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Las Palmas Travel Guide, Spain

The Canary Islands is found about 210 km off the top western part of the African continent, and lies in the Atlantic Ocean. One of the islands here is the Gran Canaria, wherein you find the Spanish city, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Basically, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the capital of the island Gran Canaria and was founded in the year 1478. The city offers some beautiful scenery, and consists of two bays having striking beaches.

Besides being geographically well positioned, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has a rich history. The oldest part of the city is Vegueta, which boasts of its rich cultural heritage. And it is this cultural heritage that made UNESCO announce the district to be a World Heritage Site in 1990.

Europe’s most important harbor

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is proud of its Puerto de la Luz harbor, which is the most important harbor in the whole of Europe. In fact, it is this harbor that gave the city the cosmopolitan image it has today.

You will also find a huge infrastructure of apartments and hotels that adds to the cosmopolitan image of the city. With the growth of the infrastructure, the tourism and economic plans of the city has also lead to the growth of the population, which has practically doubled in 30 years.

All this has lead to the present Las Palmas de Gran Canaria which overflows with Spanish tradition, history and environment. The best time to visit the island is during its carnival period, which is usually in February, March or June. This is where you get to see some special festivities of the city, in participation of the San Juan fiestas.

How to spend your time

The native sports of the region are Canarian fight and Canarian Latin sailing. You get to see vela Latina Canaria regattas heading to sea here practically every weekend. Besides enjoying its regional sports, you can spend your daytime visiting the Spanish Colonial Museum, visiting the various department stores of the island or just lazing around on its Las Canteras beach.

And for nighttime entertainment, you can head to the many tapas bars of the island offering local Canarian cuisine you can enjoy with the locals. The rates of the food and drinks here are reasonably priced at more than 50% lower rates than those found in the tapas bars of south of Gran Canaria.

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