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The island of Gran Canaria. Crest (Jerbez author). Click to enlarge the image.The island of Gran Canaria. Satellite image. Click to enlarge the image.The island of Gran Canaria, Grand Canary in English, is the third largest island of the Canary archipelago by area, 1 560 km².

The island of Gran Canaria. Road map of the island of Gran Canaria (Canary Tourism Office author). Click to enlarge the image.Of volcanic origin, Gran Canaria focuses much of the most varied landscapes of the archipelago. This feature and its climate diversity have led him to be called a “miniature continent”.

EtymologyEtymology and toponymy
According to the Roman historian Pliny the Elder, Gran Canaria is named canis means dog in Latin. The aborigines of Gran Canaria had indeed many dogs, hence the name “Dog Island”.


Gran Canaria is situated in the center of the Canary archipelago between Tenerife west and Fuerteventura in the east.

Contact details of Gran Canaria: 27° 58’ 00” N and 15° 36’ 00” W

The island of Gran Canaria. Location. Click to enlarge the image.


BeachThe beaches of Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria has 81 beaches, most of white sand, and on the 235 kilometers of coastline, 60 are occupied by beaches.

Gran Canaria is, alas, the most sacked the island by concrete. The dunes of Maspalomas escaped the developers and are now part of a nature park. The entire southern area, between San Agustín and Puerto Rico is connected by a freeway full of shopping centers and hotel establishments of all kinds.

The main beaches and the best known are located in the south of the island, between Tarajalillo and Mogán; Those are :

  • the Playa del Inglés (2.7 km) and Playa de Maspalomas (2.7 km) south of the island;
  • the Playa de Amadores (800 m) south of Mogán ;
  • the Playa de San Agustín (670 meters) to the south;
  • the Playa Meloneras (460 meters) to the south.

The Playa de las Canteras (3 km) is the beach in Las Palmas.

KnowledgeHistory, geography, arts, traditions, flora ...

The island of Gran Canaria. orographic Map. Click to enlarge the image.The island of Gran Canaria has an almost circular shape, formed by a circle of 45 to 50 kilometers in diameter and having a circumference of 235 km.

The island of Gran Canaria. Barranco Gran Canaria. Click to enlarge the image.Gran Canaria rises to the mountains of the Cumbre at the center of the island dominated by the peak of the island, the Pozo de las Nieves (the Well of Snow), which rises to 1949 meters.

The other peaks are Roque Nublo (1,732 meters), the Roque Batneyga (1412 meters), Mount Altavista (1377 meters), the Cumbre de Trujillo (1146 meters), Mount Gordo (1082 meters) and Pico de Bandama (574 meters).


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Tourist OfficeThe tourism office
Jet lagJet lag
See page Tourist information on the Canaries.
See page Tourist information on the Canaries.
See page Tourist information on the Canaries.
See page Tourist information on the Canaries.
See page Tourist information on the Canaries.
AdministrationAdministrative information
The island of Gran Canaria. Commons. Click to enlarge the image.Gran Canaria has over 800 000 inhabitants. The island is demographically the second of the archipelago after Tenerife and has the highest population density of the Canaries (over 500 inhabitants per square kilometer).

Las Palmas is the capital of the island, the economic and political center of Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands.

Gran Canaria has 21 municipalities: Agaete, Agüimes, Artenara, Arucas, Firgas, Gáldar, Ingenio, Mogán, Moya, Las Palmas (Capital), San Bartolomé de Tirajana, San Nicolás de Tolentino, Santa Brígida, Santa Lucía de Tirajana, Santa Maria de Guía de Gran Canaria, Tejeda, Telde, Teror, Valleseco, Valsequillo de Gran Canaria and the Vega de San Mateo.

The island of Gran Canaria. Climate. Click to enlarge the image.The climate of Gran Canaria is mild and constant throughout the year, with average 17 ºC in winter and 25 °C of average in summer.

Many microclimates meet there because of its altitude and relief.

MeteorologyWeather and forecasts
The weather in Gran Canaria at the moment
Air transportAir transport
CoachRoad transport

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