A veritable continent in miniature, Gran Canaria seduces from the moment you set foot on it.
The summits of Gran Canaria know what snow is, although just a few kilometres away the sun shines all year on golden beaches - and on lakes where you can practice water sports, find freshwater fish, bathe or camp in the great outdoors.
You can tour the island from coast to summit by using the well-maintained roads. But recently the dirt roads have been renovated. In the past, these were used by Canarians to travel on foot or on horseback. Today, they allow visitors and locals alike to discover the places hidden to the eyes of those who travel in a car.
In the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, you can sun yourself on the beach of Las Canteras, try out all kinds of water sports from sailing to water skiing, and enjoy the numerous gastronomic delights and the intense nightlife. Besides that, you can visit the Canarian Museum, Museo Canario, (exhibiting archaeological remains of the island), the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, or the House of Colombus, Casa de Colón (which ensures the memory of the Admiral lives on). And, just a few kilometres away from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, travelling towards the centre of the island, in Tafira, you’ll find the oldest golf club in the whole of Spain.
In the south amid the tourism areas, the extensive coast of Maspalomas, well-known for its dunes and beaches, has as many leisure facilities as you can imagine: aquatic parks, exotic bird parks, theme parks like Sioux City, submarines that allow visitors to view the bottom of the sea, golf courses, tennis courts, squash, and much, much more.
But there is still another face of Gran Canaria, the traditional one that you can encounter whilst exploring the island. Marvel at the magnificent architecture of cities and villas, shop until you drop at the weekend markets and buy direct from the source at the thriving agricultural farms.
The traditional side is also present in the colourful celebrations, such as the noisy carnivals or those of religious character and those with strong folkloric ties.