Every year 2 million tourists descend on Gran Canaria, and a large part of the Island’s economy relies on these tourists. It’s therefore no surprise to find much of the island going out of their way to accommodate them, with bars serving British and German beers, signs outside of restaurants telling tourists the languages that their waiting staff can speak, and a plethora of car rental firms to choose from. It is an Island with only 850,000 inhabitants, yet it has the fourth busiest airport in Spain, mainly to accommodate it’s visitors as opposed to it’s locals.
Despite this, Gran Canaria is one of the most unspoiled areas of Spain. There are parts of the Island that remain as beautiful as they would have been 500 years ago when Christopher Columbus was based here before setting off for the Americas, and there is an amazing diversity to the Island which justifies the tag of “continent in miniature” it has. Here are some of the finest parts of the Island, with these photos being taken in December 2015.