The Canary Islands are part of Spain and are situated off the coast of Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean. The distance to the African coast is about 100 kilometres and to mainland Spain approximately 1100 kilometres. Because of their location the islands have always acted as hub between Europe, Africa and America and the culture on the islands has thus been influenced by all these three continents.
The volcanic Canary Islands are comprised of seven larger islands and six smaller ones. Together the islands cover 7666 square kilometres and have close to two million inhabitants. The main islands are Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Furteventura, El Hierro, La Palma and La Gomera. Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, is the biggest city in the islands and also their economical and cultural center.
As the Canary Islands are part of Spain, they are naturally a part of the EU as well. The official language is Spanish, but especially in the tourist centers English is widely spoken too. The currency is Euros and the time zone is the same as London's.
The unique climate of the islands is considered to be the best in the world by many and thus the islands have long been a very popular vacationing spot especially among Europeans. There are several flight connections to the Canary Islands and everyday tens of planes from different parts of the world land on the international airport of Gran Canaria. The flight time to Gran Canaria for example from London is only about 4 hours.
Gran Canaria is situated in the middle of the islands approximately 210 kilometres from the African west coast. Gran Canaria has the most inhabitants of the islands, about 800 000, and with its 1532 square kilometres it's the third largest in size.
Because of its very diverse characteristics Gran Canaria is often called the "minicontinent". Despite the island's small size the scenery varies a great deal between the different parts of the island and also the climate can be divided into different zones. The island has a bit of everyting : beautiful mountains with tops and valleys, forrest, natural beaches and cities, towns, small villages and completely uninhabited areas. The economic life of the island is multi faceted too - on top of the original farming, herding, fishing and handicraft there is nowadays more importly also industry and trade with tourism.
The shape of Gran Canaria is almost round and the the diameter is about 50 kilometres. The centre of the island is mountainous and the highest peak Pico de las Nieves is 1949 metres above the sea level. From the centre towards the sea are the ravines, long narrow valleys. The east part of the island is lush and fertile except for its coast which on the contrary is low and dry with several small beaches. The south is famous for its kilometres long beach and the sanddunes covering an area of almost 400 hectares. The west and northwest on the other hand are mostly cliffs. The diverse nature of Gran Canaria often suprises people when touring around the island for the first time. There is a wide variation of trees, bushes, plants and flowers and because of the different plantations even the originally deserted south is green and beautiful.
Gran Canaria can be devided to two main climate zones. The north of the island is cooler and more rainy than the the south which has a warmer and dryer subtropical climate. The difference in the average temperature between for example Las Palmas in the northeast of the island and the coastal area in the south is approximately 5 degrees. Besides this rough division the weather changes also between the different areas depending on how high from the sealevel and how far from the coast they are. The mountainous center is clowdier and rainier with cooler temperatures than the sunny and warmer coast. The southern coast of Gran Canaria is known to be nearly always sunny with only a couple of days of rain during the whole year. Now wonder it is so popular among the vacationers and the people who move to live on the island permanently.
The southern coast of Gran Canaria offers a great selection of alternatives of how and where to live. There are everything from apartments, two-storey houses and chalets even to luxury villas. The areas vary from lively and big towns to more peaceful and smaller neighborhoods, villages and the countryside. Our objects are mostly in the south but we are happy to help even if you are looking something in the other parts of the island.
In Gran Canaria the different services are good and of high quality. As an example the healthservice and education. There are both public and private doctors and hospitals with skilled personnel and modern equipment. Besides the public schools there are also some private schools, not only Spanish, but also for example British, American, Norwegian and Swedish schools with their own national language and curriculum. Also there are for example different institutes and the university of Las Palmas.
For shopping one can choose from department stores and big shopping-centers to smaller shops and specialized shops, all with international selection. For the friends of cultural life especially Las Palmas has lots to offer. Las Palmas is a lively, many-sided and international city like any other european major city, except for the smaller size which on the other hand only increases its charm. Because of the short distances and the highway along the east coast of the island it is very easy and fast to get to Las Palmas even from the south of the island.
Gran Canaria is also well known for the possibilities to do many different sports and activities. And the best about it all is that due to the ideal climate the season for these is year round. For example golf, fishing, sailing, surfing, diving, riding, tennis, mountainbiking and hiking are only examples of what is offered so surely there is something for everybody. This is only another reason why Gran Canaria has kept its popularity among the thousands of vacationers and the people permanently living on the island. Welcome to Gran Canaria!
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