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Gran Canaria in three days (Part 1: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

Gran Canaria in 3 days (Part 1: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

Hello everyone, this is my first ever article on a blog, so I hope it will be ok.

Me and my wife visited Gran Canaria (one of Canary Islands that are part of Spain) a couple of weeks ago, we spent just 1 week there, but the island is so great for sightseeing that I decided to write a short guide for those of you who want to see as much as possible for 3 days, and still have some time to relax on the beach, at the pool or get crazy in one of many discos.

Our hotel was in Maspalomas, and as our first trip, we took a direct bus (Line 50) to the capital city of the island - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Its 2 best districts for sightseeing are Vegueta and Triana (the oldest parts of the city), and you can get off the bus on a bus stop between them. We started from Vegueta, and the first landmark which is worth visiting, is Casa de Colon (the House of Columbus). It is belived that when Christopher Columbus visited the island, he stayed in one of the houses that are now combined and house a nice museum with many interesting artifacts from Central America, the history of the Canary Islands, models of medieval ships, 2 poor parrots that look quite scarred when you try to approach them and a couple of other interesting items. Apart from that, the houses themselves have a very interesting architecture and it is worth visiting them. Here is an external view of this building, although it actually presents the entrance to the museum shop and exit from the museum. The entrance to the museum is located at the back of the whole structure.

Casa de Colon (The house of Christopher Columbus), Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain

When you leave the building, you can take a look at the rear view of the Cathedral of Santa Ana (or the Holy Basilica of the Canary Islands):

Cathedral of Santa Ana (Holy Cathedral-Basilica of the Canaries) in Las Palmas, view from the back

The building is really impressive and you can also sit down and relax in one the the Cafes which are located at the square, and drink great coffee (we took coffee with milk and condensed milk, and it was just unbelievable!). After this short break, we wanted to see the Cathedral. The entrance fee is not high and before you actually enter the church, you can first take a look at the collection of many religious artifacts in the Museum of Sacred Arts. It is not allowed to use a tripod or publish the photos from inside of the Cathedral, so I do not include any of them.

After you leave the church, you can go to the main square of Vegueta, see the City Hall and the front view of the Cathedral:

Cathedral of Santa Ana (Holy Cathedral-Basilica of the Canaries) in Las Palmas, view from the main square of Vegueta

It is also good to enter the tower of the Cathedral, from which you can have a spectacular view on the whole district and also other parts of the city, including the harbour:

Panoramic view of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on a beautiful day, view from the Cathedral of Santa Ana

Panoramic view of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on a beautiful day, view from the Cathedral of Santa Ana

After leaving the Cathedral and square, you can buy some souvenirs in one of the shops nearby and also visit the traditional Spanish market in Vegueta (Mercado in Spanish), where you can see some tropical fish, typical vegetables, fruits and spices:

Selection of traditional spices on a market

After leaving Vegueta, we decided to eat lunch in one of many restaurants of Triana, but if you do not like local cuisine, you can always visit McDonald's ;) After lunch we wanted to have a better view of the whole city and harbour and we decided to take a walk to one of the hills, at which there were some fortifications in the past. Nowadays the fort is turned into a museum, but the opening hours are just hilarious - from 10am-1pm! They even do not have a 'siesta' break, which is usual for Spain, they just close the place at 1pm. You didn't make it earlier? Well, not our problem... Anyway, the walk up the hill is quite exhausting, but the view compensates everything! Especially the Cathedral stands out nicely from the surrounding buildings, but the whole city looks great as well:

Cathedral of Santa Ana (Holy Cathedral-Basilica of the Canaries) in Las Palmas seen from a hill

Panoramic view of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on a cloudy day

Panoramic view of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on a cloudy day

After we went down from the hill it was already getting late and we had to hurry to catch a bus back to Maspalomas (you can take line 50 - last course is around 6pm or line 30, also direct one, which goes until around 10pm), so we did not have a chance to see the harbour and other parts of the city, but anyway the trip was great.

I hope you will enjoy my post and in the next part of my mini-guide I will try to describe a tour round the island that we had with rented car.

Photo credits: Tomasz Czajkowski.

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March 04, 2016

Fevredream

Thanks :)

February 29, 2016

Parrotman007

Great image of the spices

February 26, 2016

Fevredream

:) Thanks a lot again Martinmates! We were lucky to get there by car pretty early (I think it was around 10am), that is why we did not have so many people around, yet. Maybe next time you'll manage to make that submarine trip finally :) I hope you do!

February 25, 2016

Martinmates

to Fevredream. Right, Puerto Mogán is really beautiful place. I visited there twice - the reason was submarine trip - nobody else, just me and my 2 friends wanted to attend it, but they have limits 12 people onboard minimum . :( So we never made it.
The second time we just wanted walk through and eat there - actually at the dock close to the submarine port is a nice restaurant, it was full of people and so we decided to go. It was worth it! I took some photos there, but they are not close to what you were able to capture... at all. Many people all around. I might try to upload some editorials perhabs. Your images are absolutely perfect from puerto Mogán!

February 25, 2016

Fevredream

Thanks!! I'm glad you like it :)

February 24, 2016

Chelezseaphoto15

Stunning photos!

February 24, 2016

Fevredream

@Martinmates 2: I noticed that you also visited other parts of the island :) Your photos are great as well! We were unlucky with the weather and could only see Roque de Nublo from our bus. But on the other hand, I cant see any photos from Puerto de Mogan in your portfolio. Next time you just have to visit it. It is an amazing place.

February 24, 2016

Fevredream

@Picstudio: Thanks a lot! I looked at your portfolio and it is really impressive!

@Martinmates: Thank you very much :) Nice coincidence by the way. It is good that you managed to see part of Las Palmas, some people do not even leave their hotels or Maspalomas/Playa del Ingles resort ;)

@Lengar79: Thanks! Me and my wife also love Spain. People, climate, attitude, landmarks, cuisine... Just everything. The Canary Islands are just a bit different than the continental Spain, but I hope you'll be able to visit them sometime.

February 23, 2016

Picstudio

Beautiful and colourful pics.

February 23, 2016

Martinmates

That´s really nice post! I noticed you wrote this article and immediately went to read it. We must have been visiting there at the same time. I didn´t have much time to see Las Palmas (just one evening - I also had my base in Maspalomas. :-) ) But I could see the Cathedral and "la calle" Triana with it´s shops. I really like your photographs! They are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

February 23, 2016

Lengar79

Spain, my country! Sadly, i've never been to any of the Islands. Great shots!

February 23, 2016

Fevredream

Thanks guys! I am just a beginner both in terms of photography and writing a blog, so it is really nice to get positive comments! And the trip was really great, Gran Canaria is an amazing, diverse island.

February 22, 2016

Ctmphotog

Sounds like you had an enjoyable trip. Nice pics! Thanks for sharing!

February 22, 2016

Perstock

Great start - Velcome to the blogs!
Some really nice images to :-)

February 22, 2016

Yorgy67

Interesting blog and very nice shots! Bravo!

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