Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the most cosmopolitan city of the Canaries and one of the cities with the best weather in the world thanks to its exceptional location, next to the Tropic of Cancer, and to the trade winds that come from the northern Atlantic. The result is an average temperature of 17ºC in winter and a 25ºC in the summer.
Its privileged geographical location also makes it the European capital of the Mid-Atlantic as well as a cultural and economic link between Europe, Africa and America. It is the capital of the island of Gran Canaria and shares with Santa Cruz de Tenerife the capital of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands.
It is located on the northeast coast of Gran Canaria, 18 kilometres from the International Airport of Gran Canaria, whose flight connections place the island at just two and a half hours from Madrid, four hours from the main European cities, and six hours from America.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria shows its richest identify through its port, the Port of La Luz and Las Palmas, which has shaped its character and its relevance due to the steady flow of people, goods, and services. It iss a true sign of mixture and coexistence, of a welcoming and cosmopolitan city. It is the second entrance to the city. It is connected with 180 ports worldwide through 30 shipping lines. This is a reference port in cruise ships with around 800.000 visitors every year.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the Sea City and is noted for beauty of its coastline. It boats Las Canteras beach, one of the most famous urban beaches in the world thanks to its unparalleled and exceptional weather conditions. The indigo blue tones of the sea in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are an open invitation to have a break and wind down, as well as offering a choice of water sports all year round.
Five beaches, a stunning seafront promenade and an internationally acclaimed regatta sailing course barer witness to the marine character of a city that forms part of the World Surf Cities Network.
It is a truly major tourist destination, while the Atlantic warmth of its people is universally recognized for their cheerful character and hospitality. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has always been the cradle of tourism development in the Canaries. The city has adapted, and currently meets the demands of today´s tourist sector by creating a growing leisure, congress, cultural and sports-oriented tourism. Many of these facilities are set in the vicinity of Las Canteras beach itself, along with the sports marina and the historic districts of Vegueta and Triana, making the city an attractive place for visitor to come to, both for business and for pleasure, as they can complement their agenda with a walk or a swim any time of the year.
*All Gran Canaria images are property of Patronato de Turismo de Gran Canaria.