Known as Las Palmas to locals, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is an offshore paradise and the largest city in the Canary Islands. Lined with historic landmarks, world-class museums and lively nightlife venues, Las Palmas' cobblestone streets and architectural gems capture the essence of this city's intriguing blend of Spanish and African culture.
Things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
An idyllic destination, the beaches of Las Palmas offers crystal clear waters and white sand. Unlimited ocean sports are available for those looking for a thrill, while snorkelling and surfing are two of the most popular activities.
Las Palmas is famous for its shopping opportunities. From the fashionable boutiques of Vegueta to the grand department stores of Triana, you’re bound to find the perfect fit. Those interested in exploring Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s cultural attractions have an array of landmarks to explore. The Cathedral de Santa Ana is a must visit, as is the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art, perfect for those wanting to embrace the continental combination of cultures.
The city’s rooftops and beach bars create a thriving party scene. Be sure to try the local drink, a rum called Arehucas. It’s easy to get caught in the energetic nightlife, but for a quieter evening head to the back streets to find a variety of chilled bars. There are also authentic tapas restaurants found in local neighbourhoods, street food vendors serving simple cuisine in the parks, and an array of international restaurants that cater to every taste.
Getting around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Local buses are a convenient way to explore Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Called guaguas by the locals, the buses are bright yellow, easy to see and simple to navigate. They travel between every neighbourhood of the city, while the blue bus routes travel to further destinations. You can also explore the labyrinth of streets in the city centre on foot.