In this post we are going to talk about what to see in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, capital of the island and the province of Las Palmas. It is located northeast of Gran Canaria and is the most populated city of the Canary Islands with around 380,000 inhabitants. In addition, it is among the 10 largest cities in Spain. If you come to Gran Canaria, you have to visit Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. For us it is a mandatory stop and we will show it to you next.
What to see in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has much to offer, from spectacular urban beaches, to an old town with a lot of history. In addition, its wide and varied gastronomic offer will not leave you indifferent. In the same way, it is an ideal destination for shopping due to its wide range of outdoor shopping areas, markets and shopping centers. Next, we make a list of everything you should visit in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
*Old town: Vegueta
Vegueta is the old part of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Many of its streets are pedestrians, so a walk on foot through Vegueta is one of the things to see in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. We recommend our post about 10 things to see and do in Vegueta for more information. In any case, the most important thing to discover in your visit is the link between Christopher Columbus and the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. And, specifically, in this area of the city.
*4 urban beaches in Las Palmas de GC
In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria there are four urban beaches. We mention them below:
1. Las Canteras: the most important and incredible one is the famous beach Las Canteras. In the detailed post you can have a look at all the relevant information about it.
2. El Confital. From El Confital you will have spectacular views of Las Canteras and part of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Also, if you like sports, it has a beautiful wooden walk and mountains to run by land.
3. Las Alcaravaneras. In the heart of the city we find the beach of Las Alcaravaneras. The smallest one in Las Palmas de G.C. It is located next to the sports marina and in front of the entrance to the port of Las Palmas. So we would not recommend it so much for swimming. More for sunbathing or playing sports. More than anything because sometimes there are petrol and oil stains on the shore. Something normal, considering its location.
4. La Laja beach. Last, at the other side of the city, in the access from the south, we find La Laja beach. Unlike the previous three, this is dark sand and has several pools with sea water. To get here there is a spectacular sea promenade, but there are about 10 kilometers from the city center. Better by bike in the lane that is enabled.
It is one of the most beautiful parts of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Also, together with Vegueta, Triana is one of the oldest neighborhoods. Here you will find shops of all kinds in its different pedestrian streets, restaurants, bars, parks, etc. So that, this part of the city is a must within the different things of what to see in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
*San Cristóbal neighborhood
You still need tips about what to see in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria? Other place is the fishermen’s district of San Cristóbal. It is a fisher’s district that is characterized by its colorful houses and local essence. Here there are also small beaches and stone coves, but without surveillance. In San Cristóbal you will find a wide range of fish restaurants.
*Markets in Las Palmas de GC
In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria there are 3 main markets: Vegueta market, Central market and the Port Market. Both the Vegueta market and the central market are focused purely on the sale of fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, fish, flowers, etc. However, the Port Market (Mercado del Puerto) has become a space of restoration composed of different stalls. A few time ago it operated like the rest of the markets in the city.
*Shopping in Las Palmas de GC
Concerning to shopping, we recommend the area of Triana for its beauty and offer exclusive shops on the island. You also have the area of Avenida José Mesa y López where El Corte Inglés department store and other stores are concentrated. In addition, there is next to Las Canteras Beach a large shopping center, Las Arenas. Here are all the shops you will find wherever you travel. Finally, if you are interested in the outlets, in the outskirts of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria you should visit the Las Terrazas shopping center.
*Places to eat in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
An important part of what to see in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is also what or where to eat 🙂 We suggest you to have a look at our 10 favorite places to eat in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Hotels in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Video: places to visit in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
We have also prepared a video of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with everything you can not miss in the city and that you can do in a day.
Finally, if you want to know more about the most authentic side of Gran Canaria, as well as about the restaurants we frequent, you can not miss our local guides of the island.