People & Economy

Population :


Gran Canaria is the third largest island in the Canary Islands but its population constitutes about 40 % of the total population of the archipelago of Canary Islands.  Gran Canaria ´s population is around 845,676, the largest portion of this city lives in the Capital city of Las Palmas.

The Population and residents of Gran Canaria are a mix of Spanish, European (British, German & Nordic Countries) and Latin Americans especially from Colombia, Venezuela & Cuba. The minorities in the island include a fair sprinkle of North Africans, Koreans, Chinese and Indians.

The spoken language in the island is Spanish. In the tourist area people at Gran Canaria however speak in several languages such as English, German and the different Scandinavian languages among others.

Many from the mainland Europe use Gran Canaria for staying the full year or part of the year. The cost of living in the islands is much cheaper than in Continental Europe, in addition the moderate climate of Gran Canaria entices the Continental Europeans to visit and stay at Gran Canaria to escape the harsh Winter. Gran Canarias is a great place for low cost holidays with its cheap holiday deals and is great for the budget traveller.


Economy :


Tourism is the main stay of the Gran Canaria, in 2013 over 3.3 Million tourists visited the island. On an average tourists spent 6.4 days in Gran Canaria Holidays and spent totally Euro 3.74 Billion at the islands.


Nordic Country tourist            29.60 %

Germans / Austrians                23.20 %

U.K.  / Irish                                  17.67 %

Spanish                                           12.21 %


Gran Canaria also is a major port with vessels using it as the last port of calling before crossing from Europe to America and also the African continent.

Gran Canaria also acts as a hub for exports into the African continent.  In a small way Gran Canaria is also used as a call center base for a number of multi national companies.


Agriculture :

In the early part of the 19th century, Banana was the main source of plantation at Gran Canaria. Over time however that has changed to fruits, vegetables and potatoes.  Gran Canaria also grows some wine eventhough it is lesser known than the neighbouring islands of Tenerife and Lanzarote.


Fishing also was once a major industry but over the years due to excessive fishing the stocks have declined and there is less quantity available for exports and the quantity caught is essentially for local consumption itself.