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Las Palmas Holidays

A historic beauty in Gran Canaria

After a holiday that combines a vibrant city with a beautiful beach? Las Palmas, Gran Canaria’s capital, is a cosmopolitan port where you’ll find picturesque banana-tree-lined paths, candy-coloured buildings, historic architecture and urban beaches to boot. Las Palmas holidays are a delight for history lovers – its claim to fame is that Christopher Columbus stopped off here mid-voyage.

Today’s explorers often begin their holidays to Las Palmas in the old town, Vegueta, where winding streets lead past courtyards and fountains to neighbourhood restaurants where top-notch Canarian cuisine is served. For seaside fun and water sports, there’s the 2-kilometre-long urban beach Las Canteras – which also offers lively nightlife along its seafront promenade. For something quieter, Las Alcaravaneras beach is a more peaceful spot to stretch out and relax. For a destination that delivers both a slice of the city and seaside charm, you need look no further than holidays to Las Palmas.

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Your Las Palmas questions, answered

You can rent a car if you’re planning to explore outside the city. If you’re staying in the centre, you’re probably better off getting taxis as and when you need them.
Rainy days are rare, but if one comes along there are lots of museums and indoor attractions to explore. Kids will love Poema del Mar, an aquarium with enormous fish tanks and a walkway.
Triana is the place to shop in Las Palmas. Its wide streets, where scores of cool boutiques sit under old-fashioned lamp posts and antique balconies, are a fashion lover’s dream.