Quick tour around the Port of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria

Quick tour around the Port of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria

To disembark in the Port of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria —also known as La Luz Port— is to do so in the most cosmopolitan city in the Canary Islands. Known popularly as Las Palmas, it is in the north-east of the island of Gran Canaria and is also its capital city. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has what is considered “the best climate in the world” all year round, which entices you to wander around its streets full of history, swim at its beaches and enjoy the wide variety of leisure and culture; in fact, it is one of the most important and popular tourist destinations in the Canary Islands.

 

Family walk from the boat to Santa Catalina Park

About 25 minutes' walk from the pier, Santa Catalina Park is strategically located due to its proximity to the Port of Las Palmas. Pretty, central and near the sea, Santa Catalina Park is the first thing the cruise-goers come across when they disembark on the nearby pier for cruise liners. Enormous and bustling, life in the park revolves around its enormous palm trees, kiosks and terraces, where you can sit and have a drink or a snack as you take in the cosmopolitan atmosphere at this reference point and meeting place for tourists visiting the city. It also has a children's play area, which is a perfect place for adults and children.

 

Elder Museum: short cultural tour near the boat

Perfect for children, the Elder Museum of Science and Technology is one of the main places of interest in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Located in Santa Catalina Park, the museum has its headquarters in the Elder Building, which belonged to an old shipbrokers and dates back to the end of the 19th century. The museum has rooms for temporary exhibitions, a digital planetarium, a large-format 3D cinema and different exhibitions. With the motto “not touching forbidden”, it can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is €6 and kids up to 6 years of age go free, making it a fun and cheap cultural visit.

 

Shopping Centre Sprees – shopping on the way back to the boat

If you'd like to get a souvenir of your visit to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, before going back to the boat, you can do some shopping at the different shops and establishments around Santa Catalina Park, although a very good option for a full day spent shopping is the El Muelle Shopping Centre, near the park and Port of Las Palmas. It is a modern shopping centre that combines lots of clothes shops, cinemas, open-air restaurants and cafés, where you can do your shopping or just relax having something to eat while enjoying views of the port.