Beaches meet charming city sights on holidays to Las Palmas. The buzzing capital brings historic buildings, trendy shops and gold-tinted sands to the table.
Sitting on Gran Canaria’s brow, Las Palmas is a fitting capital for such a beach-blanketed isle. Two good-looking swathes of sand unravel for around four kilometres. It’s not all about the coast, though. You’ll also find chic boutiques, bazaar-like streets and elegant squares to boot.
It’s easy to substitute sightseeing for sunbathing in Las Palmas. The city comes with a double helping of picturesque bays. Playa de las Canteras, in particular, is rated as one of the best urban beaches in Europe. Plus, it’s a bit of a two-sided coin – you’ve got surf schools to the south and calm, reef-filled waters in the north.
It’s worth taking some time to explore Las Palmas’ pretty old quarter, Vegueta. Here, you can climb up Santa Ana cathedral, stroll past handsome monuments and check out the Christopher Columbus museum, where the great explorer is said to have stayed. Meanwhile, 20 minutes’ drive out of the city gets you to the Caldera de Bandama – a huge, 2,000-year-old volcanic crater.
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