4 Things You Need To Do When in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
The secret to a good holiday is to familiarise yourself with your destination and find out the things that you shouldn’t miss while you’re there. One of the coolest destinations to visit is Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, and at Falcon Holidays we’ve selected some of the things that you need to do in Las Palmas for a successful trip and a fantastic Gran Canaria experience.
Unwind on the beaches
You don’t have to hit the beach the minute you set foot on Las Palmas turf, but you shouldn’t leave the city without spending a little time on one of its five great beaches. Las Canteras is the main one of these and it is a real jewel. Take a walk to the southern end of the beach and you can appreciate a spot of culture by viewing the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, which is a tribute to the tenor from the Canaries and is also the home of the city’s philharmonic orchestra.
Relax in Parque Doramas
In a city that receives so many visitors, head to Parque Doramas to steal a few moments of peace and tranquillity in a fine park. The statues and water features, as well as the array of plants and flowers, will invoke a sense of calm while you’re in Las Palmas. The park is also a nice place to take the kids because, besides the two playgrounds, if you’re lucky you and the family can catch a puppet show on a Sunday afternoon.
Marvel at the scenery
There’s nothing like the adventure of being in a new city, but nature lovers — and explorers too — will have the opportunity to get away from urban life with a visit to Caldera de Bandama. Situated towards the edge of Las Palmas and of geological interest, this volcanic crater boasts a depth of 200 metres. Rising 569 metres above sea level, the staggering view from the top of the crater is a handsome reward.
Visit the squares and markets
There are several squares in Las Palmas, and you should start with the Plaza de Santa Ana. There you’ll find the Santa Ana Cathedral standing proud. You can grab the lift up to the bell tower, or tackle the 216 steps to the top — whichever option you choose a view of the ships entering the harbour awaits you at the end.
The Mercado Central (central market) in the Alcaraveneras neighbourhood is the place to go for fabulous fresh fruit to enjoy during the sunny weather. Open between 7.00 am and 2.00 pm from Monday to Saturday, the produce is seasonal and locally sourced, so you can taste Gran Canaria’s finest fruit. You can also dig into a traditional Spanish breakfast at the back of the market, in the form of churros – long strips of doughnut designed for dipping into a mug of lovely warm chocolate.
These are four things you simply can’t leave out in Las Palmas. This mixture of nature, catching sunshine, taking in culture and tasting some of the local produce creates a fulfilling holiday in the city. Why not book a trip to Las Palmas with Falcon Holidays and experience the goodness of Las Palmas?