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.
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.
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).
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).