Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is surely one of the last remaining European Paradise islands, situated in the Atlantic Ocean, some 200km away from the coast of Africa. It is the third largest of the Canary Islands, neighbored by Fuerteventura and Tenerife. The capital, Las Palmas, is situated in the northeast of the island. Gran Canaria is the island of contrasts, bursting with culture, an unbelievably beautiful coast and spectacular sunny beaches, the perfect destination all year round. From its cold climate in the north, to the sunny south, this perfect holiday island has everything even the most demanding traveler would wish for: a great specter of climates, lush forests, exotic flora and fauna, volcanic craters, as well as a strange sediment of snow at the highest peaks.

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Map of Gran Canaria

Discover what is nearby, all attractions and sights in Gran Canaria, Spain.

Tourist map of Gran Canaria

History

History of Gran Canaria
There are a lot of myths and legends surrounding the Canary Islands, with some even claiming that the islands are actually the lost nation of Atlantis. It is believed that the islands were first inhabited around 500 BC, but there are several theories about the origin of its early settlers.

History of Gran Canaria

Sights

Sights in Gran Canaria

Today, the Gran Canaria island can offer tourist a lot of things. There is a lot to discover wherever you decide to explore, be it north, south, east or west. It doesn’t matter whether you are travelling with your significant other, with friends or if you are going on a family vacation, Gran Canaria will provide everything you need for an unforgettable and exciting vacation. The south is the most popular part of the island, and there you can see the beautiful fisherman communities such as Puerto Mogán (a picturesque village also known as Little Venice), Puerto Rico, Maspalomas, Meloneras, San Augustín, as well as the famous Playa del Inglés. But don’t let the spectacular landscapes and views distract you from the hilly north and west coasts, or the inland area, where many protected areas and natural parks are situated.

Sights in Gran Canaria

Beaches

Beaches in Gran Canaria

There are many beaches spreading along the whole coast of Gran Canaria. They are characteristic for their yellow sand and particularly shallow water in some parts. The most popular beaches include Maspalomas, famous for its spectacular sand dunes; Amadores, the beaches located in the small fishing communities Puerto de Mogán and Puerto Rico; as well as the beaches located close to the capital, Las Palmas.

Beaches in Gran Canaria

History of Gran Canaria

There are a lot of myths and legends surrounding the Canary Islands, with some even claiming that the islands are actually the lost nation of Atlantis. It is believed that the islands were first inhabited around 500 BC, but there are several theories about the origin of its early settlers. One of the widely accepted theories is that the natives of the Canary Islands, widely known as the Guanches, had originally come from the north of Africa, and that they are descendants of the Berbers. The Guanchos lived in mostly caves in large communities, which we can see from the primitive tools found in caves around the island. It is also believed that the Guanchos used stone to build small shelters, which they would cover with a roof made out of branches and leaves.

History of Gran Canaria

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Tenerife

Tenerife is a magnificent island of volcanic origin that belongs to the Canary Islands. Often called the island of eternal spring, Tenerife is an ideal place for a year-round vacation. From the amazing volcanic beaches characterized by black sand, popular beaches such as Las Americas, to the endless Mount Teide with the highest peak in Spain - 3718 meters. It is easy to fall in love with this island.

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Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is surely one of the last remaining European Paradise islands, situated in the Atlantic Ocean, some 200km away from the coast of Africa. It is the third largest of the Canary Islands, neighbored by Fuerteventura and Tenerife. The capital, Las Palmas, is situated in the northeast of the island. Gran Canaria is the island of contrasts, bursting with culture, an unbelievably beautiful coast and spectacular sunny beaches, the perfect destination all year round. From its cold climate in the north, to the sunny south, this perfect holiday island has everything even the most demanding traveler would wish for: a great specter of climates, lush forests, exotic flora and fauna, volcanic craters, as well as a strange sediment of snow at the highest peaks.

Discover Gran Canaria

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