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Las Palmas is the exciting capital of Gran Canaria, a bustling city with a strong Spanish vibe located on the north east tip of the island. This is the place to be if you love being in the centre of the action, with beaches, landmarks, activities and a great nightlife all available in the same place. Las Palmas also has great transport links, allowing you to explore the island without hiring a car.

Things to Do

The old town of Vegueta is one of the city’s most popular areas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can visit the Casa de Colón museum and the Santa Ana Cathedral. Another old district that has developed into a bustling shopping area is Triana, where visitors can browse a range of high street stores and independent boutiques. Take advantage of a hop-on-hop-off bus tour for a stress-free overview of the city!


Las Palmas has two large beaches in easy walking distance of the city. Playa de las Canteras is rated as one of Europe’s best urban beaches, boasting beautiful scenery, great facilities and plenty of space. The beach has a playground and sports zone for kids, as well as changing rooms, showers and sunbeds for rent. Another popular beach is Las Alcaravaneras, where there’s a marina, sailing club and luxurious yachts moored.

Food and Drink

Las Palmas has lots of international influences, which means Spanish cuisine is not the only thing on the menu. Restaurants can be found offering food from around the world, meaning you can always find what you’re in the mood for. On an evening hungry diners flock to Vegueta to eat at outdoor restaurants, and there is a wide choice or bars and nightclubs for a quick drink or a night on the town.

Location of Las Palmas

Key Facts

  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro
  • Flight time: 4.5 hours
  • When to go: Year-round