Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The city with the best weather in the world

After suffering several attacks by pirates for centuries, Las Palmas now draws the attention of different audiences which are more interested in entertainment, shopping, monuments and the city’s wonderful weather.

Plan your stay in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria normally involve different activities that will take you a couple of days to go through. However, the beach is simply amazing and you could spend an entire year there sunbathing. You can also practice some active tourism. Visit some localities nearby such as Arucas, Teror, and Santa Brígida, or Doramas Rural Park.

We start our visit in Vegueta, where the Santa Ana Cathedral is located (15th-19th centuries). In fact, there are several religious sights you can visit if you like this kind of tourism: the Diocesan Museum, Santa Teresa de Jesús Chapel, the Episcopal Palace (17th century), San Antonio Abad Chapel, Santo Domingo de Guzmán Church (16th-18th centuries), San Bernardo Church Parish (17th century), and San Francisco Parish (17th century).

Some other sights you will enjoy in this city are the Consistorial Houses, which house the Provincial Historical Archive; Columbus House (15th century), with several interesting pieces such as ceramics, documents, maps and paintings; Vegueta Cemetery (1811), full of sculptures and monuments; English Cemetery (1834) and the English Chapel with a Victorian atmosphere; and the King’s Castle (16th-18th centuries). In fact, castles are numerous here; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria also has San Pedro Mártir (16th-17th centuries) and Mata Castle (18th century) -both being used to protect the city. We cannot take the Light Castle (1601) for granted. It is located in the forgeous area called the Isleta.

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Santa Ana Cathedral

In Triana Quarter we can see a building called Gabinete Literario (1833) that will fascinate alll literature-lovers. In this line, Pérez Galdós Theater, built between 1868-1890 but set up again in 1928. The Canarian Museum shows a great architectural, ethnological and geological collection. Élder Science and Technology Museum has an interesting planetarium. The Atlantic Modern Art Center fosters the works of different arts of Africa, America and Europe. Pérez-Galdós House-Museum (late 18th century) was the house of the famous Spanish writer that gives name to the center. You cannot miss either the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, located in a gorgeous volcanic plinth.

For natural sites, we recommend visiting the Siete Lagares Courtyard, the Vieja and Clavijo Botanical Garden, the Frailes Cave, the Canarios Cave, the Especiales de Azuaje Natural Reserve, the Tamadaba Natural Park, and Doramas Rural Park. Finally, regarding beaches, we are sure you will visit a couple of the following places: Canteras Beach (3 km long), Alcaravaneras Beach, San Cristóbal Beach, La Laja and El Confital (for surfing).

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Practical data

Coordinates

28° 7′ 38″ N, 15° 25′ 53″ W

Distances

Gran Canaria Airport 18 km, Playa del Inglés 52 km

Altitude

8 m

Inhabitants

383 050 (2013)

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