Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
A haven for sun-seekers
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the co-capital of the Canaries (sharing this honour with Santa Cruz de Tenerife). A hugely cosmopolitan city of three beaches, it’s said by some to have the best climate in the world – gateway to an island that’s a haven for sun-seekers all year round.
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|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 20.3░C
The city’s main place of worship has several centuries of heritage to offer the curious visitor. It’s easy to find, too. You can spot Santa Ana’s Cathedral pretty much wherever you are in town.
Must eat at:
Head out of town to the Casa Romantica in the idyllic Agaete Valley, where, surrounded by a tropical fruit plantation, you won’t be disappointed that you took the time and effort to get here. Good food, great views.
Must be there for:
Come in June and you won’t be able to miss the city’s main festival, the Fiesta de San Juan, which celebrates its foundation with a blaze of colour.
The Tarjeta Insular is a discount card that offers real value when it comes to getting around... with between 20 and 70% off bus travel.
There’s no need to travel a huge distance to find a great beach. The local beach, Playa de Las Canteras, is 4km long, so there’s plenty of space for everyone, even in the height of summer.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Spain.
Duty free shopping:
Although Gran Canaria/Las Palmas is part of Spain, the Canary Islands are outside of the EU Value Added Tax Area so you can benefit from duty free prices on certain items purchased when travelling to Gran Canaria/Las Palmas through our terminals. More information.