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Roque Nublo - Route to the Heart of Gran Canaria
Roque Nublo - Route to the Heart of Gran Canaria 5 hours
Hike through Gran Canaria’s Biosphere Reservation. Enjoy stunning view from La Fogalera viewpoint and get up close to Roque Nublo – the must-see of Gran Canaria.
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Las Palmas Hop-on and Hop-off City Tour
Las Palmas Hop-on and Hop-off City Tour 1 day
Explore the largest city in Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, via Hop-on and Hop-off Tour! Ride the open-top double-decker bus and experience 360-degree panoramic view of the city’s landmarks.
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Gran Canaria Northern Tour 7h
Gran Canaria Northern Tour 7h 7 hours
Visit Arucas - famed for its rum and banana plantation, marvel at the cascading fountain of Firgas and check out the 17th century Basilica Church of and historical town, Teror. Price includes: rum, mojo sauce and jam tasting & picnic lunch.
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Tandem Paragliding near Las Palmas
Tandem Paragliding near Las Palmas 25 minutes
Discover the beauty of Gran Canaria’s landscape and coastline from above with our experienced tandem paragliding instructor. The incredible feeling of flying is indescribable so you just have to try it yourself. No license required.
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Gran Canaria natural's triangle: Guayadeque-Los Marteles-Tirajana
Gran Canaria natural's triangle: Guayadeque-Los Marteles-Tirajana 5 hours
A guided hiking route that packs-in three nature's goodies of Caldera de Los Marteles, Tirajanas and the Guayadeque’s Valley in one walk. Witness the beauty of endemic plants along the way get to see beds of flowers in Guayadeque’s mountains.
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Bridge Bungee Jumping in Gran Canaria
Bridge Bungee Jumping in Gran Canaria 10 minutes
Wanna get your adrenaline going while holidaying in Gran Canaria? Then join us for bridge bungee jump where you will experience the force of gravity and acceleration of descent.
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Center Summit Route - Roque Nublo Tour 7.5h
Center Summit Route - Roque Nublo Tour 7.5h 7.5 hours
Venture inland towards the centre and summit of Gran Canaria island - Pico de las Nieves with fantastic view over the Roque Nublo. Visit local market in San Mateo, picnic lunch in pine forest and taste local produce in Cruz of Tejeda.
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Rope Jumping Gran Canaria
Rope Jumping Gran Canaria 10 minutes
Jump off the beautiful cliff into the realm of gravity. Feel the acceleration of descent and adrenaline rush throughout your body. Not for the faint hearted.
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Travel Inspirations - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the political capital Gran Canaria , Fuerteventura and Lanzarote . Sharing equal provincial status as Santa Cruz de Tenerife , this city is bigger in terms of population and size. The city has a metropolitan energy and vibrancy more commonly associated with mainland Spain than that of the typical, languid Canarian town. As Spain’s ninth largest city, there are plenty of historical and architectural sights, including the imposing Cathedral de Santa Ana dating back to the 15 th century and several museums which can be found in the Vegueta (Unesco World Heritage site) and Triana districts. Nature lovers and golf enthusiasts will be pleased to find one of Spain’s largest botanical gardens and oldest Golf Club just outside the city. Surfing and diving can also be done at the Las Canteras beach. Las Palmas is a heady melting pot of lively shopping streets, hip bars and great restaurants serving anything from tapas to authentic Indian cuisine, whilst the area around Santa Catalina Beach is the place to be seen if planning to make a night of it. History The Castillian army came over to the Canary Islands hell-bent on claiming them as their own and Gran Canaria was no exception. So headstrong was Juan Rejón, the man in charge of the invading army, that he even named a city on this island, before commencing in any conflict with the local inhabitant Canarií. The name given to this enticing city was none other than ‘Real de las Palmas’, on June 24 th , 1478 and although a couple of prefixes have been dropped, the name remains largely similar to this day. Rumour has it that in 1492, the renowned adventurer Christopher Columbus, during his trip to the Americas, stopped by the city of Las Palmas for repairs. Rumours suggest he liked it so much, he returned to the city on his way home. In 1595, Englishman Sir Francis Drake attempted to conquer Gran Canaria by attacking the port of Las Palmas. His attack was unsuccessful. Las Palmas was declared the second capital city of the Canary Islands in 1927, coupling it with the city of Santa Cruz in Tenerife . Culture Las Palmas is a bustling capital city and home to approximately 380,000 people from different cultures and backgrounds. There are Spaniards, Africans, Brits, Portuguese, Germans, Cubans, Venezuelans, Chinese and Indians, making the city a culture melting pot that radiates a different feel to that of other Canarian cities. As a capital city, things here run at a slightly faster pace too. In smaller towns people are generally more laid back, but over here there is a certain urge to rush around. And it’s not difficult to see why considering it also a working city. Economy Tourism is important for the economy of Las Palmas. The historical, architectural and natural attractions are the main drivers for the considerable number of hotels in the city, alongside several large scale attractions in this part of the island, presumably designed to attract tourists from all over the globe. Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas, is a prime example of one of these attractions and generates a notable amount of revenue for Las Palmas. Tourism aside, Las Palmas has long established itself as the working city with a thriving port. The port Puerto de la Luz, is vital for Las Palmasâ commercial, passenger, and fishing sectors. Serving sea traffics between Europe, Africa and America, its geographical advantage make it one of the main ports in Spain. How to get there By Bus: Las Palmas is the hub and heart of Gran Canaria , you will have no problem catching a bus there from other towns. From the airport Global bus number 60 leaves for Las Palmas twice hourly, with a slight break from 02:30 until 06:15. This service takes you to both San Telmo and Santa Catalina areas of Las Palmas. If traveling from the south, Global Bus number 1 (from Puerto de Mogán) and bus number 30 (from Maspalomas ) leaves 3 times every hour between 07:00 and and 19:50 for Las Palmas (less frequent during off peak and weekends). Within Las Palmas, there are plenty of yellow Guagua Municipal buses circulating the general area. These buses are reasonably priced and frequent. For those looking to gain a bit of information on their travels, there are also ‘hop on an off’ tourist buses readily available in the area. These buses run from 09:30 until 17:45 and they travel to a various point of tourist interests. By Car: Las Palmas is conveniently linked with cities on the north via motorway GC-2. Traveling from Agaete for example, takes about 40 minutes. From the major holiday resorts in the south, the fastest route is motorway GC-1.
Sights Catedral de Santa Ana (Cathedral) The Cathedral de Santa Anna is a very imposing building. Its tall structures and chiselled lines dominate the immediate horizon. Building work on this cathedral began in the late 1400’s but was stopped and started several times. Today, the building stands not only fully completed, but also as a functioning station for worship. Its neo-classical exterior and Atlantic Gothic interior are enough a reason to pop in for a wander, not to mention paintings by the famous 18th century Canarian artist, Juan de Miranda. Where: Calle Obispo Codina 13, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 922 331 430 Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 10:00 - 17:00, Saturdays 10:00 - 14:00. Entrance: free For the view of the surrounding city, it is worth ascending to the cathedral’s tower. Access to the tower closes half an hour before the closing time of the cathedral and an admission fee of €1.50required. Plaza Mayor de Santa Ana Opposite Santa Ana Cathedral is one of the most symbolic plazas of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria -Plaza Mayor de Santa Ana, named after the patron Saint of the city. Fronted by bronze statue of dogs, this elegant plaza is surrounded by some impressive buildings like Casa Regental, Palacio Episcopal and Casas Consistoriales. Where: Plaza Santa Ana, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Ermita de San Antonio Abad (Chapel) Located in the region of Vegueta, this church is fairly small, but despite its diminutive stature it is lathed in historical importance. Reports suggest that Christopher Columbus even stopped inside this building to ensure a safe passage on his trip to the Americas! Where: Plaza San Antonio Abad 4 (behind Casa de Colón), 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Gabinete Literario (Literary Cabinet) The Gabinete Literario is an entity that has taken on the responsibility of generating and circulating art and general cultural artefacts. This group have a main goal of ensuring that the essential culture of the Canary Islands maintains intact, throughout the foreseeable years. Gabinete Literario hosts exhibitions, performances and even films on its premise. So if you fancy immersing yourself in Canary Island culture then this place is worth a visit. Where: Plaza de Cairasco 1, 35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 372 149 Park of San Telmo and the Church of San Telmo Located in the Triana side of the Las Palmas city is the park of San Telmo. You will also find the Church of San Telmo and a tourist info kiosk in the its vicinity. The San Telmo church is not very large but it is very beautiful and you’ll often see a few locals around the area. The aforementioned tourist info station is also a great place to go for information about the city of Las Palmas. Where: Between Avenida Rafael Cabrera and Calle Triana, 35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Pueblo Canario, Chapel of Santa Catalina and Néstor Museum The Pueblo Canario is an example of a classic Canarian village, located within the gardens of Doramas Park. The structures here are certainly worth viewing, especially if you’re interested in archetypal Canarian architecture! This village was designed and built in the 1930’s by brothers Néstor Martín and Miguel Fernández de la Torre. Here you will find also the 16th century Santa Catalina Chapel and the Néstor Museum dedicated to the live and work Néstor de la Torre. Opening hours of museum: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10:00 - 20:00, Sundays 10:30 - 14:30). Where: Pueblo Canario, Parque Doramas (Ciudad Jardín area), 35005 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Castillo de la Luz (Castle) Located in the northern area of the city is the Castle of the Light. It was initially built in the 16 th century to fend off angry pirates, but has since been adapted to house art exhibitions! Where: near Calle Juan Rejón, 35008 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo (botanical garden) Located a few kilometres southwest of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria , in the village of Tafira Alta, is the largest botanical garden in Spain. The garden stretches out to an incredible 27 hectares and contains a vast array of wildlife, some of which borders on the edge of extinction! Where: 9km south west of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria , C/ Palmeral, 15, 35017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 353 604 Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00 Entrance: Free Open Top Bus Tour If you want a detailed explanation of the city’s finer aspects then opting for this open top bus tour would be a good decision. You get to see a lot of great places and best of all, you don’t have to drive! The tour starts at San Telmo bus station and lasts for around 90 minutes. The tour caters for many languages, including Japanese, English and French. Tour price: Adult €15, Child €7 Telephone: + 34 902 101 081 Museums Museo Canario This museum contains a variety of interesting archaeological artefacts and it also has a library with over 40,000 volumes, with certain literary items dating as far back as the 15th century.Founded in 1879, this island’s main museum is located in the district of Vegueta. Where: Calle Doctor Verneau 2, Vegueta, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 336 800 Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 20:00, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 14:00. Entrance: €4 adult, under 12 enters for free. Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro (Diocesano Museum of Sacred Art) This museum opened to the general public in December 1984 and includes many religious artefacts, from paintings to sculpture. Entrance of the museum is on the right of Cathedral viaCalle Espíritu Santo. Where: Calle Espíritu Santo 20, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +928 314 989 Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 10:00 - 16:30, Saturdays 10:00 - 13:00. Entrance: €3 Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno - CAAM (Museum of Modern Art) The CAAM is essentially a museum with a goal of influencing the public about the 20th century arts. One of its main principles are to create a space for the conservation, cataloguing and study of arts. Several art works by Canarian artists from the 30‘s and 40‘s, as well as those of the contemporary artists are preserved and displayed here. There are also courses, temporary exhibitions and guided tours on offer. Where: Calle Los Balcones 11, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 311 800 Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 21:00, Sunday 10:00 to 14:00. Closed on Mondays, holidays, 24 and 31st December. Admission: free Casa de Colón (the Columbus’ House) Casa de Colón with its traditional mudéjar wooden balconies is an excellent example of the Canarian architecture. It is now a museum displaying the history of the past five centuries in the Canary Islands and America, which includes the account of Cristóbal Columbus in Gran Canaria , pre-Columbian America, and the image of the World through the cartographic devices. It has 13 exhibition halls, a library and a specialised training centre. Where: Calle Colón 1, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 312 373 Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 09:00 to 19:00; Saturdays and Sundays 09:00 to 15:00. Close on holidays and 22 May, 24 and 31st December. Entrance: free Casa Museo Pérez Galdós This museum is situated in the Triana district of Las Palmas and it is the birthplace of Benito Pérez Galdós. Pérez Galdós was a highly regarded Spanish author. He published 31 novels and he also created a substantial amount of plays. This 19th century Canarian building houses a vast array of the writer’s personal belongings, artwork, texts and novels and it is well worth a visit if you’re a fan! Where: Calle Cano 2 and 6, 35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 366 976 / 928 373 745 Opening hours: Mondays to Friday 08:00 to 14:30, close on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Museo Néstor This museum primarily functions as a display for the famous works of art designed by Néstor Martín Fernández de la Torre, who unfortunately passed away in 1938. There are also many other interesting pieces in this museum, from various Canarian artists. This art gallery is located at Pueblo Canario, designed by the said artist. Where: Pueblo Canario, Doramas Park, 35005 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 245 135 Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 – 20:00, Sunday 10:30 – 14:30. Entrance: €2
Spend some time swimming and strolling the promenade of Las Canteras beach. Walk through the cobble stone streets in ancient town of Vegueta. Alternatively, join a bus tour taking you to beautiful villages and botanical garden. For the adrenaline junkies, there are a number of outdoor adventure activities awaits you just outside of Las Palmas. Surfing Playa de Las Canteras (beach) is an good for swimming and surfing, so are the La Laja y San Cristóbal beaches. Check the ‘Beaches’ section of this guide for more information. Diving There are several interesting dive sites around the waters of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria .7 Mares Las Canteras This diving centre is conveniently located near the Las Canteras beach. It offers dive excursions, dive courses at various levels, equipment rental and equipment repairs.Where: Calle Tenerife 12, 35008 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 460 035
Playa de las Canteras (beach)Located not too far from the city centre is the beach of Las Canteras. It stretches out to an impressive 3 miles with its fine golden sand and clear water. It is an extremely popular swimming spot with locals and tourists alike. The shoreline is crammed with various outlets and kiosks so finding something to snack on while you’re having a swim shouldn’t be a problem!This beach is usually swelling with surfers at various points in the year, due to its innate ability to orchestrate a lively wave or two! So, if you’re a keen surfer then this place definitely has the potential to satisfy your thirst, just make sure you check the wave reports before committing a morning to the sea!The seaside promenade Paseo Canteras is a highlight of the beach area, bustling with shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife.Where: Playa de las Canteras, 35010 Palmas de Gran Canaria . Playa de las Alcaravaneras (beach) Framed between Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria and the city marina, this beach offers the best view of the sailing scene. This beach plays host to almost half a mile of warm, glowing sand and it is generally considered to be one of the most relaxing and tranquil beaches in the area. The beach promenade here is regularly frequented by walkers, runners and cyclists. There are designated sections for volleyball and beach football too, should you get an itch for some sandy exercise! Where: northeast (near Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria ), 35006 Palmas de Gran Canaria . Playa de la Laja (beach) This 1,200 metres long black sand beach used to generate some very dangerous waves a few years ago. They were so dangerous in fact, that much of the public decided to stay away from it! In the 1990’s however, a dam was erected in order to calm the current. A promenade was also built to make the area more accessible. Today, this beach has become extremely popular with surfers and thrill seekers alike. If you fit into this group then go and check this beach out. But be warned, sometimes it can get quite rough! Where: southern entrance to the city of Las Palmas, next to motorway GC-1, 35016 Palmas de Gran Canaria .
Restaurants Las Palmas contains a wide array of fantastic restaurants, so you should be able to find something to suit your pallet without too much trouble! Listed below are some examples of quality eateries: Restaurante Jacaba This Spanish fusion restaurant located near the beach of Las Canteras serves excellent food and wine in modern atmosphere. Where: Calle Portugal, 26, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 261 298 Restaurante Majuga This cosy restaurant serves traditional Spanish dishes with a clever twist. Main meat and fish dishes priced from €18. Where: C/ Perez Galdós esquina Domingo J Navarro, Triana, 35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Telephone: +34 928 381 791 Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 13:00 - 16:00 and 20:00 - 24:00; Sunday 13:00 - 16:00. Restaurante Los Cedros Los Cedros offers incredible tasting food at very reasonable prices. This place specialises in Lebanese cuisine and generates a very authentic atmosphere too. If you’re a fan of this type of food, then it’s definitely worth giving the restaurant a try! Address: Calle de los Martínez de Escobar, 68, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 269 667 Average Price: €15 Nightlife Going out in Las Palmas makes for a very lively night. There are bars and clubs around every corner, so you’ll more than likely to find the type of scene you’re looking for. The locals are very energetic though, so it’s unadvisable to try and keep up with them unless you’re skilled in the ways of ‘clubbing’. For late-night bars or discos, Santa Catalina and Puerto de la Luz areas are your best bets. Listed below are a couple of examples of Las Palmas nightlife! Casino Las Palmas For those wishing to try their luck, Casino Las Palmas is a great venue to whet your betting appetite! There are slot machines, blackjack and poker tables and even roulette wheels. This casino also has a restaurant and fairly reasonably priced bar. Address: Hotel Santa Catalina, Calle León y Castillo 227, 35005 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 233 908 Opening hours: 20:00 – 04:00 Teatro Pérez Galdós (theatre) This theatre is a real focal point in the city of Las Palmas. It has undergone many alterations and restructures throughout the years, but today it stands grander than ever. This theatre offers the public the chance to see plays, ballets and musical recitals. Where: Plaza Stagno, 1 (Edificio Teatro Pérez Galdós), 35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 433 334 Ticket sales on offer from the box office: Monday to Friday 10:30 – 14:00 and 17:30 – 20:30, Saturdays 11:00 – 14:00. Charleston Cafe: After Hours Live Music As the name suggests, Charleston Cafe hosts a wide variety of live music and generally creates a very good atmosphere! The alcohol is fairly cheap and festivities quite literally last all night! Address: Calle Buenos Aires 14, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 372 492 Cuasquías Cuasquías is a bar that occasionally dabbles with live music. This bar has hosted music of all sorts of genres. For example: rock bands, jazz bands and even country bands have all had their time serenading the audience! This bar has been around for over 20 years and even has its own brand of house wine. The alcohol is fairly cheap too and is always lively, regardless of the time of year! A definite ‘must-see’! Address: Calle San Pedro 2, 35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Telephone: +34 928 383 840 Festivals There are plenty of festivities in this vibrant city, no matter what time you choose to arrive! Some of the activities are listed below: January 5 th – Three Kings January – Festival de Música de Canarias (The Canarian Music Festival) Mid February- Festival del Sol (Gay and Lesbian Film Festival) February/ March – Carnaval de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria April - Las Palmas International Film Festival June - Corpus Christi June 23rd - Festival of San Juan November– WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Shopping Las Palmas is a capital city, so you’re never going to be too far from any shops. There’s supermarkets, stalls, major brands and high street outlets, so you needn’t worry about finding the item you’re looking for! Fedac Fedac is an entity that runs under the governing body of the Canary Islands and it essentially supports the manufacture and maintenance of various craftworks in the city of Las Palmas. This group operate a range of shops in the city where you can purchase an authentic piece of Gran Canaria n craftwork. Currently Fedac has there shops, two in Las Palmas and one in Playa del Inglés. Addresses of these shops in Las Palmas: Tienda de Artesanía Tradicional Domingo J. Navarro 7, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Telephone: (+34) 928 36 96 61 Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 09:30 to 13:30 and 16:30 to 20:00 La Sala (Objeto y cultura) Domingo J. Navarro, 7 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Telephone: (+34) 928 36 96 39 Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 09:30 to 13:30 and 16:30 to 20:00 Calle Mayor de Triana (shopping street) For all the keen shoppers reading this, it’s important to note that Calle Mayor de Triana is the main shopping street in the city of Las Palmas. There are several different kinds of shops in this area, from stylish upmarket outlets to kiosks selling local produce. There are also cafes and restaurants should you feel the urge to grab a bite on your shopping spree. This street also happens to be one of the oldest in the whole district of Las Palmas and there are many examples of fantastic architecture in the area. If you’re a serious shopper then Calle Mayor de Triana is a must!