The island is often referred to as a 'miniature continent' due to its
dramatically varied terrain
, ranging from the green and leafy north to the mountainous interior and desert south.
For active travellers there is plenty of scope for hiking, horse trekking and water sports
and culture vultures will be enthralled by the museums, churches and historic towns, as well as by getting under the skin of the colourful, cosmopolitan capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort, near Maspalomas,
is situated at the entrance to the Salobre Golf Course
in the south of the island. Maspalomas Beach is one of Gran Canaria's best beaches
. Sunbathe on the sand, swim in the sea or go bird-watching around the Charca lagoon.
The beach is famed for its dunes, rich with flora and fauna.
Maspalomas Beach is also home to many of Gran Canaria's best restaurants, shops
and the Maspalomas Lighthouse.