Playa de las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Playa de las Canteras was Gran Canaria's very first tourist area. Therefore making Playa de las Canteras home to lots of hotels, bars, shops and restaurants and one of Spain's best urban beaches.
The district around the beach also takes the name Playa de las Canteras. To the north of Playa de las Canteras you will find La Isleta and off to the east Santa Catalina.
Playa de las Canteras is not just a beach, it is miles and miles, of gorgeous, golden sands flanked by a promenade. The promenade at the southern end of the beach of Playa de las Canteras takes you to the Auditório Alfredo Kraus, a modern architectural masterpiece, also home to the Las Palmas Philharmonic Orchestra.
The southern end of Playa de las Canteras used to look a little neglected but since the construction of the Alfredo Kraus auditorium which now dominates the area it has been greatly improved.
The Alfredo Kraus auditorium was built in 1997 as a tribute to Alfredo Kraus, the famous Canarian tenor. It also incorporates the Canary Island Congress centre. Jointly designed by the Catalan architect Oscar Tusquet, and Canarian sculptor Juan Bordes, it is constructed from solid stone. The Alfredo Kraus auditorium building, perched on the southernmost tip of Playa de las Canteras, boasts 10 concert halls, one major hall and a further 9 smaller ones. This very busy building in Playa de las Canteras hosts operas and concerts as well as the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival and the Canary Islands Classic Music Festival.