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?