Gran Canaria is one of the eight populated islands of the Canary Islands; it is known as a miniature continent thanks to the four different climates found there depending on the area you find yourself in. The dry deserts, mountains and rocky ravines strongly contrast with the tropical forests, banana plantations, vineyards and sugarcane plantations. Most tourist areas and the best beaches are located in the south of the island, but you will find a complete change of scenery only ten minutes from the coastline. The road becomes windy and takes you up the mountains to the highest peak of the island, Pico de las Nieves which looks over Gran Canaria from its 1949 metres. In the inner part of the island, there are charming small villages with whitewashed houses and remains of the Guanche culture, a civilization long disappeared.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a cosmopolitan city by the sea where you can visit the historic old town of Vegueta and take advantage to do a bit of shopping. The city centre is located on the marvellous beach of Las Canteras which boasts a beautiful promenade filled with friendly and welcoming bars and restaurants. 400 000 of the 850 000 inhabitants of the island live in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which is the capital of Gran Canaria. It is easy to get to Las Palmas de GC and it takes less than an hour by car or by bus as the local "guagua" actually departs from Rocas Rojas.
The best beaches are located in the south of the island and the most spectacular beach you will come across is the one between Playa del Inglés and Meloneras, by the dunes. There are also nice beaches in San Agustín only five minutes' walk from Rocas Rojas. There is also a large and marvellous beach in Amadores, just after Puerto Rico.
Gran Canaria is a fantastic destination for people who like to keep fit. There are many options available for sport lovers: golfing, cycling, hiking, diving and surfing are only a few of the possibilities to choose from. There are seven 18-hole golf courses of which five are situated in the south of the island. Gran Canaria is also the place to be in if you wish to go diving. The waters around the island offer spectacular experiences as the ocean is charming but also offers interesting challenges. There are various diving centres in the south of the island. Pozo Izquierdo is the place to go windsurfing as it hosts, among others events, the world windsurfing championship every summer. It is only 20 minutes away from San Agustín. If you are a football or basketball fan, there are two significant teams in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria who play in their respective stadiums usually on weekends throughout the season.
The Canarian lands are ideal to go hiking. We recommend to do this activity with companies that organise excursions in the mountains during the week.
TEROR is a charming village and its church is home to the patron saint of Gran Canaria, la Virgen del Pino (literally, the Lady of the Pine).
FATAGA is a small village with whitewashed houses only 45 minutes from Rocas Rojas.
PUERTO DE MOGAN is a charming fishing village situated on the south coast, only 30 minutes from San Agustín. Its canals, restaurants and beautiful marina are the main reason why it is known as the Little Venice of Gran Canaria.
The ravine of GUAYADEQUE. In the language of the former Canarians, Guayadeque meant "place where water runs". The local population fight to preserve ancestral traditions and still live in caves, a habit that has disappeared in other areas of the island.
TEJEDA. This fascinating Canarian village is one of the highest of the island. You just cannot miss it!
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