Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Travel Guide

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    At the market.
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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beach, People, Nightlife, Party, Food and Drinks, Shopping. 

  • Con
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    teencjay says…

     tiring walk to some hotels, guys selling jewellery in town, timeshare sellers around the beach, some building work going on. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Good destination to escape from the European winter 

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Things to Do

  • SAnta Catalina area

    The Santa Catalina area is the working peoples' area to live and shop. There are few tourist attraction here, and it is close to the park area that stretches the length of the water edge.

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  • Narrow Streets Abound

    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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  • Art Deco Neoclassic Architecture

    Around the Vegueta and Triana area are buildings mostly form the early 1900's; late 1800's period. They are decorative, ornate and well preserved. These are a few of those structures.

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Hotels

  • Gran Aeropuerto Hotel

    Avenida del Atlantico 353, Vecindario, Santa Lucía, 35110 Las as Palmas, Grand Canary, 35110, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Gran Canaria Princess

    Avenida Gran Canaria 18, Playa del Ingles, , 35290, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Dorado Beach Hotel

    Carretera Arguineguin, s/n, Arguineguin, Grand Canary, 35120, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Restaurants

  • Calm and welcoming

    We found this little gem while making our way from the Vegueta area back to our hotel (AC Iberia). It is a couple of blocks behind the hotel. This trip had been pretty rocky up to this point but this little cafe completely changed the tone of the day - maybe the whole trip as we thinking of leaving the island. The food was tasty, reasonably priced...

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  • Hotel Madrid streetside cafe

    It was very tasty and the price seemed reasonable for the hotel being in an upscale area next to Triana and a main boulevard The fries and calamari were great tasting, with fries having lugs of garlic and parsely infused.

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  • How enjoyable and delicious!

    Its a very relaxed pub and you can enjoy local food and drinks. The staff are very friendly and pleasant. The price is reasonable. Its on the famous shopping street "Calle Mayor de Triano" Salad meat dishes.

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Nightlife

  • WORSE Food Ever !!!!

    Purrrrrlllleeeease !! Call yourself a restarauntt !!! Ordered food which was then taken out of the freezer and put in the microwave to be heated up in front of our very eyes...ASTONISHING !!! The aloo gobi ordered at an overpriced 6€ was limp and lifeless much like Cheryl Coles hair.... The nan was completely dead hard and raw again from the...

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  • After Hours Live Music

    Charleston Cafe is open since 2004. It is a small place serves drinks and food with live music every night till early in the mornings. If you want to hang out all night I suggest you to go to this place at last, I am sure you will enjoy it :)) Casual and possible drunk :))

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  • Don't miss Carnival in Las Palmas

    Carnival of Las Palmas is one of the most important event of Spain it takes place in Santa Catalina area and generally at the end of January and the beginning of February for two weeks.( check the website for next year calendar) This year it celebrated 32nd year anniversary. If you plan to come Gran Canaria on Carnival time I suggest do not miss...

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Transportation

  • Bus Network Android and iPhone

    With the application Guaguabus for Android and iPhone/iPad devices you can find the bus stops at Gran Canaria, routes and schedules. The link from Android is: http://goo.gl/dOa5f and iPhone/iPad is: http://itun.es/i6DB5Py

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  • Bus Network

    If you want to use the bus network at Gran Canaria you can download the Android application Guaguabus to find the bus stops, the routes and timetables. The links is https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mydatafocus.GuaguaBus

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  • Local Express Buses

    If you are able to find the special buses that take cruise ships patrons to Vegueta from Santa CAtalina dock, the price is much less than the taxis. However, if they are caught in traffic, the term "express" may be a misnomer, and they are to frequently go back and forth ever 30 minutes. WE did not find that to be true, though, and the schedule...

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Shopping

  • Shop till you drop

    If you are a compulsive buyer and enjoy shopping Las Palmas will give you the good shopping alternatives.Rebajas ( Sale) is in January, February and August months. You can find many designer bargains in the Triana area and in those 7 big malls called; Las Arenas ( close to Las Canteras), El Muelle( in the port), La Ballena, Centro Comercial Siete...

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  • A Day in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

    A fantastic ladies clothes shop designed for young to middle aged!!! ladies. Excellent value for money and very up to date fashion.I have bought lots of clothes from there from dresses,tops,skirts and bags.just love the look very spanish.Its my first port of call on getting to las palmas.Credit card at the ready,,,,, enjoy if you get...

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  • SHOPPINGMALLS

    All over Las Palmas you will find shoppingmalls. Like the big Las Arenas right next to the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium on Las Canteras. On the other side of the city, near the harbour, you find the newer El Muelle that also have discos.El Corte Inglés have two big buildings on Calle Mesa y Lopez. About five minutes drive from Las Palmas you find...

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Local Customs

  • Time stopped for elegant ladies

    These ladies are exhibited on balconies over "Calle Mayor de Triano" - main shopping street in Old Town.

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  • PAPA ARRUGA

    Papa arruga, literally means crushed potato. This is a local delicacy. May sound too simple but extremely tasty and something unique that after eating you would think how it had not struck you before. This is a typical dish of the Canary Islands having in the mojo picon, which is another typical dish, a perfect compliment to give you a special...

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  • Take it easy! " Attitude of a Canary...

    Canaries are very polite warm natured people, without knowing you they salut you on the street. So during the morning you can tell them ;Buenas Dias!In the afternoonBuenas Tardes!Night timeBuenas Noches!Saying Hi :Hola!For thanking :Muchas GraciasWhen you leave :AdiosIn the touristic places they speak English but in the city if you have a small...

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Warnings and Dangers

  • Be Careful in Local Neighorhoods

    We walked about 1 1/2 miles into the Park Doramas area, near Park Santa CAtalina; the main local place to live and shop. Even though the streets on main thoroughfares seemed okay to walk around, the side streets may have a bit of danger of theft, or pickpocket for those tourists that stick out in any crowd. Just a couple blocks off the main plaza...

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  • Need a Map and Good Map Reader

    Do not always let your partner take the lead and read a map without even knowing the terrain, or direction of sites WE are trying to find. I gave up some times and let her have the map, in that she thought she would know the way. NOT. With the small land narrow streets, it is difficult to look up and find landmarks, but for years I have done well...

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  • Graffiti-No Place to Have Any

    Of all places for people to put graffiti is on the Santa Ana Cathedral doors, among other spots noted around the city. How and why would such be allowed. let alone not taken off? Go figure. It is lack of reverance combined with lack of respect and little good upbringing-YES

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Tourist Traps

  • Prices are Steep for Not So unusual...

    The Triana and Muelle shopping areas are the two largest that draw people/tourists. Be careful not to overpay for items. We noted that a lot had a premium to what they should sell for, and therefor, not worth the seek and find venture.

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  • Be aware when calling overseas!!

    Spanish phones are very, very expensive when calling overseas. After spending in phone booths a lot of Euros, i learnt my lesson! A friend gave me a number that he uses and he gets much cheaper rates. I call through this number which is 902 99 53 01, from any land line or phone booth, and all i pay is just 4 cents a minute at nights and weekends,...

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  • Time share touts

    Step of the bus at Maspalomas and wham they are there to bother the life out of you.Go for a stroll - car screeches up = rats again = take your own scratch cards and give them out to this bunch of low lifeDon't take up any offer from them

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria What to Pack

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    by MaheshSamtani Written Apr 5, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: If you happen to carry any electrical stuff like hair dryers or just a simple charger for your mobile telephone - you will have to take into account that the electrical systems admit only the 2 pin round plug as shown in the picture. If you are coming in from Britain you might want to buy an adapter to be able to use your stuff in Spain. It may be a little difficult to get it in any normal electrical store. If you happen to have a El Corte Ingles department store near you - they sell adapters for different systems.
    The Spanish system is compatible with most European plug sockets – except mainly for the British 3 pin plug - so get that adapter.

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Off The Beaten Path

  • Over the clouds

    This is fantastic! You are right abow the clouds...Tejeda ;high peeks of the island

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  • The Guia Cheese Fair,

    The northern borough of Santa Maria de Guia gets into a festive mood at the end of April – beginning of May, when locals and visitors alike can enjoy a trip to one of Gran Canaria’s most traditional celebrations – The Guia Cheese Fair, where, everyone can enjoy Canarian folklore music, autoctonous sports and typical island products. The star of the...

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  • Be careful when booking accommodation

    The apartment complex we stayed at was off the beaten path to nowhere - outside Maspalomas - had to take a bus to the beach & usually a taxi back as the bus lines were L O N G...........Can't remember the name - don't think I want to!

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Sports & Outdoors

  • Surfing

    The surf conditions that exist in certain parts of the coast of Gran Canaria have made it possible to develop various forms of water sports that are based on the exploitation of this phenomenon, the most notable being windsurfing, surfing and bodyboarding, the latter being better known as "boogie" on the island.

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  • Scuba Diving in Puerto Rico

    I can highly recommend diving with Top Diving, based in Puerto Rico. These guys are very professional, knowledgeable and above all Fun! They are PADI registered with the owners being very experienced PADI instructors, one is a Master instructor. From basic try-dives to the more challenging El-Cabron reef dive they go out of their way to make sure...

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  • Sailing

    Sailing in Gran Canaria is a sailor’s dream, during the months of April to October even more so, with some of the best practicing conditions! Local sailing clubs have produced several Olympic champions. There are sailing centres at Las Palmas, here the annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) departs from. Also in the south coast, specifically...

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Favorites

  • The nature

    The nature on the Island is fantastic! The island has 4 different climate zones and that makes it very interesting and fascinating just to drive around and look around.

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  • strolling high and low around Las Palmas

    Weather, a proper combination of city life and pristine place away from vibrant civilzation. Seems like a wonderful place to live in. Imagine living on the coastline, in the almost perfect weather all year long, together half of million inhabitants (hence, town has sufficient infrastructure for any city-spoiled person like me).There are couple of...

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  • Colombina Library

    Vegueta is the oldest and most distinguished area of the city. Its beautiful houses are a fine example of "architectural symbiosis", colonial and local styles being merged into one. Of the wide variety of buildings which the visitor will come across in the area special attention should be given to the San Antonio Abad Chapel (15th century, rebuilt...

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Plaza Espiritu SAnto-Episcopal Palace
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CAthedral Santa Ana
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Museo Canaria-City Museum
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Colon House Inside
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Columbus House-CAsa de Colon
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Shopping on the Triana-major avenue
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Shopping is the Major Draw for Tourists
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Extremely rude pick up driver
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Best Tapas!
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Super Beach!
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Take a Gua Gua
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El Muelle shopping center.
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Parque San Telmo and the bus terminal.
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Parque Doramas - a park named after a king.
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WOMAD 2009!
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Mercado Central in Las Palmas.
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El Corte Inglés - shopping center.
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Excellent Chinese Buffet in the Las Cantaras area.
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Parque de Santa Catalina.
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Plaza del Pilar Nuevo.
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Playa de las Canteras.
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Chinese wholesales.
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Plaza de Santa Ana.
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The Cathedral - Santa Iglesia Catedral de Canarias
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The Promenade by Playa de Las Canteras.
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Travelling to Gran Canaria from Tenerife and back
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Guagua
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Arcitecture on Las Canteras
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Las Canteras
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Plaza de España
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Fantastic Libanese food!
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Charming restaurant with typical Canarian food
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Free Bicycles
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Tortilla sandwich
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Plaza de Cairasco
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Gabinete Literario
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Plaza de las Ranas (Todd's square)
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