Gran Canaria

A Volcanic Island

Among Spain’s most favoured holiday destinations, Gran Canaria is a volcanic island located at a fairly small distance from the coast of the African continent, in the Atlantic Ocean. Historically, it stands out among other islands in the area due to the difficulty it posed in conquering it, as in the 15th century, a five year campaign was necessary towards converting it into a Spanish territory. It is known for its diverse sceneries and climate, varying between areas, the main dichotomy being a low altitude, warm southern region, comprising many sandy beaches, and a mountainous, rocky northern area, with breath-taking precipitous views.

Gran Canaria mountain road

The southern part of the island is home to many seaside resorts, intensely visited by tourists. The enthrallment towards this island mainly resides in its natural beauty and biodiversity – its geological features include numerous caves and monoliths, such as Roque Nublo, which is of impressive height.

There are many areas of interest to visit, including Palmitos Park, a botanical garden which is home to very diverse bird species, some of them exotic. There are natural parks, nature reserves and other types of protected areas, amassing to a substantial part of Gran Canarias’s territory. Water sports are also in demand, particularly diving, which is emblematic for the island.

There are quite a few notable events throughout the year, including the Carnival held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the island’s capital city. Aside from the many fiestas held in honour of various saints, which is emblematic for the hole of Spain, Gran Canaria celebrates the end of harvest every year with festivities which include costume parades and partying. The International Film Festival of Las Palmas takes place in March, whereas in early October, Fiesta de la Naval, held in the district of La Isleta, celebrates a medieval victory against an attempted British invasion.

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