Closer to Africa than Europe, the island of Gran Canaria Island is small enough to drive around in a day and attracts over 2 million visitors every year. Las Palmas is a busy, bustling city with friendly local people who are proud of their island and its surroundings. For lovers of water sports, the resort’s area of Maspalomas in the southeastern part of the island is the place to visit.
Gran Canaria is well known for holding a variety of festivals throughout the year, the annual carnival is generally held in February, and following that is a plentiful amount of Fiestas and musical events, including the International Festival of Ballet and the Spanish Light Opera.
Things to do in Gran Canaria Island
- Aquasur Waterpark
Located just 3km outside Maspalomas, a visit to Aquasur is a must for all water babies. Fun for all the family, open daily from 10 am. The park has water chutes, swimming pools with waves and much more. The drier areas include restaurants, bars, and large gardens and there is also free parking.
- Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno
Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno
Otherwise known as CAAM, this modern art centre has a permanent exhibition related to its own collection, photography and design, in addition to other exhibitions throughout the year. A free guided tour is available for organised groups, for more information and reservations it’s probably best to telephone the centre or visit their website at www.caam.net.
- Crocodile Park
This park originally started when the family were asked to look after a few crocodiles, now the park has grown into a ‘wild’ adventure and a great family day out. Many of the animals arrived at the park in very poor condition after many years of neglect, now though they lead happy lives and they are well on the road to recovery.
- The park is open from 10 am – 5 pm daily (except Saturdays).
- Botanical Garden
This Botanical Garden is not only a public garden but is also an important research centre and one deeply involved with the reforestation of the island. From Plaza Viera y Clavijo you have a fantastic view over the entire gardens. Don’t forget to look out for the famous Canarian Dragon Tree, which is blood red in colour. There are over 2000 species on display, as well as a lake, waterfall and exhibition centre.
- Open daily from 9am – 6pm.
Weather in Gran Canaria Island
Deservedly Gran Canaria is also known as a “continent in miniature” due to the changeable weather on the island. Overall the climate is milder than other neighbouring islands, with pleasant temperatures that remain constant all year round. However due its mountainous range, you can see snow on the highest peaks and glorious sunshine a few miles down the road. Rainfall is more likely at the beginning of the year, turning the land green and fertile which encourages strong agricultural development.
As with other Canary Islands, the climate in the north of Gran Canaria often differs from the south, most temperatures are given from Las Palmas – expect it to be around 5°C cooler in the north