The Spanish island of Gran Canaria is the second most populated in the Canary Islands archipelago. Its nickname – "The Miniature Continent" – is a comment on both this, its almost uniformly round shape, and especially the fact that expats living on Gran Canaria can enjoy an extraordinary variety of climates, landscapes and biology there. At over 800,000 people, it is a well-populated island with a major city, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and a number of smaller settlements. The island is an idyll for nature lovers, who will find a wealth of flora, fauna and stunning landscapes such as the subtropical Palmitos Park to discover. There is also a wealth of urban beauty and culture for more urban oriented expats living on Gran Canaria, with the iconic Cathedral of Santa Ana in Las Palmas especially worthy of note.
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Needless to say, expatriates moving to Gran Canaria won't be getting there by road. The island's Gran Canaria Airport is one of the busiest under Spanish jurisdiction, serving numerous locations largely thanks to the island's huge tourist industry. However, if you are an expatriate moving to Gran Canaria, you also have the option of arriving at the island's Las Palmas Port by ferry, a port that Christopher Columbus spent some time in en route to the Americas. InterNations has a good selection of content for expatriates moving to Gran Canaria, with advice and reliable information on expatriation generally. Much of this is to be found in the Expat Magazine, our collection of articles on subjects ranging from expat finance and insurance to cross-cultural communication. We also have content written by other InterNations members on their own experiences, advice and reflections on expatriation and living abroad.
This tropical island makes a unique and wonderful place to be based, and expats working on Gran Canaria will have no shortage of great things to do or places to see. The climate is famously varied but comprehensively delightful, while the island's natural wealth and small villages provide numerous getaways for expatriates on Gran Canaria with a penchant for exploration. The major city, Las Palams, is a historic city with a buzzing urban atmosphere. As the island is quite heavily dependent on tourism, you can be sure to meet plenty of global minds here, and expats on Gran Canaria can use the discussion groups and private communications on the InterNations website to get in touch with the local international network. Whether you’d like to organize a meet-up, pick up local tips or find a community of expats on Gran Canaria, it shouldn't be long before you have found InterNations members or other global minds on this wonderful island – if not strictly a miniature continent, Gran Canaria is certainly a great place to stop off in search of one.