Las Palmas holidays

Travel guide and holidays to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria...

Las Palmas is the capital city and industrial town of the island and located on the north east coast of Gran Canaria. It is also the biggest city of the Canary Islands. The city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was founded on 24th June 1478 at the express instance of Queen Isabel, the Catholic monarch.

The city is very important for its harbour, Puerto de la Luz, following its designation as a free port towards the middle of the 19th century and making it into one of the most important ports on the Atlantic. Holidaymakers may find all kinds of entertainment and things to do in Las Palmas.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is also popular for its beautiful Las Canteras Beach. The cosmopolitan Santa Catalina Park area and the old colonial Vegueta and Triana Quarters are the two opposite poles of the city that stands open to the sea along 7 km. of shoreline.

The Vegueta Quarter is the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and preserves all the charm of its 15th and 16th century colonial architecture with its cobbled streets and exquisite courtyards and balconies. Most sights such as loveliest buildings, corners and museums can be found around the Chapel where Columbus is said to have prayed immediately prior to setting sail for the New World.

Popular places to visit and see in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria include; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Cathedral, Plaza de Santa Ana, Plaza del Espíritu Santo, Canary Island Museum, St. Dominic’s Church, Casa de Colón (Columbus’ House), Plaza de San Antonio Abad, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (Atlantic Modern Art Centre) and Pérez Galdós House-cum-Museum.

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