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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
For our other Canary Islands posts, please see:
- Why You Should Visit Canary Islands
- Gran Canaria: Beyond Beer & Resorts
- Gran Canaria Landscapes: Photo Essay
- Best Hikes on Gran Canaria (with Kids)
- Tenerife: A Perfect Family Holiday
- Tenerife Landscapes: Photo Essay
- How to do Canary Islands on a Budget
- Best Hikes on Tenerife (with Kids)