Located opposite the northeast coast of the continent of Africa and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Gran Canaria is one of the Spanish Canary Islands. This island belongs to the province of Las Palmas, along with the islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Graciosa. The island of Gran Canaria is circular in shape and has a total surface area of 1560 km2 and an altitude of 1956 metres, whereby the rocky peak of Morro de la Agujereada, at 1956 m, is the highest point, making it the third largest island of the archipelago in terms of length (after Tenerife and Fuerteventura) with the third highest altitude (following Tenerife and La Palma). Many consider this island to represent a kind of miniature continent, due to its geography, varied flora and fauna and the diversity of its climate, owed mainly to the combination of its altitudinal gradient and the effect of the trade winds.
At present, Gran Canaria is one of the main tourist destinations in Spain, welcoming almost 5 million tourists throughout the year. What is more, the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is one of the most important events of the year and has been declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest, enjoying a major national and international profile.
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Essentially, the tourism on the island of Gran Canaria consists of sun, sand and surf, although in recent years, rural tourism and tourism based around golf, water sports, hiking, cycling and wellness has also experienced somewhat of a boom. In addition to the capital of Las Palmas, the main tourist hubs of the island are San Agustín, Playa del Inglés, the island’s largest tourist centre with a natural beach of 2700 m, and Maspalomas with three different ecosystems: the dunes, an expansive palm grove and a coastal lagoon known as La Charca, Meloneras, Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogán.
The island is connected to the outside world by plane via its international airport, located 20 km from the capital, and by sea thanks to its ports, which represent an important channel of maritime communication between the islands and for cruise ships.
Indulging in its exquisite local cuisine will make your visit to the island an even more enticing option. Escaldón de gofio (hand-rolled balls of special dough in fish stock), Flor de Guía cheese, the sancocho salted fish dish and the famous papas arrugadas, or wrinkled potatoes, are some of the island’s most typical dishes. Adults will have the chance to try the typical Arehucas rum, one of the most characteristic elixirs of the island.
Gran Canaria is an ideal destination for couples and when travelling with friends and family of all ages, from teenagers to small children and babies. It is a very tranquil island full of activities waiting to be enjoyed, along with its 60 km of stunning beaches and nature tourism that is bound to captivate young and old alike.
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