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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 island was populated by the Guanches from 3000 BC, who called it Tamarán, but was claimed by Spain in the 15th century.
Gran Canaria's surface is 1,560 km˛ and its maximum altitude is 1,949 meters (Pico de Las Nieves). It has a round shape, having a diameter of just about 50 km.
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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.