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, ducking into the atmospheric bars and restaurants along the way.

Ciudad Jardín

This leafy, upper-class suburb is an eclectic mix of architectural styles, ranging from British colonial to whitewashed Andalusian. Also here is lovely Parque Doramas, with its fine dragos (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 increase after dark. On Saturdays at 11am, performances of traditional Canarian music and dancing take place in the park.