Gran Canaria is one of the seven islands of the Spanish administered region of the canary archipelago. It is the second largest in terms of population size and third most developed when looked from an economic lenses. The island has been described as a miniature continent given the variety of climate and landscapes that characterize the region. In some area the climatic conditions which are experienced resemble those of the Saharan desert of the northern Africa while the regions especially those that are near the European continent has some characteristics of temperate climate. Here visitors from other continents will experience a variety of climates.
When it comes to landscapes they are as amazing as the climate, the big city bustle and the serenity of the lush woodlands to the arid and semi arid environment characterize the island. The northern part of the island has a humid climate and green valleys which have volcanic craters. The southern side exhibits the Saharan desert characteristics of aridity, which stretches all the way down to the beaches. The island is circular in shape with a diameter of close to fifty kilometres. It lies at the Atlantic Ocean where the nearest coastline is African coast which is only 200 kilometres away. The nearest port town on the European continent is Cadiz which is approximately 1250 km.
Gran canaria’s capital is Las Palmas, a town that lies on the northeaster tip of the island between Las Caletas and Alcaravaneras, the two long beaches of the region. The interior part of the island represents a steep highland which had small villages which appear as dots when seen from a distance. One can also spot the banana plantations as well as orchards bursting with the tropical fruits. The southern coastline is the favourite region for the tourists; they flock here almost through out the year as the weather is conducive for the better part of the year.