Gran Canaria is the second most populous island of the Canary Islands, with a population of 838,397 which constitutes approximately 40% of the population of the archipelago.Gran Canaria is noted for its rich variety of micro climates.The capital city is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Canteras Beach lies in the heart of the city.Generally speaking though, the average daytime high ranges from 20°C in winter, to 26°C in summer.This island is called a "Miniature Continent" due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found, with long beaches and dunes of white sand, contrasting with green ravines and picturesque villages.