Las Palmas is Gran Canaria's capital and is located in the northeast of the island between the two wonderful beaches of Playa de las Canteras and Playa de las Alcaravaneras. There is much to do in Las Palmas. Here is a large selection of fun and relaxation during the holiday. Las Palmas has the best of both worlds, metropolis and beach life. If you want to experience special festivities celebrated, you should come during the carnival in January / February / March, or June 24 and participate in the Fiestas Fundacionales de San Juan (St. John's festival). The best shopping is along the pedestrian street Triana. If you are looking for designer clothes, larger department stores and shopping centers you can go to the newer part, Catalina. If you want to take it a little quieter, the old town, Vegueta, applies. There are market halls and concert halls, and a lot of artists' shops, museums, gift shops and butchers and bakers etc. Playa de las Canteras beach is 4 km long and there are nice walking paths after the beach. The sea along the reef is always just warm and nice. Read about other attractions in Gran Canaria on the Maspalomas page. During the description of Maspalomas we also tell a little about the fun and excursions.
Casa de Colón (Columbus House) Casa de Colón is one of Las Palma's most beautiful buildings. In this palace lived the island's first governor and it is alleged that Kristoffer Columbus lived here when he got one of his ships repaired in 1492, which is why the house is called Casa de Colón (Columbus House). Santa Anas Cathedral In the Vegueta district lies the Santa Ana Cathedral, which was the Canary Islands' first church and was commissioned by Los Reyes Católicos after the conquest of Gran Canaria in 1478. It began to be built around 1500 and was not completed until nearly four hundred years later Parque Doramas A beautifully designed park with water games, interesting sculptures, a municipal pool and many plants. Also nearby are Pueblo Canario (Canary Village) and Museo Néstor. Santa Catalina Neighborhood with a buzzing crowd. Most major stores are located here. In the middle of the district is the large and lively Parque Santa Catalina, a square with palm trees and flower plantations where a large part of the nightlife takes place.