Las Palmas

The city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, with 383 050 inhabitants, the largest city of the Canary Islands. It is the capital of the Spanish province of Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife next to one of the two capitals of the Canary Islands. The city will be decisively influenced by its port, which is among the largest of the Atlantic. The neighboring communities include Santa Brigida in the south and in the west Arucas.


In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, it is often overcast. This climatic phenomenon, which by the locals as " Panza de burro " (donkey stomach ) is called, has meant that tourism has shifted from the capital in the south of Gran Canaria and now focuses almost exclusively on Maspalomas and the Costa Mogan. Nevertheless, a study by the University of Syracuse (USA) Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has referred to as the city with the best climate in the world.


Altstadt ( " Vegueta " )

The old city of Las Palmas in 2007 put on the national list of suggestions ( Tentative ) for receiving a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The main square is the Plaza Santa Ana. Here is the most famous building, the five-aisled cathedral of Santa Ana in 1497, is the seat of the Bishop of the Canary Islands.
  • On the opposite side of the Old Town Hall, a neo-classical building is from the year 1853.
  • Behind the cathedral you will find the Casa de Colón, a magnificent colonial building in which the Columbus Museum is housed.
  • Also worth seeing is the Plaza Espiritu Santu is on the south side of City Hall, which received its name from the chapel located there. The square is surrounded buildings of different styles such as Renaissance, classicism and the Mudejar style.

Town hall

Casa de Colón

Plaza Espiritu Santo


To the north of the Old Town of Triana neighborhood joins.

  • Buildings from the early 1900's line especially the Calle Mayor de Triana, the main pedestrian shopping zone. The houses show typical Spanish architecture elements this time, including Art Nouveau facades.
  • The San Telmo Park is named after the eponymous sailors chapel located there. It forms a green oasis with colorful Art Nouveau pavilion.
  • At the Plaza Cairasco is the Gabinete Literario, a liberty style, is used for exhibitions and lectures.

Calle Mayor de Triana

San Telmo Park

Gabinete Literario

Santa Catalina

Between the harbor and beach is the coined by tourism district of Santa Catalina.

  • At the beach promenade, the " Paseo de las Canteras ," the 3 km long city beach " Playa de las Canteras " covers with bars, terrace cafes and shops.
  • Another attraction is the Santa Catalina Park, lined with bars and cafes.
  • Since 2003, the 60 -meter-high residential and commercial building " Torre Woermann " rises above the district.
  • At the northwestern city exit the Built in 1997 " Auditorio Alfredo Kraus ," a modern concert hall is located directly on the sea, which is named after the born in Las Palmas tenor Alfredo Kraus.

Beach promenade of Playa de las Canteras

Las Canteras beach

Auditorio Alfredo Kraus

Torre Woermann

Museums and theater

In addition to the Casa de Colón, the city offers a number of other museums: the " Museo Canario ", with its collection old Canary finds, the "Museo Néstor " dedicated to the works of the Canarian painter Néstor Martín Fernández de la Torre, the "Casa Museo Pérez Galdós ' works of the famous writer, the Science Museum " Museo Elder " at the Parque Santa Catalina and the renowned Centre for Contemporary Art - enter its changing exhibitions artists from around the world a forum - Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno.

In the southwest of the district of Triana is the Teatro Pérez Galdós, the most important theaters in the city.

In the north of the city, the waterfront, which is south of the peninsula of La Isleta, is surrounded by rose beds the fortress " Castillo de la Luz " from the 16th century. The building is a historical monument, was restored in 1990 and now houses a maritime museum and a cultural and exhibition spaces in the city. Due to renovation work, it is to visit at the moment (2007) from the outside.

Regular events

In February, the city is sinking every year in a week-long carnival frenzy, the " Carnaval " is celebrated with great effort. Also in this field, makes a certain amount of competition between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the neighboring island of Tenerife, noticeable. This old dispute for supremacy on the Canarian archipelago is called " Pleito Insular ".

Since 2000, takes place every year in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium instead of the International Film Festival Festival Internacional de Cine Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. At the entrance to the concert hall have international artists such as Faye Dunaway, Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Omar Sharif or Mia Farrow, who attended the festival, received a star in the pavement and leave their handprint.


The historically valuable city center was relieved 20./Anfang end of the 21st century transport links. In addition to the tunnel that connects the formerly only road connecting the south and north, the Avenida Maritima with North Highway, since 2004 provides a bypass road that the through traffic at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria passes and the load on the city continues to decline. The main highways are the GC-1 in the south ( eg airport, Maspalomas ) and the GC-2 in the west ( to Agaete ).

There are bus services to all parts of the island as well as ferries to the neighboring islands. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is also under way on a regular basis by cruise ships. Gran Canaria Airport is approximately 18 km from the city.

From 1890 there was a tram in Las Palmas - El tranvía al Puerto - but in 1937 in favor of public city buses ( Guaguas Municipales ) has been set.


Las Palmas important economic factor is the Puerto de la Luz. In the year 2008 860.710 passengers ( about 1/4 cruise passengers thereof) and 20,053,774 tonnes of cargo were handled counted here.

Furthermore, based in Las Palmas:

  • Grupo Kalise MENORQUINA, a manufacturer of desserts of all kinds, which exports its goods to Spain
  • Tirma, a Kaffir Austria, which also produces chocolate and chocolate products
  • CCC, a brewery which produces both here in Tenerife


Las Palmas has the following cities twinning:

  • United States San Antonio, Texas (USA), since 1975
  • Spain Garachico in Tenerife (Spain ), since 1998
  • Mauritania Nouadhibou (Mauritania), since 1986
  • Cape Verde Praia on Santiago Island (Cape Verde), since 2009
  • Morocco Rabat ( Morocco), since 2009
  • People's Republic of China Xiamen ( China), since 2009
  • Italy Martinsicuro in Abruzzo (Italy ), since 2010
  • Poland Gdansk (Poland), since 2011
  • Italy Genoa in Liguria ( Italy), since 2011
  • Spain Vigo in Galicia (Spain ), since 2011

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Benito Pérez Galdós (1843-1920), writer
  • Néstor Martín Fernández de la Torre (1887-1938), painter
  • Juan Negrin (1891-1956), physician and Prime Minister
  • Pedro Suárez (1908-1979), football player
  • Walter Behrens (1911-1999), German - Austrian painter and graphic artist
  • Martín Chirino ( born 1925 ), sculptor
  • Manolo Millares (1926-1972), a self-taught painter and artist
  • Alfredo Kraus (1927-1999), singer
  • Luis Millares Sall " Totoyo " ( born 1935 ), Spanish musician, founder of modern timple Music
  • Alberto Romero Rivera (1935-1997), activist against the Roman Catholic Church
  • Jerónimo Saavedra Acevedo (* 1936), politician
  • Charles Quiney (1937-2007), film actor
  • Ulrike von Zerboni Behrmann (* 1940), German actress
  • Juan Manuel Suárez Del Toro Rivero ( born 1952 ), Industrial Engineering
  • Eufemiano Fuentes ( born 1955 ), sports medicine
  • José Luis Doreste Blanco ( born 1956 ), Spanish Olympic sailing
  • Juan Fernando López Aguilar ( b. 1961 ), lawyer, politician ( PSOE), Member of the European Parliament, Spanish Minister of Justice
  • Luis Doreste Blanco ( b. 1961 ), Spanish Olympic sailing
  • Domingo Manrique de Lara (born 1962 ), Spanish Olympic sailing
  • Ana Wagener (born 1962 ), theater and film actress
  • Roberto Molina (born 1965 ), Spanish Olympic sailing
  • Patricia Guerra (born 1965 ), Spanish Olympic sailing champion
  • Fernando León ( b. 1966 ), Spanish Olympic sailing
  • Javier Bardem (born 1969 ), actor
  • Giegold (* 1969), German politician
  • José Antonio Ramos (1969-2008), timple musicians
  • Alejandro Suárez Martín ( b. 1974 ), football player
  • Jonathan Sesma González (born 1978 ), football player
  • Yeray Ortega Guarda ( b. 1979 ), football player
  • Magüi Serna ( b. 1979 ), tennis player
  • Antonio Guayre ( b. 1980 ), football player
  • Davinia Rodriguez ( born 1980 ), opera singer (soprano )
  • Jorge Larena ( b. 1981 ), football player
  • Ángel López ( born 1981 ), football player
  • Rubén Castro Martín ( born 1981 ), football player
  • Marta Mangue (* 1983), Women's Handball
  • Daniel Sarmiento (* 1983), handball players
  • Rafael Cabrera -Bello ( born 1984 ), professional golfer
  • Ramón del Castillo ( born 1985 ), singer
  • Ione Cabrera ( born 1985 ), football player
  • Adrián Sosa Nuez (* 1986), theologian and writer
  • Nacho Casanova (* 1987), football player
  • Fabricio Agosto Ramírez (* 1987), football player
  • Carla Suárez ( * 1988), tennis player
  • Roko Peribonio (* 1991), Croatian handball player
  • Sofi de la Torre (* 1991), singer and songwriter
  • Jesé Rodríguez ( * 1993), football player
  • Philip Köster (* 1994), German Windsurfer