One of the most popular tourist destinations on three continents, the Port of Las Palmas and the Canary Islands offer more than glorious beaches. The El Jardin Canario covers 27 hectares of botanical gardens with plants from Macronesia (Canary, the Azores, Madeira, and Green Cabo). The Jardin is open all year.
Just ten kilometers away from the city is La Caldera de Bandama, the crater of a sleepy volcano with a 10-kilometer perimeter and depth of 200 meters. La Caldera is a wonderful place to explore.
Vegueta is the old town of the Port of Las Palmas and the place where, in 1478, the conquest of the island started. Containing the 15th Century Cathedral of Santa Ana, the cathedral and plaza display a collection of architectural styles from Gothic to Neoclassical and Baroque. The Plaza de Santa Ana was built in the early 16th Century. It is surrounded by the Constitorial Houses, the Episcopal Palace, and the Provincial Archives.
Near the beach of the Quarries, El Parque Santa Catalina is the site for many concerts, social gatherings, and the annual Carnaval. The Museum of Science and a multi-disciplinary center for cultural events are also located here.
The Port of Las Palmas’ Carnaval is one of the most famous celebrations of its kind in Europe. Costumed celebrants sing, dance, and gather in the Park of Santa Catalina and honor the Queen of the Carnaval.
La Isleta is a small mountainous peninsula offering grand panoramic views of the city and a wonderful beach. Of course, beaches are the island’s treasures. The water is warm year-round, and many beaches are the site of luxurious resorts and great entertainment.
Travelers who want to see the Port of Las Palmas and Gran Canary Island can find a comprehensive list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.