Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a port city and capital of Grand Canaria Island. Las Palmas is also Canary islands' co-capital (together with Santa Cruz de Tenerife). The city has population around 385,000, ranking it the Canaries most populous and Spain's 9th largest metro area.
Las Palmas is within easy reach from the renowned Playa del Ingles (beach), the desert-like dunes of Maspalomas (tourist town) and Mogan (small resort town). In island's quieter corners are the old towns Teror and Arucas. Island's scenery features volcanic landscapes of craters, gorges and mountains rising up to 1980 m (6500 ft). Mt Bandama (extinct crater) is reputed as world's only inhabited crater.
During his discovery voyage in 1492, Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) was forced to anchor at Grand Canaria to make repairs to "La Pinta". During three subsequent voyages, he stopped again in the Canaries. Las Palmas was established in the late-15th century.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria cruise terminal
Gran Canaria is the 3rd largest island of the Canaries. Its capital, Las Palmas, is where cruise ships dock at Muelle Santa Catalina. The cruise terminal is located at just 10-min walk from Parque Santa Catalina - recreational park with outdoor cafes, restaurants, bars, shops) and Virtual Science Museum. Castle of the Light (built in 1474, now Large department store / Shopping Centre) and Church de la Luz are just outside the cruise port.
Town's main market and shopping area are a bit further and best reached via taxis. Playa de Las Canteras is just 15-min walk from the cruise port. Many of city's landmarks are in Vegueta and Triana, and best reached via bus or taxi. Here travelers will find Cathedral, Columbus House, Canarian Museum, Museum of Sacred Art, Perez Goldaz Theatre.
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