Gran Canaria sights


There is a lot to discover in Gran Canaria. The dunes and beaches of Maspalomas, the viewpoint Cruz de Tejeda or the rock needle Dedo de Dios in Puerto de las Nieves are worth seeing. The fishing town of Puerto de Mogán, the architecture of Teror or the Cenobio de Valerón, the caves of the indigenous people, are also among the interesting destinations.

Teror - Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pino


Teror - Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pino


Outskirts of Teror


Outskirts of Teror


These are all places worth seeing. In view of the short ship lay times at the stops in Gran Canaria, we recommend that day guests arriving by cruise ship only visit destinations in the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In particular, the old town quarter of Vegueta, the adjacent Triana district and the Santa Catalina district offer visitors many lasting impressions.

Vegueta old town

Vegueta was once the nucleus of the city, which today has a population of almost 380.000. The development into a city and later a UNESCO World Heritage Site began in 1478 with the establishment of a military base. In 1515 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria received city rights. Sugar cane and the slave trade made the city prosperous. This is still evident today in buildings and squares that are well worth seeing. We count six very different sights among our favorites in the old town quarter Vegueta.

Santa Ana Square

The Santa Ana Cathedral, the old town hall and the Bishop's Palace are located in the long, rectangular square. Construction of the cathedral began in 1497. It took almost 500 years until the building project was completed. In the attached diocesan museum, religious exhibits from the former colonies are on display. One of the towers of the cathedral can be climbed for a fee.

Santa Ana Square
Santa Ana Cathedral
Plaza Santa Ana - City Hall
The Canarian dogs of the Plaza Santa Ana


Opposite the cathedral is the town hall, the Casas Consistoriales. The representative building was built in the neoclassical style. On the north side of the square is the Palacio Episcopal, the bishop's palace. Cast iron Canarian dogs have been decorating the square since 1895.

Colon House Museum

The Casa de Colón museum, the Columbus House, is dedicated to the Spanish conquests in the New World and the activities of Christopher Columbus. The explorer never lived in the house.
Calle Colón 1

Plaza del Pilar with the Museo de Colon

Plaza del Pilar with the Museo de Colon


Plaza del Espíritu Santo

Representative, historic town houses surround the triangular square. In the middle of the plaza are trees and a beautiful fountain. On the square is the Ermita del Espíritu Santo chapel, built in 1615.

Plaza del Espíritu Santo


Plaza del Espíritu Santo


Ermita del Espíritu Santo


Ermita del Espíritu Santo


Market hall Mercado de Vegueta

For fans of Spanish market halls, we recommend the Mercado de Vegueta on the outskirts of the district. The extensive building was opened in 1859. Fresh fish as well as seafood, meat, fruit, vegetables and everything that is needed for cooking are sold.
Calle Mendizábal 1

Vegueta Market

Vegueta Market


Canary Museum

The museum is dedicated to archaeological finds in Gran Canaria. The most important exhibit is the Idolo de Tara, a figure made of clay. Guanches, the native inhabitants of the Canary Islands, are said to have created the 26 centimeter high figure. It is disputed whether it is a woman's or a man's body.
Calle del Dr. Verneau 2

Atlantic Center of Modern Art

The art museum presents changing exhibitions of modern art from the regions bordering the Atlantic.
Calle Los Balcones 11

Calle de los Balcones with the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno


Calle de los Balcones with the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno


Atlantic Center of Modern Art


Atlantic Center of Modern Art


Triana district

The district is also counted to Las Palmas old town. When the space in Vegueta was no longer sufficient in the 16th century, Triana was added as an extension area. The following streets, squares and buildings are definitely worth seeing.

Triana Street

In the pedestrian zone there are attractive shops in prestigious houses.

Calle Mayor de Triana

Calle Mayor de Triana


Casa Museo Perez Galdos

Benito Pérez Galdós († 1920) is considered the most important writer on the Canary Islands. The author lived in the three-story building until 1862. The museum shows portraits and objects from houses he lived in in Madrid and Santander.
Calle Cano 6

Pérez Galdós Theater

The listed building has been named after the writer since 1901. After three years of renovation work, the theater reopened in 2007.
Plaza Stagno 1

Pérez Galdós Theater

Pérez Galdós Theater


Gabinete literario

The beautiful, representative building was originally a theater. It has been used as a cultural center since 1894. The cabinet has various rooms and halls in which a wide variety of events can take place. It is also used as an exhibition space, library, newspaper archive and café.
Plaza de Cairasco 1

Gabinete literario
Gabinete Literario - inscription above the portal
Staircase in the Gabinete Literario
Gabinete Literario - reading room

San Telmo Park

The park is an inviting place with palm trees, gigantic rubber trees, a sailors' chapel and an Art Nouveau pavilion. On one side of the park is the Ermita de San Telmo, a small baroque chapel. The little church was dedicated to the fishermen of Las Palmas. It is currently the parish church of the Triana district.
Av. Rafael Cabrera 30

San Telmo Park


San Telmo Park


Hermitage of San Telmo


Hermitage of San Telmo


Santa Catalina district

Compared to Vegueta and Triana, Santa Catalina is a lively district with a shopping boulevard, restaurants, bars, clubs and discos.

Paseo de las Canteras

The well-tended, wide beach promenade leads along the three kilometer long city beach. It ends at the level of the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus. The huge structure has assembly halls, a concert hall and a chamber music hall. A 100 square meter window behind the stage is spectacular.

Paseo de las Canteras promenade
Surfer in front of the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus
Alfredo Kraus Auditorium
Auditorio Alfredo Kraus - the big window

Castillo de la Luz

The fortress Castillo de la Luz, built in the 16th century to protect against pirate attacks, is interesting in the port district of La Isleta. Exhibition rooms and a maritime museum are maintained in the fort.
Calle Juan Rejón, s / n

Castillo de la Luz

Castillo de la Luz


Elder Museum of Science and Technology

The Elder Technology and Science Museum is located at Parque Santa Catalina. What is strictly forbidden in other museums is expressly encouraged in the Museo Elder. The exhibits can be touched and tried out. Children especially enjoy this offer.
Santa Catalina Park

Elder Museum

Elder Museum


Many of the goals mentioned can be easily combined in one tour. In the course of a day in Las Palmas you get to know many attractions of the Canarian city. More about this under A day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Update January 2021

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