The most interesting historical sights are concentrated in the narrow, cobbled lanes of Vegueta, while the heavier, more international and diverse action is around Santa Catalina. The 3km-long Playa de las Canteras is one of the loveliest city beaches in Europe. Ensure you make time for a leisurely stroll along the promenade or a dip in the calm waters of the Atlantic during your visit.
Vegueta & Triana
This is the most historic and architecturally rich city district, with traditional colonial buildings and enticing hidden courtyards. Take the time to stroll the streets and alleys, ducking into the atmospheric bars and restaurants along the way.
This leafy, upper-class suburb is an eclectic mix of architectural styles, ranging from British colonial to whitewashed Andalucian and a fantastic seam of modernist villas from the 1930s. A tour map of the area's modernist buildings is available from the main tourist office. Also here is lovely Parque Doramas, with its fine drago (dragon) trees and superlative children's play areas. The park was designed by the British towards the end of the 19th century, when the UK dominated the economic life of Las Palmas.
Santa Catalina & Playa de las Canteras
The area between Las Canteras and Parque de Santa Catalina is an intriguing mix of city beach, multicultural melting pot, edgy port and business hub. At times you’ll feel like you’re in the developing world; at other times you’re firmly in mainland Spain. Parque Santa Catalina is safe enough in daylight, though you can expect a fair number of down-and-outs, which increases after dark. On Saturdays at 11am, performances of traditional Canarian music and dancing take place in the park.