13 Facts About Gran Canaria


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is, jointly with Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands.

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Gran Canaria is located in the Canary Islands archipelago southeast of Tenerife and west of Fuerteventura.

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Until the conquest, Gran Canaria had extensive forests, but then suffered extensive deforestation as a result of continuous logging, land divisions and other intensive uses.

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Gran Canaria is in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands .

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the provincial capital, one of the two capitals of the Canary Islands along with Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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Gran Canaria is the second most populous island of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife.

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Gran Canaria has roads encircling the whole island and extending into the mountain areas.

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Public transport around Gran Canaria is provided by an extensive bus network, known in the local dialect as guaguas.

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The Autoridad Unica del Transporte de Gran Canaria manages the network and operates a number of bus stations across the island, including San Telmo and Santa Catalina bus stations in Las Palmas, Maspalomas and Galdar.

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Gran Canaria Airport is the only commercial airport on the island.

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Gran Canaria is responsible for all air traffic control in the Canaries.

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Gran Canaria has consistent warm temperatures in spring, summer and autumn, and mild winters.

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Gran Canaria agriculture is unique among the Canaries islands in that it was traditionally dominated by plantations, with much of these being grains as well as sugarcane, rather than by stock-breeding.

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