Gran Canaria is part of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago which sits in the Atlantic Ocean many miles away from its parent nation, close to the coastline of North Africa. All of the Canaries share a pleasant climate; its one of the reasons that they're such popular destinations for cheap holidays. Gran Canaria in particular is interesting when it comes to climate; in fact, the noticeably wide variety of microclimates which occur across its geographically varied surface have lead to Gran Canaria being known as a little continent in its own right, with a huge amount of variety to keep visitors interested. The powerfully beautiful landscapes which can be experienced on Gran Canaria are protected by UNESCO, which has made around thirty percent of the island which is the second largest of the Canaries into a Biosphere Reserve.
Some define three separate climates on Gran Canaria. Firstly, the north east of the island is "wet" of course, "wet" is a relative concept for the Canaries, which are very dry and warm compared to some northern countries. The north is usually said to be cooler than the south. The south is seen as having a dry microclimate. Much of the islands tourist infrastructure is in place in the south; after all holidaymakers will tend to flock towards the sun. The south east has a number of excellent beach resorts and tourist friendly towns like Playa del Ingles. This location can be translated as "Englishmans beach", which seems to be pretty good evidence of a long history of tourism in the area. The third microclimate is that of the hillier and rockier areas on the west coast. Here the island climbs further above sea level than the rest of the landmass.
The variety of climate in Gran Canaria makes it ideal for holidaymakers who want to experience a number of different activities on their trip, like hill walking and watersports, but who also want to have the option of some luxurious relaxing if the mood takes them.