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The town council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has commenced stabilisation and beautification work on the slope that supports the Costa Canaria promenade in the El Veril area, above Playa del Cochino, near Playa del Inglés.
The new aquarium “Poema del Mar” (Poem of the Sea) being built in the port area of ​​Las Palmas is being positioned to stand as one of the most modern and spectacular aquariums in the world

About Gran Canaria



Gran Canaria (originally meaning ‘Great Island of Dogs’) is the second most populous island of the Canary Islands, with a population of 838,397 which constitutes approximately 40% of the population of the archipelago. Gran Canaria is located in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. For its pleasant climate all over the year, a great variety of nature, Gran Canaria is often called a ¨miniature continent¨.

Gran Canaria is home to a staggering diversity of landscapes; from sweeping sandy beaches and red-earthed pine forests to undulating mountains and dusty deserts.

It is situated in the centre of the Canary Islands Archipelago between Tenerife and Fuerteventura. Year-round, spring-like conditions with average monthly temperatures ranging from 18°C in January to 25°C in August make Gran Canaria an ideal destination for both Winter Breaks and Summer Holidays.

Although the island is only 50 km long, it has everything a tourist could wish for – exotic beaches in the south, amazingly big pine tree forests and mountains with a highest peek seeking almost 2 kilometers in the center of the island, and the breathtaking cliffs and natural swimming-pools in the north, not to mention canary cultural heritage, festivals, exquisite cuisine and colorful carnivals!

The beaches at Maspalomas are amongst the best in the islands and resort of Playa de Ingles offers some very lively nightlife – including the famous Gay-scene at the Yumbo Centre. If you don’t want to spend your nights in a Disco Bar and your days on the Beach, Gran Canaria also offers excellent golfing with 6 Golf Courses and a long tradition of the sport on the island.

The island’s capital, Las Palmas, dates back to the 15th century and with a population of nearly 400,000 is by far the biggest city in the islands.
The colonial architecture, shopping, bars and restaurants make this city well worth a visit. Also in Las Palmas is the 3km long Playa de Las Canteras, often described as one of the best urban beaches in Europe – and thanks to the protection of a barrier reef, it offers great bathing conditions for the whole family.

120 miles of coastline
When it comes to beaches, Gran Canaria has over and above the basic rations. More than 120 miles of coastline surrounds the island, and they’re broken up into everything from stretches of sand that seem endless to the eye to blink-and-you’ll-miss-them coves..

What to Do you need to know about Gran Canaria

Whether you come to party, soak up the sun or hike through the hills, it’s hard not to be charmed by Gran Canaria. The island might be a mainstream destination, but it has the capacity to surprise and that lies at the heart of its appeal.
The capital is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the north-east. It was established by Juan Rejón, an Aragonese captain in the Castilian navy, on 24 June 1478. It has grown into the ninth-biggest Spanish city and the largest in the Canaries, with a population of around 400,000. Following in Rejón’s wake was a rather better-known explorer. In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, pulling into Las Palmas’s Puerto de la Luz (Port of Light) for a pit stop. His time was mainly spent haranguing shipwrights to repair his fleet. He spent his days in Vegueta, the city’s oldest district, at Casa de Colón  the residence of the then Spanish Governor. It commemorates the occasion with a small museum (admission €4).

Agatha Christie also visited the capital. After a miserable week in Tenerife where she complained of the dearth of beaches, Christie took the ferry to Gran Canaria, staying at the city’s elegant Santa Catalina. She raved about Las Palmas, labelling it her favourite winter getaway. Christie was equally complimentary about Agaete, the pretty north-western port. By law, any new house here has to be painted white to fit in with existing buildings.

Both Agaete and nearby Sardina del Norte are more popular with locals and Spanish visitors than with tourists from other countries. Playa del Inglés, despite its name, is as much the German Beach as an English one. Neighbouring San Agustín’s has become a magnet for Swedes, while Arguineguín attracts Norwegians.

Other attractions in the capital city include the Museo Canario (the most important archaeology museum in the archipelago), the Cathedral and the Plaza del Espíritu Santo. In Teror the shrine of Virgen del Pino, patron saint of Gran Canaria, can be found.


Two million tourists now visit Gran Canaria each year, with Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés in the south replacing Las Palmas in popularity.

Landmarks, natural and man-made
Although not particularly noted for its architecture, Gran Canaria does flaunt some grand designs. Las Palmas cathedral, for example, took some 400 years to complete, and you can enjoy a pigeon’s-eye view from its tower.
The aboriginal Canarii were cave dwellers. You can experience their world at the Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada. Alternatively, get up close and personal with Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria’s iconic Clouded Rock. A two-hour round trip leads you from La Goleta car park, situated on the road between Pozo de las Nieves and Ayacata, to the rock itself.

Magical Maspalomas
Maspalomas, at the far south of the island, has some impressive Sahara-style dunes which, some have speculated, might have been caused by a tsunami emanating from Lisbon back in 1755.
However, the area is greener than you’d imagine. Next to Maspalomas’s golf course is its botanical garden. Parque Botánico de Maspalomas houses a huge array of plants, from pretty bloomers to medicinal herbs. Of course, there’s plenty of sand to choose from too. At a mile and a half long, Maspalomas is the second-longest beach on the island after the impressive city beach, Las Canteras, in Las Palmas.

Coast to coast
Beaches make up more than a quarter of Gran Canaria’s 147-mile coastline. The north coast is largely rugged. Try El Puertillo, a mere 10-minute drive from Las Palmas along the shoreline-hugging GC-2.
If the beach is too busy here, there’s always space in the free saltwater pool along the promenade.
The east coast offers predominately sports beaches with international windsurfing competitions held at Pozo Izquierdo.

Most south-coast playas are linked to resorts, which can mean you see more skin than sand. For extra towel room, head to Montaña de Arena. “Sand Mountain” rewards with what feels like a private beach.
The west’s beaches are wild and free, particularly the remote beach of Güigüi – accessible only by foot or boat. Travel there on the Aphrodite yacht from Puerto Rico harbour.

Gran Canaria Culture
Religion: There is no official religion, but the majority of the population is Roman Catholic.
Social conventions:
Spanish life has undergone rapid change in recent decades and many of the stricter religious customs are giving way to more modern ways, particularly in the cities and among women. In spite of this, traditions remain strong; hospitality, chivalry and courtesy thrive.

Handshaking is the customary form of greeting between men, while women to whom one has already been introduced may be greeted with a fleeting kiss to either cheek. Normal social courtesies should be observed when visiting someone’s home and a small gift is always appreciated. The evening meal is taken late, generally 2100-2200.

The Spanish have two family names; the maternal surname follows the paternal, but is rarely used outside a formal context.
Conservative casual wear is widely acceptable. A black tie is only necessary for very formal occasions and is usually specified if required. Outside resorts, scanty beachwear should be confined to beach or poolside.
A law banning smoking in offices, shops, schools, hospitals, cultural centres and on public transport was introduced on 1 January 2006. Bars and restaurants must declare whether they permit or prohibit smoking. The vast majority have opted for the former.

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