Las Palmas
Las Palmas

Las Palmas

Gran Canaria is a pearl in the Atlantic Ocean!

5 good reasons to go

The astonishing Maspalomas Dunes
The astonishing Maspalomas Dunes
When you take a flight to Las Palmas, you aren't heading for your typical Spanish holiday! The landscapes in Gran Canaria seem to be from an entirely different continent altogether! The Maspalomas Dunes look like something from the Sahara Desert. You can cross these mesmerising dunes on foot or by camel!
The heady heights of Gran Canaria
The heady heights of Gran Canaria
The Gran Canaria countryside is full of surprises at every turn. The island is sculpted by a neverending chain of volcanic formations. To appreciate them fully, take the pathway linking Roque Nublo to La Rana and El Fraile. Each rocky summit offers unforgettable views over the volcanic craters and dams.
Sunbathe on the warm sand
Sunbathe on the warm sand
Gran Canaria has around 60 km of beaches. If you’re looking to relax, this is the perfect place! If you’re after somewhere to sunbathe around Las Palmas, then head to Las Canteras beach or try the black sands of La Laja. Güi-Güi is a less touristy, more natural beach. If you’re sporty, head to El Confital.
Explore an underwater nature reserve
Explore an underwater nature reserve
The island boasts a vast marine reserve called El Cabrón. Both adults and children will be stunned to see such a diverse range of sea creatures. Whales, turtles and rays swim close to the Canarian coastline. If you’re looking for an adventure, local diving centres organise excursions to see the ocean’s inhabitants up close.
Tasty Canarian cuisine
Tasty Canarian cuisine
Give your taste buds a treat and sample some of the island's local produce and traditional dishes. The exotic fruit, cheeses and rums on offer are all culinary highlights! Ropa vieja is one of the island's many traditional dishes made using lots of spices. Or why not try something sweet? Polvito, for example, is a delicious Canarian dessert.

To see / do

Culture and history

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

It’s definitely worth visiting Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria. Wander around the district of La Vegueta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can see the cathedral and the house of Christopher Columbus. There’s also lots to do in the Triana district. The botanic gardens, for instance, are perfect for a relaxing walk.

A journey through time

The painted cave in Gáldar is one of the archipelago’s best-kept archaeological secrets. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of years ago, the island’s inhabitants painted patterns on the walls of the cave. To access the cave, you have to walk through the remains of a prehistoric village. The museum provides interesting information on excavations at the site.

Pretty Canarian villages

Pretty Canarian villages

Gran Canaria is peppered with unbelievably charming towns and villages. The historic villages and traditional architecture tell you a lot about the island’s past. Some of the most beautiful places to explore include Puerto de Mogán, Teror, Arucas, Telde or Agüimes. Whether by the sea or inland, each one has its own individual identity.

Outings

Stargazing

If you’re passionate about the universe, you’ll love it here! At night, you can go stargazing at the Temisas astronomical observatory or the Roque Saucillo astronomical centre. The two sites are located far from sources of light pollution, providing the perfect setting for observing the night sky. Use special glasses to locate constellations, or try a naked-eye astronomy session.

La Vegueta market

La Vegueta market

Canarian markets attract swarms of visitors. But if we had to choose just one to visit, it would have to be La Vegueta market in Las Palmas. On Sundays, locals and tourists flock to Pilar Nuevo square, where you’ll find stalls selling exotic produce alongside stands displaying locally crafted items. Here, you can sample some local Canarian food and find gifts to take home too. Perfect!

Gastronomy

A legendary treat: ropa vieja

Ropa vieja literally means “old clothes”. However, it’s actually a traditional Hispanic dish that’s very popular in the Canary Islands. Ropa vieja is a chickpea stew with shredded meat (chicken, beef, etc.), peppers and tomatoes. The stew is flavoured with herbs and spices.

Polvito canario from Latin America

Polvito canario from Latin America

In the Canary Islands, a dessert called polvito uruguayo was renamed polvito canario because it was so popular on the archipelago.  It has several layers and looks rather like a tiramisu. Alternating layers of biscuit, meringue and cream made from condensed milk make for a true taste sensation!

Practical information

Flight duration

2h25

Time difference

-1h GMT

Currency

Euro

Distance

2280 km

Average temperature

Spring

21°C (max 25°C)

Summer

24°C (max 27°C)

Autumn

22°C (max 27°C)

Winter

19°C (max 23°C)

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