A great place to discover
Gran Canaria is one of Spain's most iconic tourist destinations, with a superb climate, dazzling flora and fauna and a host of leisure options that few places can rival, without forgetting its major historical, cultural and artistic heritage.
The island of Gran Canaria boasts more than 230 kilometres of coastline studded with inlets and beaches, protected natural habitats and cliffs. The inland part of the island is rural and mountainous, and is crowned right in its very centre by the Pico de Las Nieves, standing at a height of 1,956 metres.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, capital of the island and the province of Las Palmas, is located 20 minutes from Gran Canaria International Airport. Travellers wishing to reach the city by sea can enter the ports of La Luz and Las Palmas, which provide a berth to many international cruise ships while also linking to the other islands in the Canaries and the Spanish mainland.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria makes an ideal location for travelling and working: the most outstanding feature of the capital of Gran Canaria are its coast of white sand, its stunning landscapes and its many leisure options.
The city boasts five beaches, of which the largest is known as Playa de las Canteras. Situated to the north of the city, it is the largest urban beach in the Canary Islands and one of the foremost in Europe; this is attested by its UNE-EN ISO 14001 certification, which was first awarded by the Spanish standards agency, AENOR, in 2004.
The singular nature of this golden sandy beach derives fundamentally from its barrier reef, which is over 3 kilometres in length and 100,000 years old; this ensures consistently clear and tranquil waters because it acts as a natural breakwater, as well as creating a unique ecosystem.
Among the various hotels located at Playa de las Canteras, there is only one that boasts five stars: Hotel Cristina Las Palmas. The 308 inviting bedrooms of this exclusive hotel, with uninterrupted views of the beach, as well as views of the port and the city, also benefit from spacious function rooms and venues, a swimming pool with views of the sea right next to the beach, bars and a restaurant. With this unbeatable location the guests are able to enjoy not only days of relaxation with the sunshine-drenched climate but also around the hotel a district of leisure and culinary experiences, without forgetting the nightlife on offer in the capital.
in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is an ideal holiday destination for engaging in open-air sports all year round, because the temperature on the island is consistently mild and agreeable. An outstanding feature to the south-west of the island is its Biosphere Reserve, designated by UNESCO due to its ecosystem, biodiversity and the value of its areas of special scientific interest.
In Gran Canaria
The island is famous for its shopping districts such as the one in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which also boasts the services and leisure districts of Triana and Mesa y López with their Modernist-style buildings, large shopping centres such as Las Arenas, Los Alisios, 7 Palmas and El Muelle, where leisure centres and retail establishments add endless days of shopping to the city's numerous tourist attractions.