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Gran Canaria

If you are an outdoorsman who loves to experience the different climates then the perfect place to go is to Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. This island may be small but it is actually referred to as the “Miniature Continent” because of the different climates that you will find on this small island, making it extremely diverse and perfect for people who are looking to discover what different climate zones have to offer. Known for its exquisite beauty, Gran Canaria is an excellent tourist destination.  

The climate is beautiful all year round; the winters experience temperatures between 15 degrees Celsius and 21 degrees Celsius, while the summers reach an average of 25 degrees Celsius. The island is open to tourists all year round because the weather is so beautiful. During the winter there may be some rain, but otherwise it is sunny and warm.

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Why visit Gran Canaria ?


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Miniature Continent

Known for its exquisite beauty, Gran Canaria is an excellent tourist destination

Referring back to the different climate zones, tourists usually visit one of the following areas or all of them, depending on how much time they have to travel: The Ravine of Azuaje, the Rural Park of Nublo, Tamadaba, Doramas’ Jungle and Pino Santo.  

The north of the island consists largely of rocky and mountainous terrain, whereas the southern part is smoother, flatter and consists of most of the beautiful beaches found on the island.  

If you love to go bird watching, then Gran Canaria has various bird watching spots. The best spot is in Palmitos Park where people can spend the whole day bird watching. La Charca is also a very well known place to go bird watching. If you are more interested in reptiles you can venture off to the Cocodrilos Park where you will be able to see crocodiles and other animals. The list of nature places to visit is endless.  

Here is a list of other great places to visit if you are a nature lover: Cueva Pintada, Roque Nublo, the Maspalomas Dunes, Jardin Canario, Cenobio de Valerón, el Dedo de Dios and the Cactualdea.  

If you love rocks you should not pass up the chance to see the natural rock formations that have taken unique forms and converted themselves into animal-like shapes in the mountain side. The rocks that you should visit are the Rana, the Cura/Fraile, the Peñón Bermejo and the Bentayga.  

You can also visit Aguimes, which has a beautifully preserved church built into a cave side. This town is famous for its cave dwellings and scuba diving.  

If you are more interested in seeing the history and culture of the island you should visit the Museo Canario, which focuses on the archaeology and anthropology of the island, the Plaze del Espíritu Santo, the Cathedral and Casa de Colón. The most cultural event of the year is the Carnival, which passes through Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.  

The island of Gran Canaria can offer you many options, from hanging out on the beach to hiking up a mountain to enjoying local festivities. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you will enjoy this unique vacation like no other.

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