Las Palmas, the bustling cosmopolitan capital of Gran Canaria, is arguably the gem in the Canary Islands’ sparkling crown. Located in Gran Canaria’s leafy north and with year-round sunshine, golden beaches, historical sites and mouthwatering cuisine, this vibrant city offers a pleasing variety of experiences to suit just about every traveller. If you’re planning a visit to this Spanish paradise, here are 12 of the best things to do in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.
Stroll Along Las Canteras Beach
Las Canteras Beach, one of the world’s top urban beaches, offers over three kilometres of golden sand and crystal-clear waters. This is a perfect spot for a morning jog, a leisurely walk, or even a sunset picnic. The bustling promenade lined with local restaurants and vibrant cafes is perfect for people-watching or sampling local Canarian dishes. It’s also an area with one of the best holiday rentals in Gran Canaria, boasting both luxury accommodation options and more budget-friendly places.
Visit The Casa de Colón
Dive into history by visiting the Casa de Colón, where it’s believed Christopher Columbus prepared for his voyage to the Americas. This beautiful Canary-Island-style house serves as an intriguing museum, showcasing exhibits on pre-Columbian cultures, navigation history and Columbus’s journey.
Explore Vegueta – The Old Town
A walk through the narrow, cobbled streets of Vegueta is like stepping back in time. This UNESCO World Heritage site, lined with colourful colonial houses, charming Spanish architecture, and the stunning Santa Ana Cathedral, offers a glimpse into the city’s rich history and culture.
Experience Local Cuisine At Mercado De Vegueta
Nestled in the heart of the old town is the bustling Mercado de Vegueta. This traditional Canarian market is a food lover’s paradise. Here, you can sample a wide array of local produce, traditional cheeses, artisan breads, and fresh seafood.
Fine Dining, Gran Canaria Style
After sampling some local, traditional food at Mercado de Vegueta, we thought we’d explore some of Las Palmas’s options for fine dining. Home to an innovative, forward-thinking take on Canary Islands cuisine, Michelin-starred restaurant Tabaiba is the place to be. Other culinary highlights in the capital include Bevir, De Contrabando, Qué Leche and El Santo.
Hike The Caldera De Bandama
For nature and hiking enthusiasts, Caldera de Bandama, a volcanic crater located just outside the city, is a must visit. The panoramic views from the top are extraordinary, and the trail leading down to the bottom of the crater presents a unique flora and fauna landscape.
Enjoy Shopping On Calle Mayor de Triana
Fashionistas will enjoy a stroll down Calle Mayor de Triana, a pedestrianised street boasting stylish boutiques, shops, and department stores. This shopping street, lined with historic buildings and welcoming terraces, adds a special charm to the shopping experience.
Discover The Jardín Canario
The Jardín Canario, also known as the Canarian Botanical Garden, is home to a vast array of indigenous plants. This verdant haven of tranquillity is perfect for a leisurely walk or a quiet moment of reflection, amidst nature’s beauty.
Visit The Elder Museum Of Science and Technology
This interactive museum offers an educational adventure for both children and adults. With a range of exhibits on science, technology and the cosmos, the Elder Museum is a fun and informative way to spend a day.
Attend A Concert At The Alfredo Kraus Auditorium
To end your day, attend a live concert at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium. This unique, wave-shaped building is an iconic part of the Las Palmas skyline, offering an eclectic programme of music, film and cultural events.
Experience The Underwater World At Poema Del Mar Aquarium
Situated near the cruise ship dock, Poema del Mar is a stunning aquatic attraction. As one of the most advanced aquariums in the world, it houses a multitude of marine species from various ecosystems. The ‘Deep Sea’ exhibit, showcasing a 36-metre-long curved window, offers the feeling of being immersed within the ocean depths. This unique experience is a must for marine life enthusiasts and families alike.
Get A Panoramic View Of The City From Mirador De Las Palmas
No trip to Las Palmas is complete without a visit to the Mirador de Las Palmas. This viewpoint offers an expansive panorama of the city, including the bustling harbour, historic districts, and the expansive sea. It’s an excellent spot for photographers and anyone wishing to appreciate the city’s beauty from a bird’s eye view. And it’s from that keen vantage point that we’re going to bid you farewell; we think we’ll stay here a while.
Next, we’re off for a holiday of activity and adventure in Tenerife. Care to join us?