Las Palmas, ther capital of Gran Canaria is a perfect place for visiting the entire island. More than 200 kilometres of coastline are at the visitor's disposal offering cliffs which plunge into the sea and beaches like that of San Agustín, Playa del Inglés or Maspalomas, which are only an example. Places to do water sports and sports on dry land, such as golf. Children will also enjoy the facilities on the island: a water park, go-kart circuit, amusement park, mini-train or a camel safari are just some of the possibilities for kids.
Nature lovers have the chance to see very diverse ecosystems within a short distance of one another. The volcanic origins of the island make it possible to see craters and volcanic cones. The subtropical climate has created a striking wealth of fauna and flora. But to the south, all which was lushness becomes a desert of dunes, more typical of a semi-arid climate. The landscape continues to surprise us with the forests of Terciario, rocks, natural dams and ravines.
The villages, towns and cities, meanwhile, take us back to a colonial period, both inland and on the coast. Gáldar, Arucas, or Telde are some of the most interesting. Any of these places offers us a richly-laid dinner table based on Canary Islands cuisine. Vegetable stew, marinated tuna, a spicy Spanish sausage similar to Majorcan sausage and sweet black pudding (with raisins and almonds) are just some of the region's specialities. Not forgetting the fact that we are in an area with a subtropical climate, which provides avocodo, mango and vegetables, generally speaking, all year round. Among the desserts, marzipan is the most famous. The Designation of Origin Gran Canaria wines are a good choice to accompany any meal.