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.
Take a rum tour
Catch the bus to nearby Arucas for a tour of the local rum distillery, also home to one of the oldest rum cellars in Europe. You’ll discover the history of Arehucas rum and get to taste it, too.
Hit the beach
Take a break from the city with a trip to the fishing village of San Cristobal, where you’ll find a gorgeous beach, plus seaside bars and restaurants where you can soak up the charming views.
Enjoy some art
Museo Nestor is dedicated to the work of Las Palmas-born artist Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre, and the Atlantic Centre for Modern Art houses works by contemporary Canarian artists.