There's more to Gran Canaria than tourists, beaches and sunshine although the island's capital Las Palmas gets plenty of each. As a place to work and live Las Palmas has a few extra things going for it too.
It's no surprise that Las Palmas is currently second on the influential Nomad List of top remote working locations around the world, and the only place in the top five that isn't in Thailand. Here's why...
The Poem of the Sea building site by the port in Las Palmas is a hive of activity and the foundations are almost finished. The first walls start to go up in ten days and the vast main observation window is under construction.
Las Canteras beach, with its 3.5km of golden sand sweeping down one side of the city, is the jewel of Las Palmas. However, it is just one of five beaches in the capital city. Here's everything you need to know about them all.
For serious Gran Canaria shopping, you have to head north to the capital Las Palmas. As one of Spain's ten biggest cities it's got the island's biggest malls, one of the country's top outdoor shopping areas and so many authentic cafes and restaurants that you'll struggle to stay focused on the task at hand.
The Catholic church rather than the local tourist authorities still decides when to open church doors in Gran Canaria. This means that some of the island's prettiest churches, such as the Puerto de las Nieves hermitage, are often closed during the day.