Geographical Information. Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, is the capital of the island of Gran Canaria, shares besides the capital of the Autonomous Community of Canaries with Santa Cruz de Tenerife. North-East of the island places in the vertex of Gran Canaria where there stands out a small isle, The islet, and 8 meters of altitude. Its surface is 100,5 kilometres. It´s three principal beaches are in front of the sea, The Canteras, The Alcaravaneras and The Laja.
According to a study realized by Thomas Whitmore, the director of weather investigation of the University of Syracuse (USA), Las Palmas of Gran Canaria is the city with better climate of the world. The above mentioned study analyzed the climate of 600 cities selected by its popularity as tourist destiny.
History. Las Palmas of Gran Canaria was founded on June 24, 1478 for the Castilian captain, Juan Rejón, who initiated the conquest of the island from this territory placed in the river mouth of the ravine Guiniguada, In Vegueta historical neighbourhood was named initially The Royal of Las Palmas. The City turned into a mercantile active place thanks to the trade of sugar cane, which, nevertheless, attracted also to dangerous assaults pirates until the XVIIIth century. In October, 1595 the city pushed the assault back Englishman supervised by Francis Drake and John Hawkins And 4 years later the Dutches supervised by Van der Does plundered and burn the City.
The construction of the Port Luz in the second half of the XIXth century placed the City on the verge great modern transformation. Las Palmas of Gran Canaria turns into an authentic continental platform.
Economy. Las Palmas of Gran Canaria it is the capital of the island of Great Canary and shares the capital of the Autonomous Community of Canaries with Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is the major city of the archipelago, with 400.000 inhabitants, and the center of the economic and social life of the islands. These conditions turn it into an economic, social and cultural development also a dynamical and modern city with an industrial activity and services that agglutinates most of the labour active population.
The Port Luz and Las Palmas has been the traditional base of stop for ships in the Atlantic Ocean and bridge between the different transatlantic routes thanks to the excellent conditions of its bay, its strategic situation and the quality of its services.
Holidays. Las Palmas of Gran Canaria presumes to have a cultural offer that includes four stations. It receives the year with a frantic activity that begins with the Festival of Music of Canaries, organized by the Government of Canaries, with an excellent programming of classic music, as a principal headquarters Alfredo Kraus.
The celebration of the Carnival in February. The city, receive tourists during every month of the year dresses of colors and the visitors can enjoy the environment, the carnival holidays outdoors, with an enviable temperature for any other European city. The Shows of election of the queen of the Carnival and of the Drag Queen and the contests of lees and all the people celebrates during the whole night.
Once the goblins of the Carnival leave the city, the International Festival of Cinema takes the attention of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria. The directors, actors, distributors, producers and scriptwriters contribute to a great enviorment. It is a question of a contest that rewards the best movie with the Lady Harimaguada and tries to support the independent cinema and the fans of the seventh art.
The first months of the year they receive also the Festival of Opera Alfredo Kraus who is celebrated in the theatre Cuyás and who has reached a great prestige.
The Fundacionales Holidays commemorate in June the Foundation of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria. The city dresses of holiday in a program that there include the scenic arts, concerts, infantile activities and institutional acts. There are very popular the traditional bonfires that are ignited the night of San Juan in the neighborhoods of the city and the of thousands of persons in the Beach of the Las Canteras while a spectacular castle of fireworks is ignited.
The summer begins with the Festival of Theatre and Dance that is celebrated in July and August and that has been consolidated as a festive meeting and colourist. The spectacles invite to the participation and give continuity to the cultural events with a stable programming in summer.
Also in July the Park Holy Catalina and the Audience Alfredo Kraus fill with the sounds of the best international jazz in the festival that is celebrated in the archipelago and that has the capital as one of its principal headquarters.
One of the festive appointments of the summer time is in the neighborhood of The Islet where the Carmen holidays, in July. The most popular act is the sea procession.
The Holidays of San Lorenzo are celebrated in the neighborhood of the same name. It stands out for its pilgrimage and the fireworks that are ignited the dawn of August 10, one of the major pyrotechnic samples of Canaries.
In Vegueta on October 3 is traditional the Pilgrimage of the Rosario. The Rosemaries dressed typical and go out to the Park San Telmo and come up to the Parish of Santo Domingo, in Vegueta, where the neighbors decorate the balconies and fronts with elements and traditional objects.
In The Islet in October the Holidays are celebrated in Honor to Our Lady of The Luz, mistress of the Port and Mayor of Las Palmas of Gan Canaria. The holidays commemorate the island victory on the assault of the British admirals Francis Drake and John Hawkins in October, 1595.
In autumn takes place the festival of zarzuela, organized by Canary Friends of the Zarzuela, which occupies undoubtedly an important lawsuit of the fans of the Spanish poetry.
In November the music returns to the city with the WOMAD. Musicians and craftsmen occupy the Park Holy Catalina to listen and to share the sounds of the world.
The year says goodbye with the Christmas and a wide programming in which the children are the principal protagonists with traditional acts between them Christmas cribs, trees, Christmas carols …., concerts and certainly, the awaited cavalcade of the Magi, who cross the city in camels.