Study Abroad in Spain: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Guide

If you've always imagined Spain as a warm, Mediterranean paradise, you should consider studying Spanish in Gran Canaria. With some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, Gran Canaria lies between the mountains and the sea and basks in mild temperatures year round.

Spanish Language Courses in SpainGran Canaria is at once a tranquil and lively city that captivates the imagination with its rich history. The same seaside air that you'll enjoy first attracted the Romans, enticed the Arabs to stay for more than 500 years and was finally reclaimed by the Christians in the 13th century. Come celebrate Gran Canaria's past during Las Hogueras, a lively festival during which incredible papier maché sculptures are erected and then burned amidst parades and luminous fireworks! Learn Spanish in Gran Canaria and get to know an intimate, medium-sized city with an unbeatable climate, delicious food and warm, friendly inhabitants ready to welcome you as their own.

There are many leisure areas in Gran Canaria where the most varied entertainment is guaranteed. In El Barrio, the name of the Gran Canaria old town, there is a high concentration of bars and restaurants with excellent atmosphere, as well as some places with live music, preferably jazz.

Spanish Language Courses in SpainSome must-see stops in Gran Canaria are: La Zona, just behind the Explanada de España (forecourt), which is for the young and lively crowd, or la Ruta de la Madera, behind Alfonso el Sabio Avenue, near our Spanish language school, and El Puerto, with their more modern spots, discotheques and out-door cafés.

How to get to Gran Canaria

There are train and bus stations, a harbour and an international airport. Gran Canaria is located 185 Km from Valencia, 60 Km from Elche, 515 Km from Barcelona and 422 Km from Madrid.

The A-7 toll motorway connects Gran Canaria to all the Mediterranean coast cities. There is also a highway to Madrid.

Bus and train lines link Gran Canaria to all these cities. Airlines offering both regular and charter flights connect Gran Canaria with the main European cities.

Gran Canaria Traditional fiestas, festivities and events

Spanish Language Courses in SpainIf you take part in the Gran Canaria fiestas and festivities you will enjoy truly magic moments.

Among the Gran Canaria fiestas, we recommend the pilgrimage of Santa Faz or the processions of Moors and Christians, the Porrate of Saint Anthony around the 17th of January with its stands in the streets, the processions of Saint Nicholas, or the Carnivals.

June is a very special month in Gran Canaria: On June 24th, the eve of San Juan, or Saint John, traditional bonfires are lit all over Gran Canaria and the streets filled with music, celebration and fireworks. Huge papier-mâché; monuments are consumed by the flames during the purifying rituals of this magical night.

And these are only some of the most significant fiestas in Gran Canaria. There are many others celebrated throughout the year. All year round Gran Canaria offers you an extensive cultural programme. You can choose among a variety of concerts, conferences, theatrical productions or a medieval market at the end of June.

There is also a summer festival on the forecourt of the harbour with its theatre plays and concerts. Do not forget the nights of the Castle, the International Festival of Contemporary Music or the International Puppets Festival.

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