Lying on the golden sands of Las Canteras beach, gazing at the distant volcanic skyline, it’s easy to forget that you’re right beside Gran Canaria’s bustling capital of Las Palmas. Las Canteras holidays are an ideal combination of lazy beach life and city attractions. For swimmers, Las Canteras is a tranquil spot – the water near the reef creates a calm, shallow area that’s ideal for kids.
You can stroll, cycle or run the length of the long promenade, perhaps stopping off at one of the many restaurants for a meal or a local beer. For a change of pace on holidays to Las Canteras, head into Las Palmas’ historical centre, Vegueta, all grand squares and majestic colonial buildings flanked by palm trees. You’ll find museums exploring Canarian history, as well as a lively bar and restaurant scene. Shoppers should head to Calle Triana and Avenida Jose Mesa y Lopez for high-street gems and top fashion brands.
Meet Chris Columbus
Columbus stopped off in Gran Canaria in 1492. Visit Casa de Colon – a museum in Las Palmas dedicated to the explorer – which includes 15th-century artefacts and maps.
Get green ideas
On this volcanic island, a trip to the verdant Viera and Clavijo Botanic Garden is refreshing. There are 27 hectares of exotic species and native Canarian plants.
Go to surfing school
The southern end of Las Canteras beach, La Cicer, is Gran Canaria’s surf central. It’s perfect for beginners, so sign up for lessons and leave the island a pro.