Located in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of Africa, Gran Canaria enjoys a sub-tropical climate with great weather all year round. It has a population of approximately 820,000 and almost half of it lives in the capital Las Palmas. It is of volcanic origin and remains one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations.
Gran Canaria has a choice of beaches as diverse as the changing landscapes it hides away. Just under 60 kilometers of beaches along 236 kilometers of coastline, under a gentle sun which seems to have settled here for good.
There are the busiest and best-known beaches, such as the large stretch of sands at Maspalomas, a long strip of golden sand that starts out at Playa del Inglés all the way along to the great lighthouse at Maspalomas, around a desert of dunes bathing the southern tip of the island.
Gran Canaria also offers another set of beaches at the south, quieter family beaches, such as Anfi del Mar, the beach at Amadores, Puerto Rico or the smaller one at Puerto de Mogán.
Despite its limited land area, Gran Canaria possesses a natural heritage of great value. The uniqueness of its ecosystems, of its flora and fauna and its geology, have led to both Spanish and international administrations to safeguard its conservation.
Gran Canaria’s altitude and sharp relief allow for a myriad of microclimates and habitats. The south-western region of Gran Canaria has preserved its natural environment throughout the centuries. Deep Canarian pine woods are found in that area, this tree is unique in the entire planet. Human activity has been respectful to nature, blending in with the island’s original environment, and thus allowing a special landscape mosaic.
Gran Canaria is such a crossroads. The meeting place for people from a thousand different places. A strange blend of aromas, colors, and cultures that would hit ancient travelers all of a sudden. The last European port of call, the last breath of fresh air prior to setting off on a long ocean adventure.
No one expected such a blend so far from the major centers of the world. Sailors have been repeating the same tune for over five centuries, “This should not be here!” they say. But it is.
Are you interested in the great history of Gran Canaria? It is on display in an extensive network of museums. Pre-hispanic mummies, ancient ships, and contemporary art. Great writers, painters, and musicians. Architecture, indigenous ceramics, sculpture and an ocean of history.