Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was founded on 24th June 1478 and it is the largest city in all the Canary Islands with a population of more than 350,000. The town has a rich history and there is a lot of what to see in Las Palmas. These are some of the recommended places to visit:
House of Columbus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Casa Museo de Colón (Columbus’ House), C/Colón 1, Vegueta. Find out more about the great explorer Columbus and the connection between the New World and the city of Las Palmas.
Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (Atlantic Modern Art Centre), C/Los Balcones 11, Vegueta. It brings the modern art exhibitions from both Canarian and international artists.
Museo Canario (Canary Island Museum), C/Dr Verneau 2, Vegueta. It brings the largest collection of remains of the Guanche (original island’s inhabitants) civilisation.
Catedral de Santa Ana, C/Obispo Codina 13, Vegueta. It is one of the greatest landmarks in Las Palmas. The Cathedral begun in 1497 in Late Gothic and completed in Neoclassical style.
Plaza de Santa Ana is an attractive square and the heart of Las Palmas.
Mercado de Vegueta, C/Mendizabal 1, Vegueta. It is the oldest market of Las Palmas, working from 1854. You can always find here fresh fish, fruits and vegetables.
Iglesia de Santo Domingo, Plaza de Santo Domingo, Vegueta. Baroque church was built in the seventeenth century to replace one, destroyed by the Dutch raid.
Teatro Pérez Galdós, Plaza de Stagno 1, Triana. It is a theatre named after the famous Canarian writer – Benito Pérez Galdós. The theatre was rebuilt in 1918 after the fire by a Canarian architect Miguel Martín-Fernández de la Torre and decorated with the frescoes of his brother – Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre.
Castillo de Mata, Carretera de Mata, between Avda Primero de Mayo and C/Bravo Murillo. It is a fortress built in the seventeenth century, which was used to defend Las Palmas from pirate attacks.
Playa de las Canteras. There is a big selection of what to see in Las Palmas, and Las Canteras beach is definitely a must. It is a 3km-long and one of the best city-beaches in the world.
Castillo de la Luz, Calle Juan Rejon. It is the oldest fortress in Gran Canaria, built in the mid-16th century and was used to defend from pirate attacks.
Parque Santa Catalina – a square surrounded by tall palm trees is the social centre of Las Palmas.
You will find the best tourist attractions and things to do in Gran Canaria Islans on SingleTripadvisor. These are just some of the recommendations of what to see in Las Palmas. It is impossible to name all the interesting places, as it’s much better to spend some time in the city and see everything for yourself. For accommodation options read this article about Gran Canaria resorts and hotels.
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