Sights and attractions in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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 16thcentury 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