A day in Las Palmas – a relaxing itinerary

Las Palmas itinerary (1 day)

Our week on Gran Canaria was spent mostly hiking and admiring its volcanic beauty. But one day we decided to take a break from our nature treks by venturing into the capital of this island, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

This port city was founded in the 15th century and has had a colourful history of conquests and pirate raids. It has a pleasant and relaxed vibe. Its architecture and roots are colonial.

We’ve compiled for you a list of top things to see in Las Palmas. You can easily see these sights in one day. The first four you can visit on foot while strolling through the streets of the city. The last three are a short drive away from the historical city centre.

Catedral de Santa Ana (Saint Anne’s Cathedral)

This church built in the 16th century, is considered to be one of the most important religious monuments on the Canary Islands.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Casa de Colón (Columbus House)

Literally steps away from the Cathedral of Santa Ana, you can admire the governor’s house visited by Christopher Columbus in 1492 on his way to America.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Plaza de las Ranas (the Square of the Frogs)

A few minutes on foot from the cathedral, you can relax in this beautiful square. Punctuated by little restaurants and cafes and shaded by large trees, this is a perfect place to have lunch or cool off at midday.

Las Palmas

Las Palmas

Colourful houses of the San Juan district

If you want to see the most picturesque sight of Las Palmas, head towards the hill of the San Juan district. The colourful houses in this neighbourhood rival those found in Cinque Terre or Amalfi coast.

Las Palmas

Castillo de San Cristobal (Castle of Saint Christopher)

Located in the fishing district of Las Palmas, the castle is not really a castle at all. It is in fact a watch tower that had survived the attack by Sir Francis Drake in the late 16th century only to fall to the Dutch a few years later.

Las Palmas

La Playa de la Laja beach

If you’re looking for a place away from tourists and preferred by locals, you can visit this black sand beach, located off highway GC-31 as you’re leaving Las Palmas toward the airport.

Las Palmas

El Tritón de la Laja (The Triton Statue)

Five minutes on foot from the La Laja beach, you will find this giant statue of the son of the Greek god Poseidon. Unveiled in 2011, this giant stands about ten metres tall.

Las Palmas

Have you been to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria? What was your favourite thing to see in this Spanish port city? We’d love to hear from you so feel free to comment below. And please subscribe to our blog (scroll down to do so).

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  1. Looks absolutely glorious! Would love to go! xxx

    1. Avatar BPK

      You will love it when you go! It’s an amazing city.

  2. Avatar Tangible Designs

    So jealous! All of these places look beautiful! I need to travel to a place like this one day. So full of color and history! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Avatar BPK

      Awww, thank you so much! We have some travel price hacking tips in some of existing blogs like this one: https://www.packyourbags.org/canary-islands-budget/ and we will have many more coming in the future. 🙂

  3. Avatar Bexa

    Gran Canaria is such a lovely island, I went there on holiday a couple of years ago. If I go back I would love to see those colourful houses in San Juan, they look awesome. Thanks for sharing your recommendations ? xx

    Bexa | hellobexa.com

    1. Avatar BPK

      Our pleasure! Yes, the houses were quite a surprise to discover. We were just walking around and there they were. Love stumbling upon beautiful things.

  4. Avatar Beka

    Las Palmas looks beautiful – especially the square of the frogs, I’d love it visit there, it looks so peaceful and tranquil! Lovely post & photos!

    Beka | bekadaisies.com

    1. Avatar BPK

      Thank you so much!

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