Lovely Holidays to Las Palmas
Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria and the seventh largest city in Spain and it offers a fantastic location for a holiday to remember. With excellent shopping opportunities and a vibrant, thriving marina, Las Palmas holidays offer the perfect blend of historic culture and modern European lifestyle. As well as that, its 3km Blue Flag beach means that you can have the best of both worlds; a relaxing holiday by the sea and a fun filled city break with great food, archtitecture, museums and more.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Average flight time: 4h 30m
When to go
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Things to do in Las Palmas
There are plenty of things to do in Las Palmas, whether it's exploring the city or chilling out by the sea. Just off the shore there is a magnificent reef perfect for amateur divers or snorkellers, with a vast range of wildlife to marvel at. Other seafaring activities that can make a nice day or afternoon out include various sailing trips around the island, or some more adrenalin based experiences like water ski or parasailing.
Vegueta is the name given to the old quarter of the city. A UNESCO World Heritage site, its intriguing alleys and atmospheric architecture will enchant anyone and everyone. Triana is the commercial quarter, chock-a-block with boutiques, high street fashion and plenty of shops selling trinkets and homemade goods. The heart of city lies in the Paseo de Las Canteras however. This beachside promenade is home to all of the best bars, restaurants and high end hotels, and best of all, it runs all the way along the beach, too.
Despite being on an island, Las Palmas has a distinct metropolitan vibe; you'll feel more like you're in the depths of the Spanish mainland than several hundred kilometres away from it. The island's proximity to mainland Africa means that there is an influx of non-Spanish cultures from all over northern Africa as well as Middle Eastern, Asian and European flavours, too. Holidays to Las Palmas are sure to impress with such a range of characters influencing them – why not take the plunge and enjoy them for yourself?
The main beach of the city, Playa de Las Canteras, is one of the largest city beaches in the world. During high season, it is naturally very busy, but nonetheless has a host of water sports and beach activities to keep beach bums entertained. Jet skis, boat trips, volleyball and sunbathing are all very popular pursuits, and are quite often a welcome break from soaking up those Spanish rays … wait, as if you could ever tire of that!
An excellent time to plan Las Palmas holidays is either towards during the beautiful summer months or into spring and autumn. On June 23rd, the Fiesta de San Juan sees the streets come alive day and night for raucous celebrations, making it the perfect time to really get into the swing of the island’s culture. Carnaval takes place over two weeks in spring and is even more spirited, meanwhile, and is another great choice for a getaway with plenty of pizazz.