If you are planning a holiday in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, the following information may help by giving you an overview on the resort.
Las Palmas lies like a long and narrow ribbon on the island’s northeast tip. There are four district zones of interest: Vagueta, Triana, Ciudad Jardin and Playa de las Canteras.
The monumental historic centre and adjoins Triana. Only a few metres away from the site of the military encampment, from which the first settlement originated, you will find the Plaza Santa Ana with its entrance guarded by bronze statues of dogs. Among impressive historic buildings to see are the Palacio Regental, a largely 17th century building serving as residence of the president of Gran Canaria’s High Court of Law, the elegant 19th century building of the Casas Consistorialies [Offices of Island Government] and the Palacio Episcopal [Bishop’s Palace], of which only an ornate single storey facade remained after the great fire of 1599, and the imposing Catedral de Santa Ana.
A commercial district with fine examples of modernista architecture, a style of flowing curves and curious shapes. This is one of the oldest districts of Las Palmas and has a multitude of shops, ranging from tiny old-fashioned shops to big chain and department stores and upmarket boutiques.
In the south of Triana, almost opposite the Mercado Publico, you will find the Teatro Perez Galdos, named after the famous writer, a bit neglected from the outside, but with opulent interior decorations and an auditorium for 1400 spectators. Today, the theatre is the best in Las Palmas and one of the best in the Canary Islands. Nearby, is the Casa Museo de Perez Galdos.
Close to here is a little square, the Palazoleta de Cairasco, where the splendid art-nouveau style Gainete Literario is located, a building originally constructed in 1894 as a theatre but now houses a literary society as well as a restaurant/cafe with a nice shady terrace.
[Garden City] is a leafy suburb created by British merchants in the 19th century, where you will find the Parque Doramas – a beautifully landscaped park with water cascades, interesting statues, a municipal swimming pool and numerous examples of flowers and plants. A monument depicting aboriginal people tumbling over a precipe to escape capture symbolises the resistance of the Guanche chief Doramas, after whom this part was named, against the Spanish invaders. Alsot enclosed in the Parque Doramas are the Pueblo Canario [Canary village] and the Museo Nestor.
A quick hop across town take you to Parque Santa Catalina and the splendid beach – Playa del las Canteras.
Playa de las Canteras
was Gran Canaria’s first tourist resort, with lots of hotels, offices, shops, restaurants, bars and one of Spain’s best urban beaches – the Playa de las Canteras – from which this district holds its name. At the southern end of Playa de las Canteras, a landscaped promenade leads to the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, a masterpiece of modern architecture and home to the Las Palmas Philharmonic Orchestra. Constructed in solid natural stone, this Auditorio boasts ten concert halls and serves as venue for operas, concerts as well as the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival and the Canary Islands Classical Music Festival.
Las Palmas has a large infrastructure of hotels and apartments, and its harbour – Puerto de la Luz – is one of the most important of all Europe, giving the city a very cosmopolitan image. Today, Las Palmas is a bustling city overflowing with Spanish ambiance, history and culture. The Lucha canaria [canarian fight] and the vela latina canaria [Canarian latin sailing] are native sports that origin ted in Las Palmas. Almost every weekend you can observe vela latina canaria regattas going out to sea.
If you want to experience some special festivities in Las Palmas, the come during the carnival period – usually in February and March – or on June 24 to participate in the San Juan fiestas.
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