Gran Canaria - island retreat on 1,560.1 square kilometers! Gran Canaria is the third largest of the Canary Islands, an autonomous community of Spain, after Tenerife and Fuerteventura.
The island is located about 210 kilometers west of the coast of southern Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean and is characterized by an impressive landscape! Geographically, the island belongs to Africa, whose highest elevation is the 1,956 meter high Morro de la Agujereada. A breathtaking experience for nature lovers and visitors who enjoy hiking.
The regionally - on the island - varying climate has led to the fact that a varied vegetation could establish itself on Gran Canaria. In the north you will find wild nature of laurel forests and in the south you will find semi-desert vegetation created by the unique climatic conditions.
In the capital Las Palmas you will find charming accommodations and beautiful hotels for your visit to Gran Canaria. By the way: the name of the island goes back to the Roman times. At that time, the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder is said to have reported during his trip to Mauritania about the "blissful island", where large dogs (Canaria) live.
Experience an exciting vacation paradise for hikers, culture lovers and nature lovers! Gran Canaria is also described as a continent in miniature - a diverse and impressive refuge off the African mainland!
A starting point could be for example the capital Las Palmas, the cultural center of the island. In the city there is a lot for you to discover, like the Museum Canario, where you can experience the history of the island, its inhabitants and original inhabitants up close. A special highlight during the months of February and March is the carnival. A colorful hustle and bustle with fancy costumes and rousing music.
For hikers and nature lovers Gran Canaria offers a wide range of regions, sights and excursion destinations: How about a hike through the dunes of Maspalomas. A small desert with a breathtaking dune landscape in the south of the island.
Another highlight is the Palmitos Park - where you can get to know the native flora and fauna of Gran Canaria! There is also a bird of prey show to marvel at, an aquarium with a variety of marine life and colorful parrots in the treetops of the park.