Sensational shopping all round
If your idea of a happy Gran Canaria holiday includes some retail therapy, you’ll love Las Palmas. Head for the weekly street markets at Mercado Central, where local wines and cheese mingle with hand-woven fabrics yet there’s a great deal more to the city than farmers and artisans.
The real retail experience to savour in Las Palmas is Calle Mayor de Triana, better known as Triana. This is the main shopping street, where fashion stores, bookshops and tapas in coffee houses can be found. Make sure you visit on the first Sunday of each month too, this is when you’ll find special offers, usually for one day only.
History and heritage
You can step back in time up to five centuries and more when you head to the Vegueta district of Las Palmas. It’s the old quarter of the city, and for that reason it’s where the richest history and most inspiring architecture can be found.
Alongside magnificent churches and cathedrals such as Santa Ana Cathedral and San Antonio Abad are city squares and green spaces such as Plaza de Santa Ana.
Museums are also high on many holidaymakers’ agenda. Perhaps the most renowned is the Casa de Colon, dedicated to Christopher Columbus, the explorer famed for stopping at and eventually residing within Gran Canaria following his epic voyages.
Meanwhile, the Museo Canario celebrates the relics of the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands, and the Museum of Sacred Arts takes its cues from the surrounding churches to evoke tremendous works of Catholic art.
Wining and dining
A capital city with true Spanish heritage, Las Palmas nights are hard to forget, from your evening meal right through to the bars you choose to visit. Thanks to the way the city cups the coastline, splendid views are also guaranteed. This is particularly evident at the city’s promenade restaurant, La Macarena, where seafood and pasta make up much of the menu.
When the sun goes down, the nightlife begins to shine. So, if you’re seeking a clubbing experience with a difference, the external dancefloor of Sotavento Club is a great place to show-off your moves and mingle, while sipping a few cocktails.
If you’re looking for a rooftop cocktail bar with elegance, head for La Azotea de Benito, or for a laid-back beer, stop by La Terminal, styled like a reclaimed airport lounge with added flair and pizzazz.