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A destination familiar to British holiday-makers, the island of Gran Canaria is famous for its abundance of sun, sea and VAT exemptions. However, as well as hosting the usual spate of Irish pubs, English Breakfasts, and other home comforts that have become synonymous with the Canary Islands, those travelling to Gran Canaria can enjoy the best of both worlds. The city of Las Palmas in North of the island is where most natives reside and holds a host of authentic bars, restaurants and beaches that are not quite as full of sun-burnt tourists. In addition, due to its size and the simplicity of its public transport system, excursions to scenic areas of the island, such as the Roque Nublo or Puerto de Mogán, either by hire car or bus, is extremely straightforward. Gran Canaria is also known for its multiple microclimates, the result of which is that although some of the island’s more mountainous areas can get a little chillier at times, the weather is generally excellent all year round.