Las Palmas: A city with history, culture and beaches

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A tourist destination for everyone

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that offers something for everyone. With its rich history, lively cultural life and beautiful beaches, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is an ideal tourist destination for any traveller, regardless of their interests or budget.

 

The city is a mix of cultures, with Spanish, African and Caribbean influences. This is reflected in its architecture, gastronomy, and traditions.

We'll explore the main attractions of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. We'll start with a brief history of the city, followed by a description of its most important cultural sites. Then, we'll dive into its beautiful beaches, and finally we'll look at some accommodation options in Las Palmas.

 

We hope this will help you plan your trip to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Let the adventure begin!

A city more than 500 years old
Old image in the Vegueta neighborhood

The history of a cosmopolitan city

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a city with a rich history dating back to the 15th century.

 

It was founded by Castilians in 1478 and quickly became an important commercial port. The city witnessed many significant historical events, such as the Battle of Las Palmas in 1595, in which the British attempted to take the city.

 

Although it's now the capital of the island, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria wasn't always the capital. Before 1822, the capital was Gáldar.

The city throughout time

The first inhabitants

The first inhabitants of the area now occupied by Las Palmas de Gran Canaria were the aboriginal Canary Islanders, who arrived at the islands around 2,000 years ago. The aborigines lived in caves and built stone dwellings, as well as they cultivated the land and raised animals.

 

The Castilian conquest

In 1478, the Spanish conquered the island of Gran Canaria. The city of Las Palmas was founded by Juan Rejón and Pedro de Vera. The Spaniards built a fortress in the city to protect it from pirate attacks.

 

The Modern Age

During the Modern Age, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria became an important trading port. The city was a stopping point for ships travelling between Europe and America. Las Palmas also became a centre of the fishing industry.

 

The Contemporary Age

During the Contemporary Age, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria continued to grow and prosper. The city became an indispensable tourist centre. Las Palmas also became a cosmopolitan city, with a population of diverse origin.

Front view of the cathedral of Las Palmas

Unique monuments

Places of interest in Las Palmas

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is noted for its many important monuments. Its historic centre, Vegueta, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to numerous monuments and places of interest, such as the Cathedral of Santa Ana, the Canarian Museum and the Castillo de la Luz.

 

The city also has a wide variety of museums, theatres, art galleries and cultural venues, which offer an extensive programme throughout the year.

 

It also has one of the most significant ports in the country, the Puerto de la Luz.

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Sand, sun and sea

The Beaches of Las Palmas

Ready to discover the beaches of Las Palmas? The beaches of the capital city are some of the most beautiful and quietest in Gran Canaria. Their fine sand and gentle waves invite you to rest and relax.

The area has a wide variety of beaches for all ages and needs. From the urban beach of Las Canteras, perfect for families, to the beach of La Laja, ideal for surf lovers, Las Palmas offers a beach for every taste.

What are you waiting for to enjoy a day of sun and sea in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria?
Bull reina isabel hotel with views of the beach las canteras

Are you looking for accommodation in Las Palmas?

Bull Reina Isabel pool

Bull Reina Isabel & Spa

The Hotel Bull Reina Isabel & Spa is a 4-star hotel located on the seafront of Las Canteras Beach, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Our spa, one of the best on the island, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

 

We offer a wide range of rooms and suites, all with sea or city views. Our hotel also has a swimming pool, solarium, two bars, a buffet restaurant and four function rooms.


Looking for a place to relax and enjoy a luxury holiday? The Bull Reina Isabel Hotel & Spa is the perfect choice for you.

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Bull Reina Isabel & Spa
  • Airport
    Airport
    28 Km
  • Port
    Port
    4 Km
  • Bus station
    Bus station
    2 Km
  • Urban center
    Urban center
    7 Km
  • Beach
    Beach
    50 m
  • Shops
    Shops
    1 Km

Bull Astoria

The Bull Astoria *** is a hotel located in the centre of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, just a few metres from the beach. With up to three different accommodation options: single room, double room and superior room (recently renovated).

 

The rooms are spacious and comfortable, designed to guarantee your rest and that of your loved ones. We also have a bar, solarium, sauna, swimming pool and gym on the top floor. In our buffet restaurant, we serve breakfast and dinner.

 

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Bull Astoria hotel pool
Bull Astoria
  • Airport
    Airport
    26 Km
  • Port
    Port
    6 Km
  • Bus station
    Bus station
    2 Km
  • Urban center
    Urban center
    5 Km
  • Beach
    Beach
    200 m
  • Shops
    Shops
    1.5 Km