Gran Canaria is only the third largest island of the blessed archipelago , but it's a continent in itself. The coastline ranges from cliffs to dunes. Inland, eternal springtime beams on banana lands that surround whitewashed villages. History buffs can follow the footsteps of Columbus. After hours, the footwork moves on to discos and floorshows. This Way Gran Canaria also covers Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, where the volcanic past is almost always in view. This close to the Sahara, the beaches are sumptuous.