Why Gran Canaria?
Because of its constant sunshine and with an average temperature of 24 degrees, Gran Canaria is an all-year-round tourist destination. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, it is one of the seven Canary Islands, which are also known as the Fortunate Isles because of their beauty, location and weather. The most populated island in the Canaries, covering 1,560 square kilometres, Gran Canaria is a miniature continent that is part of UNESCO's world collection of biosphere reserves.
From endless sandy beaches to strikingly high mountains, Gran Canaria offers something for everyone. If relaxation is your preferred pastime, you have the tiny coves of San Agustin, the Caribbean beach of Amadores, the dunes of Maspalomas, elegant shopping and restaurants in Meloneras or the authentic Canarian village of Puerto Mogan.
For the more active, buying a property on Gran Canaria opens your door to a spectrum of sporting activities all in the open air – on the ground, in the air and in the ocean. There;s skydiving and windsurfing in Bahia Feliz, a beautiful harbour in Pasito Blanco for sailing, world class golf courses around the island, wild nature in Monte Leon and fishing, diving in Arguineguin and Puerto Rico and not forgetting the mountain pinnacles that form the centre of this island and that are perfect not only hiking but for the thousands of cyclists that come here every year to train.
There is certainly more to Gran Canaria than first impressions might lead you to believe. Away from the tourist resorts of the southern coast, where everyone from families to retired people are drawn to the long sandy beaches and vibrant, varied nightlife, you have colonial towns, volcanic landscapes and beautiful forests all a short drive away. In the north of the island is the capital Las Palmas, a thriving and cosmopolitan city with a long beach, great shops, historic houses and seafront promenades.
As if all this was not enough, there are cultural events and fiestas all year long. Carnival is held in the early months of the year and offers visitors the chance to experience its heady atmosphere, when everyone from babies to grandparents wear fancy dress costumes to take part in the parades held throughout the island over a period of six weeks. The Gay Pride carnival in May caters for one of the largest gay communities in Europe and is centred on the famous Yumbo centre, home to a large collection of gay bars and clubs where both locals and tourists flock every night of the week.
During the summer there are the more traditional fiestas, which an essential part of life in Gran Canaria. Every area and town has at least one fiesta a year, from the more solemn religious occasions, when masses and processions are held in memory of a particular patron saint, to the livelier celebrations when loud music, bars and restaurants spring up in the village square and the fiestas last for days! On top of all this, there are annual film, theatre, opera and music festivals in Las Palmas, weekly markets and international sporting events.
Due to the abundance of recreations available on the island, the diversity of the resorts and the subtropical temperatures, this holiday destination appeals to people from the whole of Europe, all coming to enjoy the carefree atmosphere of Gran Canaria.