This wonderful place is situated 150 km off the coast of Western Sahara in the Atlantic Ocean. Seven major islands and six smaller form the Canary Islands. It is the second largest island of the Archipelago. People used to call Gran Canaria a “mini continent” because it has various climates, landscapes and it is located between three continents-Europe, Africa and America.
Its capital is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria also known as “Las Palmas”. It is in the north part. The population of the city is about 400,000. It is divided into four main areas. The first is the district of Vegueta which is 500 years old. It is famous for the museums, theatres, the Cathedral. The second area is the tourist area where we can see a beautiful beach with lots of restaurants and shops situated on the shore. The next area is the port and the last is the University with more than 20,000 students in it.
Not far away from it is located Pozo de Las Nieves. It is the highest peak of the island- 6431 feet above sea level. There we can see green forests, deep valleys with many kinds of tropical fruits and flowers. In the winter it covers up with white snow that makes the landscape perfect.
The various climates, good wind conditions and the warm temperature of the water make Gran Canaria a real paradise spot. It’s a perfect place for sailing and other water sports. On its shores (about 240 km long) you can do everything- from shopping to partying.
The infrastructure of Gran Canaria is also well developed. This is a result from the good weather conditions. No matter what you want to do there you can do it. You can swim, sail, dive, and go fishing in the waters of the ocean. You can also enjoy the luxury of the yachts that are offered for rent.
When we talk about the resorts in Gran Canaria we need to say that Puerto de Mog is the most beautiful one. It is situated on the south-west coast of Gran Canaria. Pueblo de Mogan is also a great place nowadays called Little Venice. It is full of nice yachts and has many little bridges. The window panes of the houses there are painted in beautiful shades of green, yellow and red. You can see flowers and greenery anywhere in the city. In the center you can have a meal in extravagant restaurants; there are bars and shops everywhere. The beach there is well protected from the Atlantic wind and waves so you can perfectly enjoy resting there.
Most tourists stay in one of the resorts along the South coast, others go to Playa del Ingles which is full of dunes and beaches with golden sands. It is usually visited by over 2,000,000 tourists every year. Maspalomas, San Augustin and Puerto Rico are also famous names of the tourist attractions that are worth a visit. The National Park area is the west coast beauty of Gran Canaria.
All the factors of the climate, the beauty of the nature, the perfect infrastructure turns Gran Canaria into one of the best places for living on Earth.
Written and contributed by wursti