Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the biggest City in the Canary Islands with around 400,000 inhabitants. Las Palmas accounts for just under half the total population of Gran Canaria and is a leading tourist destination. This City shares the Capital City title with Santa Cruz de Tenerife when parliament changes every four years. An estimated 3.5 millions visitors head to Gran Canaria each year with a big chunk of those heading to Las Palmas.
Las Palmas Tourism & Travel Guide
Located East of Tenerife, Las Palmas enjoys a superb climate all year round with an average temperature of around 20 Celsius. This City is located on the Northeast tip of the island, a short distance south of Santa Catalina. Las Palmas is also the location for the biggest beach on the island, Las Canteras Beach is huge at around 3100 metres in length. Gran Canaria Airport is around 11 miles to the South of Las Palmas on the Eastern coast. The busy Puerto (Port) de Las Palmas has been used operational for over 5 centuries. The port serves all types of domestic and commercial shipping and is a major stop point for cruises welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Attractions & Things To Do In Las Palmas
Being the Capital City and the most populated area of the island, there are some interesting attractions and thing to do in Las Palmas to keep you entertained during your visit. Here there are 5 very different beaches to choose from and plenty of history and urban culture on offer. Below we provide an insight into some of the best attractions and a few of the top things to do in Las Palmas.
Las Canteras Beach
Billed as one of the best urban beaches anywhere in Spain, Playa de Las Canteras is a must visit. With a length of 3100 metres and an average width of 50 metres, Las Canteras is the longest and best beach in Gran Canaria and possibly Europe. The golden sand stretches for as far as the eye can see and is occupied for 12 months of the year. The warm all year round climate means sun worshipers can visit here any time of the year. The promenade runs adjacent to Las Canteras and is kept in immaculate condition to enjoy a stroll or visit one of the many bars and restaurants that line the beach. Under the water, there is an abundance of beautiful coral reefs and marine life to explore. Las Canteras beach is one of the top locations for snorkelling in Las Palmas, you will come face to face with Barracudas, Octopuses, Grouper, Eels and various other marine life.
La Vegueta – District Walking & Tapas Tour
La Vegueta is a beautiful historical town that boasts some unique and interesting architecture to spend a nice day out. There are many bars, restaurants and museums here including the Columbus Museum building which is 5 hundred years old. Vegueta has a beautiful cathedral, and some amazing renaissance architecture to enjoy so make sure you bring your camera. There are several tour operators that offer district walking tours combines with a Canarian Tapas tour to sample the local cuisine. Other interesting things to note are the shopping street of Mayor de Triana which is where you will sample many of the Tapas. This is truly a must visit place away from the typical touristy areas and should be added to your to do list.
Las Palmas Beaches
Las Canteras Beach is not only the most popular in Las Palmas, but also the longest with a length of 3100 metres. Below we list more of the best beaches to check out when you visit. Melendara is located to the south on the Eastern coast, on cloudy days, you are likely to find plenty of sunshine here. Playa de Sardina is a much smaller beach which can be found in the Northwest of the island.
UD Las Palmas
UD Las Palmas is currently playing in La Liga which is the top football division in Spain. Currently they site mid table at time of writing after successfully winning promotion to the top tier.