Las Palmas Gran Canaria
The complex and beautiful city of Las Palmas is made up 9 different districts.
Some of these districts in Las Palmas hold little of interest, and are places where people live and work, however some of the districts of Las Palmas are ancient, and hold some real treasures that should not be missed.
The truth is, you could make Las Palmas a holiday in it's own right, there is so much to experience and to see.
Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria and is located on the north eastern corner of the island. Magnificent scenery surrounds Las Palmas which is set between two bays and their beautiful beaches (Las Canteras and Las Alcaravaneras. Las Palmas was founded in 1478 and is rich in important cultural and historical heritage, much of which can be found in Vegueta, which is the oldest part of Las Palmas. Vegueta, the oldest part of Las Palmas was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1990.
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The city of Las Palmas originates from a military encampment. It was based on the hillside to the right of the ravine called Barranco de Guiniguada. This area of Las Palmas is where you will find the San Antonio Abad chapel today. The first settlement here was called Real de Las Palmas which expanded towards the banks of the ravine, and the quarters of Vegueta and Triana were born, one on each side of the Barranco de Guiniguada. Today these two quarters of Las Palmas are separated by Calle Juan de Quesada. This is a major highway which crosses the Barranco de Guiniguada and takes you away from Las Palmas to the centre of the island.
Up to the early part of the 19th century, the growth of Las Palmas was limited because the Vegueta and Triana districts had perimeter walls. Las Palmas could not expand northwards and up to the 19th century Las Palmas tended to expand into the interior of the island. Las Palmas mainly constituted Vegueta, Triana, Vega de San Jose and some smaller neighbourhoods inhabited by immigrants and fishermen. In the 19th century aided by the construction of Puerto de la Luz, also the location of Castillo de la Luz. Las Palmas began expanding and growing to the north mainly along the coastal strip and the districts of Arenales, Ciudad Jardin, Santa Catalina and La Isleta were born.
Las Palmas boasts a large and rich infrastructure of hotels and apartments, all alongside the most important port in Europe "Puerto de la Luz", Las Palmas has a truly cosmopolitan feel. With the advent of tourism and economic expansion During the sixties Las Palmas consolidated, and settled with a population that has doubled over the last thirty years. Today it is estimated that Las Palmas is home to over 400,000 inhabitants.
Modern day Las Palmas is a cosmopolitan and bustling city which oozes Spanish ambience, culture and history. The Vela Latina Canaria and the Lucha Canaria are both sports which have their origins in Las Palmas, and almost every weekend you can see Vela Latina Canaria regattas going out to sea. The Lucha Canaria (which dates back to time of the Ancient Guanche inhabitants of Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands), looks very similar to Japanese sumo wrestling. It is still fought today and is very important to the Canarians with many televised events. If you want to experience Las Palmas at it's most colourful and festive then the time to visit is definitely during the carnival season which usually happens in February or March, just before Easter. The carnival starts in Las Palmas and lasts for two weeks after which it tours a few significant towns of the island on the way down to Puerto Rico.