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Although it is the third largest island in the archipelago of the Canaries, Gran Canaria is still second in terms of population. The island is situated in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 93 miles off Africa’s north-western coast and approximately 838 miles away from Europe.

 

Our Featured Resorts

Playa del Ingles

Playa del Ingles features one of the most visited beaches in the island and is perfect for sun-worshippers, families, beach sports and watersports activities.

 

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is located on the south coast of the island, has become a popular tourist destination overtime featuring fine restaurants, hotels and an amazing landscape.

 

 

Most of the people who inhabited the area were called the Canarii, who were believed to have arrived from as early as 500 BC. They called the island Tamari, which means Land of the Brave. Its capital city, Las Palmas, was founded by Juan Rejon in 1478.

Due to the variety of climates and range of landscapes on the island, it has been dubbed as a miniature continent. It is rich in beaches and sand dunes that contrast the picturesque communities and green ravines. Yearly, millions of tourists swarm to the island most of them visiting its southern coast mainly because it is warmer than the northern side. Some of the most popular destinations to explore include the bird park Palmitos Park, the Dunes of Maspalomas, the Aeroclub in Tarajalillo, the Cocodrilos Park, Cueva Pintada, and the gardens of Jardin Canario.

Roads encircle the whole island, which also extend to the mountainous areas. It has motorways that run around the capital city of Las Palmas and stretches to the north coast. The Gran Canaria Airport, though, is the only commercial airport here. However, tourists can also reach the island by ferries via the ports of Las Palmas, Arinaga, Arguineguín, Port of La Luz, and Port of Las Nieves.