I was recently asked about “cycling on the big island”, and I shot off a reply about the best routes in Tenerife. Anyway, it turns out the person was referring to Gran Canaria. Oh dear. This was more or less my reply:
Sorry I was a little confused there about which island you meant. 😆
Here, at least when I think of “Gran Canaria”, I think of the complete name somewhat like when you say “windscreen wipers” or “babysitter”. You tend not to think of them as separate words anymore. Your brain just processes the entire concept all as one thing.
Tenerife is actually the biggest island with 2,034 kmÂ² surface area according to wikipedia. Gran Canaria has 1,560 kmÂ². Like I care, because I am Australian, and Australia has 7,617,930 kmÂ²). The highest point of Tenerife, Mt Teide at 3718m, is also much higher than the highest point on Gran Canaria (only 1950 metres hehehe). I think this is where part of the resentment comes from…
The thing is, if you read the local Spanish paper El DÃa, both sides continually debate the use of the term “Gran” in Gran Canaria. They reproduce historic maps of varying antiquity with and without the “Gran” in front. Then the other side counter-attacks by reproducing a quote from a hitherto unpublished source. You see, in Spanish, Gran doesn’t just mean ‘big’, it means ‘great’. So the TV show “big brother” is actually wrongly translated as “gran hermano”. Anyway.
But seriously, you would have thought that the locals have better things to debate about… I’ve come to the conclusion that some Canariones have an inferiority complex.
Glad I could help you out with the links. Back when I started Tenerife-Training in 2005, there wasn’t much info online at all w.r.t. cycling in the Canaries.
Anyway, seeya round mate!