Gran Canaria, the third largest of the Canary Islands, is a good 200 kilometers off the Moroccan coast. Satellite photos show an almost round, 1560 square kilometers large rock island. Its highest point is the 1949 meter high, extinct volcano Pico de las Nieves. More than 865.000 inhabitants (2019) live on Gran Canaria, which is geologically assigned to the African continent.
Gran Canaria - agricultural land
Las Palmas - big city in the north of the island
Visitors to Gran Canaria seek sun, sand and sea in the Maspalomas area in the south of the island. In the often cloud-covered northeast of the island, in the island's capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, fewer holidaymakers are drawn. The city extends between the rocky peninsula of La Isleta and the slopes of the foothills over an area of around 100 square kilometers. Almost 380.000 people live there.
Port city and administrative center
Las Palmas is the southernmost European city. It lives mainly from its port, which is one of the most important ports in Spain in terms of container handling. Passenger traffic is also important. The number of ferry and cruise passengers is given as 1,2 million (2018); 30 percent of this come from cruise ship visitors. Las Palmas' efficient airport handled more than 13 million passengers (as of 2019).
Las Palmas cruise terminal
Las Palmas cruise terminal - check-in desks
The city is the administrative center of the island. It shares the function of capital of the Canary Islands with Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Las Palmas is also a cultural hub and an international conference venue.
Las Palmas for crusaders
Given the size of the island, it is impossible for day guests to get to know it even remotely. That's why we recommend exploring the city instead of the island.
Las Palmas - Entrance to the bus station
Las Palmas - access to the underground bus station
Supported by the perfectly organized local transport, the visitor can easily walk through the historic districts of Vegueta and Triana at sea level. The old town of Vegueta is particularly noteworthy. We describe the highlights of the city under Gran Canaria sights.
Update January 2021