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Welcome to Las Palmas

Las Palmas

The capital of Gran Canaria and bustling holiday resort, Las Palmas is situated at the northeast tip of the island, between two long stretches of beach. The city was founded in 1478 and was the spot where Christopher Columbus began each of his voyages to the Americas. Much of the original Vegueta district remains behind the modern apartment blocks, which line the seafront, and there are many interesting sights and museums to visit. The ambience is lively, evident of a population of southern temperament not always taking life at its most serious. Las Palmas' great cultural offerings, attractive festivities and highly recommendable cuisine attract thousand of holidaymakers every year and make for a memorable stay.


Information & Facts

Activities

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.

Language

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.

Money

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.

Negatives

Las Palmas is very developed and is not the best place for holiday makers looking for a picturesque holiday resort.

Nightlife

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.

Restaurants

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.

Shopping

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.

Time

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).

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Suites 1478 is an emblematic house that offers its guests 7 suites with a contemporary design that integrates perfectly in the classic environment of the building. This exclusive hotel in the historic district of Vegueta offers an option where comfort and details favor a unique experience. It has a restaurant,..
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Take in the views from a terrace and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and tour/ticket assistance.
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This charming hostel is located in the neighborhood of Guanarteme and Playa de Las Canteras beach. There are 3 floors: ground floor (dinning room, sofas, projector, laundry area, coworking space, surfboard & wetsuit storage…), second floor (dinning room, bathrooms, toilets, showers, rooms and kitchen)..
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These apartments are in a unique setting on the beach-front, conveniently located close to shops and restaurants. Of particular note are the panoramic views of the port and of the promenade. It suplies customers a concierge service 24 hours a day. Among the offers from the kitchen you will find Refrigerator,..
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The Fayna Apartments are located a serene area of the popular tourist resort of Playa del Ingles, so named for its mostly British tourist population and its large sandy beach, which the apartments are just 150m from. The apartments are also just a short walk away from the town centre making them ideal..
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Hotel Apartment Bajamar, we have 19 different comfortable apartments accommodate 1 to 6 people per apartment, 100 meters from the beach in the quarries. Close to shopping areas, renovated in 2016 you can choose the one you like apartment with all amenities.
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Apartamentos Tinoca are just 30 metres from Las Canteras Beach, in the picturesque La Puntilla area of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. They offer 24-hour reception, a sun terrace and a free Wi-Fi zone. Studio apartments look out over the quiet inner courtyard or the pedestrian street outside. Each has..
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Located in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, on a sea front location, in a quiet residential area, the Europalace is a 3 star property offering magnificent views of the Maspalomas sand dunes where you can sit back and watch the beautiful sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel offers a wide range of facilities..
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This delightful beach hotel enjoys a superb setting in Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria. Guests will find themselves a mere 20 metres from Las Canteras Beach and just 10 minutes from one of the largest shopping centres in the city. A bus stop lies a few metres away from the hotel, from where..
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Located 300 metres from Las Canteras Beach, AC Hotel Gran Canaria offers a free Wi-Fi, a gym and outdoor pool. Rooms include a free minibar and a balcony with city views.
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The BULL REINA ISABEL AND SPA in LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA is a city hotel designed to satisfy today¿s guest. It's 225 rooms offer customers a functional and pleasant environment. Terrace bar. Guests can rent a car from the hotel. The facilities Sun beds are rounded off with the pool.
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The Hotel Madrid is located in the heart of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, more precisely on the historic square of Cairasco. From this fantastic location you can visit sights such as the Bulevard Monopol Center, the fantastic beaches or the Insular Library.The majorioty of the rooms have street..
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In the vicinity of a beach is located the hotel HOTEL PUERTO DE LAS NIEVES. The city centre is also just a few steps away. The hotel is equipped with a reception, showers and changing rooms, parking spaces (where applicable for a fee) as well as a TV lounge. In the outdoor area you will find a garden..
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The Hotel THe Anamar Suites is located 300 meters away from Playa del Inglés, and a few steps from the shopping centres Yumbo, La Sandía and Prisma. This four-star resort highlights due to its peaceful and central location.The hotel features apartments that face onto the sea, and a pleasant atmosphere..
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This property is 5 minutes walk from the beach. Set within 1.5 km of Muelle Deportivo and an 11-minute walk of Parque Romano in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, RK City Center Apartments offers accommodation with free WiFi, a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a kitchen. Alcaravaneras Beach is 400 m from..
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The delightful town of Arucas sits beneath a dormant volcano on the northern coast of Gran Canaria, and is one of the most popular places for tourists to visit. The neat town is dominated by the majestic Church of San Juan Bautista, carved in stone by local workers. The town is also the centre of sugar and rum production on the island and visitors are welcome at the Fabrica y Museo del Ron to witness how sugar cane is turned into rum. It is possible to take a short walk out of the town to the Montana de Arucas viewpoint for a panoramic look at the northern coastline.

Christopher Columbus is believed to have stayed for different periods in the Casa de Colon in the historical quarter of Vegueta in Las Palmas on his way to the Americas. The house now serves as a museum displaying relics of early transatlantic voyages and pre-Columbian cultures, as well as acting as a cultural centre for the study of the Canaries' relationship with the Americas.

The main museum in Las Palmas is well worth a visit, boasting the world's largest collection of Cro-Magnon skulls and a few mummies. The museum also gives a comprehensive overview of the life and times of Gran Canaria's original inhabitants, the fair-haired light-skinned Guanche people, who were conquered by the Spanish in the 15th century.

The whitewashed Pueblo Canario was the pet project of Canarian artist Nestor Martin-Fernandez de la Torre, who conceived and oversaw the creation of this idealised representation of a typical island village in Dorames Park, Las Palmas. Buildings surround a square where performances of traditional folk music and dance take place every Sunday morning. The village also contains the Museo Nestor, in which is housed a collection of the artist's modernist paintings. The village also contains a Bodegon (wine bar) serving local dishes.

Those with a soft spot for reptiles should visit Reptilandia, situated a little off the beaten tack, near Agaete in the northwest of the island. It includes a collection of snakes, tortoises, turtles and lizards - the Komodo Dragon here is believed to be the largest lizard in the world. There are also sections on spiders and monkeys.


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