Greentraveller Guide to Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Gran Canaria lies at the centre of the Canary Islands Archipelago and is a fantastic activity holiday destination year round. Known as the 'Island of Continents', it boasts expansive golden beaches and a mountainous, volcanic interior that is home to the iconic Roque Nublo.
This Greentraveller Guide to Gran Canaria will show you how to make the most of your time the island - where to find the best traditional, rural places to stay, from cave houses carved in stone to luxury Paradors, as well as fantastic traditional Canarian food and drink. You'll also find plenty of info on a wide range of activities from climbing to wildlife watching, plus some fantastic walking routes and a host of cultural and natural attractions.
We also provide information on how to travel to Gran Canaria from both Spain and Portugal by train and ferry, as well as how to get around using the comprehensive bus network.
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Enjoy a stay in one of the island's traditional cave houses, tuck into a local dish in a cosy rural hotel or revel in the luxury of a modern Parador.
Using fresh produce to blend traditional Spanish recipes with African and Latin American influences, Gran Canaria is a haven for food lovers.
Vast areas of nature reserve, ancient artworks, secluded beaches and astounding cathedrals - there's something here for everyone.
Did you know?
- The island is often called a 'miniature continent' due to the variety of differing climates and landscapes
- There are 32 Natural Protected Spaces in Gran Canaria, the second most of any Canary Island
- UNESCO has declared nearly half (46%) of Gran Canaria's territory worthy of Biosphere Reserve status
- Gran Canaria has a population of 838,397 - 40% of the population of the archipelago
- The average daytime temperature in Gran Canaria ranges from 20 - 26 degrees