The capital Las Palmas lies north-east of Gran Canaria, and is perfect for a beach holiday. There’s a special flair here on the Atlantic, and it’s something you simply have to experience. The town has been joined to the tiny island of La Isleta by an artificial strip of ground.

The historic harbour is on the eastern side. To the west is the famous beach of Las Canteras, with its kilometer-long beach promenade and many hotels, restaurants and shops. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy memorable sunsets.

The crystal blue sea is perfect for bathing and surfing. In the evenings, Las Palmas becomes a veritable party stronghold with its numerous bars and clubs. The Canarian town offers lots of cultural attractions as well as sun, sand and sea including the Columbus House, for instance, where the seafarer Christopher Columbus spent some time, or one of the many museums.

Those who would like to experience the fabulous natural backdrop of Gran Canaria on foot would do well to visit the Bandama National Park, which is just south of the town. You can climb down a huge volcanic crater and admire the amazing views of the island from the rim of the crater. One thing is certain: boredom doesn’t happen on Las Palmas.

City Facts

  • Location

    Most heavily populated town on the Canary Islands.

  • Population

    About 381,000

  • Size

    Approx. 100 km²

  • Public transport

    Extensive and good bus network.

  • Climate

    Subtropical climate. The weather on the island is warm all year round. Summers are very dry and warm, and even in January the average temperature is 20 degrees.

  • Best time to visit

    All year. The high season for tourists is from June until August.

  • Good to know

    The Canary Islands are not named after the little yellow bird, but in fact the word comes from the Latin word for dog (canis) – so the translation would be “Island of the Dogs”.

  • Nice to know

    Las Palmas shares the title of capital with Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

  • Airport

    Airport Gran Canaria, about 20 km south of Las Palmas.

  • Bus

    The no. 60 runs from the airport to Las Palmas twice an hour. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

  • Taxi

    Taxi ranks are outside the Arrivals hall. The journey from the airport to the town takes approx. 20 minutes.