Curious facts: Gran Canaria
To discover Gran Canaria you have to learn about its past, its curious facts and little stories. The island, with centuries-old traditions and a weather that has no rival in the whole world, is a year-round destination. Read more about the curious facts and stories that make this island unique.
History of Gran Canaria and curious facts:
- The nicest weather in the world: According to a prestigious university based in New York, Gran Canaria enjoys a year-round summer-like weather, with average temperatures hovering around 20 ºC, which is great for both tourists and locals.
- Two Patronesses: Gran Canaria has an official patron saint, Saint Anne, whose effigy sits in the Las Palmas Cathedral, and an unofficial Patroness, the Virgin of El Pino, worshipped by a great many people.
- Columbus’s visit: On his 1492 voyage towards the New World, Columbus, his ships and crew stopped in Gran Canaria.
- Island of golf: Gran Canaria was the first Spanish, and European, location to build a golf course, Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas.
- Gran Canaria’s carnival, among the best in the world: Gran Canaria shares with Tenerife, Brazil and Venice the privilege of hosting the best carnivals in the world. Special mention should be made of the carnival in Las Palmas, where there is a Drag Queen contest.
- Benito Pérez Galdós’s birthplace: Pérez Galdós was born in Los Lirios, Gran Canaria, on 10 May 1843. He then moved to Madrid, where he developed his successful career as a novelist and became the leading literary figure in nineteenth-century Spain. He wrote Doña perfecta and Los episodios nacionales, among many other works.
- The island with the largest population: With a population of 850,000, of which almost half live in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria is the most densely populated island in the archipelago.
- The only capital of the Canaries: Currently, it shares its title with Santa Cruz de Tenerife, but Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was the only capital of the archipelago until the seventeenth century.