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Geographical Position of Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, along with Tenerife, is located in the centre of the Canary Islands’ archipelago. The ‘round island’ – so called because of its circular shape – is 47 km (29 miles) wide and covers an area of 1,532 sq km.
Its highest peak, Pozo de Las Nieves (1949 m/6431 ft above sea level), is situated right in the centre of the island.
Gran Canaria belongs to an area of the Atlantic Ocean, known as ‘Macaronesia’, which includes the Canary Islands as well as the archipelagos of Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde and part of Morocco. The nearest point on the African coast is approx. 210 km (131 miles) away, while Cadiz, the closest port on the European continent, lies about 1250 km (781 miles) north of Gran Canaria.
North Point of Gran Canaria: Las Palmas: 28° 10' 51 ", -15° 25' 10 "
South Point of Gran Canaria: Maspalomas 27° 44' 04", -15° 35' 56"
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Landscapes at Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria possesses many natural resources in addition to its beaches, which is why this is the perfect place for getting in touch with nature, there being a wide variety of possibilities and activities in which one can participate. In Gran Canaria one can do anything, from hiking through the most beautiful nature areas to taking part in adventure sports, or merely contemplating the hundreds of indigenous species that are unique in the world. In Gran Canaria, anything is possible for those who want to satisfy their need to get in touch with Mother Nature.
Due to the geological formation of the interior of the island, the landscapes of the interior are very different from those of the coast, originating many and varied ecosystems on the island. Being of volcanic origin, the island's orography has a
conical shape that is split in two by the ravines of Tirajana and Agaete, representing the main line of division that separates the enormous contrasts of the North and the South. Numerous ravines gouge their way accross the centre of the island in the direction of descent. This feature, together with the complicated relief and the massif (known as Los Pechos) that runs from the north-west to the south-west, are the main architects of the great variety of climatic conditions that exist on this island and, therefore, the great variety of ecosystems to which the island is host.
Almost 43% of the territory of Gran Canaria is protected, amounting to approximately 66,571 hectares of protected areas. This represents a ratio of approximately 1,000 square metres of protected area for each of the island's inhabitants.
Against this backdrop, the inhabitants of the islands have put together a supply of nature tourism that is characterised by an equally deep respect for the environment. This includes everything from century-old country houses that have been renovated, as well as a wide range of leisure activities that include everything from high risk sports, such as rock climbing, to hiking along the "Caminos reales" or ancient network of country pathways, which has been reopened for use by the public and which forms part of the cultural and historic heritage of the island.

The lighthouse of Maspalomas

Faro de Maspalomas
on the southern tip of Gran Canaria. • Maspalomas

Maspalomas Beach

maspalomas live
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Live-images from the famous beach of Maspalomas

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Stadt
capital of Gran Canaria and the cultural centre of the island, with a lot of galleries and theaters

Puerto de Mogan

Marina
maybe the most beautiful marina of the Canary Islands ...
 

The interior of the island Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

has a lot of artificial lakes (reservoirs) and valleys of palm-trees.