Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria
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Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria island is part of the Canary Island archipelago. Gran Canaria has an area of 100.55 km2 and it highest elevation is Pico de Las Nieves at 1,949 m. Las Palmas is the main harbor and largest city in the island with population of 376,953. The other islands in the archipelago are: Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and Fuerteventura.


See Canary Islands.


See Canary Islands.



See Canary Islands.


Good voice and GPRS signal.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Approaching Las Palmas during the day is straightforward but during the night it can be very confusing due to the many lights and the heavy sea traffic.


See Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.


Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data ||


Marinas & Yacht Clubs


See individual Ports.


See individual Ports.

Eating out

See individual Ports.


There are daily flights to Spain and other European destinations from the Gran Canaria International Airport .



Gran Canaria was populated by the Canarii, who may have arrived as early as 500 BC. The Canarii called the island Tamarán or Land of the Brave. After over a century of European incursions and attempts at conquest, the island was conquered on April 29, 1483, after a campaign that lasted five years, by the Crown of Castile, with the support of Queen Isabella I, a conquest which turned out to be an important step towards the expansion of the unified Spain.

The capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was founded on June 24, 1478, under the name "Real de Las Palmas", by Juan Rejón, head of the invading Castilian army. In 1492, Christopher Columbus anchored in the Port of Las Palmas (and spent some time on the island) on his first trip to the Americas. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is, jointly with Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands.

Places to Visit

A drive around the island is interesting. The mountains are beautiful but most of the beaches have been spoiled.

View from the Mountains
Mountain Road
Puerto Mogán


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Canary Islands.


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