Strolling around the cobbled streets of Vegueta, where the twin towers of Catedral de Santa Ana dominate the skyline, feels like stepping back in time. For you're walking in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus. Visit the Ermita de San Antonio hermitage, where a kneeling Columbus prayed prior to setting sail.
Three, it's the magic number. For there's Mógan, the south-west municipality which enjoys the best weather on GC as the south is sunniest and the west clearest. Then there's Puerto de Mógan, a stylish resort dubbed Little Venice for its intricate canals and Mógan, a picture-postcard whitewashed village.
Australia's got Ayer's Rock, Ireland, the Blarney Stone, and Gran Canaria, Roque Nublo. Cloud Rock seems a little bit of an odd name. Usually, because you can see for miles and miles from this famous vantage point. Walk there from La Goleta car park, located on the Ayacata-Pozo de las Nieves road.
The famous dunes have been a nature reserve since 1897, although scientists theorise they only date back to 1755 when a Lisbon-born tsunami hit GC. The Faro de Maspalomas, however, is a 68-metre tall man-made landmark. Although visitors are more attracted by the 2,710-metre-long beach.
For a gateway into Gran Canaria's past, why not visit one of GC's museums? Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Casa de Cólon (Columbus House) museum chronicles the adventures of Christopher Columbus whilst Gáldar's Cueva Pintada (Painted Cave) museum reveals the island's pre-Spanish history.
Everything you'd expect in a capital. Bright and light, there's a very definite buzz. Visit Mesa y López for high-street shopping. For boutiques, try Triana. History buffs will prefer a stroll around Vegueta, original Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Beach bums? Las Canteras, truly one of the world's great urban beaches.
Get back to nature in the island's centre, Parque Rural del Nublo, where you'll be able to trek to the island's great natural moment, Roque Nublo. Further north, Los Tilos de Moya's the last remaining section of woodland which stretched across this part of GC, where great canarii warriors like Doramas used to roam.
If it's international cuisine you're looking for, you're well-catered for by cosmopolitan Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Visit Teror's market to pick up the municipality's traditional chorizo, a sausage that's as sweet as it is savoury. Further inland, Tejeda makes good use of its almond trees in desserts. Traditional gastronomy is all around.
Gran Canaria's fertile earth is rich in remains from the canarii, the North African race which occupied the island before the 15th-Century arrival of the Spanish. Learn more about them in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Museo Canario. Another related museum well worth visiting is Gáldar's Cueva Pintada.
The bulk of the capital's museums are located in the oldest part of town. Vegueta's home to the Casa de Cólón (Columbus House), the Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro (a sacred-art museum within the cathedral), and the Museo Canario with its grisly but fascinating collection of canarii skulls.
Scream if you want to go faster on the slides at Agualand's water park or check out all the pretty birds, of the feathered variety, at Palmitos Park. Visit Sioux City if you're a fan of cowboys and Native Americans. Or head to Puerto Rico for the new kid on the block, the Angry Birds Activity Park, which opened in 2013.
236km of Atlantic coastline makes GC a fantastic water-sports venue. Learn how to SUP on Canteras beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or kayak on Playa de Alcaravaneras nearby. There are surf schools in the north and south of the island, as well as dive academies if you want to go deep, deep down.
Gran Canaria offers things to do on its turf as well as its surf. There are a number of caminos reales, royal pathways, which you can hike along. These include a three-day version of the famous Camino de Santiago. GC's a great cycling destination too, with professional teams using it as a training base.
Fore, Gran Canaria offers some testing courses to challenge even the most experienced golfer. These include the oldest course in the whole of Spain, Bandama's Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas. And one of the newest, the Salobre Norte, at the Sheraton Salobre in the south of the island.
Gran Canaria locals love their basketball and football. But they're also keen on some sports which probably predate the arrival of the Spanish. The likes of lucha canaria, Canarian wrestling, whose bouts draw a loyal following to the rings in municipalities up and down the island.
Fiesta fiesta, no time for siesta. Teror's Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Pino (Our Lady of the Pine), dates back to the 17th century when the statue of Gran Canaria's patron saint was taken to the capital to pray for rain. Even older is Agaete's Fiesta de la Rama in August which sees partygoers thrashing the Atlantic with palm branches, just like the canarii before them did, again for rain.
Gran Canaria's a very tolerant island. For many gay people, the island's their holiday destination of choice. Quite a few have settled here too. You'll see the Gay Pride flag waved with, yes, pride at festivals including the Carnaval Internacional de Maspalomas in the south of the island.
Anything seems to go on Gran Canaria and everything seems to grow. The Valle de Agaete's home to tropical fruit farms and vineyards. It also houses the world's most northerly coffee plantations. These are the only plantations in the whole of Europe, which makes Gran Canaria seem even more exotic.
The canarii who occupied the island before the Spanish conquest of the 15th century used to live in caves. It's a tradition that's continued in the likes of the south-east's Barranco de Guayadeque and west central's Artenara. Get to know the real-life Bedrocks with a visit or stay.
As well as cave houses, there's a wide range of countryside properties. Proving that Gran Canaria offers accommodation more varied than the all-inclusive resort hotel. As well as rural hotels, you'll find holiday cottages and fincas if you're more interested in a self-catering holiday.
This treasure is a favourite with locals from nearby Gáldar and beyond. One of the best places to dive on the island, its restaurants also specialize in recently-caught sardines, served with a wedge of lemon. This beach can get windy in summer, but it's also one of the sunniest spots in the north of the island.
On the south-west coast of Gran Canaria lies this 800-metre stretch of golden sand and crystal-clear waters. Playa de Amadores means "Beach of Lovers", and the site is indeed perfect for loving couples. Ball games and loud music are prohibited, which helps to create a peaceful and serene setting.
Party like you're on Ibiza with a night out at one of Gran Canaria's biggest clubs. This is Playa del Inglés at its most carefree with house music Balearic at Ibiza's finest export and the south of Gran Canaria's most famous club. The White Isle has occupied a foothold in the GC dance music scene since 1984. The main room's 1,000 square metres and has four bars.
One of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's main thoroughfares, Mesa y López's both an avenue and a street. There's a cycle lane as well as bus stops and taxi ranks to help you with your bags. The outside ice-cream stalls will cool you down on a hot day whilst the tourist information kiosk offers friendly advice.
From the largest city to the smallest village, it's generally not a problem to find a chemists. However, it can be a trickier to locate one open out of hours. Nevertheless, each pharmacy displays the information on which particular chemist is open 24 hours on that particular date.