One day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

  • Las Canteras beach. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

If you've come for a few days' holiday to the island of Gran Canaria, you're bound to feel like spending a day in the capital. This is a great city where you'll find interesting cultural ideas as well as its beach.

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One day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

MORNING (10 AM TO 12:30 PM)

As our point of departure we propose one of the oldest and most typical areas of the city: the Vegueta quarter. You'll love its cobbled streets leading up to the cathedral of Santa Ana. Very nearby you'll find the Vegueta market, the perfect place to pick up some typical products such as the local cheese. Other buildings of interest include the Canarian Museum, the Episcopal Palace, the Town Hall and Casa de Colón (Columbus's house).

One day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

MIDDAY (12:30-4 PM)

This is the perfect time to do a little shopping. In the Calle Mayor in Triana and the surroundings you'll find numerous shops. The area is also full of outdoor cafés where you can enjoy a few tapas and even have lunch. Among the many delicious Canary Island recipes worth trying are the 'papas arrugadas' (baby potatoes boiled in their skins) with 'mojo' (a spicy sauce), and 'sancocho' (poached fish). Try the restaurants in the squares of Hurtado de Mendoza and El Cairasco. This last is the site of the lovely building known as the Gabinete Literario, a cultural centre whose exhibitions definitely deserve a visit. We also recommend a walk round the San Telmo park.

One day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


After lunch you're sure to feel like relaxing for an hour or so to make the most of the good weather which is such a constant feature of the city. You can choose between a terrace in the Marina, or the Pueblo Canario leisure and culture centre in Parque Doramas (where you can enjoy a cup of coffee in a typical Canarian courtyard). A trip to the beach in the heart of the city Las Canteras is the city's main beach, a stretch of over three kilometres of golden sand. It's up to you if you want to take a dip. If you then decide to walk along to the end of the beach, you'll come to the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium.

One day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


After a day's sightseeing, you can now choose between the musical programme at the Alfredo Kraus auditorium or at the Pérez Galdós theatre. For dinner, you'll find restaurants, wine bars and terraces in Vegueta. The Triana neighbourhood has various venues offering live music. And if you feel like making a night of it, head for the area of the port, Las Canteras beach and the area around the Plaza de Santa Catalina square and the Marina.

One day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


A good option for moving around the city is the sightseeing bus. The Pueblo Canario hosts folklore shows on Sunday morning. You can purchase a sightseeing card to explore the city. http://www.lpacard.com/