Crowning an island of 2000 m high peaks at the center, tall cliffs to the north and extensive beaches to the south, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a city which offers sun, sea and an exceptional historic legacy. With a population of 400.000 (that goes up to 600.000 including the larger metropolitan area, and to 860.000 in the 1560 km² Gran Canaria island) it is the ninth town in Spain, and the largest city of the European Union lying outside the European continent. Mild temperatures throughout the year make for an enjoyable and racially diverse city. The combination of the aboriginal Guanche culture, its colonial past, and the fact that it is only 90 miles from the coast of Africa create a distinctive character resulting from the mix of Europe, America and Africa. Its urban beach, 3.5 km long, 50 m average wide, protected by a natural reef, is in the top ten Spanish beaches (Travelers Choice 2013). It lays by the Workshop hotel.