Touristic Centers at Gran Canaria
San Agustin, Las Palmas
San Agustin (Spanish for Saint Augustine) is the first of the towns located near the Maspalomas dunes. In addition, the town has its own beaches in three places, Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés and San Agustin.
Located south of Las Palmas, San Agustín is linked with a superhighway, the TF1 and the old highway in the southern coast of Gran Canaria.
San Agustín, like Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés, is a tourist resort. During the day, the tourists head to the beaches, and in the evening, they and the locals amuse themselves in the bars and restaurants.
Playa del Inglés
Playa del Inglés (Spanish for "Englishman's Beach") is a town in the south coast of the island of Gran Canaria. Playa del Inglés is part of the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. It has a nice long beach made of tall sand dunes that come from the Sahara desert, and is connected with other beach towns including San Agustín and Maspalomas in the touristic centre of the island. The population was 17,158 in 2002, and growing. Hotels, restaurants, taverns and villas are aligned with its beach.
Playa del Inglés is linked with the old highway linking Puerto de Mogán and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and with the GC1 superhighway with an interchange to the north. Until the arrival of tourism, agriculture was the main industry in the area, the second leading industries are business and agriculture. The mountains can be seen to the north.
Maspalomas is the oldest touristic town in the south coast of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. Maspalomas is part of the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.
The place is famous for tourism, its hotels, beaches, dunes, apartments and other facilities including restaurants, bars, taverns, shopping centres, souvenirs and businesses.
There is a 68 m tall lighthouse El Faro de las Palomas at the southern point from where the 12-km long beach and dunes, a nature reserve since 1897, lead to Playa del Inglés.
Arguineguin (Guanche for "quiet water"), also Arguinegin is one of the most populated towns along the south coast of Gran Canaria. A typical Canarian fishing village, it's home to many locals rather than being a tourist resort. It is part of the municipality of Mogán and is located southwest of Las Palmas.
There are several bars and restaurants, the latter specialising in fresh fish caught the same day. Tuesday is market day (the largest on the island). Arguineguin features a beach and a yacht. Tourism is not as popular as the southern parts like Maspalomas and Playa de Íngles.
The harbour here hosts a ferry service to Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria and Puerto de Mogán whilst another popular way to reach the town from Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria is by trekking over the mountain between the two towns.
The town also lies on several public bus routes offering convenient service to other towns on the island.
Arguineguin is also served by an expressway (GC1) with a nearby interchange and a highway.
Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria
Puerto Rico, also -de Gran Canaria (Spanish for "rich port") is a touristic town in the southwestern Gran Canaria island. In the 1970s, tourism arrived in Puerto Rico and began opening villas, apartments, hotels, motels in the area. Originally the barranco were made out of rubble. The barranco area protects Puerto Rico from blowing winds.
Puerto Rico is a touristic area that is for family and children. Puerto Rico serves ferry routes to Puerto de Mogan (30 min) and Arguineguin (20 min) as well as the highway encircling Gran Canaria and the westernmost terminus of the GC1.
Puerto Rico is located northeast of the bay and a port with a man-made beach. Puerto Rico is famous for its beach, shops for tourists, souvenirs and a bus line linking Maspalomas and Las Palmas. The hotels are built over the mountain within the bay.
In the west has the man-made Amadores beach with the beach of Puerto Rico A tourist centre was built along with the opening of the beach in 1999. Puerto Rico offers the great Maspalomas Flair with a German supermarket. Hotels in the area are calm every night until midnight (GMT).
Puerto de Mogán
Puerto de Mogán is a port town in municipality of Mogán, in the southwest of the island of Gran Canaria. It is a picturesque fishing town popular with tourists, with its canal-like downtown streets giving it the nickname "Little Venice". Puerto de Mogán is linked with the motorway GC1 several kilometres to the east in Puerto Rico by means of a coastal highway, and is on a bus route. The mountains almost surround the urban area of the town.
Puerto de Mogán has no buildings over two storeys high, and the government of Gran Canaria does not allow new buildings to be taller than this.
The town is linked to Puerto Rico and Arguineguin by minor ferry routes from its small port, and is also a major stop for cruise ships. Restaurants and fast-food outlets surround the port, and there is a Friday market that is popular with tourists.
The smaller, mainly single-storey, homes and inaccessible streets are on the northern slopes; the larger inaccessible houses, a forest and a square lie in the northwest; and near the port and more to the northeast, a small man-made beach which has a net to prevent people from entering the sea lies near the canal and the rugged mountains. Hotels are mainly located on the beachfront.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a Spanish city, the capital city of Gran Canaria which is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, 210 kilometers located off the northwestern coast of Africa. It is also the capital of the province of Las Palmas and capital of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands.
The population of the city of Las Palmas was 377,600 as of the 2003 census, making it the largest city in the Canary Islands. The population of the whole urban area was estimated in 2003 to be 609,628, ranking as the 10th-largest urban area of Spain. (Gran Canaria island had 789,908 inhabitants in 2003).
The city was founded in the 24th of June, 1478 by Juan Rejón and the Castillian troops, after fighting the local Guanches (aboriginal people of the Canary Islands). In 1492, Christopher Columbus stopped in the city prior to his first trip to the Americas. He also stopped on the way back to Spain. Today, a museum is named after him - Casa Colon in the Vegueta area of the city.
Las Palmas is today a very cosmopolitan city. There are popular beaches nearby (Las Canteras and Las Alcaravaneras) and a busy harbor (Puerto de la Luz harbor) - one of the busiest ports in the world during the 70s~early 90s. As a result, many people from all over the world live and work in Las Palmas. Merchants and traders from Africa, China, Russia and the Middle East mingle with each other in the streets of the harbor. The Korean and Indian communities are the largest foreign communities on the island, although the majority have been acquiring Spanish citizenships over the years.
The main City Festival (Fiestas de San Juan) is in June, celebrating the foundation of the City.
The Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is one of the most typical and famous parties of the city, and is not only well known in Spain, but also has worldwide fame.
There is also a good Theater and Dance Festival and an International Film Festival.You can find also the very beautiful Alfredo Kraus Auditoriumnamed after the unforgettable tenor from Gran Canaria. It is just next to Las Canteras Beach.
The city is linked with three superhighways including the GC1 to the south, the GC2 to the west and GC3 to the center of the island. The nearest airport is the Gran Canaria International Airport or the Las Palmas - Gando International Airport located 18 km from the capital.
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