Island Snapshot

Auditorium Alfredo Kraus in Las Canteras Beach, Las Palmas

Location: Atlantic Ocean (About 150 kilometres (~93 miles) off the North Western coast of Africa and about 1350 km (~838 miles) from Europe.

Coordinates: 27°58′N 15°36′W

Area: 1,560 km2 (600 sq mi)  with a 236 kilometres coastline

Highest elevation: Pico de Las Nieves 1,949 m (6,394 ft)

Total Population: 900,000

Language: Spanish

Currency: Euro

Capital: Las Palmas City

Time Zone: Greenwich Time Zone


Gran Canaria (Island of big dogs) is one of the seven islands comprising the Spanish Archipelago of Canary Islands, an autonomous community with an autonomous government. The island is part of Las Palmas Province and the capital, Las Palmas, is also located there. Although it is the third largest island, it houses about 900k people, almost half the population of the entire archipelago. The Capital, Las Palmas, has a population of nearly 400k people.


Its location in the Atlantic Ocean makes it a natural logistics platform between Europe, Africa and the Americas, especially South America, a traditionally close ally with strong economic and cultural links.


The island has a volcanic origin and reaches a maximum altitude of 1,949 metres at the Pico de las Nieves, heart of the island. The diversity of its climate and flora (both of which differ according to zone and altitude) has led to it being described as “a continent in miniature” and recognised for the richness of its natural heritage. In that respect, UNESCO declared it a World Biosphere Reserve in 2005 and in fact one third of the island is preserved as natural reserves.


Municipalities of Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is divided into twenty-one municipalities:

Agaete Agüimes Artenara Arucas Firgas Gáldar Ingenio • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria • Mogán • Moya • San Bartolomé de Tirajana • San Nicolás de Tolentino • Sta. Brígida • Sta. Lucía de Tirajana • Santa María de Guía • Tejeda • Telde • Teror • Valleseco • Valsequillo • Vega de San Mateo


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