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Gran Canaria is located between Fuerteventura and Tenerife. It’s one of the largest islands in the archipelago, but almost half of the population is in the capital city, Las Palmas. Despite its size, Gran Canaria has plenty of attractions like natural parks, sites of scientific interest, protected landscapes, nature reserves, and natural monuments.
For this reason, this island is undeniably a getaway for tourists. If you’re planning a visit, try the following guidelines:
1. Plan what to do
Windsurfing is the most common sport you can do in Pozo Izquierdo. If you need to learn various windsurfing activities, some schools teach scuba diving, stand up paddling, and kitesurfing, just to name a few.
If you want to see traditional Spanish architecture, one of the things to do in Gran Canaria is to visit Vegueta town. This town harbours secret stories and memories of its ancient setting. The streets are full of amazing and old houses, built in different styles. Apart from going windsurfing and visiting Vegueta town, you can also:
- Watch whales and dolphins
- Swim at Playa De Las Canteras
- Tour to Museo Nestor
- Enjoy thrilling films at the Moonlight Cinema
2. Understand the weather conditions
With the average annual temperatures that range between 18 and 25oC, Gran Canaria maintains a mild climate all year round. The weather on this island is a product of humid and fresh tradewinds, which come from the anticyclone.
The Canary’s current helps to keep the place comfortable without getting very hot. Though, if you are planning to go to Gran Canaria, the best time to relax is during summer. You can travel to the island between June and September to enjoy sunny and warm weather.
3. Enjoy the local food
The food in Gran Canaria combines traditional Spanish recipes with Latin-American and African influences. Although some of the recipes have been imported from the Spanish mainland, most of the flavours are found in the Canarian specialists. A dish like Mojo forms the backbone in the island recipe. Mojo is a spicy sauce made of vinegar, cumin, pepper, olive oil, and garlic. Traditionally, it’s made by combining every ingredient using a mortar and pestle, but some people prefer to use mixers and blenders.
If you like eating fish, among the typical recipes you can enjoy are Vieja Sancochada and Caldo de Pescado (fish soup). Freshly grilled sardines are also popular, and the likes of Sanchocho Canario, a special stew consisting of sweet potatoes and salted cod, is served on Sundays and during fiestas. However, you can also enjoy other dishes on the island, including:
During winter, most Europeans enjoy travelling to warmer regions. Gran Canaria is a popular destination, and apart from its good weather, the island is a home for the staggering diversity of landscapes.