Introducing Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Las Palmas has a mainland-Spain feel, spiced up with an eclectic mix of other cultures, including African, Chinese, and Indian, plus the presence of container-ship crews and the flotsam and jetsam that tend to drift around port cities. It’s an intriguing place with the sunny languor and energy you would normally associate with the Mediterranean or North Africa. The hooting taxis, bustling shopping districts, chatty bars and thriving port all give off the energy of a city: Spain’s seventh largest.
Vegueta, the oldest quarter and declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1990, is both atmospheric and fashionable; many of the best bars and restaurants are here. At the other end of town, the sweeping arc of Playa de las Canteras is a lot cleaner than many city beaches and provides you with the tantalising possibility of having a plunge in between your sightseeing and shopping. Above all, Las Palmas is an authentic Spanish working city that doesn’t warrant its somewhat seedy image. Sure, like any port, there are areas where you wouldn’t walk at night with an expensive camera slung round your neck but, overall, you should feel perfectly safe here and the city is well-deserving of at least a couple of days of exploration.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria destination guides
Gran Canaria Shore Excursion: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Hop-on Hop-off Tour
No matter when your cruise ship arrives in Las Palmas, this is the perfect do-it-yourself shore excursion on Gran Canaria. See Las Palmas’ top sights and attractions aboard a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. You’ll travel in a comfortable and secure environment, listening to full commentary about Gran Canaria.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Experience the perfect introduction to Las Palmas aboard this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! You'll see all the beautiful sights of the city in a comfortable and secure environment, with full commentary provided. Discover Las Palmas in an open-top double-decker bus with the opportunity to hop on and hop off at nine different stops whenever you wish, all day long.