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  • Gran Canaria: An incredible Spot to Visit at the Heart of the Canary Islands

    Gran Canaria: An incredible Spot to Visit at the Heart of the Canary Islands

    Gran Canaria is among the most populous islands in the string of islands lying just from the coast of Morocco known as the Canary Islands. Gran Canaria originally meant 'Great Island of Dogs' and it is the second most populous island in Spain after Tenerife.

    Originally populated through the Canarri tribe, the area was taken over and conquered in 1483 through the King of Castile and he founded the capital city Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

    The island, itself, is geographically located west of Fuereventura and southeast of Tenerife and it has a round shape with a diameter that measures around 50 kilometres.

    The population of Gran Canaria of 820,000 is divided into 21 municipalities which are inter-connected by highways that encircle the whole island and go up in to the areas of mountainous terrain. Later on within the late 20th century, the island built its first web which encircles the whole of Las Palmas and then extended towards the north coast after which to the airport. Since that time it has been further extended to the south coast to take into consideration the rise in tourist traffic.

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    The area is with only one airport, which has flights back and forth from the mainland and from all over world. There's also ports which serve the shipping community in Las Palmas, Agaaete, Port of La Luz and Port of Las Nieves.

    In most cases, Gran Canaria has a selection of differing climates and landscapes and it is known as a 'miniature continent' that is partly due to this array of contrasting features. The south from the island is commonly in which the tourists flock to as it is sunnier and warmer, with the north of the island being much cooler. The east from the island is recognized for its long and flat beaches using the west coast known for its rocky landscapes.

    At the heart of the tourist region within the capital Las Palmas, lies Las Canteras Beach that is renown because of its yearly attractions like the famous carnival. But additionally it is known for being where Christopher Columbus first disembarked in order to the Americas in 1492.

    It is undoubtedly the biggest beach within the existing city and is used largely by the people of Las Palmas mixed with tourists in the high season. It measures 3,100 metres and it is sheltered mainly in the Atlantic currents with a coral sandstone which provides a natural barrier known locally as 'the bar' which you'll easily swim to in the shore.

    Added by Bailey & Edwards on Fri, Jun 15th 2012