The history of the Canarian aborigines, fun science, natural pools, hiking, unforgettable sunsets… the capital of Gran Canaria has options for all travelers.
With the arrival of spring and Easter getting closer, it is time to organize the next getaway. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has the most original plans for all types of travelers, with all its culture and history to discover, gastronomy for the most demanding palates, sports and nature or options for the whole family. Among the endless possibilities, here we highlight seven plans that you cannot miss this spring:
Discover the history of Gran Canaria
To begin with, nothing like landing in the city with a cultural plan through the history of the island of Gran Canaria and its capital. The Museo Canario, located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Vegueta, offers an interesting journey through the oldest era of the island, from prehistory to the European conquest of the 15th century. Through the visit to its exhibitions you can learn about the history of the “canaries”, aborigines of the island, their customs and archaeological remains. A perfect option to discover the lesser-known history of the island.
Science and Technology
From the oldest history of the island we pass to the latest technological advances. Continuing with the tour of the most interesting museums in the city, the Elder Museum of Science and Technology is an ideal plan for the curious and fans of the latest innovations and discoveries, as well as for kids. Located in Parque Santa Catalina −which is always worth a visit after finishing the most scientific plan in the city−, the museum is designed to be able to touch, manipulate and discover the most fun and interesting part of technology in an original way. Learning math and physics has never been so much fun.
World wide gastronomy
If something characterizes Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, it is its cosmopolitan spirit, and proof of this is its incredible gastronomy, with an international offer that represents the multicultural nature of the capital. The best way to enjoy this variety is to stop at the Mercado del Puerto. One step away from Las Canteras beach, the vital center of the city, is what was the first gastromarket in the Canary Islands, with more than 100 years of history. At their stalls you can go around the world through your palate, with typical Canarian dishes that join international Mexican, Brazilian, Italian or Scandinavian cuisine.
The natural pools of La Laja
The capital of Gran Canaria has multiple beaches where you can enjoy the most of the city’s unbeatable climate. Among them, La Laja, the place for those looking for a more original plan and a less touristy area of the coast. This black sand beach, in addition to a unique landscape, is home to the city’s natural pools, where you can take a different dip in the Atlantic. On the beach you can also see the sculpture of El Tritón, one of the icons of the city in a natural viewpoint over the ocean.
Diving in the Atlantic
Surfing, kayaking, sailing… the coast of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the perfect environment to practice any water sport. That is why one of the plans that everyone who visits the city cannot miss is discovering its underwater world in one of its more than twelve key diving spots. La Isleta and the surroundings of the Port are some of the main places in the city to dive, and even Las Canteras, ideal for discovering the seabed of the Gran Canaria coast while snorkeling.
Surround yourself with nature in the Barranco de Guiniguada
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a city of the sea, but also of nature, and to surround yourself with the banana and palm trees characteristic of the island, all you have to do is follow the footsteps of the Sendero de la Guiniguada, which takes travelers from the historic neighborhood from Vegueta to the ravine that gives the trail its name. By bike, running or walking, the route goes from the most urban part of the city to the Viera y Clavijo Botanical Garden, the largest botanical garden in Spain, passing through aboriginal caves along the way.
Sunset overlooking the ocean
To end the day in the best possible way, nothing like watching the sunset from the Las Coloradas viewpoint. The impressive views from the viewpoint of the El Confital are ideal for watching the sunset with the best panoramic view of the Atlantic coast of Gran Canaria. After this, a walk through the bay of El Confital perfectly completes the tour with the best views of the city’s skyline.