Gran Canaria is often referred to as a mini continent not only because of its
being situated between 3 continents itself, Africa, Europe and the Americas, but
also for its variation in weather, resulting from the Gulf flow and landscape
around the island. The north is usually cooler than the sometimes intense heat
of the south. Inner regions, being mountainous, can be cloudier and colder with
Culturally speaking, Gran Canaria is synonymous with the blending of cultures.
This attribute of the island is the legacy of its long history as a port of
call for travellers, having been a society that is open to everything that arrives
to its shores from beyond the seas.
Most visitors to Gran Canaria stay in one of the resorts along the South coast.
The most important of these are San Agustin, Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas and
Puerto Rico. Puerto de Mogan, now expanding, is a very pretty port where many
people spend a day visiting.
Gran Canaria's west coast is rugged and beautiful and only just touched by
tourism as it is a National Park Area.
The capital city of Las Palmas, with 352.641 inhabitants, is a great excursion
for tourists to enjoy a day of shopping or walking around. The highly original
and individual style of architecture delights the visitor, showing influences
from all five continents, with its colorfully painted houses. You can also bathe
on the beach of Las Canteras, partaking in all kinds of water sports from sailing
to water skiing, or enjoying the wide gastronomic delights and the intense nightlife.
The ambience is very lively, due to a population of southern temperament, not
always taking life so seriously.
Besides that, you can visit the Canary Museum (that exhibits archaeological
remains of the island), the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art or the House of Colombo
(that perpetuates the memory of the Admiral in the historical surroundings where
the city was based for more than 500 years).
Just a few kilometres from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, towards the centre of
the island, in Tafira, you'll find the oldest golf club in Spain.
In the south amid the tourism areas, the extensive coast of Maspalomas, well-known
for its dunes and beaches, has as many recreational facilities as you can imagine:
aquatic park, exotic bird parks, theme parks like Sioux City, submarines that
allow visitors to view the bottom of the sea, golf courses, tennis courts, squash,
and many, many more.
Playa del Inglés, next to Maspalomas, has a length of 2.700 meters.
This is one of the most famous beaches in th Canary Islands, with modern hotels
and installations of any kind.
San Agustín is less known which makes it quieter and more relaxing.
An ideal place to recover from the stress of everyday life.
Playa de Patalavaca is another great beach with fine sand of golden color.
Also ideal for sport-fishing.
Puerto Rico is a modern urbanization with hotels, appartments and a nice harbour.
Its great sports installations are one of its main attractions.
But there is still another face of Gran Canaria, the traditional one that you
can encounter while exploring the island. The magnificent architecture of cities
and villas, the weekend markets and the thriving agricultural farms. The inland
area keeps some treasures still undiscovered by the visitor and that is the
culture and way of life of the locals.
The culinary customs are another delightful treasure which have been refined
through several centuries including excellent fresh products like meat, fish,
fruits and vegetables combined in original and tasty recipes.
Playa del Ingles has all night clubs, bars and restaurants. Puerto Rico has
hot dance parties, bars and discos. Maspalomas and Balna Feliz offer a gentle
haven with friendly cafes and picturesque town squares
Chic Las Palmas has the best shopping with a market on Sunday mornings. The
luxury taxes are low and good buys are spirits, tobacco, lace, wine and electrical
goods.hich has endowed the island with certain unique traits that would be difficult
to find in any other territory of such a limited extent.
The march of time through the islands has left behind an extremely valuable
archaeological, artistic, architectural and ethnographic heritage, which bears
witness to the cultural evolvement of the island community. Along with the best
weather conditions for all kinds of outdoor sports all year round, there is
nothing, which you can't do on this very diversified island. Whatever your favourite
sport or pastime on your holidays, you will find the opportunity to do it on