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Places in Gran Canaria
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Las Palmas has a mainland-Spain feel, spiced up with an eclectic mix of other cultures, including African, Chinese and Indian, plus the presence of container-ship crews, and the flotsam and jetsam that tend to drift around port cities. It’s an intriguing place, with the sunny languor and energy you would normally associate with the Mediterranean or north Africa.
Playa Del Inglés & Maspalomas
This is Gran Canaria’s most famous holiday resort and a sun-splashed party place for a mainly northern-European crowd. That said, during the day (and out of season) it has a more upmarket appearance than you may expect. This is not Benidorm, nor even Los Cristianos in Tenerife.
The Northwest of Gran Canaria
As on most of the islands, Gran Canaria’s fertile north presents a gently shifting picture from its rugged, mountainous interior and the southern beach resorts and dunes. Dramatic ravines, intensively tilled fields and terraces, and forests of pine trees, covered with mossy lichen, typify the landscape as you wind along twisting roads, and pass myriad villages and hamlets.