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Gran Canaria


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Gran Canaria, a landscape forged by volcanoes

The Biosphere Reserve and the World Heritage Site of Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria are the very essence and reflection of the island’s unique qualities, acknowledged in these two UNESCO declarations.

Gran Canaria is a book full of age-old stories. It is also a treasure trove of biodiversity with gems glittering throughout the land between the coast and the summit. UNESCO has embraced these archaeological, ethnographic and natural values by declaring almost half its land plus a wide section of the shoreline to be a Biosphere Reserve, and a World Heritage Site in the form of the Cultural Landscape of Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria.

Both nominations reflect the singular nature of Gran Canaria, an island that is home to several worlds. The roots of the Biosphere Reserve and the World Heritage site are woven into the territory, also sharing an inheritance that inspires an increasingly sustainable future.

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Gran Canaria, la obra natural que fraguaron los volcanes

Hace quince millones de años, el océano extendía su manto azul sobre el mismo lugar que hoy ocupa Gran Canaria. La isla se levantó entonces desde el fondo, empujada por la fuerza de las erupciones, pues fueron los volcanes los hacedores de este territorio insular. Las sucesivas fases de formación y erosión dieron lugar a una asombrosa y compleja realidad geológica, que es a su vez la base de la riqueza paisajística, natural y etnográfica que atrae a visitantes de todo el mundo.

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