The Gran Canaria is one of the largest islands in the Canary Island group and is situated by the Atlantic Ocean and northwest of Africa. The climate in the Gran Canaria differs depending on the location. Summers are sunny but mostly at the southern part of the island. The North can be cloudy. The climate is mild enough for winter sun holidays and the Gran Canaria is one of the most popular winter sun spots.
Early history of Gran Canaria dates back to 500 B.C. when the Guanches or commonly known as Canarios from North Africa inhabited the island. These Berber descendants had a primitive life until the Island was rediscovered by Mediterranean sailors during the 14th century.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Gran Canaria is famous for its numerous carnivals which are celebrated in different areas such as San Bartolome and Las Palmas. Make sure to book your hotel accommodation in advance if you plan to travel for the carnivals. The most-visited area in the Gran Canaria is Las Plamas which boasts many pristine beaches including Playa de las Alcaravaneras and Playa de las Canteras. Head down to the district of Vegeuta and catch a glimpse of several historical attractions such as the Canary Island Museum, Church of the old Augustinian Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Those who love shopping should take time to experience the vibrant Triana district where one can find many retail outlets ranging from traditional stores to upscale boutiques.
The only public transport available on the Gran Canaria is local buses, known as Guaguas. Buses cover most areas of the Island through don’t expect the buses to stick to the timetable! For tourists there is a popular open top bus service