Gran Canaria Island is the capital of the eastern part of the Canary Archipelago, together with Lanzarote and Fuerteventura it forms the province of Las Palmas, which also includes the islets of La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Isla de Lobos.
The island is circular in shape, with a mountain range in the centerIt’s third in the archipelago by extension and altitude (1949 m of Pico de las Nieves). Especially relevant it is considered almost a miniature continent due to the diversity of its territories of its climate.
It is the second most populated island in the Canary Islands after Tenerife, its capital Las Palmas founded in 1478 is the most populated city of the archipelago. Its port (Puerto de la Luz y de Las Palmas) is one of the most important ports of Europe.Finally it also hosts, part of the sea and part of the land, an area declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
History and Culture
Gran Canaria also has an important historical, cultural and artistic heritage. It hosts for example the Casa de Colón Museum or the Catedral de Canarias, considered the most important monument of Canary Island architecture. Finally the history of the ancient inhabitants, the Guancas, is well illustrated in the Cueva Pintada museum.
Gran Canaria has several tourist locations mainly in the area that goes from the north to the south-west side. Starting from the capital to the north with the famous Las Canteras beach. Following towards South where the climate becomes drier and more temperate, here we find the Playa del Inglès and Maspalomas area. Further south-west we find Arguineguin, Puerto Rico, Amadore, Turito and the beach and the port of Mogàn.
What to see in Gran Canaria
First of all, visit Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital, with the historic neighborhood of the Vegueta. Then get on the Roque Nublo Volcano.
Afterwards you can take a walk to the Puerto de Mogàn,
from where you can take a boat trip along the coast. Then move to the beach of Maspalomas, where you can make a camel ride. Afterwards have lunch in one of the restaurant caves in the Barranco de Guayadeque, visit the nearby historic town of Agüimes, with its characteristic buildings. Finally, visit Arucas, with its magnificent cathedral.
Now that you know what to see in Gran Canaria Island, have fun!