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Las Palmas

Spend a marvelous day in the capital of the island of Gran Canaria. Top 10 places to see and do in the city!

1. THE CATHEDRAL OF SANTA ANA

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In the heart of Vegueta – the old town of Las Palmas, there is a precious Square and the Cathedral of Santa Ana. The Cathedral that was started to build in XVth century demonstrates the traditional canarian architecture and is dedicated to Santa Ana, the patroness of the island. It´s style is a combination of the late gothic to the neoclassical due to the long period of building.

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If you come on a certain hour, you can get up to the roof of the Cathedral with and elevator, which will cost you only 1,2 euros.
You will enjoy a precious panoramic view, with the close neighbourhoods and colorful houses on a hill on the one side and the ocean with the harbour on another.

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Entrance: to get up to the tower with an elevator 1,2 euros.
to the Cathedral and the museum of Arte Sacro 3 euros.

Open: Monday to Friday from 10.00 – 16.30
Saturday from 10.00 – 13.00

2. CASA DE COLÓN

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Just behind the Cathedral of Santa Ana lies on of the most emblematic buildings in the city – Casa de Colón (The house of Columbus). During his first expedition to Americas Columbus visited Gran Canaria and stayed there in a house of a Governor which is the part of the current museum.

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The entrance is free.

Open: Monday – Friday 9.00 – 19.00

Saturday 10.00 – 18.00

Sunday 10.00 – 15.00

Closed on 1th of January, 22th of May, 24th, 25th, 31th of December.

3. MUSEO CANARIO

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You cannot miss visiting the most important archeological museum in Canarian islands. It holds all the history of the life of the ancient aborigines. Various objects such as ceramic, ancient decoration, tools and especially the mummies found in the caves of the islands.

Entrance: Mondays free
General 4 euros
Students 2,40 euros

Children up to 12 years free

Open: Monday – Friday 10.00 – 20.00
Weekends – 10.00 – 14.00

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4. GABINETE LITERARIO

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Walking through the narrow streets of the old town, you encounter a beautiful white building Gabinete Literario. There is a luxurious restaurant O’clock inside, but its main purpose is various events, art expositions there is also a library.

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You may take a coffee in a café in the beautiful square gazing at this work of architecture. Greatly illuminated during the nighttime.

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5. CAAM (The Atlantic Contemportary Art Centre)

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Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (The Atlantic contemporary art centre) is an innovative art gallery of the contemporary art including african, latin american, european artist works.

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There you can see a great variety of paintings, installations, sculptures not of earlier artists of various artists, such as César Manrique, José Jorge Oramas, Plácido Fleitas, Eduardo Gregorio, Felo Monzón, Santiago Santana,, but also of the collections of the last 30 years arts of Carlos Alcolea, José Manuel Broto, Miguel Ángel Campano, Alberto García Alix and many more. Don’t miss to see the important art centre in the Canary islands! Near the museo is a really great bookshop of art, worth at least visiting!

Entrance: Wednesdays 18.00 – 20.00 free

Students 2,50 euros

Children up to 12 years free

General 5 euros

Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 21.00

Sunday 10.00 – 14.00

Monday closed

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6. TEATRO DE PÉREZ GALDÓS

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First thing you shouldn’t miss is the biggest theatre in the city Teatro de Pérez Galdós. It is one of the most modern theatre in Spain, that was accidentally burned and rebuilt in the early XXth century. The theatre can host up to 1085 visitors. The inside architecture is amazingly designed, the shell shaped ceiling creates an incredibly great acoustic effect making the sound go directly to the audience.

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Various types of classical music concerts, jazz concerts, ballets and operas take place in the theatre, if you are visiting the city for more days, don’t miss the opportunity to get in for a concerts! The tickets can be bought on the internet, here.

The guided visits inside the theatre for only 5 euros are possible everyday from 10.15 – 14.15 every 40 minutes.

7. TRIANA ZONE

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The zone of Triana is closely located to the old town Vegueta. It is one of the most alive parts of the city, making it attractive to take a walk and feel as a local! Before the XIXth century it was the marine neighbourhood, later in XIXth century becoming a commercial zone and the preferred living zone for the bourgeoises of the city. Until the World War II there was a locomotive tram in the street of Triana called ¨La Pepa¨. There are still the remains left of its rails.

Now the street is totally pedestrian and full of shops including the most famous clothes brands such as Zara, H&M, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius and many more. Perfect place to do your shopping as well as relaxing on one of the romantic benches watching street artists perform. All the shops are open from 10.00 to 22.00. You shouldn’t miss visiting one of the most authentic Spanish designer shop Desigual very well known for its colourful and eccentric clothe designs.

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In one of the tiny streets crossing Triana, sit down to rest and take a coffee. At the end of the street you will find the San Telmo park where you can enjoy a moment in the sun on a bench between the palmtrees.

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8. PARQUE DORAMAS

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The exotic park in the centre of the city of Las Palmas was founded by the british residents at the end of the XIXth century. Perfectly cared the park holds a lot of exotic plants, flowers, fountains, statues, pools with different types of fishes. The monument that represents the aborigines jumping with a long stick symbolizes the escape from the slavery and its hero Doramas, by which name the park is called.

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The park is specially nice during the dark time due to its illumination.

Near the park there is the oldest and architectonically most original 5 star canarian hotel Santa Catalina. Built in 1890’s it was recently renovated. A lot of celebrities have been there, such as Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, The Prince Carlos.

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9. MUSEO DE NÉSTOR DE LA TORRE

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Néstor de la Torre (1887-1938) was the most famous canarian painter, dedicating his works to the style of modernism and symbolism. The museum is truly authentic and worth visiting. The majority of his works are exposed in this museum as well as there are contemporary expositions.

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Open: Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 19.00
Sundays 10.30 – 14.30

Entrance: General 2 euros
Students, elders and children up to 14 years old free

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10. MUSEO ELDER

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In the park of Santa Catalina you can find the science and technology museum. Truly worth visiting it and spend few hours inside due to its interactive expositions. The main rule differently than in any other museum is – it is prohibited NOT to touch! You will get to try all the objects by yourself, see yourself invisible, or measure your weight in different planets, get in to the original turbojet and many more entertaining and informative activities (movies, games, etc.)

Entrance: Students 2,5 euros
General 5 euros

Open: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 20.00

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