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48 hours in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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When travelling to Gran Canaria, people usually choose the south of the island as their destination. But the capital city, in the north, is one of the most beautiful and most vibrant cities of Spain.

With an average temperature of 23ºC all year round, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is indeed one of the most attractive cities in the world. Summer or winter, it doesn't really matter, for whenever you come visit it'll be sunny and warm. And there are so many things to do, even in a short space of time!

How to get there

The international airport in Gran Canaria, just 15-20 minutes away from the centre of the city by car, is visited every day by thousands of flights coming from all over the world. Many airlines like EasyJet, Ryanair or Tui, have direct flights from the UK to Gran Canaria. Don't miss the chance to visit this paradise on earth just four and a half hours away from home!

Experience

There are lots of things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and the perfect place to do them is Las Canteras Beach. This urban beach is unique, as a natural wall of stone in the Ocean modifies the waves, making it perfect for some stand-up paddle surf or a swim. Still, there is no wall in the far corner of the beach, where most of the surf schools are located. Take a surf class and ride some gigantic waves if you dare!

If you happen to be there on a Thursday, then go to the neighbourhood of Vegueta in the historic centre of the city, where every Thursday night people gather on the Mendizabal Street to get beer and tapas for a really cheap price. Immerse yourself in Spanish culture with this typically Spanish night out! 

Eat

The city is full of cool places to eat, but don't be lured by fast food chains or tourist traps that sell overrated pizzas for 20 euros. Find a place where you can try the typical food from the islands! The neighbourhood of Vegueta is packed with typical Canarian restaurants. Don't forget to try papas con mojo, the most famous dish of the islands! 

Visit

Don't leave the city without visiting the Christopher Columbus museum, located in the house where he actually stayed before leaving for his famous trip. Pop next door to visit the Cathedral of Santa Aa, and climb the stairs all the way to the top to see the fantastic views of  Vegueta. Take a walk around the place and enjoy the colonial architecture from the 15th century. If you're travelling with children (or if you simply love fish), don't forget to visit the Aquarium Poema del Mar. 

Must see 

Beyond Vegueta, at the end of the promenade, you'll find the charming neighbourhood of San Cristóbal. This little neighbourhood is traditionally the home of fishermen, and it is indeed the place to go if you want to eat some really good fish. 

If what you're looking for on your next weekend getaway is great weather, wonderful strolls around a colonial-style city and amazing food, then Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the place for you!

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