How to Spend a Day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The climate of Gran Canaria is recognised as one of the world’s best. Yet more than the gorgeous weather attracts holidaymakers and sun lovers – the island’s capital, Las Palmas, is a superb destination in its own right.

Sunshine and gentle waves mingle with historic buildings, together with plenty of modern venues rich in personality. With so much to see and do, read our quick guide to the city if you’re planning a visit to Las Palmas on your Canary Islands holiday.

A city of history

Officially named Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, most visitors shorten its title to simply Las Palmas.

Either way, this modern-day city served a different purpose in the colonial era. Founded by Spain in the 1470s as a fort town, Las Palmas is most notably where Christopher Columbus stayed during his voyages to and from the Americas.

To immerse yourself in this portion of Las Palma’s history, visit the Vegueta district, the cultural centre of the city. Here, you can visit Casa de Colon, the governor’s house where Columbus would stay when on the island. For a broader perspective, the Museo Canario explores the full history of the island in sublime detail.

Stroll the seafront

Stores of every sort

Triana, one of the oldest parts of Gran Canaria, sits adjacent to the historic neighbourhood of Vegueta. While rich in history, it also benefits from modernisation and tourism without losing its classic touches.