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Gran Canaria

The Canary Islands:

The Canary Islands... a fantastic life.

John Kettley, meteorologist


The Archipelago consists of seven main islands and its average coastal temperature is neither cold in winter (19oC) nor hot in summer (27oC) which allows the practice of all kinds of water sports the whole year round. Nature has been generous with the Canary Islands, which have 5 of the 9 National Parks of Spain.





Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is located, as Florida, on the 28th parallel, only 100 km. from the African coast. These factors are decisive to our climate. Its mild temperatures and proximity to Europe make Gran Canaria a very attractive place for our visitors.


The island is volcanic in origin and because of its contrasting countryside, it is also known as a "Miniature Continent". For centuries many visitors to it have been captivated by its landscapes, enjoying its everlasting spring-like climate. Pliny spoke about the gardens of the Hesperides.



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Gran Canaria is after Tenerife and Fuerteventura the third largest island in size of the Archipelago and because of its different landscapes and variety of climates enjoys the title of "Miniature Continent".


In the south we can find the tourist resort of Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas, visited by over 2,000,000 tourists every year, with dunes and beaches of golden sand. In the central area there are high mountains covered by forests and even snow during winter, and deep valleys full of tropical fruits and flowers. In the north lies the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. A modern highway linking with the airport crosses the island.

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The city was born 530 years ago. It was the first European overseas city and served as an example to create hundreds of other cities in America, from Patagonia to the United States.


During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the city suffered numerous British and Dutch pirate attacks. Later, the construction of the first harbour and the sugarcane cultivation destined to the European markets became the origin of the first economic, demographic and urban growth of the city.

By mid-century the city started to expand to the Bay of La Isleta and the current harbour (Puerto de La Luz), which construction in 1883 together with the cochineal industry led to the modernization of the city. Without the port, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria would be different.

For years travellers and new arrivers have shaped the open and kind image of our people. Castilians, Flemish, Genoese, Portuguese, English, Dutch and Swedish have come to this land to settle down. Many stopped on their way to America or used the city as a tricontinental platform. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a melting pot of races and cultures, a cosmopolitan society.

The city has 380,000 inhabitants and four different main areas:

  • the 500 year old district of Vegueta, with colonial houses, museums, theatres, the Cathedral ... where Columbus relaxed during his trips to America.

  • the tourist area, with 3 km. of beautiful beach and a beach-front promenade full of restaurants, pubs and shops.

  • the port, the most important of the Atlantic off the African coast.

  • the University, with over 20,000 students in all faculties.

All these elements give the city a very cultural and cosmopolitan atmosphere and allow you to enjoy a happy stay while learning Spanish with us.

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Excellent teaching and a very good atmosphere at school. ¡Gracias Marta! Visit the old parts of the town (Vegueta, Triana), the mountains (especially Roque Nublo). Very good food (individual preparation).¡Gracias Soraya!

Peter Alex Ramsebner, 57, Austria.


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