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Las Palmas

Gran Canaria’s capital is a melting pot of Spanish culture, mountain adventures, and fun in the sun.

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Gran Canaria: Half-Day Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Food

1. Gran Canaria: Half-Day Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Food

Your coastal adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in the south of Gran Canaria before you board one of Spain's most spectacular catamarans. On the boat, take advantage of the many luxury facilities while the friendly staff serve you a refreshing welcome drink. Set sail onto the sea and feel the cool breeze provide respite from the hot Spanish sunshine as you travel to a selection of hidden beaches off the coast of the island. Enjoy stunning panoramic views along the way and marvel at the crystal clear waters of Tiritaña, Perchel and Tauro. As you explore the island, sit back and relax on one of the boat’s 15 Balinese-style beds, and listen to the music spun by one of the onboard DJs. Feast on a gastronomic menu made from premium produce, and sip on a sparkling glass of champagne or deliciously cold beer. At the next destination, the tropical beach of Anfi del Mar, soak up the warm Mediterranean sun on deck or cool off in the sea with some fun water activities.

Gran Canaria: Poema del Mar Ticket

2. Gran Canaria: Poema del Mar Ticket

Poema del Mar invites you to discover all the secrets of the Blue Planet. A magnificent journey across the five continents through the different species that inhabit here. Stroll through La Jungla which is home to goliath groupers, freshwater turtles and crocodiles. See Nemo's world in the Beach Zone where the clownfish live.  The final stop is the Deep Sea, an area with the largest curved window in the world. Its 36 meters wide by 7 meters high windows are perfect for observing the sharks.

Agüimes Cocodrilo Park Admission Ticket

3. Agüimes Cocodrilo Park Admission Ticket

Discover the incredible animal species at the Cocodrilo Park which offers an unforgettable experience for you and your whole family. At this zoo, which extends over 22,000 square meters, find over 500 different animals including the largest exhibit of alligators in Europe. Some of the animals you can enjoy in the park are meerkats, turtles, lizards, raccoons, several birds, deer, tigers, pigs, pygmy goats, llamas, monkeys, and chimpanzees. The monkey snack-bar offers a delicious menu of hot dogs and refreshing smoothies.

Gran Canaria: Horse Riding Excursion

4. Gran Canaria: Horse Riding Excursion

Embark on an excursion of a duration of 1 hour or 2 hours, depending on the option selected. First get acquainted with your surefooted and gentle horses, with companions suitable for all ages and levels of horseriding ability. With your expert guide, set off on the mountain trails and discover the beautiful and rugged volcanic landscape of Gran Canaria. See tropical plantations, the sight of large sand dunes in the distance, and admire the vista of Maspalomas Beach. Arrive back at the ranch, where you can purchase a refreshing drink and some snacks. Feel free to visit the farm animals who live onsite, before your activity finishes.

Gran Canaria: The Volcano's Heart Tour

5. Gran Canaria: The Volcano's Heart Tour

Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the Gran Canaria biosphere reserve with this tour from Lomo Quiebre. Travel to the summit of Gran Canaria and discover the inland landscapes of the island and see the traditional Canarian cave houses. Be picked up by your guide and travel inland through numerous ravines, volcanic calderas, and gigantic rock walls. Go through rural villages with typical Canarian cave houses. Discover the natural wonders of the island beyond the beaches. Take a walk at sunset through the highest spot on the island and look out over a sea of clouds. Savor local flavors as you taste a range of products on the plains of an ancient volcano. See the great geological and natural icons of the island such as the Roque Nublo volcanic rock, the Roque Bentayga rock formation, the Tejeda Basin, and the verdant pine forests and mountains of Tamadaba. Relax on the return to Lomo Quiebre.

Gran Canaria: Canyoning Trip

6. Gran Canaria: Canyoning Trip

Embark on a canyoning adventure: descend into a canyon, travel through the water course and enjoy exercises such as walking, jumping, swimming, abseiling. You will be dressed with neopren, helmet, and security personal equipment (harness, carabiner and descender). Once changed, walk towards the beginning of the canyon and begin your unforgettable experience where no experience at all is required.  Then, depending on the choosen canyon, you will go through laurisilva forests, descending waterfalls (summer season), or jumping from different heights and sliding down natural slides (winter season).

Las Palmas: Bandama, High Peaks, and Roque Nublo Tour

7. Las Palmas: Bandama, High Peaks, and Roque Nublo Tour

You'll depart from the Las Palmas city center from where you will head to the center of the island towards San Mateo. There you will be able to enjoy a short break of 30 minutes, with the chance to visit the farm market which stocks plenty of local products (only open on Saturday). From there you'll continue driving to reach the summit of Gran Canaria, which sits at 1,959 meters and is referred to as “Pico de las Nieves”. From this viewpoint you will enjoy stunning views of the high peaks, and if the weather is clear you will be able to see Tenerife. After that you will move down to "The Roque Nublo”, a huge basalt monolith rock more than 65 meters high which arose as a result of volcanic activity and erosion. This unique volcanic formation is protected as a natural monument. rom there you will stop at the Cross of Tejeda and its Parador National, where you can taste plenty of local Canarian products such as cheese, honey, and fruit. The tour will later finish in Teror, where you can enjoy a walk through the charming village and visit the Basilica of the Lady of the Pine.

Gran Canaria: Off-Road Day Tour with Optional Lunch

8. Gran Canaria: Off-Road Day Tour with Optional Lunch

Spend an unforgettable day discovering Gran Canaria’s interior on a 4-wheel drive safari that takes you along dirt paths and rural roads. You’ll travel by a fully-equipped jeep with a highly skilled driver and guide, who knows every inch of the route. On this day tour, you’ll head to the very heart of the island and experience why Gran Canaria is referred to as a miniature continent. The tour offers you plenty of opportunities to take photos and there is a stop for an optional lunch to enjoy typical Canarian specialties (costs not included). 

Las Palmas: Las Canteras Beach 3-Hour Snorkeling Trip

9. Las Palmas: Las Canteras Beach 3-Hour Snorkeling Trip

Take a trip beneath the crystal clear waters of Las Canteras off the coast of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. and see a menagerie of lively ocean life. As you explore the seabed, your knowledgeable guides will make sure that you're comfortable and safe at all times. Meet your guide at Las Canteras beach. Jump into the water after putting on your equipment and receiving a brief safety tutorial. Once underwater, you’ll be immersed in a world of aquatic beauty.  See some of the octopi, parrotfish, sea cucumbers, rays, and other fish that are native to the area. Spot marine life hiding in the rocks with the help of your eagle-eyed guide. Use small identification boards to make it easier to identify different species of fish. Learn about the geology and ecosystem off of the Playa de Las Canteras. Snorkelers of all levels will find this excursion to be fun and fascinating. Spend 1 to 1.5 hours in the water, reaching a maximum depth of 5 meters. Enjoy refreshments of water and fresh fruit after your tour.

Gran Canaria: Panorama Tour

10. Gran Canaria: Panorama Tour

Start your day from Maspalomas before taking the scenery filled drive to Mirador las Moscas. On the way, you will enjoy a fantastic break at the famous sand dunes, a place people love to grab some memorable holiday snaps. Continue on your journey to Fataga Village where you will have time to visit the old center, not to mention grab a coffee and use the amenities.  Your next stop on the tour is in San Brtolomé de Tirajana, from which you will be able to reach Ayacata and Tejeda, the highest altitude point in the area. Whilst in the antique center of Tejeda, you can visit a herbal tea museum and try some local herbal infusions. Continuing on, you'll reach the cave houses in Artenara, one of the most important and popular attractions of the island.  On the way to the island in Fontanales, stop at Monte Pavon Mirador, have an optional Canarian lunch, and take some fotos of Las Palmas and Tenerife. Follow the street down to Moya, through the wonderful valley of Los Tilos. Whilst here, visit the church of Moya, and head along the North coast as you watch banana plantations and brave the North Sea. You will cruise through the Capital Las Palmas and take the highway back down South.

Frequently asked questions about Las Palmas

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Insider tips: Planning a trip to Las Palmas

Travel blogger Check Out Sam lived in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for one month to experience everything this little city and the island has to offer. Here are some best tips when visiting the capital of Gran Canaria:

What should I do on my first trip to Las Palmas?

Immediately head to the stunning Playa de las Canteras and walk along the embankment. From there you get great views over Las Palmas and if the sky is clear you can even see Tenerife! I suggest you book a tour or rent a car from Las Palmas too. There are plenty of options around the capital of Gran Canaria. Visit the rough north or be surprised by the rocky center. The island truly is stunning and Las Palmas is the best place to organize your day trips from.

What are some hidden gems to see in Las Palmas?

Since it's not really in the city center of Las Palmas, a lot of people skip the Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo. Don't! This botanical garden is well worth some of your time. It showcases a huge variety of plants that are (almost) only found on the Canary Islands. The paths at this attraction can get quite steep and take you down a cliff from where you get stunning views. However, this also means that you should be quite careful when visiting this stunning attraction!

How much time should I spend in Las Palmas?

There are not a lot of sights in Las Palmas itself, so you can easily visit all of them in about two days. However, this city is also the perfect starting spot to discover more of the island. Most highlights of Gran Canaria are never much further away than a one hour drive from Las Palmas. Depending on what you want to see in the area, you should add another three days to your itinerary.

What food is Las Palmas known for?

Just like in the rest of Spain, the Canarian people are very proud of their tapas. A lot of them are similar to the one you can find in mainland Spain, but with a Canarian twist. Definitely try out the papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) with their delicious mojo sauce. Their shrimp with avocado salad is also something I would suggest to everyone and last but not least: try some of their cheeses! They go from soft, to milky to hard and I'm sure there's a flavour for everyone!

What is the best way to get around Las Palmas?

Since the city's not that big, walking is probably the easiest option to get from one sight to another. The historical part of Las Palmas is still quite far away from the areas near Playa de las Canteras. Therefore, make use of the cheap public transportation. Taxis are also not very expensive, so especially when you're travelling with multiple people this is probably the cheapest ánd fastest way to travel. If you want to visit sights in Gran Canaria that are elsewhere on the island, I suggest you rent a car or book a tour.

What are the best months to visit Las Palmas?

Gran Canaria has great weather year round, although evenings can still be quite chilly until April. However, winter and spring on this island are really quite amazing since there are a lot of events going on! In November the Winter Gay Pride is celebrated all over the city (but even more so in Maspalomas). For about one week, lots of great events are organized and stunning performances of drag queens and other allies of the LGBTQI+ community can be visited. An even bigger celebration is the Carnival of Las Palmas. In February and/or March, carnival is celebrated for three weeks or more. Most of these events take place in the Santa Catalina Park. Here you can witness the Carnival Queen or the Carnival Drag Queen being chosen.

What are the best neighborhoods for food? 

The promenade at Playa de las Canteras has lots of great restaurants. You'll find a lot of tapas, but also plenty of good Italian, Asian, South-American, ... food. In the historical city center, you'll find a mix as well.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping? 

Shopaholics will love Las Palmas! There are lots of (huge!) shopping malls such as Las Arenas and La Ballena, but also several Corte Inglés chains where you literally can find anything. At the car free Avenida de Jose Mesa y Lopez you'll find plenty of chains and big department stores.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Las Palmas?

I again recommend to stay at the historical city center or somewhere close by Playa de las Canteras. At both areas, you'll find everything you could ever need to enjoy your visit to Las Palmas.

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in Las Palmas?

Head out on the water for a fun day of snorkelling, dolphin spotting or even try some exciting paragliding. On the pristine waters around Gran Canaria, you and your family will definitely have a lot of fun!

What is the best thing to do in Las Palmas for solo travelers?

For both solo travelers, couples, families or friend groups I recommend to rent a car. Don't just stay in Las Palmas, but venture out to the north or center of the islands for some stunning landscapes and beautiful hikes. Solo travelers can easily make friends along the way to some highlights, whereas couples just have to enjoy romantic sunsets at places like Roque Nublo or the nearby viewpoints. Families or friend groups will love all these activities too, since it'll be a great way to bond with each other over the stunning nature.

What is the best thing to do in Las Palmas for couples?

Take a stroll along the boulevard of Las Canteras and pick one of the many great restaurants (or cocktail bars) to watch the sunset from. If it's not too cloudy, they are often spectacular!

What are the best annual events in Las Palmas?

Every year, carnival is hugely celebrated all around the island (February and March). In Las Palmas however, you'll find the biggest celebrations. Stunning performances and awesome parades move towards the city center and transform the whole city into a colorful paradise! As I said earlier, the winter gay pride is also an excellent way to discover the love for life this island has. And if you can't get enough of these celebrations, just come back in May! Because that's when the summer pride is being organized!

What are the best areas for outdoor activities around Las Palmas?

In Las Palmas you're never far away from the beautiful rough interior of the island or the rugged northern coast. You can go explore both areas with a guided tour or rent a car and head there on your own. I personally really enjoyed the (easy) hike towards the Charco Azul waterfall, a visit to the famous Roque Nublo and the GC 200 Route from stunning Agaete to the Mirador del Balcon.

What are the best beaches around Las Palmas? 

You will find the most relaxing beaches of the island on the south. From Las Palmas it takes about one / one and a half hour to get there. Playa de Amadores is man made but has a Caribbean vibe and the beach of Maspalomas (with the famous dunes!) is perhaps my favorite of the whole island. If you're looking for more authentic beaches you need to be in the north, which is closer to Las Palmas. I recommend the beach of Agaete for its stunning views, the Salinas del Bufadero for an authentic experience (rocks, not sand!) and of course Playa de Las Canteras in Las Palmas itself.

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What people are saying about Las Palmas

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,298 reviews

I booked only 48 hours beforehand for my birthday whilst in Gran Canaria. Very easy to book & excellent communication. We were picked up and dropped off as advised which allowed us not to worry about drinking and driving! Excellent customer service from all members of staff and once on the boat it was up to you whether you wanted to do other events, or like myself, just sit and enjoy the journey. Sangria, beer & soft drinks, along with lunch, were included in the package I purchased. An additional excellent bar & cocktails were available. My favourite, pina colada with a twist was "the best". Not your usual, and with a beautiful italian cherry on top! We ate, drank and were very merry & I would not hesitate to recommend or even do again.

Very nicely planned and displayed aquarium. You won’t need a lot of time for visit, but just enough to see all the beautiful creatures of the sea this place has.

The guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. The tour covered a few different areas, along with a few 'surprises'. Would definitely recommend.

really worth the event, though from hotel to hotel wasn't 8hrs. might be better to do the 6hr one if you don't want lunch or the camel's.

It was a nice experience. I highly recommend a visit to the aquarium