Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Holidays & Travel Guide + Advice

Here you can find our ultimate travel guide and holidays to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, including top things to do and see, attractions, sights, best places to stay, eat, drink, all tourist info you need. Las Palmas is the capital city and industrial town of the island and located on the north east coast of Gran Canaria.

It is also the biggest city of the Canary Islands. The city of Las Palmas was founded on 24th June 1478 at the express instance of Queen Isabel, the Catholic monarch.

What to Expect?

The city is very important for its harbour, Puerto de la Luz, following its designation as a free port towards the middle of the 19th century and making it into one of the most important ports on the Atlantic. Holidaymakers may find all kinds of entertainment and things to do in Las Palmas.

Las Palmas is also popular for its beautiful Las Canteras Beach. The cosmopolitan Santa Catalina Park area and the old colonial Vegueta and Triana Quarters are the two opposite poles of the city that stands open to the sea along 7 km. of shoreline.

The Vegueta Quarter is the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and preserves all the charm of its 15th and 16th century colonial architecture with its cobbled streets and exquisite courtyards and balconies.

Most of the sights such as loveliest buildings, corners and museums can be found around the Chapel where Columbus is said to have prayed immediately prior to setting sail for the New World.

Popular places to visit and see in Las Palmas include;

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Cathedral,
  • Plaza de Santa Ana,
  • Plaza del Espíritu Santo,
  • Canary Island Museum,
  • St. Dominic’s Church,
  • Casa de Colón (Columbus’ House),
  • Plaza de San Antonio Abad,
  • Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (Atlantic Modern Art Centre),
  • Pérez Galdós House-cum-Museum.


Las Palmas is home to two beautiful beaches, Las Canteras and Alcaravaneras. Las Canteras is considered one of the best urban beaches in Europe and offers clear waters, golden sand, and a lively promenade. Alcaravaneras is a quieter beach, perfect for those who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere.

Eating Out

Las Palmas has a thriving culinary scene, offering a variety of local and international cuisine. You can enjoy traditional Canarian dishes like papas arrugadas with mojo sauce or fresh seafood, as well as international cuisine like Italian, Mexican, and Indian.


Las Palmas offers a variety of shopping opportunities, from high-end boutiques to local markets. The main shopping street is Mesa y Lopez, where you can find popular brands like Zara, Mango, and H&M. You can also visit the Mercado Central, a bustling market where you can buy fresh produce, seafood, and local specialties.


Las Palmas has a lively nightlife scene, with a range of bars, clubs, and pubs. You can find everything from small, intimate venues to large, dance clubs that stay open until dawn. The most popular areas for nightlife are Santa Catalina and Triana.

Lodging: Las Palmas offers a variety of accommodation options to suit every budget, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels. You can find accommodation options in the heart of the city or near the beach, depending on your preference. Some popular hotels in Las Palmas include Hotel Santa Catalina, AC Hotel Gran Canaria, and NH Imperial Playa.

Video Tour

Of course it is not possible to explain everything about Las Palmas here. On our visual las Palmas pages, you may find and discover the best holidays for your needs such as best things to do, best sights, best beaches, best holiday resorts, best of nightlife, shopping and eating out activities, and more…

You may plan your holidays here regarding our travel guide pages. We wish you a wonderful Las Palmas holidays full of joy and happiness…

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