On Gran Canaria there is enough to witness, from zoos to beautiful beaches and from nature to cozy restaurants. We have a number of our real suggestions listed for you down here.
Gran Canaria is one of the 17 autonomous regions of Spain. Next to the seven large Canary Islands, there are six more small islands. Just like the other Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is from a volcanic origin. The capital city of the island is Las Palmas de Gran Canria, also known by the name ‘Las Palmas’. The island has a surface of just 1560 km². Gran Canaria has 857,702 inhabitants, 21 municipalities and about 160 beaches. The north of the island has mainly stone beaches, the south has sandy ones.
Did you know that:
- Gran Canaria is also called a mini continent? This is due to the great variation of landscapes. Maspalomas has dunes that look similar to the Sahara. On the other hand, the island has green woods and beautiful beaches.
- A lot of dolphins live around Gran Canaria? And with a little luck, you might even spot a whale or sea turtles!
- Pico de las Nieves being the highest point of the island?
More than 60 bus lines, called the guagua, run daily throughout the island. You can buy tickets through a vending machine at the bus stops or directly in the bus. The price depends on how many zones you cross and how many kilometers. Children under the age of 4 may drive free, provided they do not occupy a seat. People of 70 or older can get a 50% senior discount. This has to be sorted out at the bus office, though. In some cases they are even allowed to travel for free.
All information can be found on the Global website: https://www.guaguasglobal.com/en/.
There are a few different companies that rent out cars. You can find a number of links to the renters here:
It is also worth exploring the island by bicycle or scooter. Even e-bikes can be rented. Beautiful bike rides have been pathed out for you. TripAdvisor selected some very nice routes.
The temperature in Las Palmas:
North and south
The high central mountains on the island cause temperature differences. In the north it’s generally a little cooler than it is in the south. The climate can vary by up to ten degrees between north and south. In the south, the temperature are around 24° C on average throughout the year. It rains here for a maximum of five to seven days a year. It will never be truly cold at Gran Canaria: even during the winter periods the temperature is pleasant. The island is ideal to spend the winter for this reason.