Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

View of an alley in Las Palmas Old Town

Most people visiting Gran Canaria tend to concentrate on the resorts found in the South of the island like San Agustin, Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas and Puerto Mogan, as the weather is generally better around there than in the North.

View of the Maspalomas Lighthouse in Gran Canaria

There are plenty of options for accommodation in this area, ranging from luxury hotels to self-catering holiday apartments together with numerous bars, restaurants and shops and a lively nightlife.

View of the Natural Reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria

It is also here that the famous Natural Reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas can be found: stretching between the resorts of Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles, it is the main attraction on Gran Canaria, offering a desert-like landscape and a very popular sandy beach.

View of the dunes of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria can be reached from Europe by flying directly to Gran Canaria airport, situated on the east coast of the island or, from the neighbouring island of Tenerife by ferry. It takes about an hour to cross from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Puerto de las Nieves in the village of Agaete; from here a free shuttle bus connects the port with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria seen from Puerto de La Luz
Sharing the title of capital of the Canary Islands with Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas is the most populous city of the archipelago.

View of Puerto de La Luz in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The harbour of Puerto de la Luz is one of the busiest in Europe, as it stands at the crossroad between Europe, Africa and America.

View of Playa de Las Canteras in Gran Canaria

The nearby Playa de Las Canteras is considered to be one of the best urban beaches in the world; stretching for over 3 kilometers, the promenade along this sandy beach is lined with hotels, restaurants and shops.

A building by the beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Walking along Playa de Las Canteras in Gran Canaria

Evening at Las Canteras beach, Gran Canaria

It is much loved by both tourists and locals with joggers, families and people watching the world go by crowding the pavement, both during the day and in the evening.

View of Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

At one end of the promenade is the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, celebrating a famous tenor born in Gran Canaria and, at the other end, is Plaza de La Puntilla, a favourite spot from where to get a view of the entire length of Las Canteras beach and admire the sunset at the end of the day.

Fisherman sculpture in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Boats at Playa de Las Canteras in Gran Canaria

Sunset in Gran Canaria

A short walk away from the beach, the Elder Museum of Science and Technology is worth a visit; it is near Santa Catalina Park, close to where one of the two main bus terminals in the city is located; the other one is in the city center, near San Telmo Park. From both locations a network of local and intercity buses (guaguas in Spanish) make it easier to travel around Las Palmas and the rest of the island.

View of Elder Science and Technology Museum in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Bus Terminal in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

San Telmo Park is within walking distance of Las Palmas Old Town, accessed through Calle Triana, one of the main shopping streets in the city.

Las Palmas Old Town, Gran Canaria

Columbus House Museum, Gran Canaria

Columbus House Museum entrance, Gran Canaria

View of a square in Las Palmas Old Town, Gran Canaria

In this area known as Vegueta there are a number of historical buildings like the Cathedral, the Columbus House Museum (where Christopher Columbus stayed in 1492, during a stopover in Gran Canaria on the way to discovering America) and the Hermitage of San Antonio Abad where is it said Columbus used to pray; before leaving the area a visit to the Market of Vegueta, an indoor market, is highly recommended.

View of the Hermitage of San Antonio Abad in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Old Town

Gran Canaria and Las Palmas can be visited all year round due to its mild climate but, to experience the city in its festive mood, a visit during the Carnival in February is highly recommended. With its colorful parade across the city, is considered to be one of the most famous Carnivals in Spain.

Smiley face poster in Gran Canaria

4 thoughts on “Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

  1. Ohhhh, is there a festival in February? That is my worst month in London where the winter finally gets to me. Perhaps I should book a trip!? Your photos in this post are gorgeous and I especially loved the Las Palmas Old Town. I’ve always wanted to go to Tenerife but really, any of the Spanish Islands appeal to me.

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