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Gran Canarias capital city of Las Palmas is a place that is rich with history and extensive beauty. The town consists of other resort towns including Vegueta, Triana, Ciudad Jardin, and Santa Catalina to name a few. Las Palmas was discovered back in 1478 by army leader Juan Rejon. As history would have it the Castilian army for which Rejon was the leader had invaded the Canaries and its Gaunches people and they tried to get them to change their Spanish tradition.
Those who did not conform to this were made slaves and those who were fortunate enough to escape lived in caves in the mountains. Even today there are still quite a few natives in Las Palmas who choose to live in these caves while they still enjoy all the modern amenities of the world.
Today Las Palmas is one of the more vibrant resorts that get its shine from luxurious beachscapes which offer numerous fun-filled activities under the sun. Because of the shallow waters at the beach, it is the ideal place for bringing along the children so that they could actually get some swimming time.
Close to the beach are restaurants and bars for your added convenience and there is also a promenade nearby which provides a good vantage point for sightseeing. Because of the strong historic presence in Las Palmas you would never truly run out of places to see. You can always depend on the bus system here which is always efficient as it helps to get you around the city for sightseeing opportunities.
Travel out to the Vegueta district and visit Casa Columbus, a small museum named after Christopher Columbus who spent a night there during his travels. Stay a while in Vegueta for that historic charm. This area of Las Palmas holds many museums and monuments. These include the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art, the Canary Museum and even the churches such as the Episcopal Palace and the Chapel of San Antonio Abad with their stunning vintage architecture.
Not too far away is the town of Triana which is filled with lovely parks, a cultural centre and the noted Teatro Perez Galdos, the latter the place to see live performances which include plays, concert recitals and jazz shows. If you happen to visit Las Palmas in the months of January to March you would get the opportunity to witness the spectacular Carnival here.
This street parade allows for you to dress up in costume and enjoy the revelry. The festival is definitely a hit with the tourists. You can extend your stay until the month of June or return then for the Fiestas Fundacionales de San Juan or Saint John festivals which celebrates Las Palmas becoming a city.
Get lost in a host of things to see and do in Las Palmas. Las Palmas is a busy city that is overwhelmed with a strong Hispanic history and culture. The accommodation here consists of hotels and apartments which offer several amenities and of course exceptional views for those that are nearer to the beach.
You would never run out of things to do in Las Palmas as it is a city with many other beautiful cities within. Because of the tropical weather throughout the year you would not be able to resist a visit to the beach. Boasting fine sands and really shallow water, Las Canteras beach is the ideal place to sun bathe, swim safely and entertain the children. And just a stroll away from the beach is a promenade that is filled with restaurants and bars which serve both local and international food.
On another day you can visit Playa de las Alcaravaneras which is the second longest beach in Las Palmas which also doubles as a great place for sailing as there are several sailing clubs nearby. Sailing is actually one of the favourite past-time sports in all of Gran Canaria and every weekend one can enjoy the regatta which is filled with fun and excitement.
The wrestling sport follows a close second as another popular sporting activity. Make sure to be able to catch a few wrestling matches when you visit La Palmas.
In the mood for some shopping? Then Las Palmas gives you a variety of places that you can visit for gift and souvenir items. Triana which isnt too far away is the fashion capital of the area with its streets that are lined with many boutiques which stock designer and high fashioned clothing.
Elsewhere in Las Palmas is the Las Arenas Shopping Centre which houses many stores from which to shop from. For your added convenience there are tour guides who are strategically placed with comfortable and air-conditioned vehicles which take you to and from these department stores.
After shopping you can unwind at one of the street cafes for a cold and well-deserved beverage. When evening falls, visit one of the bars or dine at the restaurants which serve both local and international cuisine. After-dinner fun can be spent visiting one of the theatres or enjoying a live concert or a comedy show. Parque Santa Catalina is also a great outdoor location for live and entertaining shows as well.