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The Natural Beauty of Gran Canaria, Spain

by WCC on June 12, 2012

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Gran Canaria is an area of 1560.1 km² after Tenerife and Fuerteventura, the third largest of the Canary Islands, an autonomous community in Spain. The nearly circular island has a diameter of about 50 kilometers and a coastline of around 236 kilometers. In terms of population to Tenerife Gran Canaria is the second largest island of the Canaries. The capital is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In 2008 the island had 829,597 inhabitants.

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Gran Canaria is an island of the Canary archipelago and is located 210 km west off the coast of southern Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean, between its larger neighboring islands of Tenerife in the west and Fuerteventura in the east. Like all the islands of the archipelago is of volcanic origin, these. The highest elevation in the center of the island is the 1949 meters high, extinct volcano Pico de las Nieves. Symbol of Gran Canaria is 1813 meters high Nublo.

Due to their climatic and geographic diversity as well as their differentiated flora and fauna of Gran Canaria is “as a miniature continent” section. The island has 14 micro-climates. From the mountains of the interior of the island, many dry valleys, called ravines, to the coast. On the rare rains, which then can be quite fruitful, fill the ravines to partially raging torrents. In the farm lands, the stream valleys were removed and fixed therefore.

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Every year, about 2.8 million people, Gran Canaria, especially the tourist centers in the south of the island with the towns of Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés and San Agustin. To generate a turnover of about EUR 2.5 billion. Particularly in central and northern European countries, Gran Canaria is a popular destination, especially for those in the mild winter climate canary prefer. But even in the summer months the climate on the island is mostly temperate. This is due to the cold Canary current. Because of the nearly year-round daytime temperatures prevailing 18 to 26 degrees, the Canaries are also called islands of eternal spring. The island is a popular vacation destination for gays and lesbians, particularly the towns of Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas, the subsequent. Every year is the end of November in Maspalomas, the International Sports Festival Blume Gran Canaria instead.

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