Las Palmas is located in the north of Gran Canaria, and it’s the largest city in the entire archipelago of Canary Islands.
The place combines the beautiful volcanic nature with the advantages of the capital city. How to plan your trip, where to stay and what to see? Check out the complete guide to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
When I landed just before midnight at Gran Canaria Airport, I was surprised by the cool ocean breeze. I haven't been to any of the islands belonging to the archipelago before, and I haven't had any expectations. I was more than happy to observe how places and people I met made me more and more excited and absorbed by the unknown but familiar atmosphere of the city.
It’s the nature of Las Palmas - the city seems to be friendly and open from the very beginning just like a newly-met acquaintance with whom you can talk all night long without feeling bored.
The place is very diversified - on the one hand the ocean just at your fingertips, the sharp peaks of the mountains rising above the water and the endless black beaches of Isleta. On the contrary, the city lives twenty-four hours per day with a vibrant cultural offer. On the main promenade - right next to the Las Canteras beach - the restaurateurs and waiters serve Canarian food, while on the other side of the city life goes on in the business district. In many cafés and coworking places, people are working on their projects or participating in numerous meetings or workshops. In the afternoons, surfers occupy La Cicer, while the first paddle surfers come to the natural pool on the north side of the beach of Las Canteras.
Every evening the city's main squares or narrow streets at Santa Catarina Park turn into meeting places for people of all ages. The sounds of live music come from the orange rooftops filled with cacti. These tones, combined with the calm waves of the ocean, create a vibrant melody of a place that will stay in our minds for a very long time reminding that whether you're here for the first or next week, you feel like you've known this place forever.
Gran Canaria accommodation - how to find an apartment in Las Palmas
The easiest way to find short-term rentals in Las Palmas is to check online services such as AIRBNB, VRBO or BOOKING. Personally, I recommend the first one, where most adverts are made by private owners who offer apartments fully equipped. That is the most comfortable option especially for those people who want to stay on the island for a few weeks. Apartments in Gran Canaria are relatively cheap, comparing to other European cities, and there is also the additional possibility of making some savings with a monthly discount available for a minimum 28-days rental period.
Get a discount on your first stay at Airbnb
Las Palmas - which neighborhood to choose
The vast majority of apartments, hotels, bars, restaurants or coworking places are located near Las Canteras beach.
The district offers plenty of opportunities for meetings, participating in cultural events or doing physical exercises. You can find here many shops and two big shopping malls. In every place, you can easily walk through picturesque streets. There are also bike paths available in the nearby area. The smell of fresh croissants and coffee combined with a view of the rising sun recompensate crowds on the beach. Although it is one of the most touristy districts, it has not lost its local character - just turn into one of the smaller corners to experience the authentic Spanish atmosphere.
A lot of people opt for more extended stays decide to choose other parts of the city, e.g., near the historic center Vegueta; mainly because it’s less touristy and less crowded.
What to see in Las Palmas
LAS CANTERAS | the longest beach in Las Palmas that is 4 km long and goes from the north district of Isleta to the south; within the beach, there is a natural swimming pool, which protects the coast from the waves
LA CICER | the central surfing spot in Las Palmas, a meeting point during the day and the night with many bars and pubs in front of the sea
LA ISLETA | a district located on the north side of the island. The biggest part of the neighborhood remains undeveloped and offers phenomenal views of the rocky coast and the ocean from a few peaks
VEGUETA | a historic district with beautiful architecture including a cathedral, monuments, and museums; the biggest concerts or festivals take place in Vegueta
PORT | the area where the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is located. One of the main meeting points is Santa Catalina Park
Highlights not to be missed in Gran Canaria
You can reach dozens of unique destinations on the map of Gran Canaria with a car or a scooter. Among the many natural parks, exotic gardens, peaks, and rock formations don’t miss especially:
NATURAL POOLS | areas near the coast with different depths where the ocean water accumulates
PICO DE LAS NIEVES, ROQUE NUBLO | these are the two highest peaks of Gran Canaria (1949 m and 1813 m) with the volcanic origin
MASPALOMAS | due to its extensive hotel infrastructure and high temperatures for most of the year, Maspalomas is now the primary tourist destination in Gran Canaria. While in the area, do not miss the spectacular dunes located in the nature reserve of Dunas de Maspalomas
PUERTO DE LAS NIEVES and other small coastal towns | Gran Canaria should be explored slowly. Discover new routes or turn off the road and have a break in small coastal towns. This is how you can get to know a local, authentic atmosphere of the island. Just walk through the fishing villages and admire the peaks of the mountains rising over the white houses - nothing more is needed!
Off the beaten track
NATURAL GEYSERS | not always marked on the map, so to find them you need a lot of curiosity and patience; while exploring the island, you can reach natural geysers where turbulent waves are coming up and down the craters
If you have any questions about Las Palmas or Gran Canaria, don't hesitate to contact me!
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