Canary Islands Map
Gran Canaria is a volcanic island covering an area of 602 square miles (1,560 km²) with the highest peak being Pico de las Nieves at 6,394 feet (1,949 metres). Located in the Atlantic Ocean, 93 miles (150 kilometres) off the north western coast of Africa, the island is the third largest of the Canary Islands and has the most populated and dynamic capital city. Las Palmas is home to approximately 400,000 of the island’s total population of 820,257.
Gran Canaria belongs to an area of the Atlantic Ocean known as ‘Macaronesia’, which includes the Canary Islands as well as the archipelagos of Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde and part of Morocco.
Today, Gran Canaria enjoys 2.2 million visitors a year and is often referred to as a ‘miniature continent’ because of its different climates and variety of landscapes. One third of the island has been designated a protected Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO.