Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Things to Do

  • At the market.
    At the market.
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    Narrow Streets Abound

    by BruceDunning Written Nov 27, 2011

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    All around the city there are very small streets that are so narrow, barely one vehicle can pass, while the parked cars hug the sidewalks. It is a picture to see, but I surely would not want to be driving in this type of environment.

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    Plaza Espiritu SAnto-Episcopal Palace

    by BruceDunning Written Nov 27, 2011

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    The structures in the Plaza Espiritu Santo (square of Holy Spirit)are now mostly administrative occupancy, and special city exhibits for events. The plaza is nice to sit and watch the people and day go by. The cathedral envelops one end, while the other is part of the Bishop's Palace complex

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    CAthedral Santa Ana

    by BruceDunning Written Nov 27, 2011

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    Apparently people are able to go inside the church; but it appears to be closed some of the time, but the tower is open for views of the area. It has a Sacred Art museum and entry to this if 2.50 Euro, which then allows access to the main church vestibule. The tower, having 176 steps is 1.50 Euro.
    The church may, or may not be open, and most likely open 10-5:30PM daily, even though the tower is open. It took 400 hundred years to complete the church, and construction began in early 1500, so there is Gothic, Renaissance, and Neoclassical styles in the structure.

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    Museo Canaria-City Museum

    by BruceDunning Written Nov 27, 2011

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    This museum was much more than I expected with many exhibits ranging from 500BC to 15th century. The main theme is presentation of the Gauche aborigine people that occupied this island for centuries. They lived in carved out "pueblos" in the rock face, and subsisted on agriculture and hunting. There is a collection said to be the largest in the world of Cro Magnon skulls, in addition to a number of mummy burial crypts, and a variety of other pieces spanning over 1,000 years.

    The museum is open Monday-Friday from 10-8PM, and the fee is Euro 5. The tour can take 1 1/2 hours for those of interest.

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    Colon House Inside

    by BruceDunning Written Nov 27, 2011

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    The real treat is to look around inside and take in the architecture of the building. It has a balcony ringing around the courtyard on the second floor. Each room entered has another unique display of old day navigation pieces or archaeological items. A tour takes over one hour, for one that enjoys history and old things to look at.
    The museum is open 9-7PM Monday through Friday.

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    Columbus House-CAsa de Colon

    by BruceDunning Written Nov 27, 2011

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    It is one of the city's more attractive buildings, having ornate doorways, courtyards, carved woo ceilings, in addition to it being the signature place claiming that Christopher Columbus stayed here on the way to America in 1492. It served as residence for the the island's governors, and the original structure was rebuilt in 1777.
    The museum has 13 exhibit rooms with a range of artifacts from prehistoric to the 1800 time frame. Artwork of paintings are unique in style from painters not so well known in fame, but have great works of art. There is also a lot of maritime treasures.
    The museum entry is free, and it is open Monday-Friday 9AM to 7PM. Watch out for tour groups that tour this because of no charge to enter

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    Shopping on the Triana-major avenue

    by BruceDunning Written Nov 27, 2011

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    Typical side street brancing off Triana Ave
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    This is a wide and long avenue stretching from old town area called Vegueta for about 10 blocks to the north, and ending at residential areas. There are many varieties of shops for upscale items in all types of desired merchandise, and some medium level places to possibly find a more moderate gift/trinket.
    The walk is very nice, and people take their time to window shop or stop off for a bite to eat/drink. It still has that old avenue charm back from the 1700-1900's era. It is very nice to look up at the elegant buildings and the ornate styles.

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    Shopping is the Major Draw for Tourists

    by BruceDunning Written Nov 27, 2011

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    This shopping center is within walking distance of cruise ships docked in port. It has 60 shops, 30 restaurants, bars, and an open area disco as well as a bowling alley, and 11 movie theaters.
    This attracts locals besides the tourists coming to the city, with all it has to offer.

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    Super Beach!

    by Toshioohsako Updated Apr 21, 2011

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    You find Las Canteras Beach one of the best ones you have visited. Its soft white sand is easy for your foot and the blue Atlantic sea water heals your hard-working life and and liberate your daily routines. The coast line of the Beach is beautiful.

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    El Muelle shopping center.

    by Regina1965 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    El Muelle is a big shopping center by the ocean, very modern and with lots of shops, be it clothes' stores, jewellers or food-stores, cafés and restaurant with an excellent view from the top-floor of the ocean.

    El Muelle won the award "The most beautiful shopping center in Europe" in 2004. So it is well worth a visit while in this area. Across the road is the lovely park Santa Catalina.

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    Parque San Telmo and the bus terminal.

    by Regina1965 Updated Dec 6, 2009

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    Parque San Telmo is the main square in Las Palmas by the bus station Estación de Guaguas, and the main shopping street Mayor Triana in the old center of Las Palmas. This is a very charming area. There is one draw-back to this park though - the drug addicts in the park. Once while I was coming into the park from the bus station a drug addict asked me for money. I refused (a mistake) and he took up a flagstone and threw it at me. Better to give them a euro than have this happen to you. Apart from that this is a lovely park 17.300 sq.m. big.

    The Book Fair (Feria del Libro) is held here along with other fairs and events.

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    Parque Doramas - a park named after a king.

    by Regina1965 Updated Dec 6, 2009

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    Parque Doramas is a lovely, big sub-tropical park halway between the old part of Las Palmas and the new part. I walked from the new part and took a rest in this park. It stands in front of the 5-star hotel Santa Catalina which is also a casino.

    There is a striking statue/fountain at the entrance which is a monument of the last Guanchen king Doramas. It is disturbing really, this monument, and at first I thought it depicted some deamons falling in the battle of good and evil. The king fell to his death from a cliff and the old culture of the natives of Gran Canaria died with him and the Spanish took over.

    Hotel Santa Catalina is one of the most beautiful hotels in Las Palmas built in 1890 and renovated several times since then. It has been declared a Historical Artistic Monument.

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    WOMAD 2009!

    by Regina1965 Updated Dec 6, 2009

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    Every year in November WOMAD organises concert festivals around the world. One of them is held in Parque Santa Catalina in Las Palmas. There are 2 stages, one in the park and one at the "recinto ferial" area next to the park, where my photos are taken. There is also an international outside market with a lot of stalls from all over the world which is really interesting.

    There is no admission to the concerts and a LOT of people attend.

    This year (2009) the festival was held on the 12-15th of November.

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    Mercado Central in Las Palmas.

    by Regina1965 Updated Dec 6, 2009

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    I love going to markets, be it outside markets or inside markets. This big market in Las Palmas is a typical market with butcher stalls, fish stalls, fruit- and vegetable stalls and clothes stores.

    The market is located in a parallel street next to El Corte Inglés in the St. Catalina area of Las Palmas. This area of Las Palmas is buzzing with life, making one feel like being in a big cosmopolitan city. The older part of town has a different feel to it. Both parts have their charm though.

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    El Corte Inglés - shopping center.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jan 13, 2009

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    El Corte Inglés is to be found all over in Spain. This big shopping center on many floors is where one can find almost everything. In Las Palmas it is on both sides of the road Avenuda de José Mesa i Lopez close to Santa Catalina park. I didn't take photos inside the shopping center as there is security all over and I have been stopped and asked to delete photos inside of such stores. So I am a bit burnt now :(

    The street and area around El Corte Inglés is buzzing with life, one has the feeling of being in London, both while inside the shopping center and outside on the street. Well worth a visit.

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