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!