Why choose a cruise to Las Palmas?
Las Palmas is a lively city nestled around a golden sand bay, encircled by volcanic cliffs and mountains. It’s renowned for its amazing beaches and duty-free shopping opportunities, but there’s so much more to the city than this.
Beyond the well-visited shopping district you’ll discover a 500-year-old district of multi-coloured houses, architectural marvels and interesting museums. Street markets add a dash of local flavour, and the city is a green capital, boasting several stunning tropical gardens.
A guide to Las Palmas’ hotspots
Stroll through the city’s oldest neighbourhood, Vegueta, down cobbled streets lined with turquoise, red and yellow houses, their balconies made of Canary Island pine. Turn corners to discover hidden squares decorated with fountains, and bordered by local cafés. The quarter comes alive at night, when bars selling delicious local tapas throw open their doors.
Explore Las Palmas’ Doramas Park, a green oasis in the heart of the city. It’s full of exotic flowers and large trees offering shade from the sun. See if you can find the famous dragon trees, a cross between a tree and a cactus. Next to the park is Pueblo Canario, a traditional village where you’ll find unique handicrafts for sale.
No Las Palmas cruise is complete without a dip in the ocean. Playa de las Canteras is the beach that borders the city – a golden stretch of sand with tempting turquoise waters. There are plenty of opportunities for watersports, too.
Travel just over half-an-hour down the coast and you’ll discover Maspalomas. This protected nature reserve comprises a beach of soft white sand, backed by undulating golden dunes. The landscape is reminiscent of the Sahara Desert – you can even take a camel ride across the dunes.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Las Palmas
The best time to visit Las Palmas
The city is at its hottest in February, when temperatures can rise to 27°C. This is also when the city holds its famous carnival celebrations, and the streets are alive with colour and music.
Las Palmas benefits from warm climates all year round. It is one of the closest destinations to Europe for enjoying the winter sun. In December the temperature averages 21°C, meaning you can spend Christmas on the beach.
Did you know?
· You’ll encounter bronze dog statues all around Las Palmas – the dog is the symbol of Gran Canaria
· The south end of Playa de las Canteras has sand with magnetic grains (due to their high iron content)
· According to the director of climatology research at Syracuse University, Las Palmas has the best climate in the world.