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Welcome to Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, probably the most famous island of the Canary Islands with its 14 small climate zones, offers an extraordinary variety of landscapes and an extremely pleasant climate.

In the following pages we give you an overview of the island of Gran Canaria with all the important sightseeings, possible sports activities, events and other facts worth knowing. The team of Canaries 24 has summarized the most important facts about the island of Gran Canaria, so that you can enjoy your holiday on the beautiful Canary Island from the first day on.

The island of Gran Canaria is located in the Atlantic Ocean and between the island of Fuerteventura in the east and Tenerife in the west. It is the third largest island of the Spanish Canary Islands and about 210 km from the West African coast on the level of South Morocco. Gran Canaria has a round shape and a diameter of about 50 km with a beautiful coastline that stretches over 236 km. Among the 21 villages and cities, the capital Las Palmas is located in the north of the Canary Island. Due to its 14 small climatic zones and the extraordinary variety of the landscape, as well as the flora and fauna, the island of volcanic origin is often called a mini-continent. From the centre of the island, the so-called Barrancos (dry valleys) lead to the coast, which turn into torrents during heavy but extremely rare rainfall. These dry valleys are a true paradise for hiking.

Gran Canaria has a mild climate all year round and is very popular with tourists both in summer and winter. The maximum temperatures mostly oscillate between 20 and 26 degrees, while the water temperatures are constantly between 19 and 23 degrees.

We would like to specially point out the different types of vegetation that can be found on the island of Gran Canaria. In the humid north you will find mostly laurel forests, which are formed by Canarian laurel and tree heath, as well as the famous Canarian bellflower. In the desert-like south of the island, however, you will discover shrubby plants, as well as prickly pears and the Canary spurge. In the high mountain regions of Gran Canaria - the highest mountain in the centre of the island is the "Pico de las Nieves" with its 1,949 metres - pine forests dominate, like the Canary Island pine. Also dragon trees, subtropical plants and many palm trees mingle with the varied nature of Gran Canaria.

Also history lovers do not miss out on the island of Gran Canaria. The original inhabitants of the Canarian Island were the Guanches that partly lived in caves or also in small round stone houses. Some ruins can still be visited sporadically. Already at the beginning of the 15th century, Gran Canaria was conquered by the Spaniards and is since then Spanish territory. In 1982 the Canary Islands were declared an autonomous region and have been a member of the EU since 1992.

The landmark of the city of Arucas is the "Iglesia de San Juan Bautista" - built in 1503 as the first church on the island of Gran Canaria

For anyone who wants to enjoy the sun, beach and sea - regardless of the seasons - a holiday in Gran Canaria is ideal. Gran Canaria is the third largest island of the Canary Islands and a very popular holiday destination. The south of the almost circular island is particularly popular. Thanks to its great diversity, Gran Canaria has something for every type of holiday.

The dreamlike port city Las Palmas belongs to one of the two capitals on the Canary Islands

With the numerous attractions and sightseeings that Gran Canaria has to offer, it is almost impossible to list everything. Here is a list of the ten "must -have places" that you should not miss on your next holiday in Gran Canaria.

The weather in Gran Canaria is very consistent and often offers more than 350 days of sunshine a year

In Gran Canaria there is a continuously pleasant climate throughout the whole year with pleasant water temperatures. For holidaymakers looking for lots of sunshine with pleasant day, night and water temperatures, we recommend the island of Gran Canaria as a destination in both summer and winter months.

A very good restaurant tip is the "La Cucina" in the harbour city Puerto de Mogan

Are you a gourmet and would like to try the traditional dishes of other cultures? Then a holiday to Gran Canaria is worthwhile. "Papas arrugadas" is probably the most famous and traditional speciality. They are potatoes shrunk in a brine and usually served with a sauce. Gran Canaria offers you countless delicious specialities that you can and should try.

Due to its year-round mild climate, the island of Gran Canaria is an ideal holiday destination not only for hikers or beach holidaymakers but also for golfers.

With the numerous attractions and sightseeings that Gran Canaria has to offer, it is almost impossible to list everything. Here is a list of the ten "must -have places" that you should not miss on your next holiday in Gran Canaria.

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