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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 Mother Nature.
 
  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 of descent.
This feature, 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.

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