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Gran Canaria is the third largest island in the Canary Islands , and has the largest population. It's often described as a "continent in miniature" because it has so much variety to offer.
The south coast of the island is now dominated by the tourist resorts which generate most of the island's economy.
The centre of the island is mountainous, with the remains of ancient pine forests on the peaks.
Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, is the Capital of the island. Maspalomas in the south of Gran Canaria is the tourist zone, there are the most offert for enjoy in this island.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is a capital city in the island.
Castilian Spanish. In the tourist areas; English and German.
There are regular buses that go all over the island, most of the ones useful for tourists run through Ave Tirajana in Playa del Ingles and head north to the Atlantico shopping centre or Las Palmas or along to coast towards Puerto Rico.
Hire cars are available in all resorts, both from local companies and large international car hire companies. Most of the large ones such as Avis and Hertz have offices in Playa del Ingles near the motorway.
There are no trains in Gran Canaria.
The sand dunes in Maspalomas (ask for "Las Dunas de Mapalomas"). San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The south of Gran Canaria is famous for the variety of beachs. The longest beach is "playa del Inglés" and "Maspalomas". In Mogan there are other famous beachs like "Amadores", "Anfi del Mar", "puerto rico", "Mogán".. fantastic places all them.
The Yumbo Centre is a huge concrete monstrosity that dominates the centre of Playa del Ingles. It has dozens of restaurants, bars and clubs, many catering to the gay community, particularly on the higher floors.
Some of the cheaper bars are located on the Western side of the ground floor, near to the huge ride.
Busy gay bars are Construction on the ground floor and Terry's Show and XL on the first floor. The top floor has dance bars such as Mykonos and Mantrix that are a mix of bar and clubs, and tend to be more expensive. Heaven also has a club here, on the third floor.
There is very little crime in the resorts, the main annoyance is drunks causing trouble. In Las Palmas, normal common sense for large cities is advisable. Some of the streets can be badly lit and the area around the harbour can be a bit threatening.
On the beach, women may try to put a bracelet on your wrist then charge an extortionate fee for it.