A “miniature continent”: that is how Gran Canaria is described, with its incredible variety of landscapes and microclimates which make it unique. Apart from this, you will also be able to enjoy an exciting city life in the island, especially in its capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. This is a city that has one of the best climates in the world, and it is a cosmopolitan and dynamic centre, where you will find everything you can imagine.
Shopping centres and leisure zones; streets to wander along, perfect for shopping and sightseeing; museums, theatres, concert halls, and open air squares where big concerts are held; a pulsating nightlife with numerous nightclubs, bars and restaurants: all in all, a long list of activities typical of modern cities so that each day of your holiday is different, if that is what you want.
Having said that, Gran Canaria offers the visitor other types of activities. The western half of the island is a Biosphere Reserve, which makes it ideal for those visitors who prefer a quieter stay, more in contact with the natural settings to be found in its 33 protected areas. You choose: today you could enjoy one of its marvellous golden sandy beaches, or charming hidden coves of black sand; tomorrow would be perfect spent in the peace and silence of the countryside, surrounded by impressive palm trees, spectacular landscapes that spread out before you, or the verdant forests of the canary pine (a tree which is endemic to the Canary Islands), and which form a contrast with those places where the black volcanic rock stands out from the green vegetation. What’s more, if you like country walks, you can enjoy yourself following one of the signposted “royal paths” that have been restored and which form part of the cultural and historical heritage of the island.
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