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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria  - Maspalomas / Meloneras
Gran Canaria (in English, "Grand (or Great) Canary") is an island of the Canary Islands. Located in the Atlantic Ocean about 150 kilometers (93 miles) off the northwestern coast of Africa and about 1350 km (~838 miles) from Europe. Gran Canaria is the second most populous island of the Canary Islands after Tenerife. Gran Canaria is also the third in extension Canary Islands.

Gran Canaria is located southeast of Tenerife and west of Fuerteventura. The island is of volcanic origin, mostly made of fissure vents. Gran Canaria is the most populous island of the Canary Islands.

This island is called a "Miniature Continent" due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found, with its long golden beaches and endless dunes of white sand, its green ravines and picturesque villages. A third of the island is under protection as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.  Most the tourists visit the southern part of the island.

Puerto De Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, Atlantic
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The north tends to be cooler while the south is warmer and sunny. The east coast of the island is flat dotted with beaches while the western coast is rockier and mountainous.

The island possesses 32 Natural Protected Spaces, that they emphasize the Rural Park of Nublo, Doramas' Jungle, the Ravine of Azuaje, Tamadaba, Pino Santo, etc.

Most tourists stay in the south of the island, which is sunnier and has less rain than the north. However, just below the airport in the town of Vecindario there is a large shopping center "Commercial Atlantico" that includes a Carrefour and shopping mall. Vecindario is the town where the "locals" live. In the south there is a large bird park, Palmitos Park, in the south of the island as well as many beach resort communities. The resort communities start in the central eastern part of the southern coast in the Maspalomas area which includes the towns of San Agustín, Playa del Inglés, Sonnenland, Maspalomas and Meloneras. The Dunes of Maspalomas are located between Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas. Another tourist attraction is the lighthouse at Maspalomas situated at the western end of Maspalomas.

In Tarajalillo an Aeroclub exists from where tourist flights can be taken over the island.

Gran Canaria Sand Dunes with Ocean in Distance, Maspalomas, Canary Islands, SpainStill further to the west along the southern shore, in the Municipality of Mogán, are the communities of Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogán, a picturesque village referred to as "Little Venice" on account of its many canals.

Other attractions include Cocodrilos Park, Roque Nublo (an 80m monolith), Cenobio de Valerón with about 290 caves, Cueva Pintada the most important archaeological park in Canary Islands and the botanical gardens Jardin Canario (in Tafira Alta) and Cactualdea (in La Aldea de San Nicolás). El Dedo de Dios, or "God's Finger" was a rocky spire jutting from the sea in Puerto de las Nieves, and was previously the signature attraction of the Canary Islands until it was destroyed by Tropical Storm Delta, that crossed the archipelago on November 2005.

Other famous rock formations are El Cura (also known as El Fraile), The Frog (La Rana), Bentayga, the Roque de Gando, and the Peñón Bermejo. The highest peak of the island is the Pico de las Nieves, with 1.950 m

The capital city is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Canteras Beach lies in the heart of the city. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is also known for its annual Carnaval. It was the first stop of Christopher Columbus' expedition on his way back from the Americas, a commemoration of which is the Hermitage of San Antonio Abad, where the navigator prayed, and the Casa de Colón. Other attractions in the capital city include the Museo Canario (the most important archaeology museum in the archipelago), the Cathedral and the Plaza del Espíritu Santo.

The town of Agüimes, on the eastern part of the island, has been carefully restored, and its town centre, centered around its old church and a peaceful square, now evokes the quiet living of a traditional Canarian town. The district also has some of the best preserved cave dwellings, in the protected area of the Guayadeque Ravine, where even the church has been built into the hillside and visitors can find a number of popular cave restaurants. The district also includes the most renowned scuba diving area on the island: the marine reserve at the playa de El Cabrón just outside the town of Arinaga.

Other important towns are Telde and Vecindario (within the municipality of Santa Lucía de Tirajana) and Gáldar. In Arucas there is a magnificent Neogothic temple, popularly known as "Arucas' Cathedral", as well as a large fertile plain where bananas are grown. In Gáldar and its surroundings there is also a banana-growing plain and some remarkable archaeological remains, such as Cueva Pintada or Cenobio de Valerón's communal silos, ancient tombs, and the port of Sardina del Norte (one of the island's ports where, as in Las Palmas', Christopher Columbus used to get supplies for his ships). In Teror is kept the catholic image of Virgen del Pino, the patron island.

Heading west along the southern coast is the fishing city of Arguineguín in the Municipality of Mogán.

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FEATURED LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA HOTELS, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Capital of Gran Canaria - a cosmopolitan and exciting city with much to see and do.  Plenty of restaurants and bars and an extensive beach area, including Las Canteras and Las Alcaravaneras, and a busy harbor - Puerto de la Luz.
Holiday in Las Palmas - An Exotic Vacation Haven   by Luki Johnson
Capital of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is an attractive holiday destination enriched with culture and heritage. From historical sites, rich architecture to exotic beaches, Las Palmas has lots of imposing activities to offer for an incredible holiday... read more
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AC Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The contemporary AC Gran Canaria hotel towers above the city of Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain. Las Palmas offers numerous shopping, dining and entertainment venues.  Moreover, the hotel stands within two kilometers of Playa de Las Canteras, the popular Spanish beach.  AC Gran Canaria's tall stature provides panoramic city views. Le Volant Restaurant offers expansive views from the 23rd and 24th floors of the hotel, and serves light lunches and a la carte menus using local ingredients.  Among the hotel's rejuvenating amenities, the hotel features a fitness center, a sauna and a pool surrounded by lounge chairs.  AC Gran Canaria's 227 guestrooms display contemporary design.
Meliá Las Palmas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The Meliá Las Palmas hotel is located right alongside Las Canteras beach and in the city's commercial district. Just a few metres from the harbour, 4 km from the historical city center of Las Palmas: Vegueta, Cathedral and theatres. 10 km from the Cortijo Golf Club and 12 km from the Bandama Golf Club. 25 km from the Mariana de Teror Basilica and the airport. 55 km from the Playas del Inglés and Maspalomas beaches. Extensive breakfast buffet. Restaurant Grill Don Pepe with views of Las Canteras beach. Lounge Bar with sitting area and games. Outdoor swimming pool heated in wintertime. Discotheque. The hotel provides a free gym for guests and a Spa with Turkish baths, massages and beauty treatments at an extra charge.
Santa Catalina Hotel, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Built in 1890, Santa Catalina is an English colonial-style hotel set in lush gardens and located in the parkland area of Ciudad Jardin in Las Palmas. It is just one kilometre from the historic old town and three kilometres from Canteras Beach.  The 2800-square-metre spa centre offers relaxation with Turkish baths, a Finnish sauna, a hot tub, therapeutic massages, and health and beauty treatments. Guests of Santa Catalina can swim in the indoor and outdoor pools, and the poolside terraces are dotted with sun loungers and surrounded by lush gardens. There is also a gym, and tennis court, and the concierge can advise on sightseeing excursions. Santa Catalina offers a range of dining options: Arencibia serves typical Canarian and international food accompanied by live piano music and with an extensive wine cellar...
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FEATURED MASPALOMAS & MELONERAS HOTELS, GRAN CANARIA, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN
Maspalomas - on the south-east coast of Gran Canaria, famous for it's sand dunes and its 6 km beach.  The area has shallow waters and an excellent all year round climate.  But the area is not  just sand and beaches - you can enjoy Aquasur which is the biggest water park on the island, the Palmitos Park which is an ornithological park with a butterfly house, aquarium and orchids, a wild west theme park - Sioux City, and Holiday World which is a large amusement park.
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Apartamentos Regina Mar, Maspalomas
The Aparthotel Regina Mar is an apartment complex set in palm-filled gardens and situated 300 metres from the Playa del Ingles. Guests can relax in the lounge area, which has sofas, armchairs and a television, or enjoy a game of pool or mini golf. Palm-fringed terraces with sun beds surround the outdoor lagoon-style swimming pool and children's pool, and there is a jetted tub next to the pool. The Regina Mar Restaurant has a self-service system and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving local, American, Italian and Chinese dishes. The Regina Mar Bar is situated next to the pool area and serves a wide selection of beers and refreshments. Guests can stroll to the shopping centres La Sandia and Yumbo, 100 and 200 metres from the hotel respectively. The Maspalomas Golf course is 600 metres away. Las Palmas Airport is 35 kilometres miles from the hotel, with an approximate driving time of 25 minutes. 
Ifa Faro Hotel, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
The IFA Faro Maspalomas is a modern, five-floor beachfront hotel overlooking the Maspalomas sand dunes in the southern corner of Gran Canaria, 60 kilometres from the capital Las Palmas. Dining options include international cuisine in the restaurant featuring a show kitchen, Spanish specialities in the à la carte restaurant with sea views, and alfresco dining at the pool bar. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the outside pool, relax with beauty treatments, enjoy a game of bridge, table tennis, and billiards, and have a drink in the bar with evening entertainment, live music, dancing, art exhibitions and fashion shows. They can also enjoy reduced green fees on all the island's golf courses, with the nearest golf course 2 kilometres from the hotel. The hotel is well placed for enjoying the areas attractions; there is a water park just 4 kilometres away, a Western theme park 10 kilometres away, and a camel safari, 20 kilometres distance.
Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa & Casino, Meloneras, Maspalomas
The Gran Hotel Costa Meloneras is a palatial hotel designed in a colonial style, with seven themed courtyards, eight towers with views over the island and is set in palm tree-filled gardens. It is located on the beachfront, 800 metres from the Maspalomas Lighthouse.   The hotel houses five restaurants including the Ambassador restaurant which serves a range of international cuisine from an á la carte menu to the accompaniment of music. There are two buffet restaurants, the Alameda and the Atlántico and two poolside restaurants, one serving Italian snacks and another serving Mexican snacks. The hotel has numerous bars, each with a distinct style: the Arenal and Laguna bars are by the pool area and serve soft drinks and tropical cocktails.  The hotel houses six swimming pools and the Gran Spa Corallium Costa Meloneras includes a fitness centre, a spa with African sauna and jetted tub..

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