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″