Gran Canaria is the second most popular of the Canaries although some would argue this. This island welcomes over 3 million visitors each year. The name of this island translates to “Great Island of Dogs”. This name comes from the huge Canaria Mastiff breed of dog.
Gran Canaria has a population of 850,000 inhabitants, only Tenerife is larger than this.
Close to 400,000 or 45% of all inhabitants live in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas is the capital city of this island and joint capital of the Canary Islands.
This island is particularly popular with Spaniards and northern Europeans. The Brits, Irish and Scandinavians all flock here for the super climate. Gran Canaria is well known for being a leading warm weather European destination during winter, especially early in the year.
What To See & Do In Gran Canaria
Below are many of the best attractions and things to do in Gran Canaria to keep you busy when you visit.
Tejeda & Roque Nublo
Hikers are in for a real treat in Gran Canaria thanks to the awesome mountainous region of Tejeda. To the south of Tejeda are some of the highest peaks on the island. These peaks include Pico de las Nieves (Snow Peak) and Roque Nublo (Rock Cloud). Pico de las Nieves is the highest point of Gran Canaria at 1,949 metres above sea level.
Roque Nublo has an elevation of 810 metres above sea level and is well known for it’s sea of clouds. The clouds and the mist around Roque Nublo makes this peak unique. They seem to disappear and re-appear if you are looking up from the ground. Another well known peak is Roque Bentayga, close to this peak are the Cuervas de Rey (Kings Caves). Most of these peaks are properties of cultural interest and part of Spanish Heritage.