Tour to Las Palmas - Capital of the island - from Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles, Meloneras, Puerto Rico and Mogan areas
Discover the capital of the province, “Las Palmas de Gran Canaria“. On this excursion you will get to know its historical center, the beach of Las Canteras and much more. The tour also includes a trip to the famous volcano crater “Caldera de Bandama” and the botanical garden “Viera y Clavijo”, the largest in Spain. There will also be time to enjoy the afternoon, shopping in its various commercial areas.
The tour to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria begins with a tour through the historical centre of the city, known as Vegueta, where the first settlements took place and where Royal Las Palmas was founded in 1478.
Stroll through the quiet streets of Vegueta and look at the typical colonial architecture of the time, especially the outstanding balconies made of pine wood on the facades of houses.
You can feel Columbus’ presence in the environment around the Columbus house “Casa de Colón”, as Gran Canaria was the conqueror’s penultimate stopover on his way to the Indies, what later would be the discovery of America.
Discover the hermitage “Ermita de San Antonio Abad”, built after the place where Columbus prayed with his crew before leaving for the Indies (America) and the Columbus House Museum, the former Governors residence.
Discover the Plaza de Santa Ana, center of social life in the old city area, the Cathedral of Las Palmas, the Episcopal Palace and the town hall.
On the main square opposite the Cathedral, observe the dog-statues that represent and symbolize the origin of the name of Gran Canaria (Cannis in Latin is dog).
After the tour to Vegueta you have the opportunity to get to know a huge volcano-crater, being the most recent eruption on Gran Canaria over more than 3000 years ago. The crater, known as “Caldera de Bandama”, has a diameter of 1 km and a depth of 200 meters.
On our next guided stopover, you will visit the Botanical Garden of Viera y Clavijo, commonly known as “El Jardin Canario”. Enjoy the largest botanical garden in Spain with 23 hectares, where you will see over 570 native species, typical of the Macaronesian area (Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde).
From about 13:00 to 16:00 h, you will have three hours of spare time to enjoy yourself in other typical areas of the city. From Parque Santa Catalina, you can take a walk on the formidable urban beach of Las Canteras, go shopping in nearby shopping areas, stroll a little more around town or if you prefer, eat from a well-priced, high-quality menu at one of the restaurants recommended by your tour guide.
About 17:00 h we will be back at the different hotels in the south of Gran Canaria with the feeling that you hopefully have enjoyed a wonderful day trip in the capital of the island.
- Comfortable clothes
- Coat depending on season
- Comfortable closed shoes