Playa de las Canteras, Las Palmas
The capital of Gran Canaria and a bustling holiday
resort, Las Palmas is situated on the northeastern tip of the
island, between two long and lovely stretches of beach. The city
was founded in 1478 and was the spot where Christopher Columbus
began each of his voyages to the Americas.
Much of the historic Vegueta district remains
charmingly intact behind the modern apartment blocks which line the
seafront, and there are many interesting ancient sights and museums
to visit. The ambience is lively and the sunshine seemingly ever
Interesting cultural offerings, fun festivals, and
highly renowned cuisine attract thousands of holidaymakers to Las
Palmas every year and make for a memorable stay. Of course, the
surrounding stretches of beach are also a big draw card, and the
fact that the city is the gateway to the whole island and the main
travel hub is an extra perk.
The warm waters surrounding Las Palmas provide
perfect conditions for all kinds of watersports for holidaymakers
to enjoy, including sailing and boating. Many of the resorts also
have their own tennis courts, golf courses, and other sporting
facilities. Whale watching is a popular activity and tickets can be
bought from companies taking tourists out on boats for the day.
Many exciting excursions to other destinations on the
island are possible by boat and by bus. Las Palmas promises some
good holiday shopping for those so inclined and the city also lures
travellers with an energetic nightlife. Holidaymakers in search of
a party should head to Plaza de Espana in the Mesa y Lopez
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