When to fly?
February is an ideal month to visit Las Palmas as this is when the famous Carnival de Gran Canaria takes place. A cavalcade of colour, song and dance, this is one of the largest and most famous annual festivities in the whole of Spain, attracting thousands of visitors each year. There is a whole host of events, acts and performances which are perfect for the whole family.
During the low season months of January, March and November, flights to Las Palmas tend to be cheaper. Temperatures during this period are still pleasantly warm but the chance of rainfall increases, particularly in November.
To get a true sense of the culture and customs, book your flights to Las Palmas during mid-June when the Foundation Celebrations take place. The foundation of the city is remembered through a programme of art performances, concerts, activities for children and a number of other events, lasting around 10 days. A highlight and true tradition is the nocturnal swim (or paddle) on the night of the 23rd of June, which is La noche de San Juan.
Although it is located on the island of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas has the vibrancy and energy of a mainland Spanish city. The joint capital of Gran Canaria, along with Santa Cruz, Las Palmas is one of the largest cities in Spain and offers the hustle and bustle of city life, in addition to the finest traditions of a beach holiday. Indeed, Playa de Las Canteras is regarded as one of the very best urban beaches in the world and is a focal point for both tourists and locals alike. The promenade which runs along Playa de Las Canteras is lined with bars, cafes and restaurants and is a constant hive of activity.
Away from the beaches, many tourists head for the older districts of the city, including Triana and Vegueta. Triana is the centre of commercial life in the city, with a wealth of shops and eating establishments constantly thriving with visitors. Vegueta was officially designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990 and has an atmosphere all of its own. Many of the city's best bars and restaurants are located here, with special tapas evenings a regular occurrence.
Las Palmas is a city that remains proud of its heritage. It is said that the explorer Christopher Columbus embarked on his voyage to the Americas from here and visitors to the city can now relive his story at the Casa de Colon Museum. This is just one of many such attraction to be found here which pay tribute to the city's historic legacy.
Getting around Las Palmas
Las Palmas has one of the best bus services in Spain. Yellow buses operate solely within the city itself, while the blue-coloured variety will take you to other destinations on the island. The main yellow bus services run every few minutes. Taxis can be hailed in the street when you see their green light and all operate on a metered fare system.
Getting downtown from the airport
All flights land on Gran Canaria International Airport (LPA) which is situated approximately 15 miles from the centre of Las Palmas. A regular bus service operates throughout the day and takes passengers from the airport directly to the bus station in the middle of the city. Metered taxis are also available, as is the option of hiring a car.