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Geography and Climate

The island of eternal Spring

Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands, of volcanic origin, it is the third largest island  and the second most populated island of the seven islands that make up the Macaronesia archipelago.

Its capital is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the largest city in the Canary Islands and metropolitan area. With just over 800,000 inhabitants, it is among the ten largest metropolitan areas in Spain.


the island of Gran Canaria is characterized by about 100 different micro climates; for this reason it is also called "the miniature continent"; what makes this island fascinating is in fact that with short trips by car you can meet very different and contrasting climatic and environmental contexts.

The climate that affects the coasts is of an oceanic subtropical type; the result is a very sunny area and mild temperatures for most of the year,  a temperate and dry summer while the sporadic rains are concentrated in the period November - March.  


In inland areas, the climate varies according to altitude, orientation and exposure to winds. Also due to the important promontories that reach 2,000 meters above sea level and which therefore perform an important function of natural barrier



From the guanche to today

The island was inhabited as early as 3000 BC by  Guanches , who were indigenous Aborigines who called it Tamarán; In the  15th century,  was claimed by the  Spain.

In 2005  about half of the island of Gran Canaria has been declared  Biosphere reserve  by Unesco . The caves of the native inhabitants have also been declared a World Heritage Site.

Much of the relevant information on these issues can be discovered in the various archaeological sites and museums scattered around the island such as: La Cueva Pintada di Galdar. the archaeological museum of Roque Bentaiga and many other sites of interest.


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What to see

Lots of places to visit and things to see  and discover in this wonderful Tropical Island, especially what concerns Nature which in a miniature continent, offers a great variety of very particular landscapes, in the middle of an enormously different archipelago. For this reason, UNESCO has declared the island a Biosphere Reserve, to support the conservation of the natural pearls that make up the wonderful puzzle of very different landscapes, a truly fantastic microworld. Half of the territory of Gran Canaria is part of this Reserve, which includes six rural villages, which exist thanks to traditional activities. Below, we list the places, divided by category, of greatest interest but much more you can discover while experiencing the island. 

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- Faneque

- Roque Nublo  

- Roque Bentayga  

- Picos de las Nieves

- Barranco de las Vacas

Hiking / Walking

- Moya

- El Risco

- Bandama

- Picos de las Nieves

- Barranco de las Vacas

- Cruz de Tejeda

- Tasartico

- Barranco Cernicalo

- Fataga



- Pico de Bandama

- Caldera de las Marteles

- La Isleta

- Caldera of los Pino de Galdar


Traditional Cities

- Moya

- San Pedro

- Fontanales

- Valleseco

- Teror

- El Risco

- Santa Brigida

- Valsequillo

- Ayacata

- San Mateo


Natural swimming pools

- Puerto de las Nieves

- El Aguiero

- Charcos del Portillo

- Playa de Altillo

- Playa de Laya

- Arinaga

- Arguineguin


Fishermen villages

- Arguineguin

- Puerto de las Nieves

- Sardine

- San Cristobal

- El Pajar

- Castillo del Romeral

- Playa Tasarte

- Playa San Nicolàs

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- El Cabron

- The Cathedral

- Sardine

- Baja Fernando

- Baja de Pasito Blanco

- Risco Verde  

- Tallarte

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