Gran Canaria is known as the “continent in miniature” for its diversity. With a hot, dry climate to the south, a cool and moist climate in the center and the “eternal spring” in the north the countryside, scenery and even the way of life changes depending where on the island you are.
By nature the south of Gran Canaria is very arid receiving so little rainfall each year it could be officially classed as a desert. Rocky canyons leading down to sandy beaches, a handful of small villages in the hills and of course down on the coast several large, man-made holiday resorts.
The center of the island offers some spectacular views with mountains reaching almost 2000 meters above sea level, spectacular rock formations, pine forests, lakes, typical Canarian villages which have hardly changed with time, cave houses and a handful of residential towns nearer the coast.
The north of Gran Canaria is the greenest part of the island receiving the most rainfall so is also the heaviest populated. The island’s capital city is on the north-east corner with large historic towns all along the north coast and many villages as you head into the mountains. Adding to the green of the north are Laurel silver forests, banana plantations, meadows…
Check the weather and if we’ve had rain recently then you’ll be amazed at how much the island can change. Dry canyons can become flowing rivers, baron hills turn green with life and whilst the walks around the island can be breath-taking at any time of year, they are more so during the winter months when there’s more rainfall.