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Gran Canaria lies in a part of the Atlantic known as Macaronesia, which includes the archipelagos of Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde. The closest point on the African coast lies approx. 210km away. Being of volcanic origin, Gran Canaria's 1560 square kilometres of surface area and 236km of coastline encompass many different landscapes. It is this characteristic, as well as its diverse climatic conditions, which have earned the island its epithet of "miniature continent". The highest point is the peak of Pozo de Las Nieves (1949m).
Nearly 60km of beaches on 236km of coastline under a gentle sun that seems to have settled down here for good. Well-known and popular, such as the long stretch of sand of Maspalomas, a huge line of yellow sand stretching from Playa del Inglés to the foot of the great Maspalomas lighthouse, after bordering a dune desert on the island’s southern coastline. The south of the island has yet another long series of beaches. Quiet family ones such as San Agustín, Amadores, and the small Puerto de Mogán.
For guests, who like to combine holidays with sports activities, there are hotels, which offer lots of sports and have special sport centres, like e. g. golf, tennis, paddle, sailing, windsurfing…. For the adventurous guests there are professional centres which are specialised in sports of risk, like e. g. climbing, paragliding and skydiving.
In Gran Canaria, not only will you be able to enjoy its beaches, but you will also find a wide range of cultural attractions, such as its museums, religious architecture and local crafts, as well as local festivities in which to discover traditional music and dances.
Gran Canaria offers everything, especially for families: Leisure Park Holidayworld, Palmitos Park, Agualand, Camel Safari in the dunes of Maspalomas and much more.
The gastronomy developed over several centuries with excellent raw materials (meat, fish, fruits and vegetables) combined in original and tasty recipes. Starting with the “Enyesques” (snacks) among which you can find famous “Papas Arrugadas” (small potatoes boiled in their jackets), “Ropa Vieja” (type of casserole) or “Carajacas” (filleted liver). This can be followed by first courses such as “Fish Soup” or “Watercress Soup”. And the second courses can be composed of meat or fish.
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