Las Palmas in Gran Canaria – a city and beach combination


If you are on your Gran Canaria holiday, and are staying in the capital – Las Palmas – you probably want to pack in as much as possible during your city and beach break. From a golden sandy beach, to lush gardens, you can easily explore this city on foot.

Gran Canaria is one the most popular of the Spanish Canary Islands. The airport is located approximately 30 minutes from the heart of the capital, so it won’t be long until you’re settled in your hotel ready to explore what this destination has to offer.

There are many things to see and do on your Las Palmas holiday, but we’ve brought you just 5 that we believe you should not miss. Of course, with the Covid-19 situation, you may find certain restrictions in place regarding social distancing, number of people permitted in attractions, and some may even have reduced opening times.

Casa de Colon

Walk in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus. He stayed here whilst waiting for repairs to be completed on his ship during his first voyage in 1492. The house was originally built in the 15th century and later restored in the 18th century. It is now an excellent museum.

Casa de Colon in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

On your visit here, expect to see a life size replica of parts of the ship – la Nina. Also on show are some of this explorer’s charts and navigational instruments, together with a copy of the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas. This treaty divided the nearly discovered lands outside Europe between Spain and Portugal. You will also find references to the history of Las Palmas, and a good selection of paintings dating as far back as the 16th century.

Museo Elder

This is a wonderful science and technology museum with over 200 exhibits. Many of the exhibits are fully interactive, where touching the exhibits is encouraged. An excellent place for children and adults to learn about mathematics, biology and technology.

Museo Elder in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Included in the exhibits you will find a planetarium and a glass house with Canaries ecosystems. Museo Elder is open Tuesday to Sunday and is located in the central Santa Catalina Park

Parque de San Telmo

Take life at a more sedate pace, and visit this lovely park full of palms, and places to rest. A green Oasis in the middle of the city! There are plenty of opportunities to sit and watch the world go by.

The park is famous for its kiosk cafe which is decorated in Art Nouveau style with ceramic tiles. Selling hot and cold drinks together with snacks. It is also famous for its small church the Ermita de San Telmo (the patron saint of fishermen). Smaller children will enjoy the playground nearby with the normal swings and slides.

Parque de San Telmo in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

If you are visiting Las Palmas around Christmas time, then the children will undoubtedly enjoy the parks mini fun fair. The park is located next to the bus station of San Telmo, just to the north of the Catedral de Santa Ana.

Playa de las Canteras

You wouldn’t really expect to be able to spend time on a beach whilst you were on a city break. However, Las Palmas is famous for its main beach – playa de las Canteras – which is 3 km long.  Beware though as the beach can become crowded during the summer months.

Playa de las Canteras in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

With Gran Canaria benefiting from all year good weather, you may find you spend more time on the beach than first anticipated. The promenade behind the beach is a great place to take a walk during the warm evenings. Stroll past coffee shops fresh-fish restaurants, pavement cafes and ice cream parlours. This is also a favourite place for cruise ship passengers as the ships dock just five minutes away.

Pueblo Canario

Whilst you are in the heart of the city take a stroll around Pablo Canario. This is a recreation of a traditional Canarian village. You can find live performances of Canarian folk music, including instrumental tunes, singers, and dancers in traditional costume.

Pueblo Canario in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

All this happens every Thursday afternoon, and Sunday morning. Take advantage of the tables on the outdoor pavements, and watch the proceedings in comfort. You may even be encouraged to join in the dancing. You will need to get here early in order to get the best seating areas. Whilst here you can also visit one of Las Palma’s galleries – called Museo Nestor.

Of course, during your stay in the city of Las Palmas, you will require hotel accommodation. The city does have a good number of four, and five-star hotels. Below are 3 that may be of interest to you.

Santa Catalina a Royal Hideaway Hotel : 5 Star

Located in the centre of Las Palmas with wonderful views, and surrounded by gardens. The hotel is in Doramas Park. The hotel’s history dates back to 1890, and complimenting the historic features of the hotel, you will find luxurious rooms, and facilities that are second to none. For an added touch of luxury why not stay in a suite where you will benefit from access to the rooftop infinity pool. The hotel is close to the Marina, and within the immediate vicinity you will find Pueblo Canario, Museo Nestor, and of course Doramas Park – a wonderful place to relax.

Santa Catalina Hotel in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

The hotel has three bars including a cocktail bar, pool bar, and piano bar together with 4 restaurants serving a range of Spanish, local , and international cuisine. You will find a large outdoor swimming pool with complementary pool towels. There is also a gymnasium available to adult guests. The hotel has just over 200 dreams over 5 floors.

Design Plus Bex Hotel : 4 Star

Totally different to the Santa Catalina is the Design Plus Bex hotel. This is a stylish boutique-style hotel with designer interiors. Located within a short walking distance of Playa de las Canteras beach, this hotel is ideally situated for you to explore the city.

Design Bex Plus Hotel in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

The hotel has a lobby bar, rooftop bar, and a buffet restaurant. There are just under 100 rooms located over 11 floors. If you are feeling active then you can use the air conditioned gym, but please note this hotel does not have a swimming pool. However, it does have a rooftop sun terrace with a small number of sun loungers.

Reina Isabel Hotel : 4 Star

This four-star hotel is also located in the heart of the city. You will be ideally located near to the Las Canteras beach, as well as a good variety of shops bars and restaurants. This hotel has a rooftop pool with panoramic views, as well as a gymnasium.

Reina Isabel Hotel in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

The pool area is surrounded by sun beds and parasols, as well as complimentary pool towels. The main restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. There is also a restaurant serving international cuisine for lunch and dinner located on the rooftop terrace offering wonderful views. You will find a pool bar as well as a beach bar. The hotel has 225 rooms located over 8 floors.

Of course, with all hotels during the Covid-19 situation, you may find certain facilities unavailable such as gym and spa facilities. Hotels are also tending to have social distancing measures around the pool area as well as in their bars and restaurants. You may find buffet meals are already plated for you. Hotels currently have masking procedure in place at reception, and when you enter bars and restaurants.  You may also see signage showing the flow of guests around the hotel.

Las Palmas is an ideal destination for holidaymakers seeking the best of both worlds – a city and beach break. The difficult decision is whether to stay for a long weekend break or longer.

Gail Hewitt is Owner and Director of Corona Holidays. Corona Holidays are specialists in tailor-made holidays to the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, and European city breaks.

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Comments (7)

  1. Maggie says:

    I would probably choose to stay at the Design Plus Bex Hotel. I’ve stayed at far too many bland corporate hotels on business where the beige boxes look pretty much the same.

    The ideas of travel is to break out of the run of the mill routine. I like staying in design hotels which shake up my ideas on interior design. Usually I return home with a couple of things that I want to try out. It is far too easy to be boring and conventional with your own home. I’m always looking for some inspiration.

    • Steph says:

      Wow really well said! That’s the whole point of traveling in my mind too! I love getting the opportunity to break out of my comfort zone and try new things. It really helps me to become more confident and see the world with new eyes. This seems like a perfect place to do just that!

  2. Bolupe says:

    I absolutely loved my holiday to Gran Canaria last October. It was the perfect escape from the chilly Autumn winds in the UK. We had did a road trip from Maspalomas to Las Palmas and it was just a breathtaking sight. We didn’t have enough time to explore 3 out of the 5 things you suggested and we hope to return in the future.

    • Jeff says:

      That sounds really exciting. I really don’t know that much about this area of the world. Thanks for sharing that trip, I’m going to have to look it up and check out some pictures for myself.

  3. Yoo Hee says:

    I know Gran Canaria because of the tennis player Carla Suarez Navarro (retired now). Seeing it in pictures makes me think it’s really like a quiet place and much slower than Barcelona or Madrid. I love the vintage vibe of Casa de Colon. The facade is beautiful with that intricate door and window treatment. I would take a lot of pictures in front of that while imagining tha Columbus was there a few hundred years ago. When’s the best time to go there for the beach? I don’t want to jostle with the crowds, but also want to enjoy a milder weather.

    • Wendy says:

      I was thinking about the other cities you mentioned while reading this. And it’s nice to now that Gran Canaria offers a slower pace. I’ll have to keep that in mind, I’d love to get to Spain sooner than later.

  4. Dana says:

    This place is certainly new to me. I love beach towns so I was hoping for a photo of the beach. It looks a little crowded here but I’m sure there must be times when the tourist season is low. Sometimes traveling in Europe is better that way.

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