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 Espiritu SAnto by the cathedral, the were two people following us, and not to ask a question. I noted a couple of times where we were getting "sized up" for a potential unsavory thing that may take place-like attack for a wallet, or worse. It is somewhat desolate around some streets, so help may not be available, and I felt the locals would not want to get involved.
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
Even though Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's weather has been rated the best in the world, some days of the year you have the "calima" where you get cloudy skies for a few days in a row, Do not despair, in the south will be clear! Head towards Playa del ingles.
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 and plan ahead. So another viewpoint is sometimes not the resolve I want.
Be careful where you go. Try to avoid places that are not safe. Pickpockets strike where there are a lot of tourists.
Do not drink water from the tap: it is not fit to drink. Use bottled water if you do not want to be in the bathroom all day. The rule on using bottled water goes for cooking too. That is normal in islands. I used to drink a lot of beer as well. Haha
Be careful downtown. There are places where there are a lot of stalls.
You might think you are getting a deal buying electronic equipment at these stalls, but it is counterfeit, oftentimes of inferiour quality, and certainly without a warranty. If you want to buy this kind of item you should go to reputable places like malls and department stores like Corte Ingles. Of course, it is more expensive but you get what you pay for.
It really does jam, a lot and often. Only the main G2 highway allows some relief, but it also does back up a lot and most of the day form what I can determine. There are not enough streets for the vehicles and the side streets are so very narrow, it is difficult to use and pass through.
Sometimes mainly youngsters who are trying to talk to you about time sharing, can be disturbing, best thing to do is pretend that you don't know there language, I always said that I only understood Portuguese.
We booked CANARIO's one-day excursion to visit the mountains and villages which are deep inside the mountain area of Gran Canaria. The taxi driver ( in a blue car) came 45 minutes' late to pick us up at our hotel to take us to a departure point of the tour group.When he arrived at the hotel, he signaled us to come to his car by moving his index finger back and forth. Its a very rude manner (we are not prostitutes).We asked why he is so late. He suddenly became rude and start saying "no problem" "no problem". He did not explain why he was so late but also took a rude offensive attitude, saying that he does not understand English (before he spoke fluently). We are extremely offended and got out of his taxi and left. Such a person is not of course a representative of the tourism in Las Palmas of Gran Canaria. But he is a spoiler of the generally hospitable local tourist image.
I am not criticizing the tour itself or the agency but the driver hired by the agency to pick up tourists from different hotels in Las Palmas. When you call this agency, please make sure that you will be picked up on time and politely.