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Gran Canaria, rarely Grand Canary (archaic), is the third largest island of the Canary Islands, an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean 210 km from the northwest coast of Africa and belonging to Spain. It is located southeast of Tenerife and west of Fuerteventura. The island is of volcanic origin.
The capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the North East of the island, is one of Spain's largest cities.
The south coast of the island is now dominated by the tourist resorts which generate most of the island's economy.
The centre of the island is mountainous, with the remains of ancient pine forests on the peaks.
Maspalomas in the south of Gran Canaria is the tourist zone, there are the most offert for enjoy in this island.
The public transportation system is well organized and economical. There are regular buses that go all over the island, most of the ones useful for tourists run through Ave Tirajana in Playa del Ingles and head north to the Atlantico shopping centre or Las Palmas or along to coast towards Puerto Rico.
Rental cars are available in all resorts, both from local companies and large international car hire companies. Most of the large ones such as Avis and Hertz have offices in Playa del Ingles near the motorway.
Some local companies are AutoReisen, CICAR, Cabrera Medina, PaylessCAR.
There are no trains in Gran Canaria. There is an autopista (freeway) that covers much of the island.
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