Located in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of Africa, Gran Canaria enjoys one of the world's most-celebrated climates ( sub-tropical climate) that promises great weather all year round. It has a population of approximately 820,000 (almost half of which live in the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) and a total area of 1,560 sq. km. It is of volcanic origin and remains one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations.
Gran Canaria is a fantastic family destination with almost 60 kilometres of beaches and a Biosphere Reserve in the west. It's a miniature continent where you'll find things to do that make every day special. Visit the stunning volcanic mountainous interior, sail out to watch whales, walk in the Canary pine forests, have fun at a water park, wander its shopping streets, visit museums, or... just relax on a beautiful golden sand beaches.
To explore, you don’t have to stick to the roads. A well-signposted network of tracks and trails will lead you to nature reserves on foot or by bicycle. With more than twenty locations with excellent conditions for surfing, windsurfing and kite-surfing Gran Canaria is without doubt a perfect destination for the watersports enthusiast. Scuba divers will be amazed by the beauty of marine life; great ship wrecks; lots of sheltered shores; night dives; boat dives and snorkeling.
If golf is your game you won’t be disappointed, with ten magnificent courses, all developed by top designers, the island is a golfer’s paradise, whether you are a beginner or a budding master. Canaries cuisine is excellent and local wine well worth a try.
There are interesting and historical cities and towns to see: Las Palmas city, Telde, Teror, Tejeda, Arucas, Agüimes, Agaete, etc all of them full of charm. It’s an island of sudden changes of landscape from great beaches and sand dunes to rich agriculture, harsh mountains to tranquil village squares.
Peace or excitement are here too. Parts of Gran Canaria have been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO recognising its environmental importance.
Rural Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is a lovely island with warm friendly people and lush countryside. Unfortunately many holidaymakers don’t see this side of the island as most hotels are built close together by the sea. The more independent travellers may find wonderful lodging in holiday cottages, villas and fincas away from mass tourism and in contact with nature and landscape