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Las Palmas, Canary

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is one of the largest cities in Spain, and is the largest city in the Canary Islands.​​
It is the co-capital (jointly with Santa Cruz de Tenerife), the most populous city in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, and the ninth largest city in Spain with a population of 383,308 in 2010.
Las Palmas is located in the northeastern part of the island of Gran Canaria, about 150 kilometres (93 miles) off the Moroccan coast in the Atlantic Ocean. Las Palmas experiences a hot desert climate highly influenced by the Atlantic, with warm temperatures throughout the year. It has an average annual temperature of 21.2 °C (70.2 °F).

The city was founded in 1478, and considered the de facto capital of the Canary Islands until the seventeenth century. It is the home of the Canarian Ministry of Presidency,... Read more

Las Palmas, Canary

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is one of the largest cities in Spain, and is the largest city in the Canary Islands.​​
It is the co-capital (jointly with Santa Cruz de Tenerife), the most populous city in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, and the ninth largest city in Spain with a population of 383,308 in 2010.
Las Palmas is located in the northeastern part of the island of Gran Canaria, about 150 kilometres (93 miles) off the Moroccan coast in the Atlantic Ocean. Las Palmas experiences a hot desert climate highly influenced by the Atlantic, with warm temperatures throughout the year. It has an average annual temperature of 21.2 °C (70.2 °F).

The city was founded in 1478, and considered the de facto capital of the Canary Islands until the seventeenth century. It is the home of the Canarian Ministry of Presidency, as well as half of the Ministries and Boards of the Canarian Government, and the High Court of Justice of the Canary Islands. It is the judicial and commercial capital of the Canary Islands, and is also home to a large part of the executive power.


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Las Palmas, Canary: Port Information


Puerto de Las Palmas (Las Palmas Port), also known as Puerto de la Luz, receives ships from all over the world. Because its strategic position it receives visitors every year from all over Europe, Africa and America. For business or for tourism the port remains as one of the most important ports today and there is a program of further expansion. 

Ships dock at the Santa Catalina terminal, a major hub for inter island ferry services and cruise ships. At most 5 cruise ships dock here at the same time. There is no terminal building and limited facilities available on the dock. There is usually a tourist information representative that comes to the pier. You will find a car rental and taxi stand at the cruise port. 
The cruise terminal is located at just a 10-min walk from Parque Santa Catalina. There you will find many cafes, restaurants and bars, shops, and the Virtual Science Museum. A major department store and Shopping Centre, the Castle of the Light and the Church de la Luz are outside the dock gates. To get Playa de Las Canteras is just 15 minutes walk from the port.

Distances from the cruise port:
  • Las Palmas city centre = 1 km / 0,5 mile to the west 
  • Las Palmas old town Vegueta = 6 km / 3,5 miles to the south 
  • Arucas = 15 km / 9,3 miles to the west 
  • Bandama Crater = 18 km / 11 miles to the south 
  • Teror = 23 km / 14 miles to the south west 
  • Aguimes = 37 km / 23 miles to the south 
  • Fortaleze de Ansite Fort = 54 km / 34 miles to the south 
  • Maspalomas = 58 km / 36 miles to the south

Get around Las Palmas, Canary


Get around

By bus

Las Palmas has the best quality bus system in the archipelago and one of the best in Spain. The service is provided by Guaguas Municipales, tel. 928 446 500, 4. The bright yellow buses are known simply as guaguas. The simple fare, paid directly to the driver, is 1.10€. A ticket good for 10 rides is available for 5.80€ at official shops in the city. The Tarjeta Insular (Island Card) is good on both municipal buses and Global buses, offering a 20% discount on first validation and a 70% discount on the second.

Sorry but as from 1 January 2011 - the Gran Canaria Global bus company no longer issue or sell these very popular with tourist and Canarians so-called €15 or €10 Tarjeta Insular tickets through the local ticket agencies. For more information on this check or contact Global direct at: http://www.globalsu.net/.

If you are over 70 and staying longer you can apply for a Senior Citizens Pass at the bus station in Telmo. This will give you a 50% discount on all bus trips over 11 km here! You will need passport photos for this and €5.

The most important bus lines have frequencies of between 3 and 15 minutes during the day and between 10 and 40 minutes at night. Most lines have service throughout the night. Among the most useful lines are:

  • Line 1 Teatro - Puerto
  • Line 12 Hoya de la Plata - Puerto
  • Line 30 Alameda de Colón - Santa Catalina

By car

Dense traffic on workdays and in certain commercial leisure zones mean that driving is really no fun here. The city street plan is not at all rectilinear, so the streets can confuse even experienced drivers. Parking is also pretty expensive in most places. On the upside, the price of gasoline is significantly cheaper that the rest of Spain and Europe, there are no toll roads, and entrances, exits, main streets and important zones are all well-signposted.

Go next

  • Gáldar - It used to be the capital of Gran Canaria before the Spanish conquered the island. La Cueva Pintada (The painted cave) represent a piece of history of the guanche population.
  • Arucas - Famous for its rum and its Cathedral. The distillery is open to the public and it can be visited for free. There are samples of different alcoholic beverages that can be tested.
  • Tejeda - Go up to the mountains where you can enjoy an spectacular view of the island. You can walk to the "Roque Nublo" by foot through stoned pathways built centuries ago. El Roque Nublo is the symbol of Gran Canaria.

What to see in Las Palmas, Canary


See

  • Playa de Las Canteras - Almost 4 kilometers in length, this beach is the very symbol of the city and its citizens.
  • Catedral de Santa Ana

    - Embodying several centuries of history, the cathedral can be seen from almost any point in the city center.
  • Vegueta - Historical enclave of the city.
  • Parque Santa Catalina - This is where most of the hot nightlife spots can be found. It's also pretty during the day, although it consist of little more than a few palm trees.
  • Triana - One of the oldest districts in Las Palmas, and now the city's commercial center.
  • Alfredo Kraus Auditorium - Concert and music hall with classical philharmonic performances and a building that's worth a visit on its own.
  • Elder Museum of Science and Technology - Most exhibitions have information in both Spanish and English. When you're in, you can also use the internet computers there, so the entrance fee is pretty decent. Students and children have a lower entrance fee.

What to do in Las Palmas, Canary


Do

As a beach town, Las Palmas is especially popular for oceanside activities. Catch a wave, grab your snorkel, or just soak up some sun (after applying sunscreen, of course!). Or if you feel like exploring terra firma, do as the locals do and make use of the public tourism bus, known affectionately as the guiriguagua.

Events

  • Carnaval - Almost as famous as that of the neighboring island of Tenerife, yet different and perhaps even better. It is without a doubt quite spectacular.
  • WOMAD Music Festival - Celebrated in the Santa Catalina Park zone, this festival brings in thousands of spectators every year for quality music free of charge.
  • Romería de Vegueta - The catholic festival celebrated in the Vegueta area of the city.

What to eat and drink in Las Palmas, Canary


Eat

Many restaurants have menus in an abundance of languages, and waiters often will also often be able to converse in your own language. Grab a snack at a park vendor or check out www.citygonow.com for up-to-date user reviews of local restaurants.

  • Galia, Luis Morote, 49, ☎ +34 928 223 219. Great French food, well worth the price. It's not cheap, but if you feel like a small splurge and a little luxury, give Galia a try.
  • Rias Bajas, Simon Bolivar, 3, ☎ +34 928 271 316. Excellent Spanish food; very expensive, but well worth the cost.
  • Sakura I, Nestor de la Torre, 1, ☎ +34 928 248 221. Good quality, well-priced Japanese cuisine. Great for a little something different.
  • Pomodoro, Ruiz de Alda, 24, ☎ +34 928 227 488. Good quality, low-priced Italian cuisine; fast, attentive service in a comfortable atmosphere.
  • Samoa, Valencia, 46, ☎ +34 928 241 471. A favorite of the locals, for good solid Spanish food with appropriate (not too high) prices.

Drink

Buy the local rum: Arehucas. Drink clean or with Cola.

  • Tropical Muelle Deportivo, C.C. Sotavento - Muelle Deportivo de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.. Sip your tropical drink on the roof deck, looking out over the city.
  • Las Ranas, C.C. Monopol (Plaza Hurtado de Mendoza ó Plaza Las Ranas). A good spot for music and partying, but also a quiet place to have an afternoon drink. Outdoor seating available.
  • Pachichi, Martínez de Escobar, 51. A classic for cheap drinks, and a favorite with locals.

Shopping in Las Palmas, Canary


Buy

Shop in the city center or in one of the department stores like "El Corte Ingles". There are cheap electronic products and souvenirs for sale everywhere.

For food items, Hiperdino is a chain of stores that has a good range of products and set prices. Some of these stores also have a decent selection of wine. Check out Mercadona too.

Buy the local rum: Arehucas or Artemi or Armiche (and check out the local Honey Rum "ron miel").

Safety in Las Palmas, Canary


Stay safe

If you have a veranda/patio on ground level -don't leave doors nor windows open unattended for any period of time.

Stay away from anyone that offers you anything for free -like lottery tickets or a free meal. These are often salespeople who want you to buy potentially worthless "holiday club" memberships or dodgy time-shares. They may seem pleasant at first, but may turn hostile and start threatening you.

LOCAL TIME

12:09 am
January 19, 2019
Atlantic/Canary

CURRENT WEATHER

17.05 °C / 62.69 °F
broken clouds
Sun

17.37 °C/63 °F
overcast clouds
Mon

16.67 °C/62 °F
light rain
Tue

17.49 °C/63 °F
light rain
Wed

17.87 °C/64 °F
sky is clear

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1 CAD = 0.66 EUR

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