You are going to spend a weekend in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and you don't know where to start. Las Canteras, Vegueta, Ciudad Jardin... the list could be miles long but our time is limited. Pay attention to the essential things to see in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 48h (2 days).
Your plane just landed at Gran Canaria Airport and you are going to spend a couple of days in the capital city of Gran Canaria. You have not looked up anything to do? Don't worry, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a city with a lot of charm and SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS TO SEE! Keep reading to find out what you can do in 48h in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
We have spent our first night in the hotel and are about to start our first full day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Where do I start? There's so many places to see and so many things to do!
Keep calm and get breakfast. Canarians, specially during the time of the year where we feel a bit chillier, love going to Mercado de Vegueta and asking for a leche y leche (coffee with milk and condensed milk). If you are hungry, why not throw in some churros? It is more common to find big churros (porras) instead of the thin ones (madrileños). We have our churros with our coffee or the typical thick hot chocolate.
We now have the energy to see the historical center of Vegueta. This is the oldest part of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria that received the name of Real de Las Palmas in the XV century. You will not want to miss Santa Ana's Cathedral, the square and it's famous canarian dogs that guard it!
Advice: if the weather is good take advantage and go up the Cathedral's Tower. For 1.50€ you will be able to see the old part of the city. Also, if you like art history, you will appreciate the gothic flying buttress from the Cathedral. From below it appears to be in its majority neoclassical style. The opening times for the tower are from 10:00-16:00 during weekdays and on saturdays from 10:00-13:30.
Continue your visit through the narrow streets of Vegueta. Discover with us the Canarian Treasure that hides in its corners and visit the Casa de Colon and Museo Canario. Here you will learn more about Christopher Columbus's history on the island and about the history of canarian aborigins. Did you know that guancheswere the aboriginal people from Tenerife? In Gran Canaria they were known as canarii.
Now is the time to cross the Guiniguada Ravine and go into the neighbourhood of Triana. Do not worry, you will not have to cross any bridge or have the risk of getting lost. The neighbourhoods of Vegueta and Triana are divided by the Guiniguada Ravine, where now you can find a road. Before, there were bridges that joined these neighbourhoods and the ravine would pass below these. We recommend you look up a picture of how it used to be so you can imagine it better!
Additionally, if you are a person who likes hiking there is a hike through the Guiniguada Ravine. It connects after 8km with the Jardin Canario. A small escape to nature in the middle of the city!
Triana is one of the preferred areas by the city residents. Go to the Teatro Perez Galdos and if possible go inside for a visit. It has spectacular paintings in its walls from Nestor Martin-Fernandez de la Torre and it is worth a visit in your 48h in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Walk across the streets of Triana and don't forget to eat some icecream in Guirlache (our favourite options are Crema Reina, Crocanti or Turron) and find a canarian souvenir in La Molina. Other things to see: the Gabinete Literario, casa-museo Perez Galdos, or the museo Castillo de Mata.
At the end of Triana you will find the Parque de San Telmo, where the Estacion de San Telmo (bus station) is to get the bus that takes you to other parts of the island.
If you are already hungry there are tons of restaurants around the area. The most common places are around Mendizabal street in Vegueta or Cano street in the Triana neighbourhood. We recommen the Lagunetas restaurant around the Triana area and la Champiñonería in Vegueta. If you are a vegetarian, you might want to read more about alternatives in the area.
We have had an intense morning in the areas of Vegueta and Triana but it is time to get to know the port area of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Get bus 12 or 17 in the bus stop of the Theater or in the San Telmo bus station.
If you'd rather walk or ride a bike, you can go through the Avenida Marítima and enjoy the sea breeze. To your left you will see the Alcaravaneras Beach and the people who swim and play volleyball in it.
Do you like shopping and did not find anything of your liking in Triana? There is always Mesa y Lopez, a commercial avenue where the Corte Ingles department stores are located and there are well known stores. Very closeby we will find the Santa Catalina area where they put up the scenery for the CARNIVAL. Science lovers can enjoy the Elder Museum here.
Furthermore, around the zone you can visit the Poema del Mar aquarium that allows you to discover more about marine wildlife. Did you know a monster is hiding in Santa Catalina? Live with us the tour of Catalina’s monster ❤.
Walking around here you will get to Las Canteras Beach, one of the best beaches in Gran Canaria. It is essential to stroll by the Paseo de Las Canteras, and depending on the time, see the sunset from the beach.
In a side of the avenue we can find the Alfredo Kraus auditorium where with a bit of luck you will be able to listen to a concert. Moreover, next to the auditorium we can find the shopping mall Las Arenas, a meet up point for young canarian residents. The area of Las Canteras closer to the auditorium is known as 'la Cicer' and it is the beach area where waves are the biggest and surfers take advantage to do some tricks. Are you going to try as well?
On the other end of the avenue you can find the area of La Puntilla. It is full of restaurants with fresh fish, like La Oliva. Also, you will be able to find around here the Port Market (Mercado del Puerto). Go ahead and try out some canarian gastronomy and walk around the area.
How could you say you have lived a canarian experience without going for a swim in the Atlantic ocean? We offer you two very different alternatives. Getting bus number 12 direction Hoya La Plata, and getting off at the last stop, once you cross the bridge towards the Avenida Marítima you will reach La Laja Beach.
However, we recommend that instead of going to the beach you try the natural swimming pools. These get filled up when the tide is high, so they are full of sea wildlife. Bring some goggles with you so you can see what hides in its depths, some people have even seen stingrays!
And if you prefer staying around Las Canteras area, there is always the option of goign to Las Canteras beach. If you like swimming and the tide is low enough, you could reach la Barra, a rocky reef formation that protects Las Canteras Beach from waves. In La Barra canarian people like going to the open sea side and letting water rise them and leave them in La Barra, as if it was a lift. Be careful where you step as there could be sea urchins!
After spending some time in Las Canteras, or if you prefer it, you can always come to El Confital. Around La Isleta area, the Confital beach offers its visitants the most natural views of the city. It is a nice hike that separates you from urban life. Bring a chorizo de Teror baguette and enjoy the views!
It is uncommon, but sometimes the weather does not encourage going to the beach. Then, what should we do? We recommend you visit the San Nicolás neighbourhood. Its houses are full of vibrant colours and offer the best panoramic views of the old town of Las Palmas. ATTENTION: it has a slope.
Our 48h in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are coming to an end, but not without visiting first the Doramas Park. This park brings a sensation of calm and tranquility to its visitants. Waterfalls, flower gardens, kid's parks... In this park you can enjoy a bit of everything.
It is easy to assume that canarian people love getting into the water and swimming. Next to the Doramas park you can find the Swimming Club Julio Navarro, which competes frequently against the club Metropole. With a bit of luck you might be able to see a competition. Which team are you going to root for?
Close to the Doramas Park as well is the Pueblo Canario. A very singular spot where on saturdays and sundays you can listen to music and enjoy canarian dance shows. Stay tuned to the schedule so you don't miss anything out!
The streets of Ciudad Jardin draw a lot of attention as it used to be a residential neighbourhood for british people who invested in the island during the XIX century. The oldest hotel on the island which was constructed to welcome the first tourists was the Santa Catalina Hotel, now part of the Barceló group. This is one of the most emblematic and loved hotels by people of the city. Some important people have stayed in this hotel, as it is the case of Sir Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie or the Spanish Royal Family.
If you like sport, around the area you can find the parque Romano (Roman Park), offering sport machines and a track lane. Also, the old football club stadium of the Union Deportiva de Las Palmas is around here. Now it is remodeled so visitants can do some sport and feel like football players for a day!
If you stay longer than 48 hours in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and are looking for other alternatives to do, we recommend you go inside the museum CAAM (Atlantic Center of Modern Art) around the Vegueta area to appreciate the modern art in the Canary Islands. Also around Vegueta you can find the Cultural centre of San Martín, and the Castillo de la Luz is around the port area of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. If you have the chance to leave the capital city and see a bit more the island, there are many things to see in Gran Canaria!
This is our list of things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 48 hours. What did you think about it? We encourage you to try it the days you visit the city, or if you are a resident, to rediscover your city. Did we miss anything? Get to know us and tell us your experience in the city!
Author: Maria Gomez
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Una forma novedosa de conocer un sitio tan agradable y único como Teror, en el corazón de Gran Canaria. La guía hace un trabajo espléndido, con el valor añadido de que es del mismísimo pueblo de la Virgen del pino. ¡Felicidades a las emprendedoras de Handy Visits!
Yesterday I took part in a sightseeing tour around Vegueta in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria. It was an different experience. The tour was created interesting and interactive with a small treasure hunt and at different quests with a little friendly competition.
Una muy buena e innovadora experiencia. Me sorprendió gratamente ya que al residir en la misma ciudad no esperaba descubrir/aprender grandes cosas, ¡pero lo consiguieron!. Lo recomiendo si quieren descubrir la ciudad de una forma diferente y divertida.
A great introduction to the city and Gran Canaria. This is the most fun you will ever have on a tour, as Aida and Elena make the tour fun and interactive and let you experience first-hand the friendliness of the people of Gran Canarian, as well as the food, language, music and many more things that make this island so great. A must do for anyone new to the island!
If you like discovering local culture in a funny way, you will love Handy Visits! The tours are full of challenges and small games really fun to do. A unique way to learn more about the place you are. Just go!
Handy Visits is a start-up whom unique value proposition is to offer a new concept of interactive tours in Canarias. Young and local guides will lead you around in town in order to discover secrets and tips unknown at any other tourist, including backpackers.
Una visita genial y diferente, llena de juegos. Experiencia innovadora y para rematar nos invitaron a una tapa de comida típica canaria. un 10!.
They make discovering the old town of Las Palmas a game with lots of group tasks, quizzes and stuff. I had a lot of fun, lost track of time and learn a lot of interesting facts about the city, its conquering and foundation and canarian culture. Way better than just listening to someone telling you the buildings history. 100% recommended
Hice su visita en Teror y Vegueta, fue muy divertida. Elena y Aída son personas encantadoras. El tour tiene una forma especial, y pude conocer la cultura canaria con ellas. No se puede comparar a otros tours que hice en otras ciudades. ¡Muy recomendable!
I did the Teror tour - it was awesome! :-) Elena and Aída are doing a great job showing you around in a funny and entertaining way. Both are originally from Teror and know everything about the city. That makes it super authentic. We also got some water and snacks of local products, which is quite convenient (water) and interesting to experience (snacks). I would definitely recommend it!
Do you like challenges? Say goodbye to those boring tours while you travel to Gran Canaria. Handy Visits is the best option to get to know the island, but in a funny and always-on-the-move way. I took the gastronomic tour in Teror, a lovely village in Gran Canaria. Found out interesting things about the place, explored hidden treasures and solved urban challenges. All this in a great and multicultural company. After this experience, Teror quickly became my favourite place on the island!
Thanks a lot Elena & Aida for the lovely tour in Teror. Discovering the beauty of Teror and got to know a lot of insights with the special interactive tour. You are doing a great job