Local services in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria, the third largest island in the group of seven islands that together make up the Canary Islands, has a great deal to offer anyone wishing to escape the day-to-day grind of life in the country of their birth. The Canary Islands are an autonomous province within Spain, and Gran Canaria is at the southernmost extremity of the European Union, which also means it has a wonderful climate.
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.
Gran Canaria has become a cosmopolitan island with numerous cultural events throughout the year, including international music, dance, theatre and cinema festivals and the many carnival celebrations. Plus there’s a long list of festive activities and religious feasts taking place all over the island. As the inhabitants of the Canary Islands are deeply devoted to tradition, the origin of some of these fiestas goes back as far as Guanche times.
With the weather in Gran Canaria being stable all year round, it is no surprise that it is popular with travellers seeking warmer climes.