Gran Canaria is the second most populated island in the Canaries and Las Palmas is the capital of the archipelago, a title shared with Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Gran Canaria is considered one of the places with the greatest biodiversity in the world. Its volcanic origins with mountains and valleys turn it into a home for unique laurel forests, full of indigenous species that can only be found here. For all this, UNESCO has recognized the island as a Biosphere reserve. The round island provides walks in fishing villages, high plateaus, volcano craters, ridges, green hills, the deep forest of Tamadaba Park, the iconic Roque Nublo and much more. There are plenty of viewpoints to enjoy the uniqueness of these incredible landscapes. On top of this, there is a vibrant nightlife in Las Palmas, contrasted with the quietness of small villages deep in the valleys or high in the hills where time seems to have stopped.