Gran Canaria is an island that overlooks the ocean as proven by its marinas. Because of the seafaring nature of its people and the importance of the tourism sector, Gran Canaria has developed a very complete harbour infrastructure, which includes marinas and fishing havens.
All infrastructures are equipped with basic long-term mooring services, and they make many water sports possible. The island has a great number of harbours among which Puerto de Mogán, Puerto Deportivo de Puerto Rico, Puerto Deportivo de Pasito Blanco and Muelle Deportivo Marina Anfi del Mar are best known.
However, there is no doubt that Puerto de Las Palmas, the harbour of the island’s capital city, is the leading reference in harbour infrastructures. It boasts fantastic sport facilities and a commercial centre and is considered as one of the most important nautical installations of the Atlantic, both for the quality of its services and for its strategic position between continents.
The island of Gran Canaria has a long tradition of being a port of call among sailors crossing the Atlantic and heading for the Caribbean. This tradition was born more than 500 years ago, when Christopher Columbus made it fashionable to anchor on the island before crossing the ocean. Nowadays, many ships find in Gran Canaria the best port to carry out repairs or the provisioning of ships before starting the journey across the Atlantic. The marinas of the island also attract many boats sailing to Gran Canaria to spend the winter months in the warm climate of the island.
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