Gran Canaria is the round island, the one with the ever warm climate. It is the island of contrasts and golden sandy beaches. The island with its doors open wide, with a melting pot of cultures where local traditions are kept alive. It is a corner of the South Atlantic where you can find everything you could ever want to relax, have fun and enjoy great holidays…
As with the rest of the Archipielago, it is of volcanic origin and is not without its mythical past; round in shape with a peninsula-like appendage sticking out at its northern tip. With a total surface area of 1560 sq kilometers, 43 percent of its territory is protected, while its nearly 60 kilometers of coastline are blessed with golden, sandy beaches. It has a cone-shaped mountain top at its highest point, namely el Pico del Pozo de las Nieves (1949 metros), which casts an eye over the Roque Nublo, a natural and emblematic monument for all Grancanarians, located right in the middle of the island, standing some 1813 metres above sea level.
Gran Canary kicks off every year with Carnival. With Christmas celebrations still ringing in their ears, the Grancanarians turn their attention to the most popular of fiestas. The Carnival usually starts in the capital around mid-February, and people don’t take off their fancy dress masks until April. From then on, helped by glorious weather, nearly every month there is some kind of important festival going on somewhere on the island. Most of these revive the history and legacy of centuries gone by, while others are purely religious events, but all of them are marked with the indelible flavour of the Canaries.
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