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Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands and the capital city, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is one of the largest cities in Spain. The third largest of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is home to many resorts and most of the southern coast is dominated by popular tourist resorts. The resorts are a key part of the economy and generate a majority of the island's revenue. Visitors would be wise to leave the sun drenched beaches in the south for a while and explore the real Gran Canaria.

Climate

The climate in Gran Canaria is sub tropical and pleasant most of the year. Summers can be very hot at times, particularly in the south, and finding some shade will be a good idea. Winters are mild but it is a good idea to have a jacket for the cool evenings. Rainfall occurs on the high parts of the islands when the moisture that is carried by the trade winds condensates into clouds in the high areas, while the cold sea currents have a tempering effect on the summer temperatures. Thus, as a result of the influence of the trade winds and the ocean currents, the temperature varies between 18º and 25º Celsius. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital of Gran Canaria, recently received a distinction as the city with the best climate in the world. The island is also affected by the dry Saharan winds. It follows the seasonal rhythm of the Mediterranean, with short, cool and wet winters and summers that are long, warm and dry.

Language

Although the the main language is Spanish, many people speak English and German in the areas frequented by tourists. There are many things to discover and by reading a good travel guide to Gran Canaria, you can plan your trip and have an enjoyable island vacation.


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