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Encyclopedia > Gran Canaria
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Province Las Palmas
Capital: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
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27°57" N lat.
15°35" W long
Population: (2005)
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802,257

514.27/km²
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Atlantic Ocean
5 m (centre)
1,949 (Pico de Las Nieves)
Number of municipalities: 21
Postal code: E-350xx
Car designation: GC
Website: www.grancanaria.com

Gran Canaria, rarely Grand Canary (archaic), is the third largest island of the Canary Islands, an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean 210 km from the northwest coast of Africa and belonging to Spain. It is located southeast of Tenerife and west of Fuerteventura. The island is of volcanic origin, which is mostly made of fissure vents. Image File history File links Flag_of_Gran_Canaria. ... Categories: Spain geography stubs | Canary Islands | Provinces of Spain ... Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a Spanish city, the capital city of Gran Canaria which is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, 210 kilometers located off the northwestern coast of Africa. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Postal codes were introduced in Spain in 1976, when CTT introduced automated sorting. ... Pictures of Plates in Spain There are about 8 types of plates in Spain all which are now pictured below. ... Capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife Official language(s) Spanish Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 13th  7,447 km²  1. ... The Mergui Archipelago An archipelago is a landform which consists of a chain or cluster of islands. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... Flag of Tenerife Tenerife, a Spanish island, is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. ... Fuerteventura, a Spanish island, is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. ... For other uses, see Volcano (disambiguation). ... A volcanic fissure and lava channel. ...


The island was populated by the Guanches, who may have arrived as early as 500 BC. The Guanches called the island Tamarán. It was claimed by Spain in the 15th century. Guanches (also: Guanchis or Guanchos) were the first known inhabitants of the Canary Islands. ...


Gran Canaria's surface is 1,560 km² and its maximum altitude is 1,949 meters (Pico de Las Nieves). It has a round shape, having a diameter of just about 50 km.


It is divided into twenty-one municipalities: This is a list of the municipalities in the province of Las Palmas in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, Spain. ...

  • Mogán
  • Moya
  • Las Palmas
  • San Bartolomé de Tirajana
  • San Nicolás de Tolentino
  • Sta. Brígida
  • Sta. Lucía de Tirajana
Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The island has a population of 802,257 with 378,628 (year 2005) of those in the capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the biggest city of the Canary Islands, also the capital of the province of Las Palmas, and also one of the two capitals of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, along with Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Many Celebrities have homes on this island, most notably the world famous entertainer Chris Algie. Agaete is a municipality of Las Palmas province, at Canary Islands. ... Agüimes is a Canarian municipality in the eastern portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands. ... Artenara is a Canarian municipality in the westcentral and the central portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands. ... Arucas is a Canary Islands municipality in the province of Las Palmas. ... Missing image Image:c_3_08a_. ... Gáldar is a municipality of Las Palmas province, on the Canary Islands. ... Ingenio is a Canarian municipality in the eastern portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands. ... Mogán is a municipality on the southwestern part of the island island Gran Canaria in the province of Las Palmas, Canary Islands. ... Moya is a municipality of Las Palmas province, on the Canary Islands. ... Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a Spanish city, the capital city of Gran Canaria which is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, 210 kilometers located off the northwestern coast of Africa. ... San Bartolomé de Tirajana (first part Spanish meaning Saint Bartholomew) is a Canarian municipality in the southeastern portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands. ... La Aldea de San Nicolás or San Nicolás de Tolentino (in English Saint Nicholas of Tolentino) is a Canarian municipality in the western portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands and is the westernmost municipality in the province. ... Santa Brígida is also a place in the state of Bahia in Brazil, see Santa Brígida, Bahía Villa de Santa Brígida (Spanish meaning Saint Brigit is a Canarian municipality in the northeastern portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the... Santa Lucía de Tirajana (first part Spanish meaning Saint Lucia) is a Canarian municipality in the southeastern portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands. ... Santa María de Guía de Gran Canaria is a municipality in Las Palmas province of the Canary Islands. ... Tejeda is a Canarian municipality in the westcentral and the central portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands. ... This article needs copyediting (checking for proper English spelling, grammar, usage, etc. ... Teror is a Canarian municipality in the northern portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands. ... Valleseco (Spanish meaning dry valley) is a municipality of Las Palmas province, on the Canary Islands. ... Valsequillo de Gran Canaria is a Canarian municipality in the eastern portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands. ... Vega de San Mateo (latter part Spanish meaning Saint Matthew is a Canarian municipality in the eastern portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands. ... Image File history File links Las_palmas_canteras. ... Image File history File links Las_palmas_canteras. ... Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a Spanish city, the capital city of Gran Canaria which is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, 210 kilometers located off the northwestern coast of Africa. ... Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a Spanish city, the capital city of Gran Canaria which is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, 210 kilometers located off the northwestern coast of Africa. ... In addition to its seventeen autonomous communities, Spain is divided into fifty provinces. ... Categories: Spain geography stubs | Canary Islands | Provinces of Spain ... Autonomous communities of Spain. ... Capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife Official language(s) Spanish Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 13th  7,447 km²  1. ... Santa Cruz de Tenerife (2005 population 221,627) is a Spanish city on the island of Tenerife, the largest and most populated of the Canary Islands as stated in the 2005 census. ...

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Transportation

Gran Canaria has highways encircling the whole island and extending into the mountain areas. In the late 20th century, its superhighways, among the first in the Canary Islands, were opened and ran around Las Palmas, and were later extended to the north coast and the airport and subsequently to the south coast to account for increased tourist traffic. The superhighways are GC1, GC2, and GC31, and divided highways GC4 and GC5. The western and the northwestern parts, with the fewest tourists, are linked only with highways. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... GC1 is a superhighway (or motorway) on the island of Gran Canaria. ... The GC-2 (also the GC2) North Highway in Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). ... Divided Highway is the fourteenth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 2003. ...


The International Airport of Gran Canaria-Gando is the only airport on Gran Canaria. It has so many aircraft and passengers passing through it each year that is it placed as one of the busiest in Spain. Gran Canaria also hosts the responsibility of controlling all air traffic of The Canaries. Gran Canaria International Airport (IATA: LPA, ICAO: GCLP), (in Spanish, Aeropuerto de Gran Canaria) is an airport located on Gran Canaria Island, Spain, in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. ...


The most important ports in Gran Canaria are The Port of La Luz, in the city of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria; Arguineguín's Port, which exports cement from a large factory; and Arinaga's Port, placed in the major industrial zone of Canaries and one of the major ones of Spain.


The ports which transport the most passengers are the Port of La Luz and the Port of Las Nieves, placed in the municipality of Agaete Agaete is a municipality of Las Palmas province, on the Canary Islands. ...


Public transport on the island is provided by an extensive network of buses (Guaguas) and run by GLOBAL and Guaguas Municipales who operate a fleet of modern, air-conditioned buses. Drivers are helpful, and the mix of tourists and 'locals' (especially in the resort areas) makes for an interesting ride, not to mention it being one of the best ways to actually see the island.


Plans for a Railway network linking the capital with the South have been approved by both the Gran Canaria Cabildo and the Canary Islands Government, though the discussion with the central Spanish Government hinges now on budget.


Tourism

This island is called a "Miniature Continent" due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found. The island is under protection as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. A biosphere reserve is an international conservation designation given by UNESCO under its Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB). ... UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ...


The number of annual visitors is 2.2 million (2,200,000). Most of the tourists visit the southern part of the island.

The Roque Nublo

The north tends to be cooler while the south is warmer and sunny. The east coast of the island is flat dotted with beaches while the western coast is rockier and mountainous. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 3072 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 3072 pixel, file size: 2. ...


The island possseses 32[1] Natural Protected Spaces, that they emphasize the Rural Park of Nublo, Doramas's Jungle, the Ravine of Azuaje, Tamadaba, Pino Santo, etc.


Most tourists stay in the south of the island, which is sunnier and has less rain than the north. There is a large bird park, Palmitos Park, in the south of the island, as well as many beach resort communities. The resort communities start in the central eastern part of the southern coast in the Maspalomas area which includes the towns of San Agustín, Playa del Inglés, Sonnenland, and Maspalomas where most tourists visit. The Dunes of Maspalomas are located between Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas. Another tourist attraction is the Lighthouse at Maspalomas situated at the western end of Maspalomas. The Palmitos Park is a large bird park on Gran Canaria, one of the Canary islands, that are part of Spain. ... San Agustin (Spanish for Saint Augustine is the first of the town, located near the Maspalomas dunes. ... Playa del Inglés (Spanish for Englishmans Beach) is a town in the south coast of the island of Gran Canaria. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Maspalomas Dunes Maspalomas is the oldest touristic town in the south coast of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. ...


In Tarajalillo an Aeroclub exists from where tourist flights can be realized by the island.


Playa del Inglés is a popular destination for European gay tourists with bars, restaurants and businesses centered primarily in the Yumbo Centrum shopping center. A wonderful beach is found near the Maspalomas Dunes. Maspalomas's beach is known throughout the world by his beacon, his oasis and his magnificent sand sea. Playa del Inglés (Spanish for Englishmans Beach) is a town in the south coast of the island of Gran Canaria. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see mall. ...


Still further to the west along the southern shore, also in the Municipality of Mogán are the communities of Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogán, a picturesque village referred to as "Little Venice" on account on its many canals. Puerto de Mogán is a port town in the southwest of the island of Gran Canaria. ...

The Maspalomas dunes
The Maspalomas dunes

Other attractions include Palmitos Park, Reptilandia Park, Cocodrilos Park, Roque Nublo (an 80m monolith), Cenobio de Valerón with about 290 caves, Cueva Pintada the most important archaeological park in Canary Islands and the botanical gardens Jardin Canario (in Tafira Alta) and Cactualdea (in La Aldea de San Nicolás). El Dedo de Dios, or "God's Finger" was a rocky spire jutting from the sea in Puerto de las Nieves, and was previously the signature attraction of the Canary Islands until it was destroyed by Tropical Storm Delta (2005) that lashed the archipelago on November 2005 [1]. With its numerous off shore underwater attractions; scuba diving centres, guides, and courses are readily available to take in the full beauty of the island. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1970x1572, 959 KB) Summary Fotograf: Baumanns Datum: Oktober 2004 Original authors Source: German Wikipedia Upload Tool Operator: Flominator Image contributor(s): Baumanns, 14:01, 27. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1970x1572, 959 KB) Summary Fotograf: Baumanns Datum: Oktober 2004 Original authors Source: German Wikipedia Upload Tool Operator: Flominator Image contributor(s): Baumanns, 14:01, 27. ... The Palmitos Park is a large bird park on Gran Canaria, one of the Canary islands, that are part of Spain. ... Roque Nublo Roque Nublo (Spanish meaning the Rock Cloud) is a monolith feature that is 80 m tall. ... El Dedo de Dios (translated: Gods finger) was a famous rock structure in the Atlantic Ocean, located in the northern part of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. ... The name Delta was used for two tropical or subtropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean. ...


Other famous rockys are El Cura (also known as El Fraile), The Frog (La Rana), Bentayga, the Roque de Gando, and the Peñón Bermejo. The highest peak of the island is the Pico de las Nieves, with 1.950 m


The capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the north of the island, has a vibrant city life and the beach Las Canteras is located in the heart of the city. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is also known for its annual Carnaval. In the city Christobal Colón ended up at the Trip of the Discovery, recollection of the same one is the Hermitage of San Antonio Abad, where the navigator prayed, and the Casa de Colon. Other monuments of the capital are the Museo Canario (the most important museum of archaeology of the archipelago), the Cathedral, the Plaza del Espiritu Santo, etc. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a Spanish city, the capital city of Gran Canaria which is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, 210 kilometers located off the northwestern coast of Africa. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...


The town of Agüimes on the East of the island has been carefully restored so that it's town centre maintains the peace and tranquility of a traditional Canarian town, centered around it's old church and quiet square. The district also has some of the best preserved cave homes in the protected area in the Guayadeque Ravine, where even the church has been built into the hillside, and visitors can eat in the popular cave restaurants. The district also includes the most famous area for scuba diving on the island, the marine reserve at the playa de El Cabrónjust outside the town of Arinaga. Agüimes is a Canarian municipality in the eastern portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands. ...


Other important cities of the island are Telde and Vecindario (belonging to the municipality of Santa Lucia de Tirajana) and Gáldar. In Arucas is a magnificent Neogothic temple known popularly as " Arucas's Cathedral ", amen of an extensive fertile plain of bananas. In Gáldar and his surroundings one finds an extensive fertile plain of bananas and very important aboriginal remains, such as the Cueva Pintada or Cenobio de Valerón's communal siloes, tombs of burial, and the port of Sardina del Norte (one of the Grancanarian ports, together with that of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where Christobal Colón saturated his ships). In Teror is the image of Virgen del Pino, Mistress of Canary Islands. Telde is a municipality in the eastern province of Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria, part of the Canary Islands. ... Gáldars area is 61. ... Arucas is a Canary Islands municipality in the province of Las Palmas. ... Gáldars area is 61. ... Teror is a Canarian municipality in the northern portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands. ... The Virgen del Pino (or Virgin of the Pine) is the patron of the Diocese of the Canary Islands (province of Las Palms, Canary Islands). ...


Heading west along the southern coast is the fishing city of Arguineguin in the Municipality of Mogán. The market, which is held on Tuesdays, is the largest on the island. Playa de Arguineguin was upgraded with new sand in autumn 2004 Parque Arguineguin was opened in April 2006 Arguineguín (Guanche for quiet water), also Arguinegín is one of the most populated towns along the south coast of Gran Canaria. ... Mogán is a municipality on the southwestern part of the island island Gran Canaria in the province of Las Palmas, Canary Islands. ...

La Aldea beach
La Aldea beach

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2288x1712, 763 KB) Fotograf/Zeichner: Sebastian Dubiel Datum: Februar 2006 Source: German Wikipedia. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2288x1712, 763 KB) Fotograf/Zeichner: Sebastian Dubiel Datum: Februar 2006 Source: German Wikipedia. ...

See also

This is a list of the municipalities in the province of Las Palmas in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, Spain. ... The Perro de Presa Canario is a Molosser type dog from the Canary Islands. ...

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Coordinates: 27°58′N, 15°36′W Capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife Official language(s) Spanish Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 13th  7,447 km²  1. ... Fuerteventura, a Spanish island, is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. ... La Gomera is the second smallest island of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. ... Hierro redirects here. ... Lanzarote is also the title of a novella by Michel Houellebecq, translated into English by Frank Wynne. ... Satellite image of La Palma, with the Caldera de Taburiente visible (north is to the lower right). ... Flag of Tenerife Tenerife, a Spanish island, is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. ... Alegranza is an island situated in the Atlantic Ocean located to the coast of Africa and is in the province of Las Palmas next to the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, an autonomous region of Spain and is the northernmost point in the Canary Islands... There is also a Graciosa in the Azores, see Graciosa Graciosa Island or commonly La Graciosa (Spanish for graceful) is an island in the Canary Islands of Spain, located 2 km north of the island of Lanzarote with the strait named Río. ... Islote de Lobos or Lobos Island[1] is a small island of the Canary Islands located between the islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. ... Montaña Clara (Spanish meaning light-colored mountain) is a small islet belonging to the so-caled Chinijo Archipelago, in the northeastern part of the Canary Islands, only a short distance (about 2 km) northwest of La Graciosa. ... Roque del Este (Spanish for rock of the east) is an unhabited island located 12 km northeast of the lsland of Lanzarote. ... Roque del Oeste (Spanish for rock of the west) is an unhabited islet located 2 km northwest of the lsland of Montaña Clara, in the northeasternmost part of the Canary Islands. ... Image File history File links Canary_Islands_CoA.svg Summary Coat of Arms of Canary Islands Derived from Image:Flag of the Canary Islands (coa). ... Categories: Spain geography stubs | Canary Islands | Provinces of Spain ... Santa Cruz de Tenerife province Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a province of Spain, consisting of the western part of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Gran Canaria lies in a part of the Atlantic known as Macaronesia, which includes the archipelagos of Madeira, Salvajes, Azores and Cape Verde.
Within the archipelago, Gran Canaria lies between Fuerteventura and Tenerife, lying at a distance of 83 kilometres to the west of Fuerteventura and 62 kilometres to the east of Tenerife.
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Gran Canaria, rarely Grand Canary (archaic), is the third largest island of the Canary Islands, an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean 210 km from the northwest coast of Africa and belonging to Spain.
Gran Canaria's surface is 1,560 km² and its maximum altitude is 1,949 meters (Pico de Las Nieves).
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