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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The port of Las Palmas is one of the main ports in Spain. It is a port that handles fishing, passenger, commercial, and sports boats. The haven has been supplying ships travelling through the Middle Atlantic for five centuries. In 2007, the port handled 907,782 passengers, and the cruise passenger traffic is rising. The Santa Catalina cruise terminal can berth two vessels and is in the heart of the city. Regional buses and taxis are available to take people further on their journey, but the city is also small enough to be explored on foot.  

Cruises that include Las Palmas are available from many of the top cruise companies, such as Thomson, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises. Cruising to Las Palmas may include stops at interesting places, including the Azores, and other ports in Spain, Portugal, or Morocco. Alternatively, the cruise may concentrate on the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands have pleasant weather all year round, so many of the cruise lines will head towards the south in the winter, and Las Palmas is a major winter turnover port.

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Why visit Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ?


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Las Palmas has the feel of mainland Spain

There is an eclectic mix of other cultures including Chinese, African, and Indian

The city is the ninth largest in Spain, and the lively bars, bustling shopping districts, and hooting traffic, give the city an energetic feel. Vegueta is the city’s oldest quarter, and here you will find stylish bars and boutiques. Whilst you are admiring the goods, take a look at the architecture. The neighbourhood was built in the 15th century and was declared of artistic and historic interest in the 1970s. Down its narrow streets, you will find some of the oldest buildings in Las Palmas, including the Hospital San Martin.  

At the other end of town is the magnificent beach Playa de las Canteras, stretching for 3 kilometres of sun-kissed yellow sand, the beach is considered one of the finest city beaches in the world. You can admire the view whilst strolling along its attractive promenade, but the beach’s biggest attraction is the La Barra, a reef which at low tide creates a giant salty swimming pool which is ideal for snorkelling. Venture behind the beach and you will find a maze of streets with some excellent restaurants serving Canarian dishes and more.  

To delve into the history of Las Palmas, visit the Casa-Museo de Colon which documents the voyage of Columbus, and exhibits regarding the historical role the Canary Islands have played as a staging post for transatlantic shipping. One of the museum’s star exhibits is the model galleon on the ground floor. It is said that the crucifix came from Columbus’s ship. Upstairs you will find an art gallery and models of Las Palmas. Look out for the historical maps dating from the early 16th century. The museum is worth visiting for its architecture alone, which is a fine example of traditional Canarian architecture. The building is constructed around two balconied patios with palm trees, fountains, and parrots.

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