Exploring Las Palmas is highly recommended. This is the capital of Gran Canaria and if you fancy a day away from the beach there is plenty to see there. Las Palmas is a bit of a sprawling city, however, and it’s easy to get lost there (trust me, I’ve done it!) so you might prefer to book an organised tour rather than set out on your own.
Saying that, if you do fancy having a day trip to Las Palmas, you can catch a bus in the south and be there within the hour. Take a map with you because Las Palmas is quite big. You might like to stroll around or you might want to visit a museum or gallery while you are there.
If you want to go to El Corte Inglés for some shopping, the best way is to take a taxi from the bus station. I haven’t been there for a while but I remember it’s only about 4 euros for a cab.
Eating Out in Las Palmas
You won’t find multilingual menus in Las Palmas eateries, like in the resorts in the south of the island, so a good idea is to visit a tapas bar. These have the tapas in a cabinet on the counter so you can just point at whatever looks appealing. Ask for “una ración” if you want a plateful or “una tapa” for half a plateful.
Boquerones (white pickled anchovies), albóndigas (meatballs), papas arrugadas (potatoes in mojo sauce) and jamon serrano (cured ham) are some good ones to try, if you like Canarian cooking and eating like the locals do. Order a “copa de vino tinto” (glass of red wine) to go with it if you like.
Organised City Tours
In order to ensure you see as much as possible you might like to book a day trip to Las Palmas. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the city, then you can visit some of the best places including Christopher Columbus’s house, an art museum, the Santa Catalina Parque and Las Canteras beach.
You will also have a guide who speaks English, which is definitely handy! Take your camera with you because there will be plenty to take pictures of.
You will find Las Palmas to be very different from the resorts in the south and it’s a great place to spend a day if you are in Gran Canaria and if you want to see how the locals live and visit some of the most interesting parts of the island.