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Did you know?, Gran Canaria

Quick Facts

1 Capital: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
2 Population:  838,397 (40% are the natives of Gran Canaria)
3 Highest point: Pico de Las Nieves (1,949 metres (6,394 ft))
4 Official language: Spanish
5 Currency: Euro
6 The average temperature: 20-26C
7 Location: 150 kilometers from the African coast, 1350 km from Europe
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  • The estimated annual rate of of sunlight in Gran Canaria is 2,700 hours (aprox.225 days)
  • According to the study of Syracuse University (New York, USA) the capital of the island Las Palmas has the best climate in the world.
  • The town Mogan in the south of the island is considered to be the place that has most sunny days in Europe.
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  • Las Palmas has the population of 381,123 which makes it the largest city in the Canary islands and the 9th largest in Spain.
  • A third of the island is under protection as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Famous people from Canary islands

  • In 1492, Christopher Columbus anchored in the Port of Las Palmas (and spent some time on the island) on his first trip to the Americas.
  • A spanish opera tenor Alfredo Kraus, particularly known for the artistry he brought to opera’s bel canto roles, was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
  • Benito Pérez Galdós, the leading spanish realist novelist was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
  • Javier Bardem was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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