Situated in the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is the second most populated island with over 800,000 residents.
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Often the last European port of call before long sea journeys, Gran Canaria benefits from the diverse range of cultures that have graced its shores. A world apart, Gran Canaria gives you a taste of the major cities of the world, blended into one.
Gran Canaria was populated by the Canarii, maybe as early as 500BC. Known as the 'Land of the Brave' they fought of invasion attempts from the French and Portuguese, before finally succumbing to the Spanish in 1483 after a five year campaign.
Formed through magmatic activity, the Canary Islands are famous for their volcanos. Originally the islands provided inhabitants with fertile ground for farming, and this was the trade the early economy was built upon. The volcanoes now serve as a tourist attraction, bringing in thousands of visitors every year. Gran Canaria has also been the set for many Hollywood films, often using its rocky landscape to portray distant planets.
Many people will escape to Gran Canaria for sun, sea and sand, and thankfully for them, it has it in abundance. With 147 miles of coastline, and 60 miles of golden beaches, Gran Canaria is the perfect place for those looking to relax whilst listening to the waves roll in. Playa de Ingles is perhaps one of the more famous beaches in Gran Canaria, and one of the most versatile. This stretch of sand boasts something for everyone, with wide, safe areas for fun-seeking children, to a party atmosphere at night, and water sports for the more adventurous adrenaline seekers.
Gran Canaria is the perfect destination for those looking to partake in some sporting activity. With great weather all year round, there is never a bad day for sport on the island. There is tons of variety - you could be playing golf next to a caldera, surfing the waves as they break or running through the pin forests all whilst taking in the stunning landscape.
Of course many will visit Gran Canaria in the off season to enjoy the blissful weather, take advantage of the average maximum temperature of 23 °C (between the months of October to March), and get some relaxation. With arguably the best winters in Europe, Gran Canaria is a place to relax and watch the world go by at your own pace. A combination of the year round sun and an array of excellent spa and wellness centres makes Gran Canaria one of the most enjoyable locations for an off season getaway.
Last updated: 6 February 2015
Spain has three main climate zones with the south and east coasts characterised by a Mediterranean climate, the vast inland areas of the central plateau experience a continental climate while the north and northwest regions are classified as an oceanic climate.