What to see?
- To see the historic centre visitors should go to the popular area of Vegueta where some of the most important historical buildings have been standing for the past five hundred years: the chapel of San Antonio Abad, the Plaza de Santa Ana bordered by the Casas Consistoriales, the Obispado, the Casa Regental and Santa Ana Cathedral. Vegueta also houses museums such as Casa Colón (Christopher Columbus museum), where you can learn about the most interesting aspects of Columbus´ trips to America and his stopovers in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The Museo Canario contains the historic relics left by the former inhabitants of the island.
- Triana, originally a maritime and commercial area. Here, the visitor can enjoy a pleasant walk along the main street called calle Mayor de Triana, where there are several buildings of great artistic and historical value. Also in this area is the San Telmo Park with several notable constructions, including the chapel of San Telmo, a pavilion of modernist design with a café, and a bandstand, also in the modernist style.
- The theatre Pérez Galdós, of Italian inspiration and currently being reformed.
- Parque Doramas. Its gardens, recently reformed, are home to species of autochthonous plants. Within the park there are three important buildings. The Pueblo Canario is a sample of traditional Canary architecture and houses the Museo Néstor dedicated to Nestor Fernández de la Torre, a modernist painter and one of the most significant figures of the Archipelago. The historic Hotel Santa Catalina, built in colonial style and inaugurated in 1890, completes this architectural group located in the centre of the city.
- The Muelle Deportivo marina is the largest dock for private seafaring craft in the Canary Islands. From here one of the most important transatlantic regattas, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), starts at this marina joining Gran Canaria to Santa Lucía in the Caribbean.
- Parque Santa Catalina, an example of life in the streets. Here you can find the Museo de la Ciencia (Science Museum) and the Edificio Miller (Miller Building), both of which hold cultural activities. Parque Santa Catalina is also the key centre of Carnaval and the Dance and Theatre Festival celebrated during summer.
- Residential area of Tafira. This is also the location of the botanic gardens Jardín Botanico Viera y Clavijo. The gardens bring together the most important autochthonous plants of the archipelago.
- TheCaldera de Bandama, a dormant volcanic crater. The diameter of the crater is 800 meters and it is 200 meters deep. The lava flow from the crater formed the Bandama peak from which there is a spectacular view.
- Beaches. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is one of the few capital cities of Spain which has kilometers of beach. Added to this, are the excellent climatic conditions of the island, which allow the beach to be used all year round. The main beach, and the one where most tourists go, is la Playa de Las Canteras. Three kilometers of golden sand go hand in hand with three kilometers of pleasant walkway, where all types of services are available: hotels, restaurants, bars and terrace bars. At nightfall, the beach becomes an excellent place for practicing all types of sport, or for a relaxing stroll.
- El Confital Beach lies at the foot of the mountains like an extension of the sea. Here the sun was used to evaporate the pools of water where some salt works were established. Along this coast the best straight surfing wave in Europe is found.
- Las Alcaravaneras Beach, beside the Muelle Deportivo marina, is very close to the centre of the city. With nearly 1000 meters of golden sand, it is bordered by the two yatch clubs of the city. This is the best beach for practicing aquatic sports, specially sailing.