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Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. The island lies 210 km west of northwest Africa and belongs to Spain.

After a thousand years of invasions and attempts of conquests by the French and Portuguese, it was in 1483, after a five-year campaign, entirely occupied by the Spaniards. The capital Las Palmas was founded in 1478 by Juan Rejón, leader of the Spanish army. In 1492 Columbus anchored there on his way to America.

When you are interested in the history of the Canary Islands, you should visit the Casa de Colon in historic Vegueta. The center has an overview of the art and culture of the last five centuries.

Puerto de Mogán is a cozy picturesque fishing village, also known as Little Venice because of the many narrow channels between the streets and the bridges that connect them. Do not forget to visit the old part on the hill with its narrow streets and staircases. From the top there are stunning views over the bay and the town.

The Palmitos Park is a large bird park located inland from Maspalomas. The park is located in the mountains, and walking through the park you will have great views. Apart from species of birds the park has many cacti and succulents. There are butterfly greenhouses, an orchid house, an amphitheater and several aquariums.

For family entertainment are the water parks Aqualand and Aqua Sur in Maspalomas interesting sites. Other attractions are the Crocodile Park in Villa de Aguimes and Cactualdea Park in San Nicolas de Tolentino.

Interesting excursions for nature lovers and hikers are the Bandama volcano, the Viera y Clavijo Botanical Gardens, Tamadaba Pinewood and Nublo.

Of course, most visitors of the island come for the excellent beaches, the most popular in the south of the island are Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas Beach.

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