Las Palmas Holidays

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Located on the island’s lesser visited northern coast, Las Palmas is Gran Canaria’s original resort and the largest city in the Canary Islands. The city offers a harmonious blend of ancient and modern, culture and commerce, plus beaches and urban delights. Beautiful sunbathing spots, an old town full of colonial history and exciting city attractions await.

Beaches
The beaches of Las Palmas are generally quieter than those found in the island’s southern resorts. Playa de las Canteras is the city’s most striking and well-known beach, boasting golden sands stretching for 2.5km across a sheltered bay, by shops and cafés lining the promenade. A reef keeps the waters clear and ideal for snorkelling, with conditions beyond the reef ideal for windsurfing. Playa de las Alcaravaneras is a popular pick with families owing to its calm waters, while those who prefer their beaches on the wilder side can head to the secluded cove of El Confital.

Food & Drink
Much like the remainder of the island, typical Canarian cuisine can be found in Las Palmas, with a dash of international influence. The wide variety of restaurants available ranges from local and Spanish to Mediterranean and even Asian flavours! Expect tapas, delicious seafood and the Canaries’ signature wrinkly potatoes. And be sure to try the local “ron miel” liqueur, made with delicious Canarian rum and honey.

Culture
Since Puerto de la Luz became a major seaport in the 19th century, the city is home to well over 400,000 people so it has a bustling atmosphere. A real window into the traditional culture can be found at the Pueblo Canario, offering typical Canarian architecture, folklore, handicrafts and regular folk music shows. Visitors can explore the handful of museums on offer in the city and indulge in the great shopping opportunities.

Nightlife
When in Las Palmas, head to the Plaza de España for evening ambience and lively entertainment. Being the island’s capital city, the nightlife tends to be more cosmopolitan than in the resorts. The trendy cocktail bars and nightclubs stay open until the early hours and are frequented by local students and tourists alike. Popular clubs include The Fortuni, The Paper Club and Bravia.

Important Information
Flight Time: 4hr 40
Time Difference: +0
Currency: Euro
Official Language: Spanish

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Las Palmas Weather


Las Palmas enjoys a desert climate, being close to Africa’s west coast. Summers are long, dry and filled to the brim with sunshine, with August being the hottest month. Meanwhile, temperatures in winter tend to hover at a balmy average of 21°C. All regions of the Canaries generally offer year-round warm weather and relative humidity.
Jan 17ºC
Feb 17ºC
Mar 18ºC
Apr 18ºC
May 22ºC
Jun 23ºC
Jul 26ºC
Aug 26ºC
Sep 24ºC
Oct 21ºC
Nov 17ºC
Dec 17ºC

Things To Do on Las Palmas Holidays


Carnival in Parque de Santa Catalina
If you’re visiting Gran Canaria around February, don’t miss the Carnival of Las Palmas! One of the city’s oldest festivities and one of the most important events in the Canaries, Carnival attracts visitors from all over the world each year. The Great Parade takes place on the streets of Las Palmas, with the main event taking place in Santa Catalina Park, and showcases some of the most exciting examples of Canarian culture and celebration.

Historic district: Vegueta
Founded in 1478, the oldest quarter of the city is Vegueta, before the city expanded into the port Puerto de la Luz in the 19th century. Discover monuments such as the historical town hall, learn about the voyages of Christopher Columbus at the Casa de Colon mansion, and admire the panoramic views from the top of the Catedral de Santa Ana. There’s so much colonial history and rustic Spanish charm to soak up by simply wandering the cobbled streets.

La Isleta
The peninsula La Isleta can be found in the most northern tip of Las Palmas, connected to the island via Las Canteras Beach. It is home to Gran Canaria’s oldest fortress Castillo de la Luz and La Isleta Lighthouse. While ambling the streets, you’ll find the bustling Plaza Manuel Beccera square, the old fishermen’s quarter and various works of vibrant street art.

Scuba diving at La Catedral
Make a holiday in Las Palmas memorable by doing a cave dive in La Catedral just north of the city. One of the area’s well-equipped dive centres will accompany you for your underwater adventure. Deep caves and dramatic rock formations make for spectacular underwater scenes that has to be seen to be believed. And – who knows – you might just meet a sea turtle while you’re at it!

Culture

Las Palmas was founded in 1478 when Europeans still thought that the end of the world was just on the other side of the tiny Canarian island of El Hierro. The oldest quarter of the city is Vegueta, where many of the buildings date from the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The city stayed more or less in its walled-in location until the 19th century, when it began an expansion programme that is yet to end, spreading out into the port Puerto de la Luz, and creating the new areas of Alcaravaneras, Arenales, Ciudad Jardin, Santa Catalina and La Isleta.

The modern Las Palmas is set on an eastwardly facing shore and includes a jutting peninsula named La Isleta although these days it is well connected to the city by wide boulevards. The city began its astounding growth curve when Puerto de la Luz became a major seaport and today handles more tonnage than many ports on the European continent itself. This amazing old and new city is home to well over 400,000 people so it has a bustling atmosphere.

Pueblo Canario (Parque Doramas) is a picturesque recreation of an idyllic island village, featuring gorgeous whitewashed houses clustered around a plaza where folklore shows are staged. Shops sell handicrafts and island produce, and a fantastic little wine bar offers tasting.

We recommend that art lovers visit Museo Néstor which is dedicated to the modernist island artist, Néstor de la Torre.

Las Palmas is home to two fascinating museums. The Museo Canario is devoted to the Guanche people, who inhabited the archipelago before the arrival of the Spaniards. The other is Casa de Colón. Built in 1478, it is now an atmospheric shrine to the voyages of Columbus, and features many period pieces.

Families

Family holidays in Las Palmas offer a different experience to the southern tourist resorts of Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles. The beaches are quieter and there is far greater opportunity to enjoy Gran Canaria culture. To the north of Las Palmas is one of Gran Canaria's best beaches - this long stretch of soft white sand is perfect to explore with a snorkel, and warm enough for the whole family to swim in. For a bit more excitement, there are also more lively activities on offer at the beach, including a variety of water sports, depending how daring you are!

Museo Elder is a first-class hands-on science museum featuring an IMAX cinema showing films in English.

Las Palmas also offers great shopping opportunities, with duty free shops, boutiques and department stores making it perfect for a shopping spree! 

Relaxation

Playa de las Canteras is the beautiful beach in Las Palmas which boasts broad, soft sands which stretch for around 2.5km around a calm and sheltered bay, with a promenade lined with lovely shops and cafés. A reef keeps the waters warm and calm - great for swimming and paddling - while conditions beyond the reef are ideal for windsurfing. There is another stretch of golden sands, Playa Las Alcaravaneras, on the other side of the headland, next to the sailing club.

Boat excursions, including round-the-harbour and deep-sea fishing trips, depart from the Muelle Deportivo marina and are fun for all the family, couples and friends. 

For golfers, Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas (Carretera de Bandama, 11km south of Las Palmas), is the oldest golf course in Spain. It boasts an absolutely superb location and spectacular views over Caldera de Bandama volcanic crater. There's a very good restaurant, two tennis courts, a horse-riding school and a swimming pool - plenty to keep the whole family entertained. 7km from Las Palmas, on the C81, Jardín Canario is a botanic refuge for over 500 species of endemic plants and other exotic species, and is a wonderfully interesting place to spend an afternoon.

Who goes to Las Palmas?

Despite being on the same island, Las Palmas holidays are a world away from the tourist havens of Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles. Few tourists make their way up there, so if you're looking for Brits abroad you'd be better off staying in the south. Aside from the local residents, visitors to Las Palmas tend to be those who want to escape the tourist crowds and get a real taste of Gran Canaria culture.   

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Some of the more popular hotels in Las Palmas include the classy Reina Isabel Hotel or the Astoria Hotel. All our hotels in Las Palmas are available on self-catering, half board and all inclusive basis.

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