As the second most populated and third in terms of development, Gran Canaria boosts a special position in the seven islands of the Canary Islands. It is often described as miniature content for its variety of landscapes and climates which it offers, right from the big city bustle that Las Palmas provides to the lush and serene. The island who original meaning was the great island of dogs has a population of close to one million people, a number which is approximately forty percent of the whole Canary archipelago population.
The island is located in Atlantic Ocean, 200 kilometers from the north western coast of Africa and 1400 km from the European continent closest port of Cadiz. The island is almost circular in shape with a diameter of about 50 kilometers characterized by ravines which radiate out right from the centre all the way to the coast. The island boasts of a humid condition with warm temperatures which makes it ideal for people who are looking for a perfect hideaway from the punishing cold winter temperatures. The island is home to green valleys and volcanic craters which are spread in different parts. The southern part of the island presents a deep contrast where an arid and desert like terrain spread all the way to the beach giving the visitors a perfect desert environment right in the middle of the vast Mediterranean beaches.
The island has an interesting history, it is said that it was first populated by Canarii , people who are believed to have arrived in 500 BC, these people named the island Tamaran which is translated as the Land of the Brave. There were several attempts to conquer the island by the French and Portuguese and in 1493, this succeeded in a campaign that took five years when the Crown of Castile with the help of Queen Isabella I stepped up their expansionist campaign.
The island capital lies in northeastern tip of the island, right between two long beaches. Las Palmas dates way back in June 24th 1478 when the Juan Rejon , the leader of the Castilian army conquered the region and founded the city. It is said that Christopher Columbus anchored in this port where he spent some days enjoying the cool and relaxing environment of the port. The interior part of the Gran Canaria, is characterized with steep highlands which are dotted with small villages which can be seen from far with spotted white houses with red roofs.
The banana plantations as well as orchards full of tropical fruits are clearly visible from a distance giving a panoramic view. This gives the island a sense of life; visitors to the island will be amazed how such a small arid area can have such characteristics. The Southern coastline of Gran Canaria is a favorite spot for the tourists, all year round this flock this region to enjoy the well known beaches of Maspalomaes and Playa del Ingles. This is the point where the sea washes the soft sands and the wonderful stretches of empty dunes are clearly visible. It is a breathtaking scene where anybody would like to enjoy and witness the wonders of this part of the world.
There is a lot to enjoy in this land of beauty and marvels, the history and the landscapes that characterize the region gives a full package to any visitor who would like to experience the past and relate it to the present.
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