To celebrate Christmas, my boyfriend and I, along with his parents travelled to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for a week of relaxation and fun in the sun.
Las Palmas (or Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as it is officially known), is the capital of Gran Canaria, and the co-capital of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago located about 150km off the northwestern coast of Africa. The city enjoys a subtropical climate with mild to warm temperatures throughout the year, and it was once said that Las Palmas enjoys the “best climate in the world” (source).
The Canary Islands are essentially to Europeans what the Caribbean is to north americans: a reprieve from cold weather and a chance to soak up some vitamin D. For our week long stay we enjoyed temperatures that ranged from 20-25C, and although the sun wasn’t as strong, thanks to a cloud of sand being blown in from the Sahara, we were still able to enjoy and bask in it.
One of the most fascinating and beautiful areas of Las Palmas was the historic town of Vegueta. Just a few minutes from the capital, we arrived in Vegueta via the Hop On Hop Off bus tour (my dorkiest travel vice). Over the next few hours we wandered the street marvelling at the original settlement that gave birth to Las Palmas.
After a quick stop for vino tinto de verano and cerveza we were back on the bus and spent the rest of the afternoon exploring modern Las Palmas. For me, the highlight of modern Las Palmas was the beach, Las Canteras. Although teeming with people the sand was soft, and the water was blue and beautiful (although a bit cold for me). It really was paradise.
Fun Fact: As well as being magnetic the sand at the south end of Las Canteras beach changes colour every day. Nobody is sure how but you can visit one day and it’s golden and come back the next to find the whole beach jet black. We think it’s got something to do with the strength of the waves during each high tide. (source)
Our final stop of the day was high atop a hill overlooking Las Palmas, providing stunning views of the ocean and the city below.
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