Las Palmas Holidays 2016

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Luscious Las Palmas

with its eclectic mix of cultures and bustling beaches, holidays in Las Palmas are an ideal destination for those seeking more than just the usual sunshine-fuelled getaway.

Grab a beach break to this vibrant city in Gran Canaria and you’ll find yourself feet first in the thriving centre of island life. Founded in the 15th century, it’s no surprise that there is a wealth of history to uncover – from its bustling port to its fascinating museums. If history isn’t your bag, you’ll find plenty of other activities to embark upon in the city, as well as immersing yourself in the unique spirit of this traditional Spanish destination.

Golden Sands

Those that have remembered to pack their bucket and spade for Las Palmas holidays should head to Las Palmas’ main beach for some time in the sun. Stretching on for nearly two miles, Playa de las Canteras is one of the longest beaches in the world and offers a great place to land your beach towel. Take a stroll along the seafront promenade for its cafes and restaurants or visit the nearby reef which is great for snorkelling.

Venturing further out, you’ll find even more sand in the form of Maspaloma’s Natural Dune Reserve. Take time to explore the park – you can’t help but imagine you’re in the middle of a vast desert and there is nothing quite like dipping your toes in the sand. If you prefer something more energetic on your holidays to Las Palmas, visit nearby Puerto Rico where you’ll find numerous activities and attractions. Thrill-seeking little ones will love splashing around in Aqualand Waterpark, where they’ll encounter whizzing water slides and thrilling rapids.

Las Palmas Activity Holidays

Attractions

There are many exciting aides to Las Palmas that are just waiting to be discovered. Head over to La Caldera de Taburiente which is the largest volcano in the world. It is well worth a visit by any who come to the island. The Vegueta district of the city holds some of the most historic building and sites on the island. It also has much of the island's history as well as some of the most stunning architecture.

Things to Do

There are plenty of things to do in the city; you can spend hours if not days exploring its many quarters from the historic sites to the art galleries and shopping malls. You can head down to the beach to enjoy water sports and scuba diving or opt for an alternative camel safari. You can also make the most of your surroundings by heading along the coast or into the exciting terrain with a hike or a walk.

Festivals

There are many great festivals that take place in and around Las Palmas all year round. Make sure you find out what is on at the time of your trip to make sure you don't miss out. If you head over in February you can join the Carnival where you can enjoy a vibrant party atmosphere, food, drink and parades. The WOMAD music festival takes place in November and showcases a wide range of musical genres and art forms.

Architecture

There are many spectacular feats of architecture in the city of Las Palmas such as the Cathedral de Santa Ana. The Cathedral can be found in the very heart of the Vegueta region and is the oldest church built in the Canary Islands. Construction dates back to 1500 and it has architectural influences from the Renaissance, Neoclassical and Gothic eras.

Las Palmas Beach Holidays

Beaches

Many people are drawn to Las Palmas thanks to its wonderful beaches and amenities. The sun shines for most of the year on the Canary Islands and one of the best ways to enjoy this weather is down at the beaches. Playa de las Canteras is said to be one of the longest city beaches on the island. It has a great promenade, crisp sands and plenty to see and do. The nearby La Cicer beach is another must see beach with deep clear waters and a wide bay, perfect for a more relaxing day.

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Attractions

There are many ways to make the most of a beach getaway to Las Palmas and one of the area's biggest attractions is the wonderful beachside promenade where you can soak up the buzzing atmosphere and browse a range of shops and eateries. The local beach has a Blue Flag award and is one of the most spectacular in the area. You can also explore the black sand beaches and the exciting harbour in the city as well as the great seafood restaurants.

Activities

There is plenty to see and do on a beach holiday to Las Palmas, particularly for those who love to make the most of the beach, sea and warm sun. The local beach at Las Palmas has plenty to offer from water sports, such as sailing, surfing and windsurfing, to relaxing areas where you can unwind and enjoy the sun. The crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling or even scuba diving too.

Hotels

The Concorde Hotel is the perfect place to stay on your beach holiday to Las Palmas. Guests can choose from a range of beach-facing rooms that all come equipped with large balconies and plenty of room. The hotel is right in the heart of the city and has great links to nearby attractions. The hotel has a wonderful roof terrace with a pool and restaurant as well as free to use sun loungers and parasols.

Las Palmas Couples Holidays

Attractions

Many couples are drawn to the island town of Las Palmas thanks to its wonderful beaches and breathtaking surroundings. Together you and your partner can enjoy the stretching beaches with their crisp white sands and crystal-clear waters. You can soak up the warm sun and dip into the clear waters for a swim or a snorkel. Also head over to the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium for a touch of culture and performance.

Activities

You can make the most of your beautiful surroundings in Las Palmas by taking to the hills and the coast for a walk or a trek. It is a great way to spend an afternoon, exploring the cliffs and coastline or delving into the rich undergrowth. You can even find many great bike hire shops across the town where you can hire a mountain bike and helmets for the day and explore your surroundings on two wheels.

Nightlife

There are plenty of extremely romantic spots in Las Palmas where you and your partner can relax and unwind after a busy day. You can make the most of the locally caught seafood and special dishes in some of the town's finest tapas bars and restaurants. You can also enjoy some of the local wines and liquors at the local bars and dance the night away in some of the lively nightclubs.

Resorts

One of the most romantic spots in Las Palmas is the Santa Catalina Hotel. Here guests can make the most of the beautifully designed hotel with its many facilities and huge choice of rooms. Make yourself at home in the colonial style rooms and enjoy the accessible spa centre that makes up part of the hotel. The hotel is extremely romantic and located within the Garden City area of Las Palmas with great access to all of the local attractions. It is a firm favourite with those looking for the perfect touch to their romantic getaway.

Las Palmas Family Holidays

Attractions

Las Palmas is a wonderful resort found in the bustling Canary Islands. You can enjoy the perfect combination of beach holiday and history on a trip here, which is perfect for the whole family. You can make the most of the local markets and Las Arenas shopping mall and head to the many interesting museums. The town also has many thriving beaches perfect for relaxing and having fun.

Activities

There is plenty to see and do in Las Palmas as a family; you can enjoy the many safe beaches in the area together. You can splash around in the clear blue waters and join in with some of the beachside fun organised by the nearby resorts. Why not head into town in the afternoon where you can learn about the history of the island at the city's museums or head to the local shopping mall or markets.

Nightlife

There are many wonderful restaurants and tapas bars in Las Palmas that are perfect for bringing the children to. You can get a range of cuisines from Spanish to International options so you will no doubt be able to find something for everyone. Many restaurants in the area are also happy to cater to children with special menus and options.

Hotels

The Hotel Reina Isabel is the perfect option for a family in Las Palmas. The hotel is located right on the water's edge and offers excellent views and surroundings. You can choose from a number of room options including family rooms and there are helpful staff on hand to make sure you are comfortable and at ease. There is a great rooftop swimming pool and bar that are great for relaxing by after a long day.

Useful information

Language
Spanish (English widely spoken)
Currency
Euro
Local time
GMT/BST
Airport
Gran Canaria Las Palmas
Flight time
4 hours 20 minutes