As the capital of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas mixes sumptuous beaches and sublime architecture to superb effect. Markets and shopping mingle with excellent cuisine in this city of sunshine.
While people adore holidays to the Canary Islands for their sun-drenched beaches and eternally hot blue skies, there's more than natural beauty to enjoy here.
Indeed, Gran Canaria's capital, Las Palmas is a spectacular and stylish city rich in culture, history and activities aplenty. Take a stroll along the Avenida Maritima and get lost in narrow Spanish-styled streets and winding avenues. The seafront promenade is a wonderfully scenic route that winds along the shoreline, peppered with modern artworks such as a massive dragonfly statue.
With your camera in one hand and an ice cream in the other, follow the Avenida Maritima and reach the premier beach of Gran Canaria – Playa de las Canteras. Protected from the greater ocean by the natural reef of La Barra, this three-kilometre beach beautifully frames Las Palmas and is a popular hotspot for holidaymakers as much as it is for natives.
South of the beach sits a little area of coast called La Cicer, where surfers gather and diving schools help you explore the world beneath the waves.