas arrugadas' (wrinkly potatoes) with 'mojo'.

 

The Visitors: Each year, Gran Canaria receives a great diversity of nationalities to the Island - people from the UK, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and many more! Having a mix of so many different nationalities only adds to the appeal of the Island. It really is a hidden treasure!

 

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Geography

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  • Gran Canaria is one of the seven Canary Islands.
  • The island is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.
  • To get to Gran Canaria from any point in Europe is quick and easy.
  • The airport is located about 32km from Maspalomas.
  • There are two ports, one in the capital and one in Agaete.
  • The island is divided into 21 municipalities.
  • The roads and public transport reach all areas of the island.

 

 

 

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One of the Seven Canary Islands: The Island lays Southeast of Tenerife and West of Fuerteventura and along with Lanzarote and Fuerteventura it forms the Province of Las Palmas.

 

Location and Size: Located in the Atlantic Ocean 210 km from the northwest coast of Africa, the Island of Gran Canaria is 47km wide, 55km long and reaches a maximum altitude of 1,949m (Pico de Las Nieves).

 

Municipalities: It is divided into 21 municipalities:

Agaete                    
La Aldea de San Nicolás Santa María de Guía
Agüimes   
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Tejeda
Artenara Mogán Telde
Arucas Moya Teror
Firgas San Bartolomé de Tirajana Valleseco
Gáldar Santa Brígida Valsequillo
Ingenio Santa Lucía Vega de San Mateo

 

Access to the Island: To get to Gran Canaria from any point in Europe is quick and easy!

4 hours from Milan 4.15 hours from Dublin                        4.40 hours from Berlin
5.30 hours from Oslo 4.35 hours from Vienna
4.30 hours from Paris
4 hours from Zurich 2.30 hours from Lisbon 4.30 hours from Munich
4.30 hours from Frankfurt 3 hours from Barcelona 4 hours from London
4.50 hours from Rome 4.20 hours from Brussels 4.30 hours from Amsterdam
5.20 hours from Copenhagen 2.30 hours from Madrid

 

Other Channels of Communication: The main channels with the outside of the island are the Ports ‘Puerto de La Luz’ in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and the ‘Puerto de Las Nieves’ in Agaete, and the Airport located about 20km from the Capital and about 32km from Maspalomas.

On the island, the motorway GC-1 is the main road that connects the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with the tourist area in the South of the island. The public transport system is well organised and economical.

There are regular buses that go all over the island. There are no trains or trams on the island at the moment, but it is a project that is being studied as an alternative transport system to go from Agaete to the Capital, and then to continue to the South towards Maspalomas.

 

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