The 12 things you must see and do when visiting Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

There's plenty to see and do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Here, in no particular order, are our top 12 tips for getting most out of your visit to the capital of Gran Canaria.

1. Explore the Neighbourhoods

No holiday to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is complete without visiting the city centre. However, if you venture further, your efforts will be rewarded. Why not visit one of the city's neighbourhoods such as Arenales, which is home to both the El Obelisco monument and the inspiring institution, Casa África.

Another neighbourhood worth checking out is La Isleta, which is one of the most historic areas in the city. Here you'll be able to meet the descendants of those who stood up to the naval attack of the fearsome pirate, Sir Francis Drake. This admiral, who is a hero in England was considered more of a villain in Spanish waters.

2. Take a stroll

The residents of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria enjoy the second-best climate in the world. Understandably, they like to take advantage of this and one of the most popular ways of doing so is to cycle, skate or simply walk along the Avenida Marítima.

The Avenida Marítima connects the pretty fishing village of San Cristóbal, arguably the best place to eat in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (especially if you're a fish and seafood enthusiast), with Playa de Alcaravaneras. Locals also enjoy taking a paseo (stroll) through Triana - the city's main pedestrianised shopping area. And then there's the Paseo de Las Canteras promenade which is situated along Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's premier beach - Playa de las Canteras. This promenade is best enjoyed with an ice cream purchased from one of the many parlours.

3. Hit Rock Bottom

Located on the doorstep of the city is a natural wonder called the Caldera de Bandama or the "Cauldron of Bandama". This volcanic crater and geological wonder is located towards the outer limits of the city. The city buses don't go out as far as Caldera de Bandama, instead, take a Global bus heading to Santa Brígida. You can then hike down to the bottom of the 200m-deep cauldron.

4. Discover Botany Way

You can, however, take a city bus to within walking distance of Tafira's Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo. Gran Canaria's botanic garden is living proof that anything grows on the island. This garden displays both native and imported plants. 

5. Visit Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Urban Village

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is home to the Pueblo Canario, a facsimile of a traditional Canarian village in the heart of the capital.

There are free live performances of Canarian folk music here every Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning which you can watch from the comfort of a table on the outdoor terrace, although you'll need to arrive early to secure a seat. The Pueblo Canario also houses the Museo Néstor, one of the city's art galleries.

6. Bum around on the Beach

Of course one of the best things to do on Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is visit to one of its beautiful beaches. Most people head to one of Spain's finest urban beaches, Las Canteras and who can blame them. But if you prefer a walk that's on the wilder side, visit the rough and rugged El Confital.

7. Explore English Heritage

To see Anglo-Saxon influences in Gran Canaria's capital, make your way to the Ciudad Jardín or "City Garden". Ciudad Jardín is the only place you'll see houses with lawns in the city, although we're not sure if the palatial abode above has ever had an English owner.

As well as housing many of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's most desirable residences, Ciudad Jardín is also home to the Holy Trinity Church which is the only place that organises fetes in the capital. You'll also find the British Club here.

8. Hipster Hangouts in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Local hipsters love Pérez Galdós which is the pedestrianised street that connects Bravo Murillo with the Plaza Cairasco. Discover more of the best hipster hangouts in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Pérez Galdós is another great place for a relaxing stroll as There are plenty of historic architecture to capture and enjoy, including the grand Palacete Rodríguez Quegles.

9. Enjoy the Park Life

Another activity in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, to visit one of the parks. With parks that are great for family days out and those perfect for a romantic stroll, choose one of the top ten parks in Las Palmas.  

10. Market Town

Every day is market day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. As well as weekly markets such as the Mercado Central, there are weekend events including Mercadillo de Vegueta which takes place on Sunday mornings and San Lorenzo's farmers' market.

11. Relax in a Plaza...

One of the best things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is to sit back and relax in a plaza. As Spain's 9th-largest city, Las Palmas has many beautiful and bustling squares or plazas. Most of them are filled with busy bars and atmospheric restaurants for you to enjoy a beverage, snack or meal. A fine example is Plaza Cairasco, which houses one of the city's most fascinating establishments, the Hotel Madrid.

12. Visit Vegueta

For an interesting historical tour of Las Palmas, start in Vegueta. Here, you can follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus at the Casa de Colón and another museum worth checking out in the area is the Museo Canario.

There are also lots of art galleries in Vegueta such as CAAM and the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea San Martín. In addition, Vegueta is home to the top 10 religious buildings in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Including the Catedral de Santa Ana which takes pride of place in the square of the same name.

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