Information & Facts
The warm waters surrounding Las Palmas provide perfect
conditions for all kinds of water sports for holidaymakers to
enjoy, including sailing and boating. Many of the resorts have
their own tennis courts and golf courses, or have contracts with
others so that holidaymakers can play when they so desire. Whale
watching is another popular activity and tickets can be bought from
companies taking tourists out on boats for the day.
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
Las Palmas is very developed and is not the best place for
holiday makers looking for a picturesque holiday resort.
Holidaymakers looking for a fun night out in Las Palmas should
head to Plaza de España, in the Mesa y Lopez district, which is
usually packed until the early hours of the morning. The Heineken
is where most locals start their evening and the Rum Museum is a
good place to sample rum cocktails. Hip-swaying salsa music, live
bands, cover bands, jazz, or anything else can be found in Las
Palmas. There is even has a casino where a spot of gambling can be
done and visitors can take in a few shows.
Las Palmas' top-rate restaurants catering to holidaymakers
include La Buena Vida, El Novillo Precoz, Buenos Aires Grill and
Tobarne Macabeo. There are plenty of seaside restaurants to choose
from, as well as numerous tapas bars where travellers can eat and
mingle with the locals, experiencing true Canarian cuisine. Since
Las Palmas is not completely dominated by tourists, prices are up
to 50 percent less than on other parts of the island. Plaza Santa
Catalina is a must; diners can enjoy the warm evenings in one of
the many open-air restaurants.
There are numerous shopping centres for holidaymakers to enjoy
in Las Palmas such as El Corte Ingles in Mesa y Lopez, which is
Spain's largest national department store. It is 13 floors of
shops, in total, housed in two buildings. Las Arenas in Las
Canteras is another great shopping mall, a favourite with tourists
as is Centro Comercial Las Arenas. A street market is well worth a
visit where most gift and souvenir shopping can be done.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).