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Holidays in
Las Palmas

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.

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.

Best things to do in 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.