Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) City and Island Map for Tourists
Gran Canaria is the second most populated island in the Canary Islands and the most densely populated as well as the most populated in the province of Las Palmas with 843,158 inhabitants. The island is shaped like a giant pyramidal cone with the highest point, the Pico de las Nieves, almost 2,000 meters high located right in the center, and from there it descends on steep slopes until it empties into the sea. This makes it from tropical landscapes to beautiful beaches on the coast, passing through huge sand dunes and areas of ravines full of vegetation. In its central massif include the Roque Nublo (1,813 m), the Pico de las Nieves (1,949 m) and the Morro de la Agujereada (1956 m), the latter, the highest on the island.
It has protected areas that correspond to 43% of the insular surface, among which stand out well-preserved representations of Canarian pine trees such as the Tamadaba Natural Park (wet pine forest) and the Pilancones Natural Park (dry pine forest). In addition, approximately a third of the island territory and a marine strip of the southwest of the island have been cataloged by Unesco as a Biosphere Reserve. Due to its variety of landscapes, Gran Canaria is known as "A continent in miniature". In it, we can find from green landscapes in the north to desert landscapes in the south without traveling long distances. It has several beaches of golden and fine sand like those of Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés or Las Canteras. At the Pozo Izquierdo beach, one of the PWA's windsurf world championships are held annually. In the different municipalities of the island, Carnival celebrations are celebrated, highlighting the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as one of the most important in Spain and the world.
The city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the capital of the island, home of the Delegation of the Government and the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, and shares the capital of the Canary Islands with Santa Cruz de Tenerife. In addition, with 383,308 inhabitants it is the most populated city in the archipelago, as well as the ninth in Spain. The city has several parks and squares such as Santa Catalina, San Telmo, Doramas and Romano, to which other more recent ones have been added, such as the Parque de Las Rehoyas (with 100 000 m²) and the Juan Pablo II Park (with 120,000 m²), the largest Canary Island Park. And the last to be added to the list is the La Mayordomía Park, in the Tamaraceite neighborhood. This municipal space occupies 3,728 square meters and has 35 plots of 27 square meters for management and cultivation. This urban garden that is located within the Park, extends the already significant number of existing ones in the city, such as the El Polvorín, El Pambaso, Siete Palmas and Apolinario Pines, as well as another one that is currently being executed in the neighborhood of El Lasso, in the Vegueta-Cono Sur-Tafira District.
The city currently has six urban gardens and advances to have seven, areas that pursue the promotion of sustainable development and environmental quality, while highlighting the welcoming and participatory climate of the city. Other important towns on the island are Telde, Vecindario (in the southeast), Arucas and Gáldar (in the north). In Teror is the image of the Virgen del Pino, Patroness of the Diocese of the Canary Islands (which includes the province of Las Palmas).
The most popular areas to stay in Gran Canaria are on the south coast. Some of them were mentioned above: Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés, Meloneras, Puerto Mogán, or Puerto Rico. Others like Agaete and Las Palmas are also an excellent option. For example, Maspalomas is located in the most extreme part of southern Gran Canaria, belonging to the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. It is the main tourist center of the island. With an excellent location, since it is next to the GC-1 motorway, barely a quarter of an hour from the Gran Canaria airport and 25 minutes from Las Palmas, it is a very international town with a huge hotel offer, the largest in the entire island. The beach of Maspalomas, which forms a single beach with the English beach, is one of the reference destinations with its almost six kilometers of golden and fine sand and its crystal clear waters ideal for bathing. To make matters worse, the beach is included in the Natural Reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas, a stunning dune ecosystem.