While Gran Canaria is internationally known as a tourist destination for excellence, with over a million tourist a year, it is also a particularly attractive place to live. More than 51,000 tourists own a house in the island. In 2012 more than 90,000 tourists rented homes for a period of time.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the island’s capital and largest city, has a population of around 400,000 people. It is a cosmopolitan city open to the sea with the Port in one side and Las Canteras beach to the other, with over 3 kilometres of sand and all the amenities and services of a modern city.
One key competitive advantage of Gran Canaria is the number of sun hours during the year. The average temperature rarely falls below 18ºC in winter or rises above 30ºC in summer. Moreover, in a city open to the sea there is almost no air pollution. The island has an excellent internal communications network that enable anyone to commute from North to South or any other part of the island in under 40 minutes. The cost of housing in the Canaries is below the Spanish average (1,355€ per constructed square metre opposed to 1,588€ in the rest of Spain).
Overseas communications by sea and air are also excellent and frequent with direct daily flights to the Spanish mainland and the main European and West African capitals. The flight times vary from two and a half hours to Madrid or Barcelona to under four hours to London, Brussels and the main German and Central European cities. Inter-island travel is also well developed.
Another incentive to choose Gran Canaria is its variety of shopping centres and hypermarkets where all the well-known national and international brands are represented."
The possibility of practising sport all year round and enjoying the island’s splendid cultural offer also represents an added value. In that respect, Gran Canaria is known for its sports facilities and its specialisation in certain disciplines that include sailing, swimming and golf, which have produced many world-class sportsmen and women. The favourable climatic conditions that permit year-round sport attract many sporting professionals who come here from other European countries to continue their training during the winter months."
From the cultural offer point of view, special mention must be made on the concerts featuring world renowned orchestras and conductors in venues such as the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, which hosts the Canary Islands Music Festival every year (January- February) and is home to the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, or the recently renovated Pérez Galdós Theatre, which stages international ballet and opera, among other events. Three other theatres offer varied programmes throughout the year. Other music festivals, such as WOMAD, are also held in Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, as well as a world-famous Film festival and many heavily attended popular fiestas, for example, Carnival, which attracts thousands of participants and many more spectators every year. Also, Gran Canary counts with the Gran Canaria Film Commission and the Gran Canaria Bureau Convention, which are institutions that promote the island as a natural scenery or cinema studio, suitable for the recording of motion pictures and for the celebration of meeting and conferences, respectively, supporting the interested parties with technical and institutional help."
In addition to those factors, which reflect the quality of life on Gran Canaria, there is the island’s superb gastronomy, with the modern and the traditional combining to create dishes in which the freshness and quality of local produce are the true stars. Canarian cuisine thrives alongside an international cuisine that can be enjoyed in magnificent restaurants in the capital, in the coastal areas and in the interior of the island.
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