Gran Canaria is located on the southeast of Tenerife and on the west of the island of Fuerteventura. The island of Gran Canaria is also of volcanic origin like the other islands of Canary Islands. Gran Canaria’s surface area is 1,532 km² and its maximum altitude is 1949 m / 6431 ft above sea level), (Pico de Las Nieves) is situated right in the centre of the island. It has a round shape, with a diameter of approximately 47 kms.


Location of Canary Islands



Gran Canaria forms a part of the Atlantis known as Macronesia, which includes the archipelagos of Madeira, Salvajes, Azores and Cape Verde. The nearest point on the African coast is approx. 210 km (131 miles) away, while Cadiz, the closest port on the European continent, lies about 1250 km (781 miles) north of Gran Canaria. Within the archipelago, Gran Canaria lies between Fuerteventura and Tenerife, lying at a distance of 83 kilometres to the west of Fuerteventura and 62 kilometres to the east of Tenerife.


Canary Islands Map



Gran Canaria´s has a surface area of 1,560 sq kms and a vast coastline of 236 kms of coastline have a diverse and varied landscape that are found in the archipelago. Within the island  the different areas have diverse climatic conditions, topography with areas completely green in parts and Sandy or rugged mountain like in other parts. The entire island is gouged by deep ravines that radiate from the highest point in the centre right down to the coast line, these ravines being host to a completely different landscape. It is due to this peculiarity which have earned the island the name of  “Mini Continent”. The most unique geographical characteristic of the island is its round shape. The only irregularity in the roundness of the island is a small peninsula in the North-East (known as La Isleta), which is approximately 12 square kilometres in length and which is joined to the main island by a sandy isthmus.

Gran Canaria belongs to an area of the Atlantic Ocean, known as ‘Macaronesia’, which includes the Canary Islands as well as the archipelagos of Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde and part of Morocco.

North Point of Gran Canaria: Las Palmas: 28° 10′ 51 “, -15° 25′ 10 ”

South Point of Gran Canaria: Maspalomas 27° 44′ 04″, -15° 35′ 56″


Gran Canaria Map