Where is Gran Canaria?
Gran Canaria lies 100 kilometers south-east of Tenerife and 100 kilometers to the south-west of Fuerteventura. The weather is a mixture of both other islands: cloudy and rainy in the north and sunny and hot in the south.
So many things to enjoy in Gran Canaria!
We could start with the Capital of the island, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which boasts a fantastic old quarter (Vegueta). There are many natural areas; the most famous one is Las Dunas de Maspalomas, where you could easily believe you are in the desert. At Ventanas del Nublo you will get one of the most impressive pictures you could think of, with Roque Nublo and the magnificent Teide far away in Tenerife. Quaint villages like Tejeda, Fataga, Teror and many others. If you enjoy walking Gran Canaria offers good hiking opportunities including the increasingly popular Barranco de las Vacas which could have been used on any Western movie. Excellent scuba diving opportunities, helicopter rides, or some of the best windsurfing in the Canary islands are some of the many activities you will be able to enjoy in Gran Canaria in case relaxing at one of its beaches or fantastic hotels is not enough!
Quick facts about Gran Canaria
With some 850,000 inhabitants, Gran Canaria is the second most populated island in the archipelago after Tenerife. It is the third largest island in the archipelago, with 1,523 square kilometers. Gran Canaria emerged almost completely 15 million years ago. The economy of Gran Canaria is more diversified than in the rest of the islands, but tourism, as in all other cases, is on number one. There are 80 species of flora that are endemic to the island!, a laurel forest in the north (Los Tilos de Moya). As it is the case in all islands, water supply is a major concern. Gran Canaria is one of the major centers in Europe for gay tourism and it has been like this for decades.
Adventure and sea sports
Lanzarote offers excellent snorkel and scuba diving opportunities, the most famous area is located around Charco del Palo, where visibility is high due to the white sands. A good number of caves and wrecks (in the area of Puerto del Carmen) are good attractions. This is also the case of the Atlantic Museum, a very special place that can be visited diving!
Lanzarote is also a fantastic destination for surfers with good schools to get initiated.
Typical villages and delightful historical districts
Some of Lanzarote´s small towns and villages are proof that the island is more than beaches and volcanic landscapes. Teguise is a beautiful town with restored buildings and cobbled stones. It was the capital of Lanzarote till Arrecife took over in 1852. Its fantastic Sunday market or monuments like the Castillo de Santa Barbara are worth visiting. Haria and its valley of palm trees provide with good green contrast to the black landscapes in Lanzarote, whilst Yaiza (named after a Guanche princess) offers white houses, squares, and clean streets with flowers and is worth a visit.