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Like a miniature continent Gran Canaria has a diverse landscape, ranging from the vast rolling sand dunes at Maspalomas, to a lush sub- tropical interior of deep ravines; banana plantations, majestic rocky slopes that give way to beautiful pine forests and breathtaking sea cliffs that are home to rare species of birds.

It's an island where you can still come across sleepy villages like Fataga where cobbled streets and white washed houses remain largely untouched by tourism. Or be amazed by the valley of a thousand palms.

At the islands centre is the beautiful volcanic peak of Pozo de las Nieves, which is snow capped all year round. Along the coast you'll find quiet fishing villages, sizzling beaches, lively resorts and the cosmopolitan capital of Las Palmas which is a mecca for bargain hunters, best buys are leather, wickerwork and pottery.

The south of the island is a playground of modern resorts with sparkling blue sea and glorious golden beaches, and an endless choice of restaurants, bars, and night-clubs.

There's an abundance of water sports from, sailing, water skiing, wind surfing and surfing, snorkelling, diving and deep sea fishing to name just a few.

For those that prefer dry land there's plenty of choice from tennis, horse riding and golf. If sports are not for you then why not hire a car and do your own thing at a pace that suits you.

Or just chill out and soak up he sun. All the beaches have been granted the EC Blue Flag.

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Las Palmas
Masapolomas
Playa del Ingles
San Augustin.
Puerto Rico.
Playa Taurito.
Bahia Feliz.

 

For more information on -

Sailing. See Marinas pages for useful nautical information in the Canary Islands.

Surfing. See surfing pages for the best waves in the Canary Islands.

Diving. See Diving pages for all the best places in the Canary Islands.

Tours. See & Do pages for lots great days out on Gran Canaria.

Golf. See golf pages for useful information about golf in the Canary Islands.

Other Sports available - jet-skiing, pedaloes, ten-pin bowling, football, roller-skating, tennis, squash, volley ball and go-karting. Check your resort for what's available.

Car hire is available in all resorts mentioned.

The island has many places of interest and hidden gems off the beaten track that are well worth exploring. Book early to avoid disappointment and extra expense.

Language Spanish .

Currency The Euro.

Help line UK 0905 0990 156.

Special Dates and Festivals.

Day of the Canaries May 30th.

Day of the Virgin August 15th.

The Day of our Lady of the Pine Trees September 8th.

Day of Santiago June 25th.

National Day of Spain October 12th

Kings Parade January 5th & 6th

Carnival is held annually during the end February to mid March.

2003 Carnivals - Las Palmas Feb 16 to March 8

Masapalomas (Playa del Ingles) 13 to 23 March

All Saints Day November 1st.

Constitution Day December 6th.

Holy Week April 16 -23rd.

Immaculate conception December 8th.