NATURE IN GRAN CANARIA
|Gran Canaria possesses
many natural resources in addition to its beaches, which is
why this is the perfect place for getting in touch with nature,
there being a wide variety of possibilities and activities in
which one can participate.
In Gran Canaria one can do anything, from hiking through the
most beautiful nature areas to taking part in adventure sports,
or merely contemplating the hundreds of indigenous species that
are unique in the world. In Gran Canaria, anything is possible
for those who want to satisfy their need to get in touch with
||Due to the geological
formation of the interior of the island, the landscapes of the
interior are very different from those of the coast, originating
many and varied ecosystems on the island.
Being of volcanic origin, the island's orography has a conical
shape that is split in two by the ravines of Tirajana and Agaete,
representing the main line of division that separates the enormous
contrasts of the North and the South. Numerous ravines gouge
their way accross the centre of the island in the direction
together with the complicated relief and the massif (known as
Los Pechos) that runs from the north-west to the south-west,
are the main architects of the great variety of climatic conditions
that exist on this island and, therefore, the great variety
of ecosystems to which the island is host.
Almost 43% of the territory of Gran Canaria is protected, amounting
to approximately 66,571 hectares of protected areas. This represents
a ratio of approximately 1,000 square metres of protected area
for each of the island's inhabitants.
||Against this backdrop,
the inhabitants of the islands have put together a supply of
nature tourism that is characterised by an equally deep respect
for the environment. This includes everything from century-old
country houses that have been renovated, as well as a wide range
of leisure activities that include everything from high risk
sports, such as rock climbing, to hiking along the "Caminos
reales" or ancient network of country pathways, which has
been reopened for use by the public and which forms part of
the cultural and historic heritage of the island.